Another great company in the Android sandbox at Google I/O was Catch.com. If you don’t know the name catch.com, they are the SF based company that purchased AK Notepad, one of the first notepad apps available in the Android Market.
The developers at catch.com introduced a very innovative and feature packed app which they say allows you to “Lifestream”. Their cloud and local based note app allows you to take written/text notes, photo notes, geo tagged notes and more, and then save them, sort them and categorize them with hash tags. It makes retrieval extremely easy and keeps your notes together.
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Starting with the most recent TED convention, Catch.com has found a new vertical market in event note taking. The development team at catch.com built the TED app from the ground up including maps, speakers, notes and more. The Catch team is also building the app for the largest Android Fan event in the world, Android Homecoming, September 23-25th in Mountain View, CA. However, their biggest convention/conference app involvement has been the Google I/O 2011 app where catch was picked to integrate their note taking into the conference app.
Users of the Google app found a catch icon on all the sessions so that they could easily take notes and track them right back to the sessions. On a recent visit to catch.com’s San Francisco headquarters Catch’s Pierre Counteau explained that while we all go to lots of conferences we are quick to get rid of the conference app. We agreed, of course the CES, CTIA, MWC and IFA apps have all been removed from our phones and with that the notes we may have taken. With catch integration the notes from I/O stay in your catch notes, and can sync with the cloud if you so choose.
The latest version of catch is for honeycomb and takes advantage of fragments and the panes available in Honeycomb. Media is displayed in a larger area and is more convenient to work with. As you can see from the video Catch hasn’t left any stone unturned when rebuilding for Honeycomb from the ground up.