January 27, 2013
Microsoft is set to kill Live Mesh in two weeks. I’ve been using Live Mesh for years. It’s been a great tool, even though it didn’t make an appearance on the mobile platform. It seems that things are not that bad for Live Mesh users, because Microsoft offers to migrate them to Skydrive. The problem is that Skydrive has been seriously dumbed down compared to Live Mesh, to the point of being unusable. Several advanced features are absent from Skydrive, including direct PC-to-PC sync and ability to sync any folder on the computer. Microsoft is well aware of this problem and of the fact that the users are revolting. Count me as one of those users. I removed Live Mesh, but didn’t install Skydrive. I installed SugarSync, and it is an awesome product.
I use it to sync my Onenote files between PCs and an Android phone, and use MobileNoter to work with the notes. It all works like a charm.
December 16, 2012
So much for the “new hope of mobile app development” – Facebook released an updated app for Android, which replaces the webview/HTML5 architecture with a totally native implementation. The remake significantly improves the speed and overall slickness of the app, finally making it usable on Android. While we learned that HTML5 is bad for mobile a long time ago, it’s nice to see Facebook thinking the same. Also, in case you are wondering: yes, MobileNoter for Android is totally native too.
October 2, 2012
Another day, another cool concept of a phone. This time it is a 5.5 inch “phablet“, a phone-tablet hybrid, dedicated specifically to OneNote MX. The phone would be obviously manufactured by Nokia, carry Windows 8, and compete with Samsung Galaxy Note family. BTW, Samsung sold over 10 millions of those, which is a number Nokia can only envy of. The source of this and other nice phone concepts is here.
September 17, 2012
As promised, we released a new update for Android tablets. This is the best version of MobileNoter ever, and the best way to work with OneNote on Android.
August 15, 2012
Finally, incremental sync has been implemented in MobileNoter. Incremental sync means that only changed notes are synchronized with the note storage, like SkyDrive. This greatly speeds up the sync, saves data traffic and phone battery. More details about this release are here.
Also, for all the people with BlackBerry PlayBooks out there – your wait is going to be over in a couple of weeks. MobileNoter is coming to BlackBerry. To the best of our knowledge Microsoft is not going to release OneNote for BlackBerry, so MobileNoter is for the rescue.
June 26, 2012
We just released new version of MobileNoter for Android, both phones and tablets. The main feature in this release is an ability to create new blank OneNote sections. The users have asked for this for a long time and finally it’s available. More details about these releases are on our product blog.
The next update (coming soon, like real soon) will contain incremental synchronization with SkyDrive and SharePoint. MobileNoter will download and upload only changes made to the notes, as opposed to sending and receiving entire data file. The incremental synchronization is the only feature of OneNote that MobileNoter doesn’t have, and finally it’s arriving to MobileNoter too.
All this nice stuff is coming to iOS version this summer too!
April 8, 2012
Not only free mobile apps are killing your battery with their ads, they also a significant security threat. A new research reveals out that the third-party ad libraries used in the free apps are likely to expose the phone to security threats: “Our study has so far uncovered a number of serious privacy and security risks from existing in-app ad libraries on the popular Android platform... Such threats range from collecting unnecessarily intrusive user information to allowing third-party code of unknown provenance to execute within the hosting app. Since Android’s permissions model cannot distinguish between actions performed by an ad library and those performed by its hosting app, the current Android system provides little indication of the existence of these threats within any given app, which necessitates a change in the way existing ad libraries can be integrated into host apps.“
In other words, a typical ad-powered Android app is a Trojan horse waiting to be exploited.
March 31, 2012
All right, it is an overstatement. The correct title should be: a new study claims that free ad-supported apps use about 75% of their total energy consumption to power the advertisement displayed in the app. Most energy is being spent during multiple connections to the server to download fresh ads.
Indeed, the cost of this electricity waste does not offset a dollar or two the consumer would have to pay for an ad-free version of the app. However, it is not hard costs, it is an inconvenience of killing the battery while one is killing time.
Needless to say, MobileNoter for both Android and iOS doesn’t carry any ads and no, it’s not free.
Interestingly enough, Microsoft released a light ad-supported version of its Office suite for PCs some time ago and may decide to roll out the same thing for mobile platforms.
February 25, 2012
Another update to MobileNoter SE for Android – this time it’s a huge addition – an ability to sync your OneNote notes with the SharePoint Server. This puts MobileNoter into the leader of note-taking software in the number of sync services supported. Why is it important? Because the major vendors use the sync service to lock users up.
Take Evernote – it’s a nice service, but you have to cough up $5 a month for a premium plan (read: for ability to really use it), your data are locked on the Evernote servers, and you just don’t have any choice. This is a terrible proposition for most users. Evernote started strong a few years ago, but their expensive subscriptions are going to significantly slow their growth down as more alternatives appear.
Let’s review sync options for the MobileNoter users:
- Dropbox. This is great for personal usage. Dropbox is a well-known service that’s been around for a while. You get 2GB of storage for free, and you can get more if you help them with their marketing.
- SkyDrive. Again, great for personal usage. You get 25GB of storage for free.
- Personal computer. This option comes with advantages and some disadvantages. It is harder to setup, because it requires a Windows sync client to be installed. Another disadvantage is that when using cloud sync (as opposed to WiFi), there is a monthly subscription, even though it’s not nearly as expensive as that of Evernote. The advantages are that the storage is only limited by your hard drive, and that you have complete control over your notes.
- SharePoint Server, which is great for enterprise usage. I doubt that an average IT department is going to be thrilled over sensitive company information sitting on Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Evernote servers. The best option is to deploy a SharePoint Server, and give the employees the ability to use it for cloud note syncing.
Finally, I can’t help, but notice: even Microsoft OneNote for iOS/Android isn’t able to sync with Microsoft SharePoint Server. You are welcome.
February 19, 2012
MobileNoter SE HD for Android has been updated in the Google Android Market. Just like with MobileNoter SE update – this update offers full inking capabilities, plus other niceties like copy/paste and undo/redo functions. See our product blog for more details.