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Published 05/08/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

HeapNote is an information organizer intended for individuals and small businesses. Users can organize their notes online using a Google account. The application lets users create tabs that are customized to their individual needs. HeapNote can be used as a contact organizer, lesson list for teachers, issue tracker and anything else the use can create tabs for. Users begin by building a table for any kind of numeric or text input they need. Columns can be made invisible or the user can change colors to make it easier to read data. A rich text editor allows users to add text colors, different fonts, enumeration and bold functions. can be Notes can be labeled and multiple notes edited at once.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

HeapNote was created to give users a flexible way to store notes and organize information. The application has a lot of potential, but hasn’t managed to reach out to many users and reviewers. HeapNote goes largely unmentioned no the web. This could be due in part to the basic design, which leaves much to be desired for users who need a more direct organization tool.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are many ways to store information on the web. HeapNote is a little different than most because it gives the user total control over their notes and how they are saved. There are many ways to customize the HeapNote interface, starting with unique tabs created by the user. Tables let the user organize information into columns. Color options provide users with another way to make information easier to manage.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

HeapNote uses a simple interface that relies on tabs and tables. The user can create a new table to begin adding more data to their notes. Each is accessible using a tab. The overall design has a nicely modern touch, with rounded edges and hints of bright color. However it lacks any real eye candy, leaving the user wanting more. The tables are well-organized, allowing the user to efficiently organize information however a few extra visual elements would go a long way.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can begin by clicking the green “Try It Now” button found near the center of the HeapNote homepage. A green “Sign In” button is available on the following page. Clicking the button takes the user to the Google sign in area. The user must sign in with a Google or Google Apps account to use HeapNote. No alternative sign in option is available at this time.

What does it cost to use the application?

HeapNote offers one subscription plan to its users. All new users can try HeapNote for free for 30 days. After the 30 day free trial has ended, the user must pay $20 per year to continue accessing their account. The fee is low, but it really should be since HeapNote is a basic information organization tool. There are many uses, but charging any more for the service would only drive future users away. Some may already be deterred by the annual fee because of the many free alternatives that are available.

Who would you recommend the application to?

HeapNote is helpful for users who want a practical, functional note taking system. The application includes a few basic customization features that make it flexible for almost any purpose. Users can build tables and organize their information any way they like. The service comes with a small fee, which might deter some users. Overall HeapNote has potential, as long as the user is willing to put in more effort to get their account where they need it to be.

  • Add custom tables for new data
  • Apply labels to notes using a drag and drop system
  • Customize notes and tables with colors
  • Different fonts and bold can be applied to text
  • Font colors can be changed in each table column

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