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Rove In The Background
How nice that everywhere you go during a vacation can be logged automatically. Get the Rove app on your iPhone or Android, and just let it do all the work. What Rove does is to associate your photos from the camera roll  with each day. Also logged is your location. You can add a note if you want to.

Rove looks very pretty and works nicely in the background without you having to do much. You can share data from the app with others.
But there are a few nuisances. Every photo you take is pulled in whether you wanted to include it or not. That's fine if you're on vacation and are taking pictures relevant to your trip. But if not, then every picture may not warrant logging. Let's say you  take a photo of your parking spot so  you don't have to remember the number. Now that becomes part of your log.

Thanks To Hanks
Guess who's an app maker now? Tom Hanks! Like many people, he likes some things done the good old way. So just because we have the iPad is no reason to have given up on the typewriter. A free iPad app lets the nostalgic revisit the typewriter experience. First of all, it's all simplicity with a bare minimum of features. There's a grey-black background  in landscape with a paper in the centre.  Start typing and there you have the old much-loved familiar typewriter sounds. There's not much else to it. There are a few in-app purchases for stylisation. And you can try before you buy, which is a thoughtful touch. Hanx Writer should be fun to use for anyone writing fiction. But if you're used to more sophisticated apps already, you may not find it much beyond a passing amusement. Still, if you've been feeling lost with all the new ways, here's a throwback.

Jump To That Note
This ios app is a good way to keep track of all that was said at a meeting without having to write down everything. Instead, you record and take minimal notes or even cue words because later, on playback, you just touch a word to jump to the corresponding point in the recording. So, you could just type Action Points and when you tap these words, you listen to the action points discussed.

You can also use handwriting and drawings to do the same thing. This way you can participate in a meeting more freely.

SoundNote comes for Rs 300 while Notabity, reviewed earlier, is Rs 180 for more features. But should you want to keep it simple, invest in SoundNote. If you're using Android, look at the free Note Everything.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 06-10-2014)