Frequently I find myself having to take notes. I’m not interested in creating a really spiffy document, so I don’t need something like Microsoft Word. I also don’t care for dealing with Word’s automatic formatting when all I need to do is take notes. Finally, I don’t want to have my file system littered with notes documents, so a web application with my notes always organized and available on a server is ideal.
There are other web-based apps for note taking but I like Helipad. Some important features of Helipad:
Tagging: Tagging is a form of organizing that has really become popular with web-based applications. You can apply a tag or multiple tags to any document you create. It’s like a applying a label to folder except that you can apply multiple labels to each folder if you wish. Navigating through your documents is easy. Just click on a tag to have your documents sorted by that particular tag.
Search: Helipad allows you to search through all the text in your documents. If you can’t find your document through your tags, just enter in a search term and let Helipad find it for you.
Print-ability: Even though I’m not looking to create a professionally laid out document with Helipad, if I do need to print, Helipad prints very nicely.
Mobility: Helipad has a mobile version! This means that you can access your notes using a mini-version of Helipad designed for use on devices with small screens like mobile phones and Blackberries. This is really handy, and always having access to your notes is peace of mind.
Add-ons: Although Helipad is in its early stages, one of the really cool features is the ability for users to create add-ons. The makers of Helipad have built it with an API so that users with programming experience can create add-on functionality. With a large enough user base this can be really valuable—just look at Firefox and its treasure trove of extensions which extend the functionality of that browser in thousands of helpful ways.
You can check out Helipad here.