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iApp: Trunk Notes

Issue: 9.4 (May/June 2011)
Author: Geoffrey A. Rabe
Article Description: No description available.
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IN BRIEF
 
Product
Trunk Notes 2.4.3
 
Manufacturer
Apps On The Move (Matthew Kennard)
 
Price
$3.99
 
Contact Info
http://www.trunknotes.com
 
Pros
A very intuitive and versatile program. One installation works on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and also integrates with DropBox. Great support via the web site, which includes a forum and well-written in-app documentation.
 
Cons
While the documentation provided in the app is more than adequate, if you try to access the Manual from the web site, all of the links, rather than jumping to an explanatory page, just send you to the top of the same Manual page you are already on.
 
Rating (1.0-5.0):
4.7

Trunk Notes is a similar application to Evernote, reviewed in the last issue (RSD 9.3), but it's much more than a note-taking application. Evernote, too, is more than a note-taking application, with the ability to create and share notebooks with others by uploading the Notebooks to a cloud. But where Trunk Notes differs is that, in addition to being a great note-taking application, it also works as a personal wiki-creator, and this is where it shines.

It's quite simple to use. To start, you enter a title for your note in the title-bar at the top of the app, such as Ravens Rest (a web site of mine, used as an example), or you can use the existing Home Page (HomePage), delete the text on the page (which I really wouldn't suggest, as it contains links to the documentation, web page, and online forum, among other useful things, so let's say you use My Page), and begin to enter the information for your note or wiki. First off, when you enter a two-word title for a note, Trunk Notes automatically gives you the option of making those into a wikiword (such as RavensRest or MyPage), and therefore a link to a new note with that name.

You then have a lot of options in creating your notes or wiki. Built-in is the ability to add graphics and/or sound clips into your notes, and for formatting, a version of MarkDown is part of the package. Aside from graphics and sound, you can also add any number of tags to a note; lists, with several types of bullets; snippets of reusable text; a variety of functions; and even ability to create a custom style sheet for any of the pages. In addition, the app also shows geotagging information and the time the note was created below the Title Bar; you may duplicate a note, so as to create a template; and Trunk Notes does include Wi-Fi sharing, so that your are able to view, edit, and search for notes on your computer using a browser, as long as all devices and computer are on the same network. And one last ability, at least for this review, is that you may also include HTML links, which can relate to the content of the note or wiki-page, or you can create your own, very personalized Home Page.

I'm really excited about diving more into this app, especially to make use of its wiki-creation abilities. And if you're still looking around for a note-taking app, or would like to try a new one, I would strongly recommend Trunk Notes. By the way, the author, Matthew Kennard, has said that the next version is right around the corner. And I mention this not to dissuade you from buying the current version, which is great, but just to show he's dedicated to continually working on this fine piece of software.

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