I wrote these mainly for my own use, but took the time to productize them, so charge for them. That said, I like them being used and doing good, so if their price is a barrier, here is an opportunity to try them for free…
Timestamped Field Notes:
I use this myself for Raptor Monitoring taking timestamped notes when trying to keep binoculars on Peregrine Falcons, Prairie Falcons and Golden Eagles. Some use ethograms with primates, spiders, and more. It has been used for observation notes for everything from humans to whales and many more. Some use it for taking health log notes. The application is iOS only, but it is free for the month:
Since this application is iOS only, I made Notes Collector free for the week on Android:
I wrote this for wildland firefighting (locating smoke columns in the mountains) but a number of wildlife biologists use it for radio telemetry triangulations. Take two points plus compass bearings to a destination point and it calculates the latitude/longitude estimate for that point: iOS and Android, and free on IOS for the month, on Android for the next week:
Notes Collector is the same application as Timestamped Field Notes, but on a completely different infrastructure. Whereas Timestamped Field Notes allows you to capture data to a local (internal) database and then export it, Notes Collector’s database is automatically synchronized with the cloud, when online.
Why is this valuable? For a number of years users of Timestamped Field Notes have wanted to share notes across devices, and with Notes Collector a note added on one device will appear on all your others.
Further, backups are automatic and ongoing. No need to export to Google Drive, or other, to get it safely backed up.
Notes Collector is now available on iOS and Android.
Notes Collector is progressing for basic usage, both on iOS and on Android. (Beta testers still welcome, and appreciated.)
That said, Notes Collector was developed based on Timestamped Field Notes in order to migrate to more flexible internal infrastructure, to allow some experimentation on new features (without destabilizing TFN), and to more easily support more platforms (iOS, Android and Web.)
Here are some suggestions/requests I’ve heard from you over the years:
- Allow an optional photograph to be added to a note item.
- Allow an optional location (latitude / longitude) to be added to a note item.
- Sharing an event (a set of notes) with other users, in real-time.
- Create “icon/photo” based keyword buttons.
Please let me know your thoughts on the features / improvements you’d like to see for Notes Collector.