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, both as an iOS application and an Android application, with a companion Web Application.
I am looking for early access testers to review the applications and provide usability feedback. I’ve field tested them, but would like to hear feedback from others.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d be interested in checking them out.
The current Neukadye field applications do not fully synchronize the user’s data, they effectively “offload it”, backing it up to the cloud for safe keeping and future processing.
The assumption (way back when these apps were first designed) was you’d want to collect the data in the field, but then copy it off the device onto a “real computer” as quickly as possible. A lot has changed since then. Networks are better and more prevalent (even in the field), mobile devices are more like real computers, and some people only have mobile devices.
Notes Collector is a new app designed with these things in mind. It is a similar application (similar to Timestamped Field Notes) however it synchronizes its data between your devices (and the cloud) in all directions in realtime (when online.)
If you collect on your phone or tablet it’ll be available on all your devices, and available to computers via the cloud. You could even record notes from multiple devices at the same time, into the same event.
Some benefits of the new approach:
- Start a set of notes on any device, and pick them up (or continue them) on any other.
- Have your notes saved to the cloud in realtime, when online. (The application still works offline. Offline notes synchronize automatically when network connectivity is reestablished.)
- Keyword Set and Keyword updates are automatically shared between devices.
I would welcome beta testers for the iOS version of Notes Collector. Please contact me if interested.