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[REVIEW] Memonic: A collaborative online notebook

The other day, I came across Memonic. It’s like someone put Wunderlist and Evernote into a blender and got the best of both services and made it even better. This looks to be a great recipe for a great service. Today, I’ll be covering the various aspects of service with lots of screenshots and it goes from the web, to the desktop, and even in your pocket with the mobile apps.

Web

First off, Memonic is a web service, much like the webapp for Wunderlist, only with more functionality. It allows you to keep folders, tags, and organize your groups. You can share with friends or the whole world, and keep all of your notes organized in whatever way works best for you.

You get the webapp immediately after signing up for the service. This is where you will find the primary functionality of the service. You get various view options, such as a simple list, an expanded list, or full details. Creating a new note is easy to do, and you get several options with it including tagging your notes, different ways to share, and more.

You can see more screenshots of the webapp in the gallery below.

Desktop

The desktop application works the same as the webapp. It even offers the same customization through changing the background, views, creating tags and folders, and everything else you would expect out of the service.

A big benefit of using the desktop application is that you don’t need to have your browser open to have access to your notes on your PC. The desktop version is available for Windows and Mac OS X.

Mobile

What would a service like this be without having mobile apps available to their users? Of course there are apps available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. This is where the great service fits into your pocket. The mobile app looks great and has a lot of functionality to it. You can even take pictures with the built-in camera of your device. It even has the cute squirrel icon to go with it.

The interface is modified for mobility. It’s easy to navigate and create new notes or share what you already have. On top of the functionality you get from the app, it simply looks good doing it.

It synchronizes well with the servers, keeping your notes right where you need them. So, whether you are on your desktop, your laptop, or your smartphone, you can have your notes with you wherever you are or go. Unfortunately, a feature the mobile apps do not have, or I just did not find, is the ability to create tags from within the app. This is, however, in the roadmap for the mobile apps. The current goals for the mobile apps are to be able to do everything you can in the full versions. Another great bit of information is that the Android app will soon be available through the Android Appstore. This is great news for anybody that has an Android device that is not authorized to use the official Android Market, which is my case with the Archos 101 Internet Tablet.

You can see more screenshots of the mobile app in the gallery below.

Browser Extensions

To get the most out of the service, there are extensions for your browsers so you can easily clip and organize information gathered from websites. The extension adds a toolbar button to open the overlay for Memonic.

When you find something that you want to save to Memonic, just click on the button and start clipping. From my experience, this offers the best and most advanced clipping out there for the browser. It’s fast, easy, and again, it looks good doing it.

You can use the extension, or even a bookmarklet if you don’t want to install it into Firefox or Chrome. You can find the bookmarklet on their homepage. These make it easy to quickly add notes to your account. Just start clipping, select the sections of the page you want to clip, and save.

You can see more screenshots of this in action in the gallery below.

Email

If you don’t have one of the several apps available, but you have your email available, you can send an email from the address associated with your account to add notes as well. Use the subject line as the name of the note and the body of the email as the note itself. It doesn’t really get any easier than that for using email for creating your notes.

Pricing

Memonic offers a great free service. With a free account, you can create 100 notes, make 3 groups, and attach files up to 2 MB. You also get access to all the apps they have. If you want more out of the service, you can get a premium account for $28/year. This gives you the ability to create an unlimited number of notes, unlimited groups, attach files up to 20 MB, and adds SSL encryption and Gathering mode. If you are a student, you can even get a discount. The student discount automatically takes 50% off the cost of the subscription because they feel Memonic is perfect for helping people with their studies. From what I’ve seen of the service, this is very true.

Conclusion

Overall, this is a great service that is very functional and visually appealing. It’s definitely worth giving it a try. With the free account, you get a lot of features packed into your account with nothing to lose. With everything you can get out of Memonic, I could have spread it out across several articles throughout the week. I don’t have the time or space to go over everything from the service, so this is simply an overview. With all the features of Memonic, my absolute favorite thing about the service in whole is how intuitive it all is. It takes practically no time at all to get on board and learn how to use it.

What’s your take on it? Let us know what you have to say in the comments below.

Gallery

I didn’t have room to put all the screenshots through the article, so here are some more for you to look at. Click on the image to zoom in.

Posted by: Josh @ 12:00 pm May 23, 2011

  • http://portenkirchner.net/ Georg Portenkirchner

    Like you I could not find a way to create tags in the iOS version. But a very useful feature has been added yesterday: The new iOS version has the functionality to search your notes.

    • http://dhdaily.com Josh Fox

      I think we can expect the mobile version to get several updates in the near future because they are working on giving them the same organizing and sharing options as the web version. For the biggest part, from what I can tell, it’s nearly there with only a few things missing, such as tag creation. This version is still fairly new, so it’s to be expected to have a few bugs and quirks to it.