April 15, 2011

Catch – Notable Notetaking & Document Sharing

Looking for a digital alternative to the manila envelope you use to store important notes, photos, letters, and miscellaneous memorabilia? Catch might be it. The web-app gives people a way to keep track of their thoughts, ideas, and photos online. What makes Catch even better than an overstuffed shoebox or envelope is that it won’t ever get cluttered and it can easily be shared.

Catch is completely free, so you really have no excuse not to try it out. Enter your email address, create a username, and you’re ready to go. Jot down a creative idea or add a reminder to yourself and click save. You can also download the app to use on your mobile phone – assuming all of your most brilliant ideas don’t just come when you’re sitting at a computer. The notes you’ve created can be shared, edited, commented on, or deleted altogether. You can also attach files to notes, making Catch an excellent place to store documents to refer back to later, or save photos to share with friends. Assuming you’ve downloaded the mobile application, you can access any information that’s saved on Catch at any time, from any web-enabled device.

Among the many interesting features on Catch is the web-app’s useful searching mechanism. In less time than you’d spend digging through a file folder looking for an important Post-It, you can sign on to Catch and pull up any file on your mobile phone. Catch makes it possible to sort notes by date, time, display size, or in alphabetical order. You can also search by keyword or find specific notes based on the location you were at when the note was typed into the mobile app. The location-based features and commenting tools are surprisingly helpful when it comes to finding important notes, photos, and documents in a hurry.

Practical Uses:

  • Write down a grocery list on your computer and access it on your iPhone
  • Find a specific note based on the restaurant you were sitting in when you wrote it
  • Share notes with friends and ask for their feedback or advice
  • Attach PDF files to notes to share with colleagues at work

Insider Tips:

  • Notes can be uploaded on the site, on the mobile app, or emailed to an account
  • Sharing can be turned on or off at any time
  • Comment on the notes uploaded by other Catch users
  • Users can upload screen shots to be saved as notes

What we liked:

  • Catch is free for most basic users
  • Mobile apps are available for Android, iPhone, and iPad users
  • Notes can be searched for based on the location where they were added
  • Friends can comment on each other’s notes

What we didn’t like:

  • Users with the free plan can’t upload and save PDF documents to their Catch accounts


Company Info:

  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Steve Brown and Andreas Schobel
  • Web site:


  • Free version
  • Catch Pro is $5/month or $45/year

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