109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2011
UPDATE FOR v1.1:
I hadn't used the Notepad app in quite a while, but was away from home yesterday and needed to make some brainstorming notes because I knew I'd forget by the time I got home. So I whipped out my Kindle, which goes everywhere with me, and got to see Notepad version 1.1 in action for the first time.
All but one of the items listed in my Drawbacks section below in the original review were addressed, making this app even more user friendly.
Wordwrap has been added.
A "quick delete" feature has been added, used by holding down the delete key so it keeps going.
When saving or saving and exiting from a note you no longer have to click on an "okay" button. Instead a message at the top states that your note was saved and you keep going uninterrupted.
Additionally, a cut/copy and paste feature has also been added.
Great update from the makers!
ORIGINAL REVIEW FOR v1.0:
For those looking for a sophisticated application for editing documents on your Kindle, this isn't it. Notepad is extremely basic in features and design, likely intentionally so in order to make the best use of the limits of the Kindle. There are no formatting options and no copy and paste functions.
Notepad is very easy to use. You can download it, open it up, and start making notes without ever needing to read any help files. The layout, navigation, and menus are very intuitive.
There is a basic Help file included, accessed by pushing the Kindle Menu button. The Welcome Note that is included has keyboard shortcut tips.
There is a choice of two font styles and six font sizes for displaying, quickly accessed using the Kindle Aa button.
If you accidentally exit the program without saving first the app automatically saves the file for you. The next time you open the app you'll see a note titled something like "unsaved_1" on your list. You can open the note and rename it in the title bar.
For short notes, memos, and lists Notepad is very useful, especially if you're like me and take your Kindle with you almost anywhere.
You can move through the pages of a note by either using the Kindle page turn buttons or by scrolling up and down with the 5-way and cursor.
You can import text files you've created on your computer into the app. Finding the file storage folder on your Kindle is a bit tricky, but once you know where it is this is a great feature. (Instructions on how to find the folder are in the Help file.) You can also copy files you create on your Kindle with Notepad to your computer in order to back them up or in order to access for other uses.
Notepad does not have word wrap so it's easy to end up with words split between two lines. You have to learn to use the Kindle return button to force a line break to avoid this.
The size limit per note appears to be only 3099 characters. This isn't very much, especially since it includes spaces and hard returns as part of the count. Some of my series book lists that I imported were too big. When you try to open a file that is too large for the app you get a message that it's being truncated and loaded into a new file with the original file name followed by "copy" and a number.
Deleting only a few letters or words is relatively easy using the delete key. But if you need to delete several lines of text or a whole paragraph it's extremely cumbersome doing it one character at a time. There is no way to select a block of text to delete.
The app gives a confirmation message every time you save a note which requires you to click on an "okay" button before you can do anything else. This is annoying and, in my opinion, completely unnecessary.
Even with the drawbacks listed I still highly recommend this app for anyone who owns a second generation or later Kindle. You never know when it will come in handy and for only a buck there's no reason not to get it.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2011
This is a nice and simple notepad ... it does the basics, which is really what I needed. It will be great when reading on a camping trip and suddenly remembering something you have to do - just go to this application and make a note, rather than trying to find a paper and pencil. The notepad will also show the month and day that the entry was made, making a search far easier. It's a great and inexpensive little tool for the Kindle ..thanks !
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2011
I don't have a single regret purchasing this tool. My concern wasn't the $0.99 investment I made, but rather clogging my Kindle full of items I seldom used. Notepad has come in handy time and again. Now I'm not just consuming data, but rather creating it, forming lists of what-nots that I need to keep track of during the day. Now, instead of hanging on to scraps of paper, I have everything I need and at my fingertips. I subtracted one star because it doesn't have wordwrap and I didn't appreciate the broken words placed on two lines. I'd pay an extra $1 for that feature.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2011
and it has worked well for me. I'm stuck in bed till a nurse comes and this app. has allowed me to keep organized. I now have one place to jot down notes, grocercy lists, to do lists and keep track of recipes I see and conjure up. All this and I can edit them, neatly. Not sure how many other quadriplegics with arm use and a Kindle are reading this, but if you are - get it now.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2011
I've had this app on my kindle 3 now for several months; love it. BUT...each note can only be 3,999 characters long. So, for me, this works for short notes like grocery lists and such, or things to remember, or to do lists. But not for say, journal entries or creative writing or even serious notetaking. This is the only drawback I found; otherwise, it's great!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I've often wished there were a good, dependable, easy-to-use notepad for my Kindle. This little app pretty much fills the bill. Creating and saving a note, and of course, creating a note, are simple tasks.
You first click "Create a Note" and then you give your note a name. Then you type your note using the keypad as indicated at the bottom of the app. Then you can save it in one of several ways.
You can easily search all your notes by title or contents or both. Of course, you can also delete them. You can back them up and restore them as well.
While the Kindle is not really going to replace an organizer, at least not in my case, it's awfully nice to be able to type notes while you're working on your Kindle and this little app, at the low cost, is very useful and works well. There's also a video telling you how to use it and showing its features. The URL is in the help section of the app. There are, by the way, 12 pages in the help section.
Perhaps someday Kindle will have a cut and paste feature that will allow you to paste from one document to another. But we all have features we'd like to see. Since the Kindle's basic function is as a reader, we can't expect it to do everything.
It does have one annoying issue -- it has no word wrap. What that means is that when you get to the end of the right hand margin, the word continues on the next line. So when I types the word "times" at the end of one sentence, it appeared "tim" on one line and "es" on the next. I can live with that but it's an issue that should be fixed. I am using a normal type and normal type size.
I highly recommend this notepad. You won't be sorry you bought it.
-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2011
A simple to use text editing program. Really, one would expect that the Kindle should come with something like this built in (especially considering the physical, as opposed to an on-screen) keyboard, but for .99, it's a must-grab. It does what it sets out to do - allows you to make text notes. Sorting by date is useful, especially if you are used to using that function on a computer when looking for files.
Where it can use improvement - I, and I'm sure many other Kindle users, have become accustomed to using Categories to sort and manage/file books. The ability to create Categories or Folders would have been very handy. Also, when in the regular Kindle interface, the Left and Right buttons on the 5-way to pull up the Delete option as well as the content-specific menu. Although Deleting a file is easier in the Notepad program than that (simply hit the Delete button), living in the same physical interface makes one want to use the commands they're used to.
This would have been a 5-star rating except for the lack of Categories. Recommended for all.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2011
Notepad is a barebones notes program that's easy to use. You can write notes quickly and keep running lists of items. I keep lists of the books I want to read and others with reminders to myself. At less than a dollar, it's a great addition to my Kindle.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2011
This is absolutely perfect! This is exactly what i needed. My laptop battery completely died on me recently and being a writer, i was mortified! I sometimes am hit with these surges of creativity and i need to write what comes to me. If i had this notepad when that happened i would have felt a lot better. Glad I have it now. Definately worth the money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2011
I've been using the Notepad app for about three or four months now, and while I'm not using it like I thought I would, the program definitely is a great addition to my Kindle.
When I purchased the app, I wanted to use it as my address book. It took me all of three seconds to realize that wasn't going to happen--it's too awkward trying to maneuver through the symbols to use it that way. It's much easier to make a Word file on my computer and send it to my Kindle email address. So that's actually how I made my address book, which, incidentally, was free.
But! Though I am not using the program as I originally anticipated, I am using it for other things. When planning a camping trip with family friends in a coffee shop and being without paper and pen, it occurred to me that THIS is what the Notepad app is for. I have also made a booklist, as I can never remember what I want to read when I'm in the library staring at the shelves. (Although can I just say that reading real books seems a bit heavy and awkward now that I'm totally used to my Kindle?) And while taking road trips, my kids like to use the program to write notes--my 11 year old made a rather entertaining journal entry on a recent vacation, and my 6 year old just likes to type out all the words she knows. (And the car is quiet as they type. TOTALLY worth the price right there.)
Pros: The program is simple to use. Creating notes is easy, and if you forget to save before exiting, it will save it for you anyway. Deleting is also easy (you just scroll to your note and hit "delete"). And since my Kindle goes where ever I go, it's handy.
Cons: Sometimes the capitalization key doesn't work. It seems like with certain letters, I have to press a couple of times for the capital whatever to finally show up on screen. Depending on my mood, it is either annoying or hilarious.