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There’s one thing I can count on having on me at all times, and that’s my iPhone. It stands to reason, then, that in a pinch, my Apple wonder device is what I turn to in order to keep track of stray ideas and thoughts that […]

There’s one thing I can count on having on me at all times, and that’s my iPhone. It stands to reason, then, that in a pinch, my Apple wonder device is what I turn to in order to keep track of stray ideas and thoughts that might otherwise go unrecorded, lost forever to the ether. Imagine where we’d be if the Snuggie inventor hadn’t been able to record that gem.

Idea Organizer is an app for the iPhone that I recently discovered that makes logging those ideas incredibly easy. There are other ways to do what it does, some via built-in tools offered by Apple itself, but no other solution brings all the features and functionality together in the same place.

Idea Organizer combines an audio recorder, a text notebook and an image capture tool to help make sure that you can not only keep track of any ideas that pop into your head, but also the ones you get from the world around you. You can create an idea using any type of media mentioned, and then add other types of content later to provide context.

The other reason I prefer this app to any other is that it keeps thing simple and has an intelligently designed user interface. The app opens directly to a screen that presents you with a button that gives you access to your most recent idea, and three big buttons that allow you create a new idea based on text input, photo or audio. Idea Organizer’s developers were clearly thinking about the fleeting nature of good ideas when they designed the app.

Finally, you can email any ideas to yourself at any time, for easier editing on an actual computer. You can also batch email all your ideas at once, which is a terrific convenience feature.

For $1.99, Idea Organizer (iTunes link) is great bargain for a very handy little app. Sure, you can approximate its function for free, but in many more steps and with a lot more hassle.

How do you make sure you don’t lose track of great ideas you have while out of the office?

  1. There nothing this app does that Evernote couldn’t do, for free! with the addition of having the option to sync notes across platforms, web clipping, etc. I one wants to spare or donate $2.00 to the developers, that’s OK, but there’s way better alternatives to ideas capture for mobile devices. In an era of 100,000 + apps simplicity might be wise to keep in mind, is that an idea?

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  2. I have both EverNote (EN) and Idea Organizer (IO) and I can say from my experience using both that IO is far superior in what it sets out to do. Previous poster’s comments that EN can do everything Idea Organizer is misleading. One example, there is no way to attach multiple photos and multiple voice memos to a note in EN. If you start out with a voice note in EN, you are stuck with that – you can add text to it and that’s about it. There is no way to attach more voice or photos to it. Idea Organizer is nice in that it lets you record your note how you want it but doesn’t tie you to it, and you can end up at the same place regardless of how you first recorded your idea, as the reviewer suggested. Its full-text search feature is more superior and instantaneous than EN’s. It’s also way more stable than EN. IO’s email feature is also integrated with your Contacts, while EN’s is not. I can go on and on. Is IO perfect? Of course not. As the previous poster put it, a sync feature would be nice. Aside from that, I would also like passcode protection, geotagging and folders. Even at its current state, I am finding IO to be indispensable and far superior than most note-taking apps out there in terms of form and function.

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  3. I use MailMe. Great little app! Just text notes though, but that’s what I want. It shows the text field immediately when I start the app, and when I’m done typing I just hit send and the note appears in my inbox. :-)
    See http://itunes.apple.com/se/app/mailme-text-your-notes-straight/id318693137?mt=8

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    1. Um.. Isn’t this app also called “Mail”?

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  5. If it synced like Simple Note does, it’d be perfect.

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  6. Danijel Marjanovic Saturday, May 8, 2010

    We use DataStation Innovation Cloud for our idea capturing
    http://www.datastation.com/

    Our company use this SaaS for managing innovations in our IT services and development. We use it for about 50 people and get great results in choosing what should be our new products. iPhone app is also handy.

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