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Good for quick notes but little else
on February 23, 2012
I'm writing this after using Notepad Plus for a few hours for the notes function. The diary, calendar and shopping list features might be nice, but I bought this primarily as a way to write things down when I'm away from the computer. I'm not looking for a word processor or a text editor with all the bells and whistles. All I need is a way to write and edit plain text in a very basic fashion, then upload it to my computer when I get home. Story ideas, outlines, maybe even a scene or two if I'm trapped somewhere for an hour and don't feel like reading.
Since I nearly always have my Kindle Touch with me, I figured this program would be a great addition to my world. Instead, it's mostly useless for what I want.
First, the big one. There's a 3,100 character limit for notes. I know this because I just spent most of an hour typing on it and, when I hit the save button, I got this charming message: "Error: You have entered more than 3100 characters. Cannot save the file!"
I'm sorry, but no matter how you slice it or dice it, this is horrible interface design. If there's a limit like this (stupid in and of itself), why in the world do you allow someone to type well past that limit and only holler at them when it's far too late for them to do anything about it? Even better, I hit the "OK" button on that error and my Kindle Touch froze up hard. The very first freeze I've had with this device, by the way, so thanks for that!
Even ignoring this ridiculous issue, there's no way to move the cursor around in the text short of tapping the screen, which is inaccurate to say the least. I have to tap near but past where I want to type, hit the backspace button and retype as needed. Oh, and you can't select a blocks of text. If you want to delete a large chunk, it's repeatedly tapping the backspace button for you, or holding it down if you have nothing else to do for a while. You also can't look up words in the dictionary, which was at least a little surprising since dictionary lookups are kind of expected on the Kindle Touch where text is involved.
Is it worth $0.99? Maybe if your needs for note taking are truly minimal, or the other features make you jump for joy. If you plan on using it to take notes of any real length, don't even bother.
Smash commented on this review within an hour of my posting it. Among other things, they wrote: "The character limit of 3100 is imposed by Amazon and hence we had to limit this." After doing a bit of searching, I found that other note-taking programs for the Kindle Touch also suffer from this problem. Given I bought the Kindle for reading, and only thought of doing any sort of writing on it as an afterthought, I can't really complain. Still, if you are interested in writing anything beyond 3,100 characters in length, it appears the Kindle Touch *itself* makes this impossible.