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Classic Notes provides useful features for business users

Brandy Courtade takes a look at Classic Notes + App Box, which is an invaluable tool for everyday and business use.

When it comes to note-taking apps, Android users have a lot of options. However, I've found Classic Notes, both Classic Notes Lite + App Box (free) and Classic Notes + App Box (paid), to be invaluable. Why? Mostly because of the Extras and sketch features. When you're in a meeting and need to occasionally jot down a thing or two, it's great to just be able to whip out your smartphone and enter your thoughts, without having to carry around paper and pen or other, bulkier devices.

The Classic Notes app is loaded with Extras that come in handy for everyday situations. Some of these include:

  • Conversions
    • Currency
    • Bandwidth/Data Type
    • Fuel Consumption
    • Power
    • Temperature
  • Days Until
  • Financial Related
    • Discount Calculator
    • Sales Tax Calculator
    • Standard Calculator
  • Random Password
  • Stock Quote
  • URL Shortener

The list goes on, even within the sub-bulleted categories, but these in particular could prove useful for several business functions. Let's take a closer look at the Classic Notes application.

Installation and note-taking

  1. For the full experience, download the Classic Notes + App Box app from Google Play for $1.99 (USD)
  2. Tap Buy
  3. Click Accept & download
  4. After the installation completes, tap Open
  5. To start a new note, select New (see Figure 1)
  6. Tap New Note
Figure 1

From there, it's easy. Just tap on the text field and start typing whatever note you'd like to make.

Note: You can download the free version (Classic Notes Lite) and still have the main note-taking and "sketching" functionalities, including some extras, but this article covers what you can do with the paid version, some of which may not be available on the free app.

That being said, if you're in a meeting and want to jot something down that isn't easily done — or is impossible — with normal keys, you can tap Edit Note within Classic Notes Lite and then select Attach sketch. This allows you to draw or write whatever you'd like. You can also Attach To-Do list or create one as a separate note. Another convenient feature in the Edit Note menu is Homescreen shortcut, which gives you quick access to that particular note.

Conversions and calculators

I think most of the conversion functions are pretty self-explanatory in terms of how you can use them, but they're definitely worth mentioning. Let's take a look at the Fuel Consumption converter. If you're taking a business trip out of the country, and you want to know how many miles per gallon a vehicle will give you in the applicable rates, this extra will convert United States miles per gallon to kilometers per liter, liters per 100 kilometers, or miles to liter. You might not need this very often, but it will certainly come in handy when you do. Just follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the main menu
  2. Tap New
  3. Click Extras
  4. Select Conversions
  5. Tap Fuel Consumption
  6. Enter the amount (ex. 10 miles per gallon)

From there, you can add any additional information about that conversion note.

The calculators are also very convenient. For example, say you're about to make a deal with a business partner who offers you a 19 percent discount. With the Discount Calculator, you can find out your total costs and easily compare it to another deal someone else made you. I used 19 percent because this extra allows you to choose individual percentages vs. incremental amounts, which could be handy. Here's how to use the Discount Calculator:

  1. Tap New
  2. Click Extras
  3. Scroll down and tap Financial Related
  4. Select Discount Calculator
  5. Slide the scale to what discount percentage you want to use
  6. Enter the total amount
  7. Tap Continue

You should now see what you'll pay after the discount.

More Extras

The Days Until feature lets you set a date and will tell you how many days are left until that date. You can save that note and reference it later to keep track of an important event. This feature is handiest in conjunction with the Homescreen shortcut feature. Follow these steps:

  1. Tap New
  2. Click Extras
  3. Select Days Until
  4. Set the Date
  5. Tap Done
  6. Select Edit Note
  7. Scroll down and tap Homescreen shortcut

Now, you should see a shortcut to that note on your homescreen. You can edit the note to include details about what's happening that day, and you can also set a Reminder in the Edit Note menu so that you receive an alarm at a specific time.

Classic Notes Random Password generator could certainly help end users in a business, since people often use weak passwords. This generator is flexible and allows you to set the character limit of the password. Here's how to use it:

  1. Tap New
  2. Click Extras
  3. Scroll down and tap Random Password
  4. Enter the maximum password length
  5. Tap Ok

You should now see a random password. A "sub-app" like this might make it easier to get employees to use stronger passwords.

Though Classic Notes has many more features, these are some of the more prominent uses for business. What note-taking app do you use? Would you pay for these Extras? Share your thoughts in the discussion thread below.

About Brandy Courtade

Brandy Courtade has spent her whole life tinkering with whatever gadgets and technologies she can get her hands on. She contributes to the IT news analysis site Infoboom and is also a Gadgets Examiner for Examiner.com.

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