catch_logoNotetaking and archiving service Catch Notes has announced that it will be shutting down service on August 30. The service is providing current users instructions on how to obtain stored documents from its server in the form of ZIP or CSV downloads, and is also optimizing the files for use in other note-taking services such as Evernote and Simplenote.

Catch has made the difficult decision to take the company in a different direction. As such, we will be terminating service next month. We value our users and have greatly enjoyed providing Catch to millions of people over the last several years, but it is time for us to move on.

Catch Notes [Direct Link] originally launched in February 2010 and earned various accolades, including being featured on Apple's "New and Noteworthy" list for apps. The app currently holds a combined four star rating across all versions in the App Store, although the most recent version released just a few days ago has been hit with poor reviews due to crashing issues.

Top Rated Comments

'Arry Avatar
141 months ago
Another day, another proprietary service announces it won't be taking care of your life any more.

When will we learn?

The only sustainable future is in standards-based services that allow you to transfer all data and settings in a user-portable package to another provider, whether in the cloud or on your own machine.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
'Arry Avatar
141 months ago
Sounds perfectly fine to me, or am I missing something?
Catch users got lucky that their provider is making this available. There is nothing in the T&Cs of these companies to guarantee that they would do this in the event of the service being shut down. Even if they do make some provision, it may not be as compatible with other services as you'd like.

This case is just another reminder that these services are provided only as long as they are profitable to the owner, and there's very little you can do to protect the investment of time you've put into your data.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baumi Avatar
141 months ago
Another day, another proprietary service announces it won't be taking care of your life any more.

When will we learn?

The only sustainable future is in standards-based services that allow you to transfer all data and settings in a user-portable package to another provider, whether in the cloud or on your own machine.

From the article:

The service is providing current users instructions on how to obtain stored documents from its server in the form of ZIP or CSV downloads, and is also optimizing the files for use in other note-taking services such as Evernote and Simplenote.

Sounds perfectly fine to me, or am I missing something?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Accipiter Avatar
141 months ago
Then it would seem to be that they're terminating their service, not suspending it.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
theBB Avatar
141 months ago
The only sustainable future is in standards-based services that allow you to transfer all data and settings in a user-portable package to another provider, whether in the cloud or on your own machine.
I definitely agree.

I just started using Catch a few weeks ago. It had the best UI among all the apps I looked into and it gave me the option of accessing my notes through the web for compatibility across different platforms even if I'd need that infrequently. I am basically looking for something as simple as Apple's Notes app, but with folders and the ability to attach multiple pictures to each note.

Catch seemed the best app for my purposes with only one caveat. I wanted the ability to export my data, in addition to emailing each note one by one. Their website was silent on this capability, so I only added a few notes and did not sign up for their paid service. (Way too expensive for casual use anyways. I could pay $5 a year, but $5 a month is too much.) I am sure I was not the only one who was reluctant to use such an app backed by a small developer with uncertain financial resources. They could have improved their chances in the marketplace if they looked less proprietary.

Even now with their ZIP option, it is not clear to me whether each note in a space will come out as a nice rtf file which has universal support or as a bunch of pictures for each attached picture along with one txt file for the typed portions. It is also not clear whether the app would keep on working with my locally saved notes even if the syncing and web interface will obviously be gone at the end of the month. In any case, I gotta find another nice app.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Razeus Avatar
141 months ago
I heard of this news a few days ago. Too bad for them. I really liked that app. Was going to use it to replace Evernote
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iOS 18 Siri Integrated Feature

Report: These 10 New AI Features Are Coming in iOS 18

Sunday May 26, 2024 12:57 pm PDT by
iOS 18 and macOS 15 will offer an array of new AI features such as auto-generated emojis, suggested replies to emails and messages, and more, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports. A significant portion of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is expected to focus on AI features. Writing his latest "Power On" newsletter, Gurman explained that Apple's AI strategy emphasizes providing...
airpods pro 2 pink

Apple Releases New AirPods Pro 2 Firmware

Tuesday May 28, 2024 11:46 am PDT by
Apple today released new firmware update for both the Lightning and USB-C versions of the AirPods Pro 2. The new firmware is version 6F7, up from the 6B34 firmware released in November. Apple does not provide details on what features might be included in the refreshed firmware beyond "bug fixes and other improvements," so it is unclear what's new in the update. Apple does not give...
new best buy blue

Best Buy's Memorial Day Sale Has Record Low Prices on iPads, MacBooks, and Much More

Friday May 24, 2024 7:12 am PDT by
Best Buy today kicked off its Memorial Day weekend sale, and it has some of the best prices we've tracked in weeks on iPads and MacBooks. Specifically, you'll find record low prices on the 5th generation iPad Air, iPad mini 6, M2 MacBook Air, and M3 MacBook Pro. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment,...
iOS 18 WWDC 24 Feature 2

Gurman: iOS 18 Will Allow Users to Recolor App Icons and Place Them Anywhere

Sunday May 26, 2024 12:22 pm PDT by
Apple's iOS 18 update will introduce new features for further customizing the iPhone's home screen, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman claimed that Apple will allow users to change the color of app icons in iOS 18. For example, "you can make all your social icons blue or finance-related ones green." This kind of home screen...
iPad Pro Landscape Apple Logo Feature

Apple Says Future iPads Could Feature Landscape Apple Logo

Monday May 27, 2024 6:31 am PDT by
French website Numerama interviewed three senior Apple employees about the new iPad Pro models that launched earlier this month. While the discussion did not reveal many new details, it did mention one potential change for future iPads. While the Apple logo on the back of iPads is positioned so that it appears upright in vertical orientation, the devices are often used in landscape...