There are plenty of tools that allow you to take simple text notes and organise them so you can search and filter them later, but Fetchnotes is the first one we've seen in a while that's coming out of the gate with full cloud syncing across multiple devices, an easy-to-use webapp, Android and iOS apps and desktop widgets so you can stay on top of your notes, all right up front on launch.
You already know how much we love SimpleNote and Notational Velocity, but Fetchnotes wants to shake things up a bit. Once you're signed up, you're dropped at your notes screen. Your notes are organised by hashtags instead of categories, so you can go right ahead and start entering the things you want to keep track of. Just add a "#category" at the end of your note, or even use the hashtag in-line with your text, like "Remember to get milk at the #supermarket" and you'll suddenly have a #supermarket category that you can use for anything going forward.
Click on the categories on the right to see all of your notes, your untagged notes, or the ones you've specifically tagged. If you have too many to quickly scan through, you can search all of your notes just as easily.
The webapp is fast and easy to use, even on mobile devices, but if you have an iOS or Android device, you can pick up the Fetchnotes mobile apps in the iTunes App Store and over at Google Play. They're both free, sync with Fetchnotes for free and let you add or manage your notes on the go. If you like having your notes available outside of a browser, you can download a Fetchnotes widget to keep on your Mac, Windows, or Linux desktop.
Fetchnotes has been in beta for months, and I've been able to watch the team behind the app grow and develop the product into a really sharp, fast note-taking service. In the coming weeks and months, they plan to introduce the ability to call Fetchnotes and add new notes by voice, and the ability to share and collaborate on notes with other Fetchnotes members. These features may not be enough to woo you from your favourite note-taking app, but Fetchnotes is definitely worth a look if you're looking for a new or alternative service.