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Catch.com, a well-known multi-platform note-taking service, is shutting its doors on August 30th. The company began giving notice of the decision to users on its site today, providing an option to export any notes before the service is taken offline. The associated Android app, Catch Notes, will presumably become non-functional on the 30th as well.


Catch had millions of users, and the Android app had amassed 5,000,000-10,000,000 installs in its tenure on the Play Store. Catch really doesn't provide much in the way of reasoning for the decision, stating only that the company will be moving in a "different direction" going forward.

With encroachment from Google with Keep and the continued popularity of Evernote, the note-taking space is quickly becoming a crowded one. Perhaps Catch simply didn't feel it could play catch-up any longer.

Thanks, Kyle.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • skitchbeatz

    They didn't do anything particularly different or interesting.

    • ddpacino

      I liked their app, with the current update. Nothing more, though. Glad I never made the switch!

  • Thomas’

    This is what happens to companies, whose business plan is "being bought by Google/Apple/MS/etc", without actually being interesting to them.

    • abby

      This sentence doesn't make sense. You should be able to remove everything between the two commas and still have a coherent sentence. Besides, "being bought by Google/Apple/MS/etc" isn't a bad business plan as long as you offer something unique.

      • Thomas’

        Fixed it. In my mother language commas are used slightly different.

        And well, yes, it is a bad business plan if your service cannot survive on its own.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


  • John Stegenga

    evernote did it better, I guess... so they're bailing out.


    I loved catch but switched to Google Keep once it came out...

    • http://ashish.bogawat.com Ashish Bogawat

      Keep is nice and simple, but can get extremely unwieldy once the number of notes goes beyond a couple dozen. I wonder if they are ever going to add some sort of categorization to the app. It seems to have stayed stagnant since launch.

      • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

        Google appear to do everything like a pot smoking hippie/hipster - when they feel like it.

  • http://platypus.blox.pl/ najodleglejszy

    I'm glad I never managed to switch to it then. so far I'm sticking with ColorNote, but it's, well, fugly. if only Keep had the ability to password-protect selected notes...

    • Paul

      StackNotes has password protected notes. http://www.stacknot.es/

      • http://platypus.blox.pl/ najodleglejszy

        it protects whole folders but thanks, it'll sooo do! :D

  • Michael

    I now know what it feels like when an app gets cancelled. I actually use this, but will just migrate over to Keep

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

      Lucky me that i choose Springpad over catch.com

  • nmw407

    Good thing I copied stuff over to Google Keep when it came out. I used Catch primarily because it was one of the few note sites that the company didn't block.

    • mendy817


  • bydavidrosen

    i am so mad. every other note taking app was lacking in one department or another. i have SO much stuff in catch that i'm sure will be easy to export but impossible to import into another app/service. bahhhhhhh

  • Booyabobby

    I ditch Catch awhile back for Google Drive.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    I bet it's more profitable to sell the domain name than to keep taking notes. That said, it's a bummer... :-(

  • Neolawliet

    Exporting from Catch is easy, but neither Evernote nor Google Keep has any way to import them!

  • Mike Harris

    My very unofficial take on the situation is this (and keep in mind, I know absolutely nothing more than the average person):

    With so many startups eventually hitting their big payday, this was probably their goal. They had a lot of users and had a pretty good service, so they probably hoped that a big fish would come along and buy them up. When Google (one of, if not, the biggest of the big fish) ended up releasing Keep, this probably was the sad realization that they missed their shot. I bet (or at least I hope) that they even tried shopping it around afterwards, but I guess there was very little interest... and with Google as a new competitor, there's not much left to do but pack it in.

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

      well sad but true

    • Jennifer

      While I was shopping for a new app, I could clearly see how far note-taking services have gone since I chose catch and all I can say is that they must have been passed by about 100 miles down the road and it doesn't look like they even tried to "catch up". Not only that, but most of the other services are free and/or way cheaper. I think their brains fell out some time back and the survivors didn't know what to do with themselves except keep going thru the motions. Maybe there be head-hunters in them note-taking-app woods.

    • d_originaldappa

      Great point! I would assume that maintaining the growing service mostly for free comes at a cost as well. I would make sense for them to hope that a bigger company buys them off. Interesting thought... now to export my notes :(

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    To be fair, I had transitioned to Keep almost exclusively after it was announced. However, Catch's multiple categories allowed me MUCH better organization. And it was always much faster than Evernote. How disappointing. Better get my data backed up.

    • mesmorino

      So... You traded Catch's better organisation and faster speed for Keep's... What?

      Not arguing, just curious. I'm using Evernote myself

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Keep is faster, more tightly-integrated into Android, simpler (which was the original reason I switched to 3banana [former name] from Evernote), cleaner, doesn't make me log back into it every time I access it online, has much better voice options (records and keeps your recorded audio in addition to transcribing it), and has a Chrome app that acts like a native application. It's only the organization functions of Catch that I miss, which is why I was still using it for work.

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          But I noticed it needs sync to be enabled in android setting to pull fresh data. For example, say I added a new note using desktop browser. On my phone, I have wifi on but sync off. I launch the keep app. But it still doesn't get the new note. And there's no way to fetch this new note (pull down to refresh etc) other than turn sync on in android. That's not how I roll.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            It's a Google Apps service. That's hardly surprising. Clearly you roll in a direction not compatible with Google services.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Didn't get what you meant. Keep and GMail both are google apps. In gmail, I can refresh and get new mails even without turning sync on. Why not in keep?

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Keep isn't a pull service like email is. It makes sense to build in a feature to demand a refresh of email. Notes are expected to simply be in sync, and changes would only ever be made by you. Different base concept.

  • moelsen8

    Wonder if AK Notepad is going as well. Used that for years before Google keep. Sad day.

    • Izzy

      the new ak notepad update has a popup when you start the app saying there will be no more updates and that it can only be used locally... i only used the app locally anyway

  • Russ Brown

    Well, crap. I seem to be good at backing the wrong horse (Astrid being the last one). This was, for me, a happy medium between Keep's simplicity and Evernote's features. Going to have to decide which way to jump now I suppose...

    • http://thomashunsaker.com Thomas Hunsaker

      It is unfortunate, since both of those apps were first-movers in the android world. They were great examples of apps that fit with Android's evolution over the last few years. :(

      • Russ Brown

        Indeed. I still haven't found an Astrid replacement that I'm happy with. At least I'm already using some of the note alternatives, so it could be worse.

        NewsRob bit the dust too (though that was kinda forced on the developer). I'm wondering what might be next along these lines so I can brace myself for it...

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I was "lucky" that Astrid never worked well for me. Its reminders were so incredibly unreliable that I just fell back on COL Reminder (such a great app) and never found (until Keep) a recent syncing lists app that I liked. So when Astrid closed, I managed to no longer be relying on it.

  • thartist

    You know you're still living in the 90s when the name of your internet service ends with "DOT COM" (omg puke inside out!)

  • Daniel Rodrigues

    Marketing crash course for Evernote staff: build and release Catch notes importer in the next 24-48h.

    • http://www.djchuang.com/ djchuang

      When you export from Catch there is an Evernote formatted notes, easy to import -- it took me all of 10 mins to export from Catch and import into Evernote

  • Charles Miller

    This Sucks!!!!! I use Catch everyday. Every other app I have tried has not fit my needs like Catch. Ill go back to Evernote for now I guess. I dont like Keep or any of the others. Even my friend who switched from Springpad to Keep was like why dont you just use Keep until I showed him all my notes and how I have them shared with my wife and how they update in real-time.

  • Crusader

    I wish someone might purchase Catch, because I have tried all the note apps out there and Catch is by far the overall best-designed, among other great features. Well worth paying money for, and I am very saddened to see them go and now have to futz around and see which alternate I can live with.

  • Rob

    #RIP Catch.

  • Samsung Fanboy

    So end your service but leave the app alone !! or sell the damn thing to some other company--any company except apple.

  • rap

    I will miss it. I think I would really like evernote but you must pay for premium (not in my budget right now) to have offline access to your notebooks. I use a N7 (no smartphone) so I need to be able to access my data without an internet connection. Other things I liked: So quick and easy to create notes in AK Notepad and they sync with catch. Some ability without paying to divide notes into groups (spaces). Keep will probably serve my purposes for now and I don't have all that many notes. I was hoping Catch would develop more formatting options, not go away.

  • jesuguru

    Bummed about this... but kind of saw the writing on the wall when they downgraded storage from 70mb a month (rolling/accumulating like evernote) to 250mb total (plus 50mb for referrals). That's not much at all, if you have pics/audio to attach. Rolling services back instead of expanding them is more often a sign of a company struggling than succeeding.

    Thing I liked best - free password protection. If anyone can recommend a similar service with password protection *in the free version* like Catch, let me know thanks.

    • http://platypus.blox.pl/ najodleglejszy

      you can try StackNotes

  • http://ashish.bogawat.com Ashish Bogawat

    Catch had one of the best interfaces for a mobile app, and not just in the note-taking department. I gave it an honest go, but was too invested into Evernote to bother with the transition. Thank god for that!

  • fredric

    It's still my primary note taking app {:'(

    And I hate Evernote and don't want to use it!
    Keep, it is.

  • dobbsy

    As annoyed as I am about this (I use Catch almost every hour of every day), they issued users refunds for additional spaces purchased, without the users requesting the refunds. That's a pretty solid business move in my book.

    I don't look forward to Evernote but Keep does not have the functionality needed so I guess I have little choice.

  • Mike

    Noooo wtf man

  • Bob

    Arrrrgh 1st Astrid now Catch! this is getting rather annoying..... :/

  • bjorn halenbeek

    well this is sad :(
    i've been using catch on a daily basis since 2009 or so, it was called 3banana notes back then. tried evernote for a while but i thought it was rediculous to pay $5 a month to have my notes offline. google keep is too messy, you can't organize your notes. springpad is just too busy.
    looks like i'm going to be busy for a while trying to find a good replacement for catch.

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    I loved Catch and used it for a while, but they suffered from having two confusing apps, so you could use the simpler version, but it'd nag you.

    Eventually I switched to Keep and never looked back. By trying to do too much, they lost me.

  • Captain Wow

    so... am I the only one who used this to automatically sync ideas and notes and pictures with another person? This was a fantastic app for two guys trying to flesh out a comic book universe; when one person had an idea we wrote it on a note in its corresponding folder and the other person automatically received it. I can't find any other app that comes close to Catch.

    • Ror

      Springpad has similar sharing functionality.

  • jesuguru

    Catch just sent a notification to my phone, "A new version of Catch is available." Seriously? When you're about to shut down? At this point it feels like trolling.

  • bydavidrosen

    ugh... so the last few days i've been using google keep and thinking "OK this isn't so bad... i guess I can use this instead of catch" and then today I went to make a voice note... it stops recording when you pause to take a breath! like as if you're just trying to voice type something! freaking horrible. this really sucks.

  • Ixil

    I wonder if the reasoning is the same as Lavabit.

  • Jennifer

    This is proving a disaster for me. I will not use Evernote. I don't like it. I found a fantastic and very powerful note-taking and organizing app group by "Fluffy Delusions" which I think will replace my 3!!! catch apps. But when I hit the button to import, my poor Galaxy passed out loading ALL of my catch notes INTO ONE NOTE! OMG! I emailed the catch team and they don't even know which apps can accept their exports properly!

    If you want to "go in a different direction", fine! But you need to make a good hand-off or your names will be mud wherever you go from then on! DO NOT hire these people! They are not responsible!

    What I need now in a note service is to be able to export to Google Drive. I need a cloud that is not going to dissipate any time soon! And I think it would be super neat-o if I could get my notes all uploaded back as SEPARATE notes! And what am I gonna do with all my photos?!!!

  • Paul Winkler

    Is there anything that allows copying a checklist to a new checklist? I have not found such a thing. Catch didn't. Keep doesn't. I would use that constantly.

  • Sarah

    They should have sent an EMAIL or a phone notification!! I did not know it was shutting down and I have now lost EVERYTHING I had in Catch. I am beyond pissed of!

  • Shawna

    My Catch app is working fine...never received any notice of shut-down --- but just in case...which android app should I export to?

  • zehra

    I learned this new today, when I forgot my password and couldnt login catch because server does not respond. What can I do to save my notes?? Please help.

    • nabeel

      same here.. i also need my data back..if get to know how to do that plz tell me too.. those notes are hell important for me..

  • Rukiya

    What the frick?? I just found out about this. I have been using my application not even realizing that it hadn't synced since August 29th. I've been using this application all the time and have been for the past couple of years. I feel betrayed like a little girl whose puppy ran away. :(

    • nabeel

      i also need my data back..if get to know how to do that plz tell me too.. those notes are hell important for me..

  • fischfix

    i did not get any notification, all my data is lost now?????? i've switched my device and did not install the app but was using it before extensively in the webbrowser and on the phone... any help????

  • Xavier
  • virat bhanderi

    I m using catch and now I lost my password ,,,,, for recovery of data password what will I do?