aNotepad.com is a very simple online notepad. All it does is let you write notes and save them. You don’t even have to register or login if you don’t want to. If you chose not to register, your notes will automatically be public. How else are you going to get to them? If you log in you can still choose to make the note public if you wish, but otherwise the notes are private and only accessible when you log in again. There are no tools, no font styles and sizes, and no way to easily import an image. It’s just simple.
So why do I prefer aNotepad to other note/file-sharing apps such as Dropbox or Evernote? It’s not just the simplicity. It’s the fact that, at the time of writing, the IT department at my day job hasn’t blocked it! Facebook, GMail, Evernote and Dropbox, and even origami websites are all restricted. Access Denied. That’s not the case with this online notepad. If I get a crazy thought for an article or one of my stories, or the next D&D session, I can type something up quick and save it. When I get home they’re all there, waiting.
I really should point out that paper and pens are not allowed at work. I work with private information, so the clients don’t want us to have any means of copying the information for private use or public display. I can’t just take my paper notepad and write. If I want to express a creative whim, I have to be sneaky about it. With any luck, this article will go unnoticed by those with the power to block aNotepad. For now at least, happy note-taking!