Evernote rival Catch to close note-taking apps on August 30

by Doug Drinkwater

August 1 2013

Catch Notes has shocked its users by confirming it will shutter its note-taking apps for iOS, Android and the web later this month. The firm intends to head in a “different direction”.

The start-up announced the news on its website and also emailed users to explain its decision.  

“Catch has made the difficult decision to take the company in a different direction,” reads the message on the company’s homepage.

“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.”

The good news in all of this is that Catch users will be able to retrieve their data by using the export tool available on Catch.com. Data can be archived into CSV or ZIP files and can be imported to other note-taking services like OneNote, Springpad or SimpleNote.

Catch’s announcement certainly comes as a surprise, not least because of the timing.

The firm only last month announced Catch Team, a business-level collaboration service, while its successful Android app has been downloaded as many as 10 million times, according to data from Google Play.

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