Cheatsheet is a handy utility for iPhone

iOS developer Christopher Adam Overholtzer is my kindred spirit, and we've never even met.

In the press kit for his app Cheatsheet Quick Reference and Notes (universal, free with in-appp purchase), he notes:

"Cheatsheet was made by Adam Overholtzer, a UX designer and iOS developer living in California. He never remembers his employee ID number."

I was never able to remember my employee ID number, either. Or my wife's PO Box combination. Or where I parked the car. Or where my damn keys are. Fortunately for me, Christopher has done something about that. Cheatsheet Quick Reference and Notes (or "Cheatsheet" as I'll call it for the sake of brevity), is a dead-simple way to get tap-swipe reminders in your iPhone's Notification Center. There's a big old caveat with this one, but it shouldn't pose a problem for the intelligent user. Here's my look at Cheatsheet for iPhone and iPad.

The idea here is simple and brilliant: create glance-friendly reminders of the little things we tend to forget right on your iPhone's lock screen. All you need is a bit of text and a relevant icon. Here's how to set it up.

Using Cheatsheet

Once the app is installed, just tap the "+" at the top of the screen. The edit screen appears. Next, enter the appropriate text and choose an representative icon (there are 86 icons to choose from, 25 of which are unlocked via in-app purchase). For example, if I want to remember that Ieft my car in section 3M of the parking garage, I'll enter "3M" and choose the car icon. Finally, I tap Save and I'm done.

The next step is to add my hint to the Notification Center's Today view. The app provides instructions for this step, but all you need to to do is open Today, scroll to the bottom, tap Edit and then select Cheatsheet. You're done! Now the answer to, "Where did I leave the car again?" is a tap/swipe away. No more unlocking my phone, launching notes and navigating to my "scratch" note. Cheatsheet is so convenient.

The Today widget will display up to 10 cheats, and you can tap-and-hold on any one to add it to the clipboard. Finally, you can create a new cheat by tapping the "+" right in the widget.

The big old caveat that should be obvious

Cheatsheet is not passcode-protected, so do not use it to store sensitive information. The location of your car, the locker number at the gym, your kid's pick-up time...all fine. Your Visa's expiration date and CVV code? Noooo. There are plenty of apps out there meant to store sensitive information securely. That's not what Cheatsheet is for. I think of it like I'm asking somebody, "Hey, remember '421' for me, OK?" If you do the same, you'll love it.

The basic app is free, and you can ulock the pro version for $2.99. You purchases unlocks all icons and unlocks an action extension and full keyboard.

I'm liking Cheatsheet a whole lot. It's very handy, convenient and free. That's a win in my book.