The state of note taking apps in 2020
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:26 UTC by garethbrown
Below is the state of note taking apps as per my experience in 2020. I also found a good article detaling some other apps (some not cross platform) and features here: https://collegeinfogeek.com/best-note-taking-apps/
- Able to sync to your own cloud drive.
- Markdown format notes.
- Has global encryption (management of keys is a little odd though https://discourse.joplinapp.org/t/delete-e2ee-master-keys/906/2).
- Has no sections or tree tructure within notebooks (has tags instead), but this issue is mitigated to some extent by the availability of sub-notebooks.
- Unable to upload attachments over 4MB .
- Limited sync targets - no Google Drive, corporate networks may block
- Large collections of notebooks could take up a lot of space on all devices to which you sync, including mobile.
- Excellent for organisation of notes, with notebooks, sections, and being able to move notes between sections and create sub notes easily.
- Very fast editing and works on all platforms.
- Has the ability to encrypt sections.
- Format is hard to control, is proprietary.
- Sync is by sections, and sections can get big. Attachments are embedded and so you can end up with the situation where a tiny change to a note in a 1GB section triggers that 1GB to be syncronised across all your devices, which is incredibly inefficient and sometimes just fails.
- Encryption is only in the cloud, everything is unencrypted on the syncronised device.
- Cross platform
- Has no sections or tree tructure within notebooks (has tags instead).
- Expensive for full feature set.
- Proprietary note format.
- Can encrypt sections of notes, but not full note.
- Cross platform.
- Very full feature set - use for much more than notes.
- No encryption.
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