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/

Joplin

Pros

Cons

  • 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.

OneNote

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Evernote

Pros

  • Cross platform

Cons

  • 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.

Notion

Pros

  • Cross platform.
  • Very full feature set - use for much more than notes.

Cons

  • No encryption.

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