What alternative to Evernote do you use and can recommend?

Okey, we all know Evernote - it is love/hate relationship. What other note taking tool are you using and can recommend?
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  1. 19
    Bear

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    Jonathan JamesAlways Reaching. · Written
    I like Evernote enough, but sometimes I find myself using bear-writer.com/ (Pro) if I'm needing to go straight to Markdown quickly, You should be asking what end-use does the content you put into Evernote have (?) and How could you see this content being better referred back to within a different platform? Once you save an Evernote, you typically refer back to it for some reason, this reason decides how effective Evernote is at doing it's job, for me, I refer back to Bear for notes that are strictly composed of text + images + links (markdown) - For Evernote I refer back to notes that are composed of voice-recordings + a-wider-array-of-attachments - and these Evernotes also adhere to some design that often the notes collaborators understand with me. Otherwise, choosing an Evernote alternative is like choosing another Evernote that does all the same things to produce your reusable content in the end - why have an alternative if it just produces the exact same content for end-use? The OQ now then makes no sense to me.
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    Umit AkcanProduct Designer @ PEER.COM · Written
    It is more fun writing with Bear.
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    I've been using this also, and really like it. The export/share features are really nice, and it's under active development.
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    • Justin DeardorffHunter/Gatherer of Ideas

      I searched high and low for a replacement to the Mac OS default Notes app, which is incredibly limited in functionality and insufficient for my needs. I had one twist - I needed to find a note taking app for Mac that did not sync or store notes in the cloud. Bear does just that and it happens to be great. I really enjoy the hashtag categorization system and ability to have multiple tags on a note. It's a twist on Evernote style tags, but with a lighter-weight style of notebook organization and management.

    • Scot KruegerFounder of Krutech.com

      Overall I love Bear. It is beautifully designed. I love the simple interface and the ability to tag notes is amazing. It makes searching for old notes so much easier. This is better than Apple Notes and I love it so much more than Evernote.

  2. 10
    Workflowy

    Turn your entire life into a list.

    Rajoshi GhoshCo-founder, Hasura · Written
    Extremely simple for note taking and sharing, and just works!
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    Moak DesignsInternet Marketing Specialist · Written
    I love this product! It allows you to collapse and expand sections of your workflow. Super handy! There is a blog that gives tips and hacks on how to utilize the WorkFlowy for you. There is another extension that you can use to style the web version of WorkFlowy, super handy if you like to use colored tags or have certain tags to stand out, or if you want to use columns. There is a tons of cool stuff you can do with WorkFlowy! This is the blog that I like to follow regarding WorkFlowy tips and hacks. https://blog.workflowy.com/ This is the Stylish Chrome Extension that I mentioned to style the web version of WorkFlowy: https://chrome.google.com/websto... And here is the Stylish User Gallery of already created styles you can take advantage of! Note: there are tons of other styles for other websites but this is filtered to WorkFlowy styles gallery for convenience. https://userstyles.org/styles/br...
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    Robin AllensonFounder & CEO Lone.biz · Written
    Infinite bullet points, and unlike Evernote, you can build a global namespace for your life.
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    • Pedro ParedesFullstack developer

      Usually my thoght process goes from general idea to multiple sub-ideas until I get to doable tasks. No other app that I've tried allows you to do this the way Workflowy does. They all let you group by tag, or notebooks or whatever but they are usually one level grups.

    • Artem UshanovPM at Adeptik

      Best outline and note-taking app for me.

      Using WF for:

      - projects list

      - clients list

      - "inbox", "tasks" and "later" lists in kinda GTDish style

      - quick note taking during meetings and

      Using WF everyday for two years, happy with it's simple efficiency. No automation at all, but you can invent any kind of workflow using tags and search. Lately company significantly improved their Android app, but it still need more.

  3. Very easy to use, can sync across various devices with your google account itself
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    Ali HanifFounder @ HANALI · Written
    With the improvements Apple has made, I've started using Apple Notes. If your on Google Apps then Google Keep is solid and integration with your docs is automated.
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  4. 7
    Simplenote

    Simple, lighter alternative to Evernote

    Veronica BelmontDestroyer of Worlds (and PM at Disco) · Written
    All the note syncing without the crazy images and whatnot ;)
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    Stephanie GonzagaWriter/Blogger/Book Collector · Written
    I'm using Simplenote too and it's basically that—simple. No fuss, no bells and whistles.
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    Simple, lightweight and text-only. It works in the best manner possible. Did i mention that it's extremely fast?
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    • Arun SathiyaHappiness Engineer, Automattic

      Simplenote is one of those finest note-taking apps you can ask for. Coming from Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, it enables seamless ability to publish the notes online. Great app, to sum it up!

    • Simplenote truly was the most beautiful app of its day. It completely transformed what productivity was for me. There aren't many apps you expect to still be using ten years later.

  5. 5
    Google Keep

    Save your thoughts, wherever you are

    Suhas MoudgalyaProduct Engineer at EdgeVerve Systems · Written
    This is what you are looking for !!!
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  6. 5
    OneNote for Mac

    All your notes, on all your devices

    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10Co-Founder PurposeBeyondProduct.com · Written
    Microsoft's free alternative to Evernote.
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  7. 4
    Evernote

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Jonathan JamesAlways Reaching. · Written
    Evernote alternative? It's like choosing another Evernote that does all the same things to produce your reusable content in the end - why have an alternative if it just produces the exact same content for end-use? Based on these product recommendations so far the vague OQ now makes no sense to me whatsoever. If you use Google products and Google Keep does everything you need for note-taking, then yea don't sync across Evernote - this is an example of how vague this question is; it begs us to reveal our preferences up-front.. however, not one person who's made a comparable recommendation has revealed their preferences yet to any extent.. If you want collaborators and are looking for a project-based tool to manage projects with then choose a project-manager product, Evernote is not exclusively this but can be used to do this if you want. In the end, the same content is sent to the cloud and reachable whenever.. if the same content then is being produced by each of these apps for re-use via the cloud.. then answers like " It just works good " -- Are foolish here. What works good? And, why does it work better than Evernotes good? Is the UI too messy? These product recommendations are pointless so far.. none of them are good replacers for Evernote's robust ability to be used for whatever you need it to be used for. As one who's been using Evernote for more than 8 years I'm surprised by these recommendations, they don't compare.. for me, people who don't like Evernote just don't want to learn how to use it right.. and think it's abundance of UI and features makes it look clunky or inefficient - this is false, Evernote can be as efficient as you make it, and it's UI all has purpose. Things that are new and look cool aren't indicators of anything. Functionality and end-use is what dictates worth to a user. Currently Evernote can record voice and include any type of attachment within a note, you can fully format your text, add tables, line breaks, etc. etc. etc., Not to mention ALL the integrations. However, all of the other products recommended here lack MANY of Evernotes features, so, how can you recommend something that is less-featured than Evernote as a replacement? It makes absolutely no sense at all to me. Therefore, in my abundance of disdain for the current product recommendations, I am recommending Evernote as the replacement for Evernote.
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    • Emily Kellerttech lover & travel freak & tractive PM

      Absolutely love Evernote. Use it for work and personal use and that is easy with the ability to make notebooks. Tags are super helpful as is annotating a document or editing a picture with Skitch. Makes my life easier and more organized!

    • David NeiraChape Fitness - Online Personal Training

      Evernote is a platform that allows you to organize, store, share and then search your information. Evernote impacts a business's productivity by streamlining the collection and distribution of critical information by enhancing its retrieval. Evernote's gives your business enhanced control of the information you own or information already collected by your employees. It's your business. It's your information.

  8. Andreas DuessCCO, Nourish Food Marketing · Written
    I've got a ton of stuff in my Evernote account and as a tool to catch stuff that might be useful at a later time there is no compare. It's especially useful for content that might otherwise go offline - with EN you got a local, backed up, copy. That's super useful, and far better than Keep or Apple notes. However, from a "using a note app for planning purposes" I am a huge fan of Milanote. It's a visual note taking app and for my brain, it works like an absolute dream.
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  9. 3
    Winio

    The fastest way to sync your team with ongoing projects

    Daniel Lobo made this product
    Good UI and just works!
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  10. 3
    Additor beta

    Pocket and Evernote got a minimal and collaborative baby

    Nora ConradOwner of NoraConrad.com · Written
    This is fairly new and I haven't used it much but their own website says it's a combo of Pocket & Evernote. However I don't know why you wouldn't just use Evernote - it's the top in the market for a reason ;)
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    • Gabrielle DoMassage Therapist Will-be

      I've enjoyed every aspect of this product, even at its early stages. I've used this to create quick layouts of my blog posts and will use Additor for my studies. I'll keep thinking of the pros and cons. (Phoenixfirelotus / ElegantAdventure)

    • I really like Additor.io, because it is perfect, it's the best way to keep looking for new boowmarks or other links and keep in order & orgazined.

  11. 2
    Quip 3.0

    Work with people, not files. Now with spreadsheets.

    This is another online collaboration tool wherein people can work on same document realtime.
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    What most people don't realize about Quip is that it is an amazing tool even for single person use. I use Quip everyday for just me.
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    • Matt Pliszkadiscovering SaaS apps at pickSaaS.com

      Quip enhances the idea of Google Docs with more advanced collaboration functions which is great if you are looking for one place to work and communicate with your team on documents.

  12. Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10Co-Founder PurposeBeyondProduct.com · Written
    DEVONthink saves all your documents, keeps them organized, and recalls them whenever you need them.
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  13. 2
    TagSpaces

    Hackable file manager and organizer, supporting easy tagging

    Ilian Sapundshiev made this product
    TagSpaces is an open-source file-based note-taking app, which works completely offline, independently of any cloud service provider.
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  14. 2
    Notebook for Mac

    The beautifully simple note-taking app from Zoho. Now on Mac

    Tobías NaftaliSoftware engineer · Written
    Great notes app! Also 100% free
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  15. because we love opensource
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