Sokratus
SokratusProduct Designer @Viu.com

What are some really good and powerful note taking apps that you can use across devices?

I'm looking at IA Writer and Bear (they don't have android though). What are your favourite note taking apps?
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    Notion 2.0

    The all-in-one workspace - notes, tasks, wikis, & databases

    Brennon Denny
    Brennon DennyCreating Things @ DennyDevHQ πŸ’‘ Β· Written
    Notion does everything right and is available across all major platforms
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    Really powerful, and great for both personal use and across teams!
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    • Rees Vinsen
      Rees VinsenFounder, CEO - Adduco

      HANDS DOWN πŸ™ŒπŸΌ THE BEST PRODUCTIVITY, ORGANISATION AND RESOURCE WORKSPACE myself or my team have ever touched πŸ’―

      We're huge advocates of Trello, power-users of Slack, data-hungry Google Sheet/Doc fanatics and unloyal downloaders of many productivity, Wiki, task management and organisation apps. With my CTO I often mused the idea of building an all-in-one workspace for internal use that sat as our Pandora's box of goodies ranging from development wiki's, onboarding information and branding resources all the way to task management, meeting notes and even time tracking - lo and behold I stumbled across this gem of an app.

      We decided to run Notion for a week in tandem with Trello (for our highly-granular level project management) starting by spending an hour in the evening porting over info to populate a few spreadsheets, wikis etc. I also went ahead and threw personal pages up to trial it on an individual level. πŸ“Note: if you have a super high turnover of to-do's and an active team you won't find switching over from another app to be a lengthy process. After 6 years of managing a creative agency I reckon I have seen enough task management and organisation apps to last a lifetime, so take my thoughts here with that consideration.

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      After a week we drew the following conclusions:

      ⏱ We worked faster with Notion than we did with Trello, Evernote or even a physical whiteboard.

      πŸ“¦ Today I solely used Notion for the entire workday. This time last week I would have used Trello, Slack (sending meeting notes and memos), Google Sheets, Google Docs, the native OSX notes app and GithubWiki just to get my day ORGANISED!

      πŸ“š Managing client editorials, project budgets, to-do lists and even basic memos and planning has been a breeze. It's great as a lightweight CRM too.

      πŸ›  We were more organised than ever before. It's great to have a knowledge base for our products, plans and company sitting right amongst our task management tools.

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      We have also been left wanting for nothing (πŸ‘πŸΌ Congrats, Notion team) but dreaming of a few things:

      πŸ’΅ Beefier finance organisation/support. Integrations with Quickbooks, Xero maybe? Make it easier to build budgets and organise our money plans!

      πŸ—£ Room to annotate and collaborate on images/PDF's etc.

      πŸ” Function to lock pages so you can't edit, and the little hover tooltip to edit doesn't show up.

      🎨 Integration with design apps - Sketch, UXPin, etc. Many many many creatives will use this app and be left wanting in this area. Think: a creative agency collabs, annotates, refines, develops and more...keep them in Notion.

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      The TLDR: Notion 2.0 kicks a** and we'll be using it for a long long time in place of a myriad of other productivity apps and tools. You should too.

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    • I want to move from Evernote (I am a premium subscriber) to Notion, I really do but I don't think Notion wants me to. Whatever I am about to say, I say it with nothing but respect for Notion and in the hopes that it will continue to improve at the same pace.

      First, the good - Notion has the best note editing interface I've ever used. A close second might be OneNote (it's a high bar, mind you) and Bear. It combines the simplicity of Evernote or Markdown with the power of OneNote although, it is missing the ability to use handwriting and doesn't support iPad with Pencil just yet. When it does, it will be perfect. I also like that I can save code snippets. Why is this so hard for Evernote?

      Notion 2's tables, boards and other updates are huge. While I'm sure the in-built kanban board is not as feature complete as Trello, it should be more than enough for most projects. Same for tables. Airtable has a bunch of really cool advanced features but for most use cases, tables within Notion are just fine. Notion is on the right path and I am sure these features will only improve.

      Now for what I don't like - The price is definitely my number one complaint. I will happily pay for Notion when it can do everything that other apps can. Until then, why not let me stay connected to the product with a cheaper paid plan or a better free tier? I pay for Evernote but if I were to consider switching, I can't do so purely because Notion doesn't do a bunch of things that Evernote can (even though it does a lot of things that Evernote doesn't) - Chrome extension to clip articles, emails, images etc., powerful mobile app with business card and document scanning, iPad support etc.

      At $8 a month, it is more expensive than G Suite on a per-user basis. Why not give me 100 - 200 free blocks per month? Let me grow to love it. Let me build a workflow around it. Give me some incentive to tell my friends about it. When you have the features I want (I'm sure you're working on it), let me pay for it.

      Price aside, I would also like to see how Notion fairs for quick note-taking, It's designed to be a wiki-style product and I get that but I'm sure a LOT of people are using it for personal notes. I use Evernote to save one-line notes - phone numbers, quotes, URLs etc. Notion's wiki-style UX is too heavy duty for that kind of use. It would be really cool if there was a "scratchpad" or "quick notes" feature that was not as heavy duty. For these simpler notes, I don't want to organize them into pages, I just want to save them and may be tag them. Which brings me to another feature I could really use - tags. Why limit users to only folders? Why not allow users to just tag notes?

      I could go on but ultimately, I won't be switching to Notion right now, even though I really want to. Cost is too prohibitive but I'm sure I'll be on the hunt for future updates.

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    Zenkit

    The project management tool that grows with you

    Eric Ebert
    Eric EbertMarketing and PR Β· Written
    Eric Ebert made this product
    Zenkit is quite a bit more than simple note taking, as is Notion. It's available across all major platforms, including Linux.
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    • Using Zenkit for a few months now and can't see myself going back to my old tool. The team has done a phenominal job of building an application that addresses the need of power users, light users, and everything in between.

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    • Edited my review to reflect the awesome response time to problem I encountered. Incredible, hard working team and their app reflects the care and dedication they have put into Zenkit. Keep up the great work, Zenkit!

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    Nuclino

    The easy knowledge base for teams

    It's primarily a team knowledge sharing app but is great for note-taking as well. It has a desktop, mobile, ad web app and works across all devices/platforms.
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    • Philipp Seybold
      Philipp SeyboldCo-Founder & CEO @ combyne

      Excellent product which is on the right track. In my view the pricing is too high for this stage with 5 Euro/user/ month. G Suite costs 4 euro for it's vast service portfolio. For us a price point at 1 or 2 Euro would feel comfortable.

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    • Nuclino definitely deserves to be as popular as Slack and Trello. Like Slack and Trello, Nuclino focuses on one task and does a brilliant job at it. I really hope this stays actively maintained!

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    Evernote

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Dayal
    DayalUI Designer and Front-End Developer. Β· Written
    According to me, it's the perfect simple note taking App.
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    Sara Campbell
    Sara CampbellWriter of Tiny Revolutions, mktr at Pakt Β· Written
    Yeah, I'd be lost without Evernote -- I use it for work, life and passion project notes. Great product.
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    • Emily Kellert
      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!

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    • David Neira
      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.

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    Google Keep

    Save your thoughts, wherever you are

    Free, chrome extension, mobile app, simple, unlimited.
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    I know I'm old school, but I love Keep. It's been super easy to onboard other people in my life such as my parents, who may not be super tech-savvy, so we have one place to share to-do lists.
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    Patrick Coombe
    Patrick CoombeCEO, Elite Strategies Llc Β· Written
    Without a doubt, hands down the best! Syncs across all devices, and has a Chrome app. I always use the "send to Keep" feature on my phone, then will tidy it up later. I color code my notes - yellow for "life" notes, orange for "work" and white for miscellaneous notes. you can add photos and tons of other features although the base app does the job.
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    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Clean and easy to access πŸ’₯
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    • Instant Expert
      Instant ExpertInstant Experto, Vlogger

      Its a great tool for starters, For teams I do not recommend. there are lots of apps that do the same, even google docs is more intelligible when collaborating and working with. But we already have OneNote, Evernote, Word Online, with lots of features way ahead Paper.

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    • zedgoat
      zedgoatChemist, Developer, Stoic.

      Use Paper to manage technical stuff and my team, and love it. Just the right number of features, document crosslinking and image embedding fits my needs exactly, and works for quick notes or longer documents.

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    Bear

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    Sokratus
    SokratusProduct Designer @Viu.com Β· Written
    I just love how simple yet robust Bear is. Good for writing specs, articles or just short notes. I especially love the themes. The only thing I wish they worked on is the ability to hide those tags like H1, H2 when you are writing.
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    Jose Zamora
    Jose ZamoraDev @ Sparkpost Β· Written
    I do all my writing on Mac & iOS through Bear and love it!
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    • Justin Deardorff
      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.

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    • Scot Krueger
      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.

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    NoteRiot

    A decentralized note taker built on Blockstack

    Friedger MΓΌffke
    Friedger MΓΌffkeEntredeveloper from Europe Β· Written
    NoteRiot stores your data on your personal storage. It uses an account on the blockstack network that only you owns, not Facebook, not Google or any other third party.
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  9. Shane
    ShaneFuelboard Founder Β· Written
    Strong features, clean UI, and easy to use.
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  10. Harjot Singh
    Harjot SinghFood and Travel Enthusiast Β· Written
    Yes, I have availed their services for more than 2 years continuously.
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  11. Really enjoyable interface for taking notes. Easiest solution for teams.
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  12. As a developer, I've recently switched to this from Ulysses and I love it. It has a Vim plugin (plus others) and a great Markdown editor perfect for writing my own personal documentation. Not being tied to my iCloud account is a great bonus as well. So far the only negative is that it's built with Electron, but I haven't had any issues with that yet.
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  14. Apps4you
    Apps4youwe develop most popular apps for iOS. Β· Written
    GoodWriter 4 takes things to the next level. Being able to take notes on your PDF files is awesome! And not having to open up several different pages to edit and take notes is great. Everything you need is all here in one place!
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