Just Open & Type (JOT)

A fast journal app for those spontaneous thoughts and ideas

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Niv DrorΒ β€” Writer/Social Editor @ProductHunt
Love the simplicity of "Just Open & Type App" β€” particularly having it in the name. πŸ’«
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Pedro A. WunderlichΒ β€” Designer, founder from Guatemala.
Thanks Niv for the hunt! πŸ™Œ

JOT is a passion project. A simple journal app that does one thing well: opens up instantly with the keyboard at the ready so you can write down spontaneous thoughts and ideas.

I'm an avid journal user, having logged more than 1,000 posts on my Day One. But when one the go, interesting ideas creep into my head that I want to quickly write down. JOT does away with the "new post" button, and has almost zero load time. Just open up and get writing.

JOT is free on iOS. I'm building JOT in the open, I need you guys to help me decide what features to build next. If all goes well, I'll bring this to android and a Mac app as well.

IDEAS:
- Search
- Categories
- Multiple journals
- Image posts (any one use this?)
- Video posts
- Better editing tools
- Customization (color, font)
- Share to other mediums
- Landscape mode

I'm also adding a way to back up your data, but not yet decided on how. I take privacy very seriously, so am not rushing to implement this. My initial hunch is iCloud sync, but not yet decided.
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Pierre-Marie GaliteΒ β€” entrepreneur, mobile developer/advisor
@pddro I like the app, it's basic, like the k.i.s.s method. I find myself using Google Keep more and more, so it's an app I can see myself use. Search would be a great addition, Categories... I would think topics, by the use of # or something as simple as your app. Synchronization between devices too :). For the rest, I don't know, I don't like it, but I'm just one guy haha. Cheers
Michael TomkoΒ β€” Production Director, The Able Few
@pddro This is really cool, and something I had been thinking a lot about needing a solution for lately.

The only things that I really feel that it needs are search and export to text/Markdown.

The other items on your list are cool for text editors, but simplicity is really beautiful here.
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Pedro A. WunderlichΒ β€” Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@tsunaze Thanks for the feedback Pierre.
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Pedro A. WunderlichΒ β€” Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@michaeltomko Glad that you see that simplicity (and speed!) are what I'm going for here. Search is on its way πŸ™Œ
@pddro wouldn't make this effectively the same thing as SimpleNote or DayOne?
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Pedro A. WunderlichΒ β€” Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@rouzbeh84 The difference here is how each one starts up. Both Simple Note and Day One open to your posts by default. JOT opens up to a "new post" almost instantaneously. JOT's emphasis is on the speed of writing down your thoughts.
David WeaverΒ β€” Co-founder - Vintage Cash Cow & GoalMad
@pddro @rouzbeh84 love the focus on fast posting. Plans to add voice entry?
Joris RENAUDΒ β€” Co-founder @Eduvoices
@pddro Congrats for this app, it's beautiful. Back up for data would be awesome. If I may, one problem I most encounter with every note taking apps (evernote, note...) is that I create a lot of note and never categorize them or even read them after. I think the #1 problem is note to take note but to organize all your ideas afterward.

I would love too have an in-app notification asking me to review and organize my notes. Maybe adding a tutorial suggesting a productivity method ?

Then the JOT motto could be something like : "never lose an idea anymore from writing it down to finding it later".

Hope it helps! Cheers
@pddro my vote would be for individual note sharing so I can send entries to day one or Evernote etc. plus photo entries, tags, search.
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Pedro A. WunderlichΒ β€” Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@jorisrenaud This is very insightful. Perhaps some method that auto-organizes your notes based on keywords, stack notes with similar keywords into categories, etc. Awesome feedback!
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@pddro so in the current version, you can not delete/modify anything you posted? Or I didn't find the correct way?
AlexΒ β€” Founder Qlip.me, fastcode.ch +10 more
Simple! I really like those 3 buttons up the the keyboard πŸ˜„ I would say adding Search is the priority for me so I could quickly go through notes taken.
Elena Benito RuizΒ β€” full stack marketer & startup mentor
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