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Just Open & Type (JOT)

A fast journal app for those spontaneous thoughts and ideas

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Pedro A. Wunderlich@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
Thanks Niv for the hunt! 🙌 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.
Pierre-Marie Galite@tsunaze · 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 Tomko@michaeltomko · 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.
Pedro A. Wunderlich@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@tsunaze Thanks for the feedback Pierre.
Pedro A. Wunderlich@pddro · 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 🙌
rouzbeh@rouzbeh84
@pddro wouldn't make this effectively the same thing as SimpleNote or DayOne?
Pedro A. Wunderlich@pddro · 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 Weaver@david_weaver · Co-founder - Vintage Cash Cow & GoalMad
@pddro @rouzbeh84 love the focus on fast posting. Plans to add voice entry?
Joris RENAUD@jorisrenaud · 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
Peter Petrovski@ppetrovski
@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.
Pedro A. Wunderlich@pddro · 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!
Wenqin Xue@wenqinxue
@pddro so in the current version, you can not delete/modify anything you posted? Or I didn't find the correct way?
Alex@silberit · Founder Qlip.me, fastcode.ch +10 more
Simple! I really like those 3 buttons up the the keyboard 😄 I would say adding Search is the priority for me so I could quickly go through notes taken.
Elena Benito Ruiz@elenabrz · Full Stack CMO @ BeeBole Timesheet.
@david_weaver @pddro @rouzbeh84 +1
Yuliang Liam Zhang@yuliang_liam_zhang · Founder, ecoolhub
@pddro Thanks for bringing us this incredible app, the only key feature I will ask for is data backup or export. I mainly use it for my instant thoughts and review it when a day ends.
Pedro A. Wunderlich@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@yuliang_liam_zhang If all goes well, this update is coming this week! WOO!
Yuliang Liam Zhang@yuliang_liam_zhang · Founder, ecoolhub
@pddro Looking forward to it !!!
Yuliang Liam Zhang@yuliang_liam_zhang · Founder, ecoolhub
@pddro have tried the new update, just wanna bring up something for you. 1. It seems "Strikethrough action" is too sensitive, everything I scroll down to view the content, it disturbs me. 2. Somehow strikethrough does not work properly when I slide. 3. On the view page, Chinese characters do not support Bold and normal format as English content. I have tried many ways like adding double space after "title" or add a period.
Pedro A. Wunderlich@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@yuliang_liam_zhang Thanks for the feedback Yuliang! Still working on the strikethrough to perfect it. Also, don't yet support Chinese characters (or any other character type). This is for now, a one man operation, but gonna get to that issue asap.
Yuliang Liam Zhang@yuliang_liam_zhang · Founder, ecoolhub
@pddro it is a great product ! I use it everyday. You have my support !
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Niv Dror
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@nivo0o0 · Writer/Social Editor @ProductHunt
Love the simplicity of "Just Open & Type App" — particularly having it in the name. 💫
Pedro A. Wunderlich
Maker
@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
Thanks Niv for the hunt! 🙌 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.
Pierre-Marie Galite@tsunaze · 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 Tomko@michaeltomko · 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.
Pedro A. Wunderlich
Maker
@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@tsunaze Thanks for the feedback Pierre.
Pedro A. Wunderlich
Maker
@pddro · 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 🙌
rouzbeh@rouzbeh84
@pddro wouldn't make this effectively the same thing as SimpleNote or DayOne?
Pedro A. Wunderlich
Maker
@pddro · 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 Weaver@david_weaver · Co-founder - Vintage Cash Cow & GoalMad
@pddro @rouzbeh84 love the focus on fast posting. Plans to add voice entry?
Joris RENAUD@jorisrenaud · 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
Peter Petrovski@ppetrovski
@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.
Pedro A. Wunderlich
Maker
@pddro · 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!
Wenqin Xue@wenqinxue
@pddro so in the current version, you can not delete/modify anything you posted? Or I didn't find the correct way?
Alex@silberit · Founder Qlip.me, fastcode.ch +10 more
Simple! I really like those 3 buttons up the the keyboard 😄 I would say adding Search is the priority for me so I could quickly go through notes taken.
Elena Benito Ruiz@elenabrz · Full Stack CMO @ BeeBole Timesheet.
@david_weaver @pddro @rouzbeh84 +1
Yuliang Liam Zhang@yuliang_liam_zhang · Founder, ecoolhub
@pddro Thanks for bringing us this incredible app, the only key feature I will ask for is data backup or export. I mainly use it for my instant thoughts and review it when a day ends.
Pedro A. Wunderlich
Maker
@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@yuliang_liam_zhang If all goes well, this update is coming this week! WOO!
Yuliang Liam Zhang@yuliang_liam_zhang · Founder, ecoolhub
@pddro Looking forward to it !!!
Yuliang Liam Zhang@yuliang_liam_zhang · Founder, ecoolhub
@pddro have tried the new update, just wanna bring up something for you. 1. It seems "Strikethrough action" is too sensitive, everything I scroll down to view the content, it disturbs me. 2. Somehow strikethrough does not work properly when I slide. 3. On the view page, Chinese characters do not support Bold and normal format as English content. I have tried many ways like adding double space after "title" or add a period.
Pedro A. Wunderlich
Maker
@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@yuliang_liam_zhang Thanks for the feedback Yuliang! Still working on the strikethrough to perfect it. Also, don't yet support Chinese characters (or any other character type). This is for now, a one man operation, but gonna get to that issue asap.
Yuliang Liam Zhang@yuliang_liam_zhang · Founder, ecoolhub
@pddro it is a great product ! I use it everyday. You have my support !
Valeriy Vysotskiy@stimes · Interaction Designer
Good product, but when it will be able for Android?
Pedro A. Wunderlich
Maker
@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@stimes Looking to make mistakes and learn just on one platform rather than make mistakes on two. I still have a few features I want to test out, gather feedback.
Anthony Stylianou@anthony_stylianou · Social Media Manager, CatchApp
Really like the app. Also never been asked to enter a password 3 times before :) I did find it difficult trying to find the app in the Appstore when typing JOT. I literally had to search for 'Just Open & Type'. In terms of what features to include: - Categories for sure. - Share easily with other channels. - fingerprint ID rather than the 4 digit password. - Option to share a journal entry with a friend. I know the idea behind a journal is to keep it private/personal, but could see value in sharing thoughts/ideas with others in 1 place. - Website interface for JOT. OR ability to import content from another source (i.e. notes, word doc, medium etc).
Pedro A. Wunderlich
Maker
@pddro · Designer, founder from Guatemala.
@anthony_stylianou Glad you liked it. Thanks for bringing up the issue appstore optimization. Still kind of a black box for many on how exactly one reaches the top of searches. Also, the list of features are great. A method to bring content for other sources is a good idea. Thanks for sharing!
Stowe Boyd@stoweboyd · futurist, researcher, iconclast
@anthony_stylianou Would def need web access
Elie Teyssedou@elie_teyssedou · Developer
Can't wait to see JOT on android !