Simplenote: The Definition of Note Taking

30Jan10

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Updated: Notational Velocity has included Simplenote sync as of 2.0b2

Simplenote is a note taking web app and iPhone app. Notes created are sync to the cloud.

Recently, the iPhone app changed from being a paid app to a free app. However, the free app now supports ads. Premium members and previous buyers of the app will have the option of turning the ads off.

Simplenote as it’s name would suggest is a minimalistic approach to note taking. There are no fancy note paper or marker felt fonts. Note titles are based on your first line of text in the note.

Premium users getting the benefits of automated backups, unlimited API calls, create by email, rss feeds, premium support, ad free, early access to new features.

Desktop Apps

Nottingham is very similar to Notational Velocity but it includes native syncing to Simplenote. To create more than 10 notes, you can register the app for US$14.95. Some have been known to face some problems with syncing with Simplenote so please try before you purchase the app. Tyler, the developer, is already aware of this issue so expect this issue to be resolved soon. I really like the ability to colour-code your notes much like the files in finder.

Dashnote is a side project developed by Resen Corp. This is a dashboard widget instead of an app like the other two. This is definitely the most beautiful app out of the three. However, the lack of off-line note creation is really a bummer.

Justnotes runs in the menu bar and works great though it is still in beta. It is freeware but donations are greatly appreciated. Great point to note is the ability to email notes right from the app.

Notational Velocity has been the choice desktop app for note-taking and it used to require a hack to sync notes with Simplenote. With the latest update, Simplenote sync has been built into the app. NV in my opinion has the best implementation of Simplenote. With the ability to undo deleted notes, merge/replace notes during sync, NV will be a tough app to beat especially with it being freeware.

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