The Quest for the Greatest Notebook App Ever

Okay, so that's probably an exaggeration.

But I've been looking high and low for a great journaling/notebook/jot pad app for a while and none of them truly satisfy what I need (more on that later). The closest it's ever come was Evernote, which I used faithfully for quite some time, but the experience was a little intuitive. But what made me jump ship was when they began to insistently assault me with a modal telling me to upgrade. Like, every-time-I-opened-the-app insistent. 

Since then, I've been hopping from notebook app to notebook app, always being around 70%-90% happy with it, my writing needs never completely satiated. The one I'm using currently is Notebook by Zoho, which is pretty good, but lacks a desktop app or even web app. Plus, it's buggy at times.

I've decided that instead of trying to find the perfect notebook app that doesn't exist, I'm going to build it. I've always redesigned other people's work but this is the first time that I'll be making something of my own. It's also the first attempt at building an app so I'm excited. Even if the building part doesn't turn out to be successful, I'd at least like to get the design and specs down in case I find more development resources in the future.

So, what will my (maybe) groundbreaking notebook app look like? Here are a few ideas inspired by the dozens of apps I've tried:

  • Ability to categorize notes into notebooks

  • Tags

  • Compose new note in Today widget (for fleeting ideas that might be gone by the time you open the app)

  • Note types: text, audio, photo & video (import & capture), checklist, doodle/sketch, scan

  • Rich text editing (italic, bold, bullet points, alignment, links)

  • Easy search

  • Easy add

  • Color coding

  • Passcode lock (for individual notes, notebooks, or entire app)

  • Beautiful, minimal writing space (especially important for desktop)

  • Reminders

  • Note info (date added, date edited, word count)

I'll update sometime in the next few weeks!

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