I’ve become obsessed with the hunt for a replacement for Evernote. It’s not that bad, but it isn’t exactly an application for taking notes. That may sound odd, because it’s certainly sold as one, but that isn’t what I use it for. I use it mostly as a place to store stuff that I might need later, such as confirmations that I’ve paid bills, receipts for orders I’ve placed that have been backed up, copies of insurance documents, tax paperwork etc. etc. In other words, it’s where I warehouse stuff. Notes get lost in there, mostly because I don’t think of putting notes in there.
I use Apple Notes for that. Computers running MacOS and devices using iOS or iPadOS have an application called Notes which integrates with iCloud, giving you the ability to have all your notes on whatever device you happen to be on. A note I write to myself on my iPhone while I’m lying in bed getting my leg squeezed will then be available on both my desktop computer and my laptop. I can store the same kinds of stuff that I store on Evernote in Notes, except that Notes doesn’t have a web clipper. At least, I don’t think it does (John goes scampering off to verify)… No, it doesn’t. There are "workarounds," of course (print the page to a PDF and attach the PDF to a note, take screenshots and attach them to a note etc.), but I’m tired of workarounds.
A lot of the stuff I save are graphics and articles from web pages. I had been using Evernote to capture them, but I dicovered that, after a while, mixing the important stuff with the not-so-important stuff in Evernote was making it hard to find the important stuff. So I started using Bear to capture the not-so-important stuff. Like Evernote, it has a web clipper, and as far as I know it stores everything locally, like Notes does, so it would seem to be ideal. Best of all, Bear supports Markdown, which I use extensively on the blog.
So, I have a choice for where to store notes. All well and good, but what about longer writing? Let’s not go into that…
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