alternative to evernote

I’ve been trying a bunch of programs out, and I’ve narrowed it down to three that I like for different reasons.


JOPLIN

Pros: open source and free (donations accepted), tagging, dynamic text/hyperlinks, attach pics, note info, notebooks, full-text search, easy to use, offers a plaintext editor and regular editor, has extensions to change the editor and other things, allows import from Evernote and other programs, has an app, has web clipper add-ons for Firefox and other browsers

Cons: It didn’t recognize my notebooks, so what I did was go back to Evernote and all the notes in each notebook with a special notebook tag. For example all the notes in my SPN notebook now have the tag “.1spn” indicating that they were in the SPN folder. When I transferred everything to Joplin, I did a tag search, then just dropped all of those notes into my new SPN notebook.

Joplin doesn’t use their own servers, which is actually a good thing because this puts you in charge of your own notes and nobody can touch them. If Joplin ever disappears from the net altogether, if you still have the program, you can still access your notes and sync them across platforms because none of it was ever in the hands of Joplin.

STANDARD NOTES

Pros: free with paid extras (that aren’t expensive if you buy the long-term package), tagging, note info, easy to use, plaintext editor, session history, sync, allows plaintext import from Evernote and other programs, has an app

Cons: No images or attachments at all, no PDF or EPUB support, a little too simple if you want to do anything other than plaintext editing.

SIMPLENOTE

Pros: free, tagging, session and note history, sharing with other users, some dynamic text/hyperlinks, full text search, app

Cons: Overly simple and doesn’t allow attachments of any kind. Notes over 1000 words are not recommended. I couldn’t find an import feature, but I didn’t look that hard.

I also tried TagSpaces and Turtl, but I didn’t like either of them enough to review here. I read a lot of good things about Bear, but it’s exclusively for Mac/iOS users, so I couldn’t try it. If you use Apple products, I suggest checking it out because it looks really good.

I refuse to try OneNote as Microsoft has a tendency to screw their users, charge way too much, and there are compatibility issues when moving from one computer to the next. Google Keep was too simple for what I need, as were all the others I checked out.

After trying them all out, I decided to go with Joplin. It has the features I’m looking for. The sync can be done through services like Dropbox, which I’m assuming will be a little confusing for some users, but it’s totally worth it for all the features this program has! The default editor is plaintext, but just change the view and you’re good to go 🙂

@treefrogie84 and @dreamsfromthebunker

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mayalaen:

alternatives to evernote?

So Evernote is freaking me out with the whole email they sent out recently from the new CEO who is like “we’re going to do amazing things and you’re going to see awesome change!!!” to a product that is basically perfect as is and I’ve used it for years and LOVED it.

Because I’m ridiculous about note-taking and am worried all my info will suddenly be dumped because new CEO is a hot-shot, I’m wondering if you guys know of any alternatives.

Things I’d Like:

  • cloud-based in some way or at least sync-able from one desktop to another
  • have some sort of tagging system or at least a good search feature
  • have a backup system so I can export/import my stuff regularly
  • it would be cool if it’s free, but I also don’t mind paying if it’s really good – I’ve been paying for Evernote anyway
  • I use Evernote to write as well as archive and tag the fanfic I read, so the ability to upload things like PDFs, EPUB, small pieces of art, etc. is a must
  • it would be awesome if they had an app, but it’s not necessary – a desktop version that is really good is totally fine with me
  • I’d like it to be able to have dynamic notes like allowing hyperlinking and such
  • the ability to have separate notebooks (kind of like folders to organize the notes in) would be super awesome but I suppose I could do without them if I have to

Thanks 🙂

*jumps up and down*

I use Qiqqa! Its the same as endnote except it’s an Australian company!

  • Cloud saving across devices
  • Tagging system
  • Free
  • Only accepts PDF unfortunately
  • Separate folders
  • No dynamic notes but you can highlight sections and tag them individually so if you search a tag you can get just the relevant paragraphs if you want

Anyway i love it and recommend it.

I’ll definitely check it out. Thank you!

Unfortunately MOST of my notes are text and EPUB. I only have a few dozen PDF files in there.

If my search turns up nothing, I might be forced to change all 7000 notes into PDF though because Qiqqa sounds good!

@dreamsfromthebunker
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What’s the CEO been saying?

Evernote recently changed their privacy terms, and now their employees are allowed free access to all our notes.

The CEO sent out an email saying there’s big and exciting changes, which usually means they’re making changes THEY think are awesome. The same thing happened with Delicious years ago, which is what I used before Evernote and Diigo, and that was a disaster.

They fired 15% of their staff, including a bunch of the executives and programmers.

There’s talk of them being on the brink of bankruptcy. That rumor started when they slashed their yearly membership prices in September, about the same time the email from the CEO went out.

There have been sync issues for weeks now. I haven’t been able to sync anything for about two weeks, but since early September there have been large chunks of time where sync wasn’t available.

There’s rumors in the geek world about the new CEO and currently employees switching to more of a big brother thing because they found so much bad shit on their servers once they changed their privacy policies, so now people are nervous their information is vulnerable.

There’s a lot of other things that are fishy too, but the stuff I’ve said above is more than enough for me to be worried 🙂

mayalaen:

alternatives to evernote?

So Evernote is freaking me out with the whole email they sent out recently from the new CEO who is like “we’re going to do amazing things and you’re going to see awesome change!!!” to a product that is basically perfect as is and I’ve used it for years and LOVED it.

Because I’m ridiculous about note-taking and am worried all my info will suddenly be dumped because new CEO is a hot-shot, I’m wondering if you guys know of any alternatives.

Things I’d Like:

  • cloud-based in some way or at least sync-able from one desktop to another
  • have some sort of tagging system or at least a good search feature
  • have a backup system so I can export/import my stuff regularly
  • it would be cool if it’s free, but I also don’t mind paying if it’s really good – I’ve been paying for Evernote anyway
  • I use Evernote to write as well as archive and tag the fanfic I read, so the ability to upload things like PDFs, EPUB, small pieces of art, etc. is a must
  • it would be awesome if they had an app, but it’s not necessary – a desktop version that is really good is totally fine with me
  • I’d like it to be able to have dynamic notes like allowing hyperlinking and such
  • the ability to have separate notebooks (kind of like folders to organize the notes in) would be super awesome but I suppose I could do without them if I have to

Thanks 🙂

@treefrogie84​ said: I have no
suggestions, but if you hear of a good one, let me know please? dad is
also freaking out and we have the family cookbook up there.

Will do.
This sucks. I’ve been using Evernote for 10 years and have 7000
well-tagged notes, a lot of them to things that don’t exist online
anymore.

In the meantime, I highly recommend left clicking on Notebooks, which brings up ALL your notes. Left click on one of your notes from the list in viewer, then hit CTRL+A, which highlights ALL your notes. Give it a moment to grab them all, then right click on one of the highlighted lines and click on Export Notes. From there you can choose what format you want to save them in.

Just to be safe, I’ve saved mine as all four options separately, because I’m not sure what platform I’ll be switching to and I don’t know which one their systems will allow.

At the very least, the Single Page HTML export will allow you to open your notes in any browser as one giant note. It won’t be pretty, but you’ll at least be able to copy and paste them to something else – even bookmarking services like Diigo can read Single Page HTML notes.

That way you won’t lose your family cookbook.

Exporting as multiple web pages HTML gives you a separate folder with any pictures/attachments you’ve saved too.