Adventures in Writing

Welcome to the Note Taking Apocalypse

In a sea of apps, what matters most when taking notes?

Tim King
Tim King
Jun 4, 2018 · 6 min read
macOS App Store — Search Term ‘Note Taking’

A plethora of productivity options is often far worse than no choice at all.

I’m an organiser. I like to keep the words I write collected in specially labelled drawers, for the time that I need to quickly find a specific piece of text I wrote months ago without having to hunt through multiple folders (or god forbid hard drives).

Frictionless and gets out of the way

First, and foremost, it needs to feel frictionless. The single biggest detractor to any note taking app is the need to faff about solving minor niggling issues. Things like copy and paste that gives the user choice to preserve or ignore formatting is a tiny little issue that can save a user an absolute ton of rework when moving from an older platform. Similarly not preserving copied links causes much the same kind of headache. Other things like poor image and file support, clunky search and lack of speed all cause friction.

Customisable, flexible organisation

Now this is something that is a little contentious among developers.

The right to chose a better theme

I know this is a huge.

It needs wiki-like superpowers

If there is one feature that excels above all others in information software of the past two decades that deserves its place in the note taking pantheon, its the humble double bracketed internal link.

Never perfect, but you can get close

All in all, we’ll never find the ‘perfect’ state of note taking. There will always be a new method, feature, or some other shift that turns our workflow on its head, but the reality is that we can get pretty close by embracing the learnings of others and not trying to remake everything that came before.

About the author:

Tim King is a Freelance Copywriter living in Australia.
He’s also the Founder of WIREHEAD, a Medium publication covering topics of Cyberpunk, Transhumanism, and Futurism.

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