What Apple Notes Needs to Compete

I’ve been using Evernote for a few years, both as a repository of snippets and documents, and a tool for collaboration. It’s great for the latter, because you can share a notebook, which means that every note you add to that notebook is also shared automatically. And unlike, say, Google Docs, with Evernote, you can have all your content stored offline. (And you don’t need to use a web browser to access it.)

But reading this article on The Verge, it looks like Evernote may not last long. Perhaps the departure of “many executives” will lead to it being bought up by another company, and preventing its death, but it doesn’t look good, since they’re slashing their prices to get and retain users.

Apple notes

Apple Notes is a great tool – if you’re locked into the Apple platforms – but I can’t use it for what I want for several reasons. Apple could supercharge this app to make it more useful for “pro” users fairly easily, without turning it into the bloatware that is Microsoft OneNote. Here’s what they need to do:

  • They could add shared folders (the equivalent of notebooks in Evernote), allowing it to be more easily used for collaboration. Currently, you can share notes, and have to share each one individually with an email or iMessage.
  • They could provide some more advanced styling tools. Evernote essentially lets you style documents as you would in a word processor. Most people don’t need that many style options, but Notes is extremely simplistic, offering a half-dozen fixed styles and no easy way to apply alternate formatting. (You can select text and open the Font panel to change formatting, but that takes a lot longer than using Evernotes’ formatting bar.)
  • Evernote’s web clipper – a browser extension that lets you save a web page to Evernote with a couple of clicks – is one of the most powerful parts of the app. Notes only saves links. I find it more useful to have the full content of a page to be able to find things by searching for keywords.

I would like to be able to replace Evernote with Apple Notes; not because I don’t like Evernote, but because it doesn’t seem like a long-term solution, and because Notes is there on everything I use. But unfortunately, these three missing features make Notes too weak for me. And the lack of folder-level collaboration is a deal breaker. Let’s hope Apple sees the opening in the market and powers up Notes a bit more.

Evernote’s New Privacy Policy Lets Staff Read Customers’ Notes to ‘Improve the Service’ – Mac Rumors

Some users of Evernote have threatened to stop using the note-taking service after the company announced a new privacy policy scheduled to go into effect on January 24 that effectively allows employees to read customers’ notes.

I’ve been using Evernote for about six months, and I’ve found it to be the perfect tool for my information collection and storage. But this is making me re-think whether I want to continue using the service. I don’t store anything seriously confidential (such as credit card numbers) in Evernote, but there are things that are for my eyes only.

I really wish Apple Notes was better. For example, if I want to clip a web page to refer back to it, I can do this with Evernote and save the entire page; Notes only saves a link to it, together with a brief description.

I don’t want to use Microsoft OneNote, because its interface is only slightly more agreeable than that of a long-distance airplane. What other apps are as flexible as Evernote for storing information? (And please don’t tell me about some home-brew combination of apps and scripts; I need something simple, and something that integrates with macOS and iOS share sheets, and with IFTTT, if possible.)

Source: Evernote’s New Privacy Policy Lets Staff Read Customers’ Notes to ‘Improve the Service’ – Mac Rumors