Idea: notes archive

I take a ton of notes in Notes.app (and previously Simplenote). My preferred workflow is to keep a note in Notes.app until I’m “done” with it. At the point of done, I save the note as PDF to a local folder.

This distinction between active notes and completed notes is key for how my mind works. Something about reducing mental clutter, or insert your diagnosis here. I want to keep the notes around for future reference but I want them stored on my shelf.

I’d love to instead have a dedicated app serve as my note archive. It could be web or cross-platform as long as it kept privacy at the forefront. Importantly, it would be read-only; it wouldn’t take on the concern of also providing an editing interface.

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  1. Why did you stop using Simplenote?

    I have been using it via Notational Velocity as the simplest way of keeping notes, but my notes are now divided into three-ish categories. One set of notes are highly active, living documents, to-do lists, etc. Another set are essentially clipped, but static and rarely changing reference material I want to make easy to find. The final are sort of running logs / tallies of things.
    The interface for handling each could be better, but really the advantage of having them all easily searchable in one place is the most important.

    1. Why did you stop using Simplenote?

      I think it was because I wanted light WYSIWYG formatting. If I recall correctly, Simplenote doesn’t formally support Markdown. You can use Markdown on your own but the editor doesn’t support it particularly usefully.

      I have been using it via Notational Velocity as the simplest way of keeping notes, but my notes are now divided into three-ish categories…

      Huh! Everyone has their own system, it appears 🙂 The biggest thing for me is: any note I’m not actively working in should be hidden far away.

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