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This definitely appeals to me for its simplicity, but the major downside to this approach (for me) is that you can't (easily) draw pictures.

So often when I am taking notes, the notes involve diagrams. Markdown is great at text, but has nothing for diagrams.

After a lot of thinking about this problem, I've decided to start using an iPad with an Apple Pencil and Microsoft OneNote. Here is an example of some notes I took when thinking about an AudioUnit plugin that would dilate time:


VimWiki is definitely very cool. Just sharing this in case anyone out there has the same concern as me about drawing diagrams.

Yes, your method of iPad/Apple Pencil/Microsoft OneNote is the best note-taking experience I've had as well. OneNote is absolutely fantastic.

That said, I rarely draw pictures and defer diagraming to my co workers, so vimwiki will fill a purpose for me.

Have you come across monodraw?


It was a ruby rogues pick a while back, you might like it!

how good is the handwriting recognition for searches etc?

The engine is very good; it's recognized all my writing. The downside is that it is offline -- it happens in the cloud. This means it's a little delayed and sometimes it seems mysteriously unavailable completely.

I find it interesting that you use the term "offline" to mean "in the cloud". I generally use it in the _opposite_ way.

Ha, I see your point. I used "offline" because it is happening in a way that is disconnected with my interactive usage. It doesn't analyze the handwriting as I write, it processes it in batch later, and this might even happen during a moment when I'm not connected to the internet. But I can see why this usage could be ambiguous or confusing.

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