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The only thing that makes me keep looking for an alternative to Apple Notes is search.

1. You can't restrict search to just one folder.

2. You can't use tags (would be better than folders) and search by them. I have a partial work around (I just type #tag and search for that) but it does't work that well -- the search correctly filters for "#foo" but shows "foo" highlighted in the sidebar...and doesn't scroll to the match.

A small amount of additional functionality would pretty much nuke any need for Evernote or any of these other apps (though exporting is...tedious).

I’m actually currently getting a POC built out for a note taking web app that’s entirely focused on capturing/tagging/filtering, because of these exact reasons. The idea of folders in all note taking apps is just not efficient, and doesn’t leverage the power of searching and filtering solutions.

My app is intended for multi tasking individuals.

@iamdchuk is my twitter handle if you want to connect and check it out soon. I plan to start using the app this week for work myself.

Search by folder should be possible on Mac w some scripting, which means you can add it to Alfred or Quicksilver too.

These aren't directories AFAIK, these are folder structure within the Notes app. Would be awesome if there were a way to search it!


I really tried to use Quiver for almost a year. I converted to it from Org-mode in Emacs. The reason for converting was to get better typography and layout. I really want to get header rendered in different sizes, bold really looking bold etc. Quiver looked really nice ans pleasing. But the rendering engine in Quiver is flaky. Headings of the same type end up having different sizes for example. I also never felt a benefit of the cell concept. Instead often accidentally creating new cells that had to be fixed.

I've now moved to Bear, and the experience is much better. Yes, it stores notes in a DB, not as files. But it is a standard, open SQL DB you can talk to if needed. Bear renders markdown nicely, has nice themes. And syncs between devices quick. I now read and write journal notes etc on desktop, iPad and mobile. And Bear supports inline images. This, together with nice rendering of quotes, code etc makes making complex notes possible. If I only could change the caret to a non-blinking, block everything would be great. Notes in Bear really are beutiful and pleasant to write and read.


I have nothing but good things to say about Quiver except on the rare occasion and even then I would describe it as performing ok in that regard. It just gets it done and it’s full of features but not too fancy.

Probably the only thing that’s so-so is search but worst case I have to check a couple of notes to find the right one.

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