I don't care much for a diary or travel book, but I do use DayOne (for OS X and iOS) as a journal of interesting stuff I find (mostly on HN). Years ago I used delicious to save/tag webpages, after its stagnation I used other services (I don't even remember their names), then started tagging stuff in Evernote, but none of them were as natural and easy-to-use as DayOne. It lacks a lot of features, but the Markdown format and its general ease of use makes up for that - I just press Control-Shift-D and start typing (or pasting a URL + it's HN discussion link for future reference). Occasionally I write down an interesting quote or image, or a passage I've read in an article. Also, the way it stores entries is using plist files, so I'm not afraid of platform lock-in. If I find something better (like this Vesper app here), I'll just write a convertor and translate those .plist files to the new format.
I haven't tried Vesper yet (probably will wait until there's an OS X client, which is where I use DayOne 99% of the time), but it looks very nice and promising.
The app looks really interesting, though, and I would probably have used it otherwise. Maybe now's a great time to address encryption with the focus on the Vesper app.
It's main selling point is that it encrypts all your data (notes, pictures) with SHA-256 before storing it on your device. Give it a try (Disclosure - i am the developer in the team that published this app)
Reviews/feedback always welcome...
I don't really use it, but I use a to-do app constantly, and miss a tool to continue writing on my projects' Markdown files.
An honest mistake on their part, but still very annoying.
Like Vesper, the name ‘Q Branch’ also refers to the James Bond franchise (Q is the mastermind who provides James Bond with all of his clever gadgets).
Collect your thoughts.
Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do — anything you want to remember. Use tags to group related items into playlist-like collections. Vesper imposes no system; organize and curate your notes whatever way comes naturally to you. Eschewing complications, Vesper's focus is on how it feels to use it.
• Attach photos to notes.
• Use drag-and-drop to reorder items. Move important ones up, inessential ones down.
• When you’re done with an item, swipe it to send it into the archive. Out of sight, but remembered forever.
So maybe it's just another note app that won't work for those of us already using a different solution. But the UI/UX design is pretty cool and potentially noteworthy.
First off, don't assume that the two are mutually exclusive. One of the things you learn as an educator in a tough environment is that you need hobbies as an outlet to survive and not become depressed. If you do start to go down that rabbit hole of depression you can have a poor outlook on your and your student's ability to succeed and that is not what an ideal educator needs in order to be successful in the classroom.
Second, I could have used this app over the last year to make me a better teacher. The ability to capture thoughts with words and pictures like this app provides would have been phenomenal for my organization and let me be more effective. I tried other apps and they would not have been as useful as this one would have been so don't discount it because the time was spent working on it instead of other problems that you feel are more deserving of attention.
Besides that, not all of us are qualified to tackle those sorts of problems, or are even interested in them.
Even if the other two decides to do it Gruber might threaten to jump off a bridge!
feature request: allow for a lock-code on this app please.