There was a time, probably not even a year ago, when I thought the multi platform note service Evernote was the cat’s meow, the cat’s pajamas, an absolute bargain to keep track of notes not matter where you are.
My goodness. What happened? Evernote has loaded up and take the lead in the useless features wars, a victim of feature creep of Frankenstein-like proportions. It even does email. That’s the sign when an app has jumped the shark so I started looking around.
The folks who publisher WordPress probably had a similar problem with Evernote and created Simplenote as a simple and free alternative. If you like and use Evernote, don’t bother with Simplenote. It’s simple. Create a note and it gets stored online and synchronized between devices (more or less like the competition). Did I mention it’s simple?
The Simplenote sidebar is, well, simple. Click to view all notes. Click to trash a note. Click to setup a Todo item. There’s nothing to organize, not much to learn, and nothing that resembles complication or feature creep.
There’s even a built-in backup with a slider so you can see previous versions. And, of course, you can search for notes with tags.
Now, inside all that simplicity and convenience is a minor caveat. You’ll need to setup a Simplenote account for notes to be synchronized between Macs and other devices. For now, Simplenote works on Mac, iPhone and iPad, Android devices, and even Kindle, but nothing for Windows PCs.
If you find yourself scratching your head trying to figure out Evernote, and OS X and iOS’s Notes app is more simple than simpleton, try Simplenote. Now, if only it had a Safari web page clipping option. And if it lived in the Mac’s Menubar. And if it only had folder management.
See the problem?