An OS X note-taking app for the Markdown-writing, Vim-loving folks out there! Still in development. Not ready for prime time.
Okay, so the name is definitely a little cheeky. But let's set that aside and talk about the motivation for building this app. I'm an active Evernote user and generally I find it to be mostly, generally, kinda pretty alright. Sort of.
Spending the better part of every day in a code editor, I regularly come up against two main pain points when I have to jump over to Evernote to jot something down:
- No support for Vim-keybindings
- Despite a post on Evernote's blog from September 25, 2015 indicating that "basic markdown will be a reality", support for Markdown in Evernote does not yet exist.
The technologies I'm using to build betterNOTE are taken from my ever-growing laundry-list of things I want to learn. I originally planned to build this as a web app, but after reading about Electron, I decided this project lent itself very well to being built as a desktop app.
So, here's what I'm currently using to build the app:
- Dexie.js - a wrapper around IndexedDB, which is being used for persistence
- Showdown - a Markdown to HTML converter
- Babel - for writing JSX and ES2015
- Webpack - for bundling modules
The Current State of Things
This project is very much a work-in-progress. The basic functionality of adding, editing, and deleting note is built out but there's much more to do:
- Add the ability to organize notes into different collections
- Add support for tagging notes
- Add support for keyboard searching
- Add support for sorting notes
- Add support for cloud-based syncing of notes
- Add support for keyboard shortcuts to better navigate the app
- Add support for exporting notes as Markdown, rendered HTML, or PDF
- Give users the ability to configure settings in the text editor like font, font size, etc.
- Give some TLC to designing the look, feel, and interface