What I will look for in note taking systems

Posted in Reviewson Apr 3, 2013

Recently Google released Google Keep, which is suppose to be some sort of note-taking system.  I think I might need a note-taking system, but since I’m a little wary about using Google after they shut down Google Reader, I want to evaluate several note taking systems.  But before I start looking at any of them, I wanted to define my judgement criteria:

  • Platforms: must be able to use from a web browser and from Android.
  • Data export: can I get my notes back out of the system
  • Bookmarks: A lot of what I like to save for reading later are articles that I find online
  • Media types: What kinds of things can I keep?
  • Cost: Must be free
  • Organization: I need to be able to quickly find things, either through organization or searching
  • User Experience: How easy is it to use it?  Does it perform well?
  • Support: How likely am I to be still using it in 10 years?
  • APIs: Other than using their apps, are there other ways to put things into it?

There may be other things as well. Since I’ve never looked at any before, I’m not sure what I should be looking at.

Among the systems I’ll be reviewing: Google Keep, Evernote, Springpad, I’ll be looking at alternatives like keeping text documents in Dropbox.

As I make discoveries, I’ll note them in the comments.



April 4th, 2013 at 12:09 am

Since the demise of google notebook and the several different versions of google docs, I actually find I am using a private WordPress with the “press this” URL bookmarked on my browser toolbars. I have found that I often want to bookmark more than just the URL and hope I remember why the site was so interesting. For more than a brief note I use a local mediawiki. These articles (wiki pages) are often recipes or how-tos.


April 4th, 2013 at 8:13 am

The Google Keep app for Android wasn’t compatible with my Android 2.3.6 system. Evernote and Springpad apps loaded fine.


April 4th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Looks like Springpad has the best set of content types. Sure, you can store just about anything as a text note, but I really like my notes being a particular type of note: like a recipe or a list or a location.

Evernote has the best support for various platforms. Not only do thay have apps that run on the full range of platforms, they also provide an API that has allowed others to write apps on other platforms. For example, you can create a note from the command line in Linux.

Take note of this | Square Galaxy

April 5th, 2013 at 10:25 am

[…] now if you remember my criteria for judging note-taking systems, I will now give […]

Comment Form