February 27, 2021•901 words
My choice currently boils down to:
- I bought their 5 year extended plan in order to get a decent html editor for my notes imported from Evernote.
- For dark mode I use the official Midnight Theme. A similar free theme is Overcast.
- Unfortunately both extended html editors have severe bugs for lists.
- Their support replied to my post and told me they are working on them.
- I decided to keep the extended subscription in spite the annoying bugs to make the most of it and support their vision.
Using Evernote as a repository for Webclips.
- Insecure but comfortable and while my link collection allows third parties to profile me, they do not know every detail of my private thoughts.
- I obviously would prefer to have this in Standard Notes but understand their conservative approach to new features, so I’ll wait.
I will definitely consider Cryptee for secure document & photo storage.
- While I found them as a note taking service, their super-friendly support explained they are a faster and secure competition to Googledocs and icloud than to standard notes.
- Comparing them with standard notes is like comparing apples and oranges. It works but they are different.
- Note taking works well too, just not as fast and quick as on Standardnotes.
Why I chose this way? I share my experiences below.
I was tired of Evernote.
Yes, it worked well. But it was not secure.
For some time I was happy with the local feature.
A local notebook was private after all .
But then they discontinued this feature.
My Odyssee began. I thought it would be so much easier to find a secure and comfy way of note taking.
I was wrong.
I found it very hard to find something that is as universal as Evernote but secure.
I scoured the net and found some candidates. This is what I experienced with them from A-Z:
- Very nice design.
- Clever web-centric approach.
- An encrypted cloud service with web-only access but full deniability.
- Probably the safest approach to online secure storage on the net.
- Search does not find in text references due to encryption. Search only searches headlines and tags.
- Bug: Line breaks in bulleted list are not aligned properly. Text is aligned with the bullet instead of other text.
- Bug: The import from Evernote on MacOs was buggy. iNotes could import the same .enex file but is not safe.
- Third and forth level bullet points are extremely large and impair legibility.
- A click on documents always prompts reentering the encryption key.
- A bit slow to use for note taking, since encryption is done in the browser.
- Encryption key needs to be reentered frequently.
- Likely a great solution for secure document storage that are not notes.
- A bit like a secure online hard drive.
- Can be a free Evernote replacement on one machine. Impressive.
- Great job by the programmer. He did what usually only a team can do.
- Encrypted syncing is horrible on MacOS 10.14. I had no finished sync after three! days.
- Issue resolution quite complex for non-techies.
- Without encryption no more secure than Evernote unless you host all data on your own servers.
- No financially stable revenue model. So I have to assume that it gets discontinued at some point.
- I might switch to Joplin for web clips if I do not mind syncing.
- Great philosophy with focus on longevity and security.
- Promising financial sustainability through viable financing concept and subscription motivation.
- Extremely basic free features. Luckily there are free extensions around.
- Great blogging feature.
- Great sync and accessibility.
- Unfortunately the current extensions (v3.5.18) can be buggy. Some issues I encountered:
- List for indent on the mobile app can exceed screen on Laptop but not on external monitor - alternatively it overlays over the first line of the note text
- Batch editing is cumbersome. I still found no way to batch assign or change tags.
- Quick tags top bar does not expand to two lines once there are more tags than space for one line
- Editors don’t work offline on mobile. This really destroys usability for mobile notes in html.
- Plain editor
- Text formatting does not change all marked text
- Lists cannot be indented with Tab / and Shift + Tab
- List cannot be formatted as blocks
- Images cannot be integrated from uploads comfortably
- Lists cannot be indented as a block
- Markdown Pro Editor
- Does not show formatting of bullet point - looks ugly
- Bold Editor
- Text in Lists cannot be formatted easily. It stays Courier in spite of marking it all and choosing Helvetica.
- Great idea, since it is focussed on encrypted team collaboration.
- Did not like the old school interface and lack of offline accessibility.
- Still in beta mode.
- Seems like it might not live to see the next 5 years. But I’ll might keep revisiting.
- Unfortunately still no iOS App, although still promised for 2019.
- Did not test further since I want iPhone sync.