My problems with Evernote are neatly documented.
I broke up with the platform over a yr in the past, and to at the present time I nonetheless haven’t discovered the easiest resolution. I love Bear for notes, and Milanote for Evernote-like bookmarking and group, however I don’t like the usage of two products and services and neither, on their very own, is ultimate for my workflow. As a lot as I hate to mention it, Evernote would possibly have been the most suitable choice. I’m cussed, even though, and after this type of public breakup I simply couldn’t return. So I caught it out, waiting for a better possibility.
And then I were given a bizarre pitch on Twitter. Brian Cox, founding father of Index, despatched me this:
@bryanclark Live photos: Man is going into tantric rampage throughout a consumer comments consultation of @indexeverything %.twitter.com/LlsY5HCw2H
— Index App (@indexeverything) September 25, 2017
Smart transfer, fending off my inbox. It’s a nightmare-ish hellscape the place desires (and pitches) move to die.
Index isn’t as feature-rich as Evernote. We must get started there, as a result of there are a couple of of you available in the market that also imagine it’s value stomaching Evernote’s bloat for the two instances a yr chances are you’ll use that one characteristic. What Index lacks in options, it makes up for in potency. It’s graceful, minimalist, and rapid — all issues Evernote is now not.
Like Evernote, the browser extension lets you take hold of what you wish to have on the fly, however that’s the place the similarities finish. To save a brand new merchandise, simply click on the extension icon. You may just, for those who have been so prone, simply prevent there. I wouldn’t even though. Keeping issues arranged depends on hashtags, and the machine is so flawlessly carried out that — after clicking to save lots of one thing to Index — you simply have to start out typing. The cursor is already in position, and the tags you employ maximum incessantly are living proper under the textual content enter house.
On cellular, you’ll be able to save from inside the Share menu, or via copying a URL without delay into the app.
That’s in point of fact all there is to it.
As you’d be expecting, you’ll be able to save hyperlinks, textual content, or pictures (or some mixture of each and every) inside the similar be aware.
I did run into some problems the usage of the browser model when making an attempt so as to add textual content, however after switching browsers (to Chrome), it labored effective. This, Cox tells me, is the lone susceptible spot of the app up to now, and one he plans to deal with together with his first new rent. It’s additionally one in every of the few issues I will be able to nitpick, even though it did finally end up running — simply in a special browser.
Aside from the easy interface, even though, I in point of fact revel in having the ability to transfer round what’s displayed on the homepage to fit my tastes. My “reading list” Index, for instance, is one thing I compensate for each and every evening, so having the ability to stay it entrance and middle (reasonably than buried in a sea of different “notebooks”) makes my lifestyles only a contact more uncomplicated.
If you’re having a look for extra, check out Evernote or OneNote. Simplicity is what Index does. And in my enjoy, it does it better than any of its higher competition.
For all that Index excels at, it nonetheless has a couple of tough edges. In equity, even though, Evernote isn’t easiest both — higher dev staff, thousands and thousands in investment, and lengthy head get started be damned.
But for each and every of my gripes — that are admittedly minor — the quantity of polish and ease Index brings to the desk a long way outweigh them. Issues like some pieces showing in Index sooner than others, or the lack of ability to duplicate textual content snippets into an Index now and then are small, and can unquestionably be addressed down the line.
Aside from that, the best gripe can be the loss of on-boarding for new customers. For those who haven’t noticed the YouTube intro, a few of the options aren’t instantly obvious. And even though the YouTube video is helping, I discovered it on Index’s Twitter web page, now not the site.
But even this, in the grander scheme of items, doesn’t topic. The platform is simple sufficient to determine in seconds, or even with out the cooler options — like shifting Indexes round, or developing shortcuts — it’s completely usable, remarkable even.
It’s the candy spot between conventional note-taking apps (like Bear or Notes, on Mac) and “dump everything” packages like Evernote. It has the equipment you wish to have, with out ever seeming overwhelming. And it’s blank, easy, and a pleasure to make use of.
After the usage of Index for only a few days, I’m bought. I’m a convert to the church of Index, and I will be able to’t wait to peer what Cox does with extra manpower and investment.
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