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meduzarija

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Few days ago, Evernote announced change of pricing and plans, it affected free accounts the most imho.

What would you recommend to be best solution for note taking task on OS X (preferably iOS too)?
I was looking at OneNote first, but I am kinda sceptic about it's Mac app, it is half a gig heavy, and it seems to be heavy on resources and battery. Maybe it is too much for what I ask...

I am mostly in need of some nice robust app with markdown support, since I am planning to do developer diary during next few months while I do one big project. What are you recommendations? Notability, Quiver, OneNote, Notes.app?

Generally for light day-to-day usage, I think Notes.app is best, with instant sync with my iOS devices and Mac. But I need something more robust for this kind of task. Or maybe I should stick to emacs org-mode.
 
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diarbyrag

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Just bought Notability, I had bought the iphone version when it was on offer but never really used it much.
However today I moved my notes out of EN into the iphone version of Notability.
Then downloaded the ipad version, using icloud it synced them all perfectly...
So I bought the Mac version for my Macbook from the App store. Opened it, ticked sync via icloud and bingo everything there too !

Brilliant and no subscriptions and just as much functionality if not more and it looks a whole lot better than EN

Can't praise it highly enough
 

Significant1

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You can use the web version of onenote on your Mac, then you don't have to install anything and it is always up to date. You can also use Apple's Note app. It is quite easy to import Evernotes export format. However personally I want Android support too, so Apple's solutions is rarely a good fit for me. I think I will switch to either onenote or keep or a combination of the two.
 

waitandwait

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You can use the web version of onenote on your Mac, then you don't have to install anything and it is always up to date. You can also use Apple's Note app. It is quite easy to import Evernotes export format. However personally I want Android support too, so Apple's solutions is rarely a good fit for me. I think I will switch to either onenote or keep or a combination of the two.

Yes, OneNote and Apple Notes are great. Notes is simple but of course lack a lot of functions. But its simplicity and syncability with iCloud and other Apple's apps is a draw.

OneNote is on the other spectrum. Multiple functions just like MS Word.

Wonder why Evernote shot themselves in the foot.
 

Woodstockie

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I use Apple Notes for quick scribbles and MS OneNote for more longer notes. They both sync great among all my devices.
 

robgendreau

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Devonthink is maybe too big, but it can do just about everything EN does and more. Devonthink has a markdown template for new notes IIRC.
 

Reidan

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I have both OneNote and Evernote, paid versions of each. I personally use both, but I have a reason.

My OneNote subscription is Office 365 provided by my employer. I do not want personal data linked into it in case I leave the company. And the company can most likely access any data I have in that app. So it is my meetings and projects note book. Love using it on my iPad Pro with Pencil and Apple Keyboard.

I use Ever Note for personal usage. And also use iOS Notes App for quick notes. Mainly use the Ever Note for scanning personal receipts, business cards into contacts, etc.

Here is the best part, I submit my yearly Evernote fee on an expense report, and the company pays for it. So I actually get both for free! :-D

If I were paying out of my own pocket without reimbursement, I would most likely choose OneNote. I use it more and have become very comfortable with it.
 

zhenya

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I use OneNote on my rMB heavily and have never noticed it using any significant battery life whatsoever. I think it's a solid Evernote alternative with a number of upsides.
 

sracer

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the Notes app is a good option. I use that in addition to NvAlt the follow on to Notational Velocity. nvAlt configured to use DropBox works great. it supports markdown. I use that on OSX and Notesy on iOS.
 

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I've recently switched over to OneNote. It has a different feel from Evernote but so far so good.

Notes was not an option for me because I use these notes cross-platform and I would prefer not to go web-based.
 

rhett7660

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Notebooks is very good. Big update for the Mac version several days ago. http://www.notebooksapp.com/

This is what I am currently using. Didn't know there was an update to it though! There are few things I don't like about it, but I will wait to comment on those since I didn't know there was an update! Off to update it now.

I am looking to move away from Evernote as we speak and this might be the time to do it.
 

AllergyDoc

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I used Springboard for several years, mostly for saving recipes, and it had a great web clipper. When they shut down I switched to Evernote. Now, I can't use Evernote on my 3 Apple devices (a major annoyance). I'm thinking something like Pocket for web clipping recipes. You can add tags, etc.
 

fhall1

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I moved all my Evernote notes to OneNote about 6 or 8 months ago (the first time Evernote started to take away "free" features). This also coincided with OneNote for Mac and iOS finally getting some decent features. I haven't looked back.
 

SandboxGeneral

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I migrated all of my notes into OneNote the day Evernote announced the premium price changes. So far it's working well and I'm liking some of the features it has better than how Evernote handled some of them.
 

ivantwilliams

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A moment ago, I imported my Evernote Notes, into OneNote. Now I'm trying to learn my way around it.
Curious, those who use OneNote, do you have the application installed on your Windows or Mac computer?

Edit: Do I lose anything by not having the OneNote application on my computer, and thus only use the online version?
 
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A moment ago, I imported my Evernote Notes, into OneNote. Now I'm trying to learn my way around it.
Curious, those who use OneNote, do you have the application installed on your Windows or Mac computer?

Edit: Do I lose anything by not having the OneNote application on my computer, and thus only use the online version?
Yeah, I have it installed on my Mac and Windows PC's. I've never tried the online version before, so I wouldn't know what would be lost or gained. Likewise, I used the Evernote app on both platforms and never used the web version there either.
 
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ivantwilliams

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For the past few hours, I've been importing my Evernote items into OneNote. Then I spent time placing them into proper NoteBooks.

All I want to know is, why didn't one of you tell me to do this ages ago? :)

Edit: oddly I can't open my NoteBook on my iPad. Plenty of other users online with the same issue. Weird...
 
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