Boostnote alternative - feature requests


(Vojtěch Zavřel) #1

Hi,
I’m currently testing Inkdrop App over Boostnote that I’ve been using for some time as my primary markdown note-taking app. I like your tool but I have several ideas/feature requests. Can you please comment on these points?
Some of them may be a plugin ideas, some can be native features.

Important

These would be really need as other note-taking tools like Evernote/Boostnote etc. also have it:

  1. compressed view of notes list - one line with title only – or is it possible to change in custom theme? – native feature?

One line:
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Default Inkdrop view:
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2. extract default note title from the first matter - h1 tag - if there is no other title – plugin idea?
3. count the number of notes in notebook – native feature?
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4. editor Rulers - 80,120 chars like this - it’s useful when I want to write developer notes… – plugin idea?
4. ability to set snippet default language like this – plugin idea?
5. strikeout done checkboxes in default preview theme like this – native UI feature?
6. automatic web-page title detection when pasting URL on editor together with this – plugin idea?

Nice to have

These would be nice to have and competitive advantage for

  1. webclip chrome extension like Evernote
  2. two columns example layout based on this - the functionality must be discussed
  3. ability to add reminders to notes/tasks at least like this
  4. ability to hide done tasks in preview mode easily

Bugs?

Why there is no hover when I have mouse over the notebooks in default dark UI theme?

Thank you for your answers


(Takuya Matsuyama) #2

Hi Vojtech,

Thank you for the suggestions.
I’ll answer them tomorrow.


(Vojtěch Zavřel) #3

Hi Takuya,
I’m trying the I have several more ideas

  1. Ability to mark notes as favorite (like stars in Evernote)
  2. Ability to attach other file types (eg. PDFs) like this - this is must have functionality
  3. Ability to give a name to the revision.
  4. Ability to reorder notebooks manually

Regarding no. 1 “compressed view of notes list” - maybe there could be setting for number of lines - sometimes 2 would be also great and it would be easy.

I found out, that the number of CPU wake events is quite huge - this is important when running on laptop battery. The amount is higher than Chrome with 30 tabs opened.

I think, that Inkdrop may be #1 for dev note taking apps, if you can figure these features.


(Takuya Matsuyama) #4

Hi Vojtech,

First, I would like to tell you I’m currently rebuilding (refactoring) the desktop app for ground-up improvements as I stated in the roadmap here: https://blog.inkdrop.info/the-roadmap-of-inkdrop-vol-3-a32fc0cc42d

1. Compressed view of note list

Yeah, it would be nice to have.
As it is based on personal preferences, I guess it would be nice to be a plugin.
Honestly, the current view is my personal preference.
I could add more view modes and options but I won’t use them, and that would make the app unstable.
So, to keep the app stable, I would like them to be plugins.

2. Extract default note title from the first matter

Yep, it would be a plugin.
Basically, features that depend on personal preference would be plugins.
Keeping the app simple and clean is crucial for the app.

3. Count the number of notes in notebook

That would be necessary as a native feature. I’ll plan it to support.

4. Editor rulers

Plugin idea.

5. Ability to set snippet default language

I’m afraid to say no.
Because Inkdrop is a note-taking app but not a snippet management tool.

6. Automatic web-page title detection when pasting URL on editor together

It can be solved with other tools.
I’m using a Chrome extension to copy web page link in Markdown:

7. Webclip chrome extension

There is a plugin for webclipping but unfortunately the author doesn’t maintain it anymore:

https://my.inkdrop.app/plugins/web-clipper

8. Two columns example layout

Plugin idea.

9. Ability to add reminders to notes/tasks

Plugin idea.
I don’t use Inkdrop to manage daily tasks that need reminders.

10. Ability to hide done tasks in preview mode easily

Please use note status feature.

11. Why there is no hover when I have mouse over the notebooks in default dark UI theme?

It is intended because mouse hover is just not necessary.


Sorry, I have no time to answer rest of them right now.
I’ll answer them later.
Thanks again for your ideas!


(Takuya Matsuyama) #5

12. Ability to mark notes as favorite

Please refer to this discussion.

13. Ability to attach other file types (eg. PDFs)

Please refer to this discussion.

14. Ability to give a name to the revision

Unfortunately not possible by design.

15. Ability to reorder notebooks manually

Please refer to this discussion.

I found out, that the number of CPU wake events is quite huge - this is important when running on laptop battery. The amount is higher than Chrome with 30 tabs opened.

That’s weird. Basically the app doesn’t do anything except for syncing and indexing when you edit. I’ll fix it if I could reproduce.