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Am I crazy, or does anyone else think this app is the closest thing to Brainstorm

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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 27, 2023 at 05:06 PM


Brainstorm was mentioned recently in a thread. Today I learned of an app called Stashpad. Looking at a demonstration made me think Stashpad is similar in many ways to Brainstorm:

- The notes are generally just simple text
- Notes can be endlessly nested
- It’s got a heavy use of keyboard commands to implement most functions
- You can quickly move notes around

Of course, it isn’t identical to Brainstorm by any means:

- There are versions for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android which can be sync’d
- It doesn’t have the aerial view
- It uses a quasi folder structure called stashes

And a lot of other differences, including that it costs a gaudy $8 per month. To be clear, I’m not recommending Stashpad, I just wonder if anyone else has looked at it and been reminded of Brainstorm.




Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Oct 27, 2023 at 08:06 PM


Thanks for this find! I remain an avid user of Brainstorm and am always on the lookout for similar tools, in particular one which could take the place Brainstorm outside of Windows, with Linux as my first priority.

As a first impression: Stashpad is an interesting take on a minimal note-taking and -organising environment. It’s not as minimal as it seems at first glance given, e.g., its Markdown support and code blocks with syntax highlighting. But the good news is that such features stay out of the way if you don’t use them.

In respect to its similarities with Brainstorm, I think you’ve covered them fully, the main one of course being that notes can have unlimited levels of subsidiary notes. But I think such similarities end there, given in particular the developers’ choice to call notes with subsidiary notes anything other than notes.

More importantly, one of Brainstorm’s killer features are note clones ot ‘namesakes’. This allows a note to be in more than one locations of the same structure, implying multiple ‘parent’notes and grratly expanding the software’s organising potential. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that clones are essential in an ‘infinite nesting’ enironment, otherwaie users would soon lose the overview of their structure. 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Oct 28, 2023 at 06:00 AM


note clones OR ‘namesakes’

multiple ‘parent’ notes and GREATLY expanding the software’s organising potential

clones are essential in an ‘infinite nesting’ enironment, OTHERWISE users would soon lose the overview of their structure

Time for a new pair of glasses…


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