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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM


I’ve heard people here talk positively of the old Evernote’s “toilet-paper” paradigm for notes, i.e. like a perpetual roll of paper of serial notes. In the past I was uncertain of this paradigm’s benefits.

Well, it turns out that I need something like this now, to record a very long series of short activities, in chronological order and ideally with a time stamp.

Cintanotes could do the job in Windows, but I need to have mobile access. So I’m looking either for an Android application that can sync with Windows or export Windows-readable files, or some kind of mobile enabled web service. Any ideas?

It goes without saying that Googling “toilet paper note taker” or similar terms will bring up completely irrelevant results, but I can’t think of another way to describe it…

And yes, I did write the title of the post tongue in cheek.


Posted by Ken
Sep 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM



I have not had a chance to review the new version, but you may want to look at catch.com.  It is web-based, but it is multi-platform, and I know that individual notes can be exported.  I do not know if you can do bulk actions of multiple selections.



Posted by Daly de Gagne
Sep 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM


Alexander, I am wondering if EN could still do the job for you.

You could create a special notebook, as well as have a unique tag for the notes you create (in case a note is placed in the wrong notebook by error.

Although EN does not appear to have a date stamp, in list view it does not date and time each note is created.



Posted by Foolness
Sep 14, 2012 at 06:40 AM


I don’t have mobile but considering the lack of diverse notetakers in the area, a toilet paper notetaker might not yet exist at all.

As far as time stamps go, the top notetaker on Google store appears to have timestamps and the free version a way to export the notes.



Another notetaker with time stamp but one with desktop sync via browser extension:


and these are just plain notetakes with time stamps based on their screenshots.



Are they all ignoring the toilet paper philosophy? Absolutely but considering we’re talking about so many Android notetakers that doesn’t show a timestamp on their screenshots and your first alternative was CintaNotes, this might be applications you haven’t checked out.

It is also worth noting that the most powerful phone note taker is from a name I’m not familiar with called bento. (but it’s only available for the Apple family).

This is what makes them notable. A quick search of note alone reveals wine tracking templates, lecture note templates, sales lead/prospect templates, dvd templates…I don’t know if these are just for the desktop but they may be worth contacting if toilet papers are really an urgent need for you.



Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM


Thanks for the suggestions.

Catch.com fits the bill: it puts a time stamp on notes, which is visible in the perpetual roll of notes. It still has some rough edges (e.g. you can’t undo deleting notes) but overall it seems to work OK.

The modern Evernote is a 3-pane outline like Zoot or or Outlook (left pane notebooks/folders/tags, top pane list of items, bottom pane detail view of one single item). This is great for unrelated info, but what I was looking for is similar to what Steve likes single-pane outliners for: viewing all detail in a continuous flow.

Many of the Android apps mentioned are great for notetaking, indeed the number of relevant apps in the platform is huge, but indeed quantity does not necessarily imply diversification.


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