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Posted by Beck
Oct 7, 2019 at 03:00 PM


Pat talked about it some over on the Tinderbox forum: http://forum.eastgate.com/t/sheetplanner-topic-split/1617/16


Posted by Paul Korm
Oct 7, 2019 at 03:21 PM


I’m not sure what a “good compare is”.  From my own experience, I’ve worked back and forth between the two and settled on Agenda as it became pointless to work with two apps that are essentially the same.  Neither NotePlan or Agenda has a Share extension, which is a problem for my particular situation.  Agenda has steadily added features such as pencil/annotation support on iPadOS/iOS, which is a new feature in recent days.  Agenda claims to be working on a Share extension, but they’ve been saying that since forever.  I like Agenda’s integration with Calendar and Reminders—for the way I work, it works smoothly.  I would like to have a web version because when at the job site I have too use a Windows computer—so for now I’m using Dynalist more because it fills that gap.

I guess it just matters what you’re comfortable with and what you enjoy using.  Functionally, NotePlan and Agenda seem to be very close, from the perspective of my own use cases.

Drewster wrote:
>I would be interested to know if there’s anybody out there that
>have done a good compare and contrast between NotePlan and Agenda. My
>Googling and power-user forum searches mainly just found people
>mentioning the two, rather than providing much insight into why one
>might be better than the other.


Posted by Drewster
Oct 8, 2019 at 10:14 AM


Thanks Beck and Paul.

I’ve trialled Agenda over the last day and have found ways that it gels better with my workflow than NotePlan. So I shelled out the bucks and bought the Mac&iOS combo.

I’m going to try to keep monitoring my impressions of the app, and will hopefully find some time to write a blog post comparing the two apps: scratching my own itch!


Posted by Captain CowPie
Oct 9, 2019 at 06:54 PM


I have tried both and have chosen NotePlan over Agenda. The main reason was that NotePlan is more suited to my task management style. I would like to see Agenda add some more task centric workflows, but that may not be their focus.

I like NotePlan and keep all of my tasks in projects notes, and then add them to the calendar from the notes. This has worked pretty well, but as I rely on it more, it has been difficult to update the dates on tasks. You have to go into the notes and find the tasks that need updating. That proves difficult with dozens of tasks. I have requested some features to help with this including the ability to sort tasks within a note by scheduled date.

There is an alternative method of keeping tasks in the calendar, and with the improvements in tags and the upcoming sub tags this may be a better way to go.

I do think Agenda has a much slicker interface and I really enjoy the environment. If I could find a way to use it for my task management style I may give it another go especially since I upgraded way back.

Another thing to keep in mind is that NotePlan uses only text files, and if you use DevonThink they can be indexed. Agenda uses a database and is more of a closed system.

In the end they are both excellent programs. It really just depends on your style and preferences. Both are regularly updated. Hopefully both are successful and can stay in business for many years to come.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Oct 10, 2019 at 01:04 PM


I also use NotePlan rather than Agenda. For a number of reasons; first, it uses simple text files that can be indexed by Spotlight, FoxTrot or other indexing engines (and, of course, directly accessed by any number of Markdown editors). Second, it combines a calendar (with a number of different, well-conceived views) with notes, and it’s easy to link them all together. Third, you can open calendar entries or notes in separate windows - something Agenda unfortunately doesn’t do and is still working on, although it’s at the top of the list of user requests. There’s something about NotePlan’s tidy but flexible minimalism that just really appeals to me.


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