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Posted by washere
Jun 25, 2020 at 12:48 PM


>> He’s trying his luck with this one one the back or roam’s hype to see if it catches big time.

He’s trying his luck with this one on the back of roam’s hype to see if it catches big time.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Jun 25, 2020 at 12:59 PM


Well, it’s a nice app and he’s responsive to suggestions, so enough with the cutting criticism already! Maybe he has picked up on Roam/Obsidian - good for him: it’s not long ago that people were lamenting the decline of the Zettelkasten-style app with wikilinks/backlinks. Now there’s an increasing number of them!

As for Mariner Software - nothing mysterious there, Mariner regularly organises sales of other people’s software; they’re not really a developer themselves, they either sublicense stuff from developers (e.g. MacJournal) or simply sell third-party software (e.g. Notebag and a whole bunch of other non-Mariner apps). You’ll also find Notebag being promoted on the BoingBoing website, for example. Again, this doesn’t mean the developer is some kind of tricksy scumbag, it means he’s being sensible and selling via multiple channels. Jeez, people.



Posted by washere
Jun 25, 2020 at 01:20 PM


Main point remains: to compete with Roameos like Obsidian, you need at least one funded coder full-time & let’s face it, realistically more. Or if non-commercial, a serious team of several coders part-time on github. Otherwise not in the same class as roam or obsidian. Stone cold fact. Sunday solo coding hobby? Something different. Let’s get real.

Also, Not responsive at all, nor any response at all in many cases that mention that online.
+ Just facts, serial abandonware apps to his name, & his own words: not any serious time for apps (more than one app) development since freelancing to pay bills + serious social media time. And oh yes, he says even less time in future as he’s backpacking to Philippines soon, again. Not even the best choice for repeated yearly backpacking Asian destination, as many could tell him.

Ok, time to put on my rose tinted glasses again, and get screwed again. Peace out man.




Posted by MadaboutDana
Jun 25, 2020 at 01:46 PM


Well, you may be right, but I’m quite impressed that versions are available for macOS, Windows and Linux.

That suggests he’s fairly serious.

And there are plenty of individual developers out there producing seriously heavyweight software (Pierre? Eduard of NotePlan fame?), so I think it’s important not to weigh in against a particular app “just” because it’s got one developer behind it. True, there have been many disappointments. Equally true: some of these one-person apps evolve into major team-supported apps because they’re that good (again, NotePlan is an interesting example here; Eduard is no longer all on his own).

Also worth considering: quite a few heavyweight apps have vanished off the face of the planet *despite* having large teams behind them (or maybe because - I’m a great believer in the unadulterated vision of the solo developer… yeah, go on, call me a Romantic…)



Posted by MadaboutDana
Jun 25, 2020 at 01:47 PM


Sorry, folks, should have made that clear: Notebag is actually available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

MadaboutDana wrote:
Yo folks,
> >Re: Notebag (macOS only pro tem)
> >Yes, I recently took advantage of an offer by Mariner Software to buy a
>macOS app, Notebag, for a reduced price. It looked decidedly interesting
>(not least because it supports wikilinks and backlinks, as well as
> >It’s been a pleasant discovery. The developer has taken the
>unusual step of providing a roadmap (inventively hosted on Trello at
>https://trello.com/b/AJkNjCqP/notebag-public-roadmap), and the app is
>already very polished. It’s a bit like Bear, but optimised for
>what he calls “projects” (in practice, hashtags; Notebag
>supports hierarchical hashtags, too). The backlink function in
>particular is very slick.
> >There’s a 7-day trial available on the website
>(https://notebag.app), and even the full price is very modest. There are
>still things that need improving, but they’re all on the roadmap,
>as is the promise of mobile apps (critical for an app of this kind).
> >Cheers!


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