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Posted by satis
Feb 10, 2021 at 03:22 PM

 

@MadaboutDana I agree that the app is becoming very compelling for text notes and many types of planning. It has the possibility to replace a lot of apps, but for it to replace a text editor like MWeb/BBEdit/Typora, it needs to step up its game and offer theming, and a user-contributable theme gallery.

And it could not take me away from a writing-oriented app like Ulysses, which offers near-unlimited font, color and size customization of the writing space. Noteplan’s single light or dark-mode, and no choice of font or user themes, makes it painful for me to use for anything longer than a page.

That’s a shame, because I’m researching alternatives to Day One before my subscription expires in June, and saving $35 by dropping the Day One subscription app would have made migrating to NotePlan’s $60/yr palatable.

As I’ve mentioned previously I’d love to be able to coalesce around one app, or fewer apps, but task managers offer some unique properties I’ve become accustomed to, like 2-way sync with my calendar (which is color-coded by personal, work, hobby, etc) and sophisticated recurring entry options, like “every first and third Thursday at 10am”.

I think NotePlan’s introduction of folding was pretty smart and will hearten those who like the feature and lamented the flameout of Folding Text (and the slow, sideways development of TaskPaper). I wish the folding symbols weren’t hidden (or at least that there was a Prefs option for persistence), and that a gray ellipsis tp show that something was folded wasn’t so subtle. I write a lot in OmniOutliner and the basic black disclosure triangle is a comforting and clear sign of folding that I don’t want hidden from me.

 


Posted by avernet
Feb 10, 2021 at 08:58 PM

 

Hi Bill,

MadaboutDana wrote:
>folding of tasks/subtasks is on the roadmap

The ability to also support folding in bullet lists would be awesome, and would make NotePlan an even more attractive proposition to people who like to think and organize their content in outliners. Looking forward to that!

-Alex

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 11, 2021 at 12:33 PM

 

Ah, well, I have good news there: themes are on the roadmap, and there has been quite a lot of related discussion on the Discord forum – Eduard himself is very much in favour.

But – as other developers here will appreciate – the poor lamb is flying solo, and there are lots of requests and ideas flying around!

However, I believe themes is a fairly high priority, as well as further optimisation of the markdown interpreter. He’s also discussing a plugin interface with various programmers on the forum, which could make NotePlan even more flexible (so for example, capable of supporting the kind of calendar/reminder syncing you mention). The current plan is to make it script-agnostic, so scripts in various systems (AppleScript, Alfred, etc.) could be used to trigger various NotePlan behaviours. But IANAP, so I can’t speak to the details there.

It’s all quite exciting ;-)

satis wrote:
@MadaboutDana I agree that the app is becoming very compelling for text
>notes and many types of planning. It has the possibility to replace a
>lot of apps, but for it to replace a text editor like
>MWeb/BBEdit/Typora, it needs to step up its game and offer theming, and
>a user-contributable theme gallery.
> >And it could not take me away from a writing-oriented app like Ulysses,
>which offers near-unlimited font, color and size customization of the
>writing space. Noteplan’s single light or dark-mode, and no choice of
>font or user themes, makes it painful for me to use for anything longer
>than a page.
> >That’s a shame, because I’m researching alternatives to Day One before
>my subscription expires in June, and saving $35 by dropping the Day One
>subscription app would have made migrating to NotePlan’s $60/yr
>palatable.
> >As I’ve mentioned previously I’d love to be able to coalesce around one
>app, or fewer apps, but task managers offer some unique properties I’ve
>become accustomed to, like 2-way sync with my calendar (which is
>color-coded by personal, work, hobby, etc) and sophisticated recurring
>entry options, like “every first and third Thursday at 10am”.
> >I think NotePlan’s introduction of folding was pretty smart and will
>hearten those who like the feature and lamented the flameout of Folding
>Text (and the slow, sideways development of TaskPaper). I wish the
>folding symbols weren’t hidden (or at least that there was a Prefs
>option for persistence), and that a gray ellipsis tp show that something
>was folded wasn’t so subtle. I write a lot in OmniOutliner and the basic
>black disclosure triangle is a comforting and clear sign of folding that
>I don’t want hidden from me.
> >

 


Posted by satis
Mar 5, 2021 at 01:59 PM

 

The latest version NotePlan has added theming. Creating/editing themes is sadly too geeky for most users (editing a JSON file in a text editor, really?) but the preset options aren’t bad and hopefully a simple in-app module for building a theme (or an easy-to-use site, like Highland 2 offers) will eventually be forthcoming.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE3YQ-Y2Ya0

 


Posted by satis
Mar 5, 2021 at 03:12 PM

 

And geeks will geek-out… I see people are sharing themes now on Reddit, including this neat one made to look like Things.

https://www.reddit.com/r/noteplanapp/comments/lybg55/things_inspired_noteplan_theme/

 


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