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New CRIMPing opportunity for macOS/iOS users

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Posted by MadaboutDana
Sep 1, 2020 at 04:28 PM


Just when you think the whole note-taking/information management thing is dying down/consolidating on just a few large companies, you discover something brand-new that quite restores your faith in the small developer (of course that doesn’t apply to the many worthy independent developers in this forum, who already enjoy my full and entire confidence!).

Behold! In the Mac App Store I came across something called x3Note, a charming app that bears similarities to NotePlan, but with a couple of knobs on. It’s got web capture, an agenda/task planning view, a competent search function, and markdown notes that automatically fold (based on headers). You can mark any paragraph in a markdown note as a todo item, complete with date, due date, status, priority and other features. Any items marked as todos will automatically appear in the agenda view, and if dated, will appear under the relevant day in the agenda view (otherwise they can be accessed by status).

There are lots of other features, of course (individual notes have outlines, for example, the editing toolbar is context-sensitive, there are word and character counts, it offers loads of export options including .md, .html, .txt, .pdf, .jpg, and so on), so there’s plenty of entertainment there for all.

I’m still somewhat cautiously exploring it, because it’s only been out a couple of weeks, but so far it’s coming across as remarkably polished.

If you decide to play – enjoy!



Posted by Chris Thompson
Sep 2, 2020 at 05:50 PM


Thanks for sharing this! What’s particularly intriguing about this app is that it uses Org-Mode syntax. It looks like the developer is aiming to develop something similar to Org-Mode but more accessible to nontechnical people.


Posted by Darren McDonald
Sep 3, 2020 at 10:22 AM


Let me second the thank-you-for-sharing, Bill. I may be the target Chris is referring to. Not that I don’t want to leam Org-Mode, I don’t have the time!

I subscribed straight away as I might have input into the development. I am after an app that works for a research journal - with the ability to attach PDFs, has a iOS version, not to mention to agenda function.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Sep 6, 2020 at 08:42 AM


As I use it in anger, I’ve come across quite a few minor but slightly annoying niggles/bugs. Having said that, the app is brand-new, so kudos to the developer for getting so many things right.

The main bugs appear to be: erratic support for standard Apple keyboard shortcuts in the editor; peculiar implementation of tagging that in my case at least, doesn’t work (not on macOS, at any rate); tendency to crash when Ideas are imported.

However, an awful lot of other stuff works very well, including the impressive Agenda function and the status/priority tags (separate from standard tags). The clever support for dates is also consistently good.

And despite the niggles, the editor is pleasant to use, with support for layered folding (similar to Workflowy or Dynalist). The checkboxes don’t do anything yet (like change status from “todo” to “done”, for example, or strikethrough of the attached task item), but hey, it’s still early days.



Posted by Paul Korm
Sep 9, 2020 at 11:47 PM


Does this sync with calendars or reminders on macOS?  I must be looking in the wrong place.


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