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Posted by Franz Grieser
Jul 26, 2022 at 01:38 PM


Dellu wrote:
>Does Notebooks support rtf? I thought it supports only markdown and

No, it doesn’t. Rich text is stored in HTML files.


Posted by Dellu
Jul 26, 2022 at 01:41 PM


For anyone who has Keep it, I think Keep It is slightly better in some areas. The major downside of Notebooks for me was the lack of RTF support. The following is the comparison I did a while ago (posted in this forum).

**Keep It: **

Formats: rtf, markdown, plaintext

Reasons why KeepIt is superior to Notebooks (Alfons Schmid’s Notebooks):

1) Native rtf support: format of of Notebooks are html, markdown and plain text
2) The float window: the floating window is very useful for me. 
3) metadata: KI allows assigning not just tags, but also Spotlight comments directly wihtin the app.
4) Better organization tools:
- Bundles
- Labels
- Folders—-these are reflected to finder: others are internal to the application
- Saved searches
5) universal tags: tags assigned in KI are finder tags: will be visible to Finder and DT.

Formats: html, markdown and plain text

Areas where Notebooks appears supperior to KeepIt:

1) Contexts: tags:
#noun (or @noun) within a document tags the document with the word “noun”.
- even a new character can be assigned for this.
- But, these tags are not finder tags

2) Tasks:
- it has internal task manager: and very useful for writing because can be assigned on any of the notes; and will popup seprately
- tasks can be defined using speical characters; just like tags.

For example, if use + sign, all lines after this sign will be considered as tasks.

- - supports opening in new tabs and windows.
- supports [[linked]] style of linking
- WebDav server to sync with ipad: local network.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Jul 27, 2022 at 08:25 AM


It is difficult to decide on the merits of Keep It vs Notebooks, @Dellu – I confess I use both for different reasons.

I’d just point out, however, that Notebooks *does* have folders, although it calls them books, and you can have as many levels of subfolders as you like (they are directly reflected in the Notebooks file system – books = folders). Notebooks can also put its file repository anywhere you like (iCloud, Dropbox, your hard drive etc.), although Keep It’s recent integration with Finder has made up ground on this!

I’d also point out that Notebooks can view any number of different file formats, even if it doesn’t directly support them. If you create, for example, an RTFD file and save it to your Notebooks folder (which I just did, for interest), it’s perfectly readable in Notebooks – along with all its formatting. You can open it in an RTF editor if you wish. The same goes for Word and Numbers files – displayed with full formatting (and, I suspect, Excel or Pages files, but I haven’t experimented with those yet). Again, Notebooks will happily open these files in the relevant app, as required. I keep a lot of files in Notebooks even though I can’t edit them directly – not least because I can search them using Notebooks’s search function (of course Keep It does this very well, too).

Notebooks also has a couple of useful extras: the ability to turn an entire folder (“book”) into a PDF or eBook. It also has a backlink maintenance feature (which I haven’t used, but looks like a good idea to me!)

Finally, I have to say I find Notebooks a nicer writing environment – but that’s a personal thing, and in recent releases of Keep It, the editor is much improved.


Posted by Dellu
Jul 27, 2022 at 12:36 PM



Thank you for the good points.

- It is nice that you like it. Yes, Notebooks views a number of file formats. But, I cannot edit them. That is a deal breaker for me. I just like it when I am able to directly edit them—at least the most common ones such as RTF and Doc.


Posted by Drewster
Jul 27, 2022 at 01:44 PM


Can somebody confirm that my memory is correct, in that Notebooks doesn’t support the concept of an automatically generated “daily note”?

Does this remain the case with the latest version?


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