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The Search for the Ultimate Note-Taking App (Ep. 250)

Dear listeners, we have a bit of a different episode in store for you today.

We’re going to be talking about note-taking apps: the ones we’ve tried, the strengths and weaknesses each have, and what exactly we want them to do in the first place.

The difference is that we weren’t particularly sure what the conclusion of this episode would be before we recorded it. We’re just having a conversation, and you get to be a fly on the wall.

Hopefully this new episode format works out for you! If you’ve got a moment, let us know what you thought via Twitter (Thomas | Martin) or Instagram (Thomas | Martin), so we can decide how often we’ll do episodes like this in the future, or what other types of episodes we might try out.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:06:56 – Evernote
  • 0:14:14 – Typora
  • 0:17:38 – OneNote
  • 0:18:58 – Standard Notes
  • 0:22:21 – Google Keep
  • 0:26:57 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:28:43 – How Martin takes notes
  • 0:36:20 – Bear, Scrivener and Ulysses
  • 0:45:09 – Notion and Slite
  • 0:54:30 – Ideas and suggestions for a note-taking app
  • 1:07:12 – Conclusion

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The Search for the Ultimate Note-Taking App