Looking for a Notepad App for PC

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All month, I have been using an app I love, ToDoist. As the name implies this is a to-do list app. However, I use it for so much more than just managing my tasks.

I have created many lists as well as memos, for example, a book list, things to do with the kids, Happiness Project ideas, movies to watch, etc. This multipurpose app has revolutionized my life.

Did I already say how much I love ToDoist?

There seems to be only one thing I cannot do with it, take notes.

 

Note Taking

I love to read. I know I am redundant and I don’t mean to badger anyone about this. I often mention my love of reading because it is an integral part of my life. Furthermore, in this instance, this information is significant to this post.

When I read, I highlight, takes notes, earmark if I must, write down inspirational quotes (or passages) which resonate with me. I fill notebooks which admittedly, most of the time, I never crack open again.

This habit may seem like a futile endeavor, and it may very well be so. Nevertheless, I plan on continuing on account of the fact this is mental nourishment for me. As a result, it makes me happy (which incidentally is the whole purpose of this experiment.)

When I listen to a book, taking notes is (for obvious reasons) more challenging. When on a walk or the road, I take notes via the voice recognition app on my phone.

I wanted a way to keep these verbal notes organized and categorized for later retrieval (if I felt so inclined.)  I was searching for a tidy and straightforward system to accomplish this wish.

Additionally, I also speculated that keeping my notes on the computer would help me stay more organized than with paper.

 

Notepad App

 

 

 

Google Search 

I knew my computer had a notepad and Sticky note app. Neither of these options was satisfactory for me. A Google search on “notetaking app for PC” brought up a few relevant posts.

I will share my notes below which are in the present tense because I wrote as I was looking at each app to determine if they were a good fit for my purposes.

ColorNote from Windows [Site]

  • This app is visually appealing with – as the title indicates – color notes.
  • Notes are backed up to cloud storage or device storage.
  • It is a free app.
  • Rating: 3.9 stars on windows, and 4.6 in Google Play.

 

Evernote [Site]

  • I am disappointed the website doesn’t have a better description of the product and no visuals on how it will display.
  • Rating: 4.6 in Google Play and 4+ in iTunes.
  • It offers a recording audio feature which may be helpful for me.
  • It is a free app with a membership option.

 

Wunderlist [Site]

  • Similar to ToDoist and since I am happy with that app, Wunderlist will not meet my needs.
  • Rating: 4.5+ on iTunes and Google Play.
  • It is a free app.

 

Simplenote [Site]

  • This app is perfect for the minimalist although too plain for me.
  • Rating: 4+ on Google Play and a 5 on iTunes.
  • It is a free app.

 

Remember the Milk [Site]

  • Again this app is too similar to ToDoist and will not meet my needs.
  • Rating: 4+ on Google Play and 5 on iTunes.
  • It is a free app.

 

Tomboy

  • This app sounds promising. It is not available on Google Play or iTunes.
  • This app is only available for desktops which is fine for me but may not be for others.
  • I can’t find a website for this app and no place I trust to download it.

 

Zoho Notebook [Site]

  • My first opinion is: This app is very pleasing and has a look which appeals to me.
  • It is a free app.
  • Rating: 4.5+ in iTunes and 4+ in Google Play
  • Ugh, it is only available for iPhone, Android, and Mac. I am slightly disappointed because this is the app I was set on.

 

Conclusion

Tomboy sounded promising. I decided not to install it because I could not find enough concrete information about it. It was a bit too obscure for my taste.

Zoho would have been my first choice however it is not available for Windows. I, therefore, settled on Evernote. I can’t say whether I like it or not yet. I have only written a few notes, and so far, all I can say is that it meets my needs.

It certainly is not “pretty” which would have been a bonus – albeit not necessary –  for my purposes. I might also give Color Notes a try since I have only a couple notes at this time.

 

Update: I tried to download ColorNotes. However, I could not remember my Microsoft password so I gave up. Evernote it is.

 

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