oneheap Reviews

Evernote killer in beta? I hope so.

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OneHeap is an Evernote-inspired, web-based task/note/agenda manager developed and hosted in Germany. It doesn't have Win/Mac/Linux/mobile clients - works only online and has no web browser add-on or clipper.

It can store files of any type, but you can't add those into notes themselves, and you can't upload them via drag-n-drop. Also, it lacks some of Evernote's most useful features, including text recognition in documents (and handwriting recognition from scans!) and there is no mobile app that lets you scan stuff in.

However, it does have a very good search and tag function, and a calendaring/agenda system that is much more useful than anything Evernote has offered. That alone might sway it for some people.

As I said, it is in beta, it's not yet complete, but it does work well. It is also presently free to use, seemingly without restrictions to functionality. (I guess that won't last if this project goes forward.)

A note on security & privacy:
As this app would store all my private notes, thoughts, events and files... I was curious to read their privacy/security policy. Sadly, very little was available. Evernote have had their fair share of controversy on this point, and you might think twice before letting a US-based company store all your files without client side encryption.
How does OneHeap compare?
Well, absolutely nothing at the moment in the way of a privacy policy, which is unforgivable. On security, a feature on their main page states they offer "Encrypted connection to the oneheap servers in a german datacenter." This is a reference to TSL connections, which protect your data in transit, not at rest. It does not mean your data is encrypted on their server, and even if it was, it doesn't mean OneHeap wouldn't have the keys. However, unlike Evernote, there is a hint that OneHeap are at least aware of what this is: they cite client side-encryption as "in development" for passwords and other confidential data. I consider ALL my data to be confidential, so I hope that OneHeap get client-side encryption going for all content, make desktop and mobile clients and thereby create an Evernote killer.

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