RedNotebook Reviews

Not a good Mac experience.

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Just to be clear, this app runs on Mac, but here's what you have to do:

The Mac version of RedNote 1.8.0 comes as 300 MB .zip achive. That extracts to a folder of 655.7 MB. So that's 1GB of stuff already. In there is a gigantic .app file and a tiny text file with some instructions on how to get it all going. These run as follows: Since the app won't run without rusty crutches, you must install Winebottler (140 MB) and Wine (343 MB). So that's 1.5 GB so far. Next, you should download the .exe file of RedNoteBook (only 24MB!). Then you have to open Winebottler, go to the Advanced tab, and select the .exe. The instructions say you then should click "include Wine.app" and and "install". Your Macbook then overheats for about 5 minutes. As Windows 3.1-esque options arrive, you should agree to everything, apparently. Eventually, a new .app file is created which is 783 MB in size. (Up till now, this user-friendly experience has cost you about 2.3 GB of disk space - for a note taking app!) You then have to right click the originally downloaded .app file (not the one you just made) and select 'Open' and watch the icon bounce up and down for ages. Finally, after this laborious rigmarole... it opens! ... And you get a basic note-taking app based around calendar entries. It's a calendar, basically. But you can write notes in markdown for each day. Oh, and it looks like a potato because it's running through Wine on a retina display. (The aesthetic equivalent of looking at the Mona Lisa through the bottom of a dirty jam jar. At dusk.)

I honestly can't imagine a single person out there uses the Mac "version" with any regularity or dedication. The Linux and Windows versions might be perfectly respectable, so please don't take this as a comment about those.

For an open-source, truly cross-platform (Win, Mac, Linux, Android), local note taking with tagging, I haven't found anything better than TagSpaces and Turtl. In Tagspaces you can create, manage, tag, search files therein. And nothing stops you form syncing it using the service of your choice. Notes can be smart-tagged (e.g. with #today or #yesterday) which automatically adds the appropriate date. (Although you can add any date). Turtl supports markdown-based notes, tagging, basic file attachments... all in a Window, Mac or Linux client which uses end-to-end encryption to store and sync your notes across computers in a way that is unreadable to everyone including the app developer(s). I have high hopes for Turtl in particular and I hope you like it enough to use it and contribute.

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Brilliant at what it does

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RedNotebook is a daily diary, or journal. It's not meant to be the end-all, be-all of personal organisation. But what it does, it does remarkably well.

For someone with a very poor memory like myself, remembering not just when I did something, but what I did, is very difficult. With RedNotebook all I have to do is type what I'm looking for in the search field and I can refresh my memory, in the context of a day's events, very quickly.

I have found the program to be stable and efficient; the lack of encryption really isn't an issue: if you store your journal on your own hard drive, someone would have to physically access your computer to see what's inside, and your journal is really the least of your worries if that happens.

if you store your journal on your own hard drive, someone would have to physically access your computer to see what's inside,

Not strictly true. If you're online, your computer could - in principle - be hacked. You're unlikely as an average user to worry about that because hackers have higher profile (potentially more profitable) targets. But notice that they don't have physical access to those, either.

and your journal is really the least of your worries if that happens.

Depends on what you've put in your journal / what else you've been doing on your computer.

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Red Note Book is a Diary for Linux.

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My experiences with trying to get Red Note Book working on Mac have been negative. But on Manjaro it's buttery-smooth. It's a Linux-only thing, then. And the idea is this: you have a calendar, and each entry you make into RNB refers to a specific day. You can write, format your text, add links, etc. It links to rather than embeds files and pictures, although it does show you pictures you've linked to. pdf files are shown just as links (no preview). Additionally, there's a decent search function and you can add tags to entries, if you're that way inclined.

RNB saves things locally, which is a major privacy plus. It means you're in control of your files and can sync them however you want. If, indeed, you want.

I would imagine journal/diary-keepers might be more interested in this than those seeking an out-an-out Evernote replacement, which is where the challenge lies for Linux users.

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mediocre at everything

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This app is nice enough but they need to figure out their niche. Right now Evernote is better for note taking, and as a private journal/diary application this is useless because no encryption, like someone said earlier. So choose another app if you want that. This app is a perfect example of me-too-ware that wants to be everything and therefore is nothing

"RedNotebook is a daily diary, or journal. It's not meant to be the end-all, be-all of personal organisation."

"The lack of encryption really isn't an issue: if you store your journal on your own hard drive, someone would have to physically access your computer to see what's inside, and your journal is really the least of your worries if that happens."

Have to disagree there Joat. No encryption so therefore mediocre/bad option for private journalling? Not all of us (like, 95% of users) have people trying to dig their way into our harddrives/computers to find all our private thoughts. It suffices for most people to store these documents like ordinary Word or plaintext.

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Yes there should be hooks to encryption

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but not built in

You can of course just use whatever encryption tool you like on the data folder.

Rednotebook's beauty is the fact that its data store is simple text files formatted with the minimal markup standards YAML for structure and txt2tags for inline formatting (my favorite, as opposed to the "markdown" syntax used here).

This allows for integration with other specialized text-based tools (gtd/to-do's, calendar, reference docs etc) and assurance you'll never need to "export" or convert the data itself.

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