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Simplenote

The simplest way to keep notes.

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Avg rating of 3.5 (24)| 31 comments

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Simplenote Features

  1.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
  2.  Support for MarkDownSimplenote supports MarkDown for document formatting.
  3.  Full-Text SearchSimplenote lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
  4.  File VersioningSimplenote has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.

Simplenote information

  • Developed byAutomattic, Inc
  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.5 (24 ratings)
  • Alternatives397 alternatives listed

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  • English
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  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Indonesian
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  • Japanese
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Our users have written 31 comments and reviews about Simplenote, and it has gotten 544 likes

Simplenote was added to AlternativeTo by haystackneedle on and this page was last updated .

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papatheodorou
  
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The one true sync everywhere solution. Desktop clients are built on Electron and are a bit on the heavy side on filesize and memory usage, but there's many alternative clients, such as AlephNote (Windows), nvAlt (MacOS) etc Updated at a slow pace, but the supported by the company behind WordPress and hopefully safe for many years to come.

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JohnDangerbrooks
  
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I see that there is a bit of misunderstanding about Simplenote and its licensing model. The Simplenote client is indeed free and open-source, under the terms of GPL v2. (See simplenote-electron on GitHub) It connects to server components that are also free and open-source. But Simplenote is more a service than an app; in the end, you entrust other people with your data in exchange for achieving mobility. That means you must study the terms of service.

All things considered, I like Simplenote.

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JohnFastman
  
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Not only is the service not fully open source (it was listed as open source here before - now corrected to "free" (as in beer, not birds)), the privacy policy is every bit as alarming as for any other service that "for free" stores your information on its servers in unencrypted format in US juridiction, including that they may sell it. From the privacy policy (10th January 2017):

Automattic, Inc may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your personally identifiable information...

Careful what you put into Simplenote, therefore. And follow the default advice for cloud services: put on other people's servers (services) only things you wouldn't mind becoming public/published.

For a much more private, open source alternative, try Turtl. It might not be mature/stable enough yet though, so check back every now and again to see if it will serve your needs. Otherwise, Laverna is also a good online note-taking app with security built in. It's also open source and supports markdown, unlike Simplenote.

[Edited by JohnFastman, March 10]

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hasanyildiz
  
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The fact that it's free and open source is reason enough to use it.

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AdinanCenci
  
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The browser version takes forever to load. Could take the phone open and close it twice before the browser loaded once

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luislobo9b
  
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When you accumulate about 200 notes it starts to get very slow and not save. At least that was my experience in 2018. Today I use Standard Notes as an alternative that doesn't crash and on top of that it has a version history.

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xnax
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If you only need basic text and to do's it is great, however I am looking for something where I can add pictures

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