2 years ago I began work on a note taking app as a side project. Recently I've been putting a lot more work into it and it's launch is just around the corner. I wanted to give a quick run down on what Tinynote is and what makes it different.
A Timeline of Notes
Ever feel like your note taking app is full of clutter? Designing tinynote, my number one goal was making sure you NEVER asked yourself the question:
"should I jot this down?"
Tinynote, wants you to jot everything down. There is no two pane list view of notes, that will quickly get filled up and overtaken. Your notes are organized onto a beautiful timeline. Which works great for note taking. A one line note won't feel like clutter on Tinynote.
An Editor Designed for Speed
No clicks needed. That was my design goal. Simply start typing. And saving can be done using keyboard shortcuts as well. You can quickly churn out multiple notes without having to lift your hands off the keyboard. You can also access search without clicking. The editor is displayed alongside your notes - there aren't two separate views for editing and viewing.
I originally built Tinynote out of frustration (which is usually how most products begin). I got annoyed by note taking apps that forced me to enter a heading, or choose a format for a note. I just wanted to quickly jot something down. So for years I used a text editor. Which is great, but lacks organization and all those files are messy.
On tinynote you can take notes however YOU like. Want to add a heading? go ahead. Want to include tags at the beginning of a note. Sure. If you like taking one line notes, then tinynote is perfect and if you like abusing your keyboard with 1000 word essays - it's equally as perfect.
Really Simple #Tagging
To organize notes, just include a #hashtag anywhere within the note. A note can have multiple tags, and these are converted into pretty blue links. Notes can also be organized into notebooks which are color coded.
p.s - if you open multiple tinynote notebooks in chrome, the browser address bar not only looks epic, but you'll understand why this is proudly a web app. It is built for the browser and not just contained within it.
Images + Code + Video + Sound + Lots more
Tinynote works great at storing text based notes, but I find myself storing images more and more. Many of my notebooks are like private pinterest boards (but with a much better design). You can upload images via drag and drop or use the camera on your smartphone. Notebooks filled with images look gorgeous on Tinynote.
And because Tinynote is unashamedly a web app, it does a great job of saving web based content too. You can save content from sources like Vimeo, Github, Medium, Spotify (my music notebook rocks) and over 1600+ more. And no need to install a clipping extension. Just paste or drag a link and it just works.
And Finally, and most importantly, Context.
Notes are saved with the usual meta information you would expect - date, timezone, location etc. but Tinynote also stores a complete history of each note (in a timeline!). You can see how a note has evolved and by storing each edit, the integrity of the note remains intact. It becomes a powerful record of time and place. Of course, your notes are private and you have complete control - when you delete a note, tinynote permanently deletes it and the version history.
That's just a taste. Tinynote packs some pretty powerful functionality, but it does so with absolute simplicity. You won't need an instruction manual and this is definitely not an evernote. Every feature and function is designed to make the note taking experience fluid and fast.
So...I need some beta testers. The app will be going into private beta very soon and you can sign up to take part here. As a little reward for helping me squash those bugs, you'll be grandfathered into lifetime access to the pro account (free account has a limit on file storage and number of notebooks).