“Evernote needs a dashboard,” I decided a few years ago. I kept hoping that Evernote would develop one, but they didn’t. “And a word count where you can see it, not hidden away…” No joy there, either. Until Alternote.
And there’s a WORD COUNT (yippee!) in the bottom right of each note. (I’m wiping away tears of joy here, trust me.) Word count’s hugely important to writers.
What I like most about Alternote
See above — I can use Alternote as a quick way of getting things done in Evernote.
I love Evernote’s Mac app, but with over 6K notes, it becomes hard to get stuff done, because:
- It’s easy to be distracted with notebooks and notes;
- No easily visible word count when writing (see above);
- Too many notebooks. Yes, distraction again. I’m a Gemini, and we love bright shiny objects.
You can keep up to 100K notes in Evernote, but I weed out my notes and notebooks regularly. Many notes expire; that is, they’re only useful for a limited time. A goals list for example, is time-limited. Once you’ve achieved those goals — or haven’t achieved them — the outdated list’s just a distraction.
So, the biggest plus for me with using Alternote is that I can cut down on Evernote’s distractions.
I also like the Markdown facility; I write almost everything in Markdown. You can repurpose at will in Markdown, especially with The wonderful Marked 2 app.
In summary: if you’re a Mac Evernote user, and want an app that acts as a useful front-end/ dashboard, give Alternote a try.
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