Simplenote Review | Tech Radar

In 2008, a software startup named Simperium released the first version of single note (opens in a new tab)an app for taking notes (opens in a new tab) easy for users. A year later, it released a premium version of the app that removed ads and added additional features like syncing notes with the Dropbox storage app.

In 2013, Automattic, a well-known software company, bought Simperium and its flagship application Simplenote. Automattic is best known as the developer of WordPress, the popular content management system (CMS) that powers over 40% of all websites.

After buying Simplenote, Automattic released Android and Linux versions of the app and also suspended the premium version, making it free for everyone. In 2016, the company released the source code for the Simplenote client applications, making it open source. (opens in a new tab) and very customizable.

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Simplenote: Plans and Pricing

The best thing about Simlenote app is that it is completely free. Most note-taking apps are freemium, requiring payment to access advanced features. In contrast, anyone can access all of Simplenote’s features immediately after signing up.

Simple note: features

Signing up to Simplenote is easy. To do this, go to the official website or download the application on your mobile device (iOS or Android) or personal computer (Windows, macOS or Linux). All you need is a valid email (opens in a new tab)which you will check before opening an account.

You can access your Simplenote dashboard immediately after completing the registration process. You should notice that the dashboard is minimal and uncluttered. The first feature you should observe is create notes. There is a new note icon resembling book and pen. Click on it and it will open a new note for you to type.

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The text editor on Simplenote is simple to a fault. It only supports bland text without any formatting, which we consider a drawback. Many people like to format the text on their digital notebooks for aesthetic purposes, but you can’t do that with the app. On the bright side, this feature can be a plus for people who like it simple. With such a text editor, it is very easy to focus on taking notes and not get distracted.

The only feature resembling formatting is the ability to add checklists to each note and mark them when you’re done. This feature allows users to easily create and manage to-do lists (opens in a new tab).

One cool feature we noticed on the app is the ability to post notes. After typing a note, you can post it online and get a link for it. Enter this link in a browser (opens in a new tab), and you’ll see your note as a web page. This feature allows users to access their notes anywhere or share them with others. You don’t always have to log into the Simplenote app to check your notes when you can do it online.

Another great feature offered by Simplenote is collaboration (opens in a new tab). You can invite other users (via their email) to view or edit your notes. There is no limit to the number of people you can do this with.

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Simplenote: Interface and use

Ease of use is one of Simplenote’s strengths. As we mentioned earlier, the app is simple by default. Its interface looks like a paper notebook, minimal and clean, but with unlimited space. Any digital layman should be able to navigate the application without difficulty.

Simple Note: Support

If you’re having trouble with Simplenote, you can contact a dedicated support email and wait for a response from company staff. Remember that this is a free app so support is not guaranteed but is more of a favor for customers.

There is also an official help page on the Simplenote website. This page contains user guides and answers to frequently asked questions about the app. This should be the first place to go when you need help before opting for email support if you can’t find satisfactory answers there.

Simplenote: The competition

Simplenote’s main competitors are Notion, Evernote (opens in a new tab), and Ulysses. Simplenote’s main advantage over these competitors is that it’s free. But, it lacks the kind of advanced features you’ll find in these competitors, for example, text formatting and grammar checking.

Single Note: Final Verdict

We consider Simplenote to be a very good note-taking app. It’s free to use, so you don’t have to worry about a payment. It also has one of the most user-friendly interfaces you’ll find in a note-taking app. The main downside is that it lacks many advanced features that you often find in competing apps.

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Lance B. Holton