Byword vs Command Browser

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Byword

Category: Note Taking

Industries: Educators, Content Creators, Students

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$5.99

Command Browser

Category: Note Taking

Industries: Educators, Content Creators, Students

Pricing

Free

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Most popular feedback for Byword

Byword is comparable to iA Writer and WriteRoom in that they are all lightweight, distraction-free writing apps. However, iA Writer has more features than the others. Byword's strength is its ability to export and publish directly to Blogger, Evernote, Medium, Tumbler, and WordPress. For budget-minded writers who compose reasonably short pieces for the web, it's a fine option. That said, we would like Byword to add a library tool and templates, plus improve its saving options.

Jill Duffy

About Byword

Writing is made simpler on the iPhone and iPad with Byword. # Important aspects of Byword - Created to facilitate writing Markdown - Sync all of your Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices with text documents. - Turn off all documents so you can access them at any time - Use the text search to filter documents (Find & Replace inside documents coming soon - An alternative dark theme for added comfort in dim lighting - The most comprehensive Markdown support, with cross-references, tables, and footnotes - Export Markdown files as PDF and HTML files - Post content to Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, Medium, and Evernote # Suitable for iOS 13 - Support for dark mode to match iOS preferences; - Use iOS Spotlight to directly search documents; - Split screen and multitasking on the iPad; - Direct access to the most recent documents from the program icon and shortcuts for creating new ones. #Blog posting From Byword, you can publish to Medium, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and Evernote. It's easy to publish your tale with Byword: 1. Type in Word 2. Click Tools and choose Publish 3. Verify the metadata 4. Release # More attributes - Continued lists - Snippet expansion in TextExpander - Live updating word and character counters - Comprehensive VoiceOver support for users with vision impairments - Spelling and grammar checks, as well as dictionary searches - Shortcuts on the keyboard for formatting and switching between displays You can use Byword in the following ways: - To avoid utilizing cumbersome online interfaces and losing your work when posting to your blog. - For class, meeting, and research notes - To focus on writing that crucial email without getting sidetracked - To record thoughts and notes and make them accessible across all devices Rich text caution Only plain text formats are compatible with Byword for iOS. Txt, text, md, mmd, rmd, markdown, markdn, mdown, mkdn, markd, and fountain file extensions are all supported.

Most popular feedback for Command Browser

Best purchase |'ve made in a while. Easy management of my highlights from articles straight into notion. Best f6.99 |'ve spent in a while. Keep up the good work @CommandBrowser This text was recognized by the built-in Ocrad engine. A better transcription may be attained by right clicking on the selection and changing the OCR engine to "Tesseract" (under the "Language" menu). This message can be removed in the future by unchecking "OCR Disclaimer" (under the Options menu). More info: http://projectnaptha.com/ocrad

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About Command Browser

Command is a browser made specifically for navigating the internet. The browser has a web highlighter, an online notebook, and connections with popular note-taking programs. DOMAIN HIGHLIGHTER Use Command's web highlighter to browse the internet like a book. Improve page readability by adding markup. WEBSITE JOURNALS Enter the details you learn into your command journals. Save things for easy access, including memes, websites, and more. LIBRARY LIST Save articles so you may read and annotate them later without having to use up all of your favorites. Even external sources can add articles to the app! INTEGRATIONS Command interacts with popular note-taking programs like Notion, Readwise, and OneNote so that you may keep track of the information you read and add it to your knowledge base. REMAIN FOCUSED Command has features like highlighting, ad blocking, and no notifications to help you stay focused when reading. BE SAFE Your data is kept on your servers and not those of third parties. Not third party servers, however iCloud is used by Command to sync. We protect your sensitive tabs with biometric locks. To use Command, no registration is required.

Byword reviews

I feel iOS version is better than Mac version. Would love to see a safety mechanism from deleting files or folders by accident. As of right now, all you have to do is swipe a file or folder to expose the delete button. One touch and file is gone. I accidentally deleted a file once from grazing the button by accident. There needs to be a pop up menu or something to prevent that. Thanks for listening

- OneCornerstone

Been using the Desktop version for several months now. Really enjoyed writing Rich text based documents on my computer with this app. When I finally bit the bullet and purchased the iOS Version, I unfortunately discovered after the purchase that the iOS version does not support Rich text. That detail was at the very bottom of the description and to be fair I made an assumption that the iOS version of the app would work the same as the desktop version. I can’t understand why rich text is not supported, and if I had known (I guess it’s my bad for not reading every single bit of description all the way to the very bottom) that I would be unable to sync those types of documents across devices, I would’ve gone with a different platform.

- clarkeleland

Byword is my go-to distraction free writing app on the Mac and I used it on iOS for a while— but unfortunately the slow Dropbox syncing led me to explore other solutions for iOS. It seems like updates this year might have fixed this so hopefully it’s better now. I had Byword configured for a Dropbox folder that I use for journal entries and it has a couple hundred markdown files in it plus two sub folders with some text, markdown and a couple of old rtf (rich text) files in them. When I opened up Byword it would hang on ‘Downloading items’ or ‘Syncing Items’ for minutes and it made me nervous to open recent files and create possible conflicts in my Dropbox. That was a big blocker when I just wanted to open the app and start writing. I recently reinstalled the app and also removed the rtf files from this Dropbox folder (just in case) and things seem to be better— fingers crossed.

- bikemike

Command Browser reviews

I’ve been using this for a while, really good, the general user experience is very nice. It has clean and pretty UI, robust utilities to accommodate basically any function one needs from this sort of website collecting/highlighting apps, and it combines all those features into just one app, making the whole process much easier and quicker, doing it better all the other similar apps in my opinion. I’ve only recently heard that it now can integrate with Notion and sync the highlights, which is really convenient for me because I’m a heavy Notion user, and so I started to use this app more frequently now. The syncing function’s good, easy setup, and the syncing is really fast, I like it a lot. The only thing is that it cannot sync the notes taken along with the highlights, which means that I still have to transfer the notes manually to pair off with every individual highlight in Notion, and that hinders the efficiency a bit. Really hope there would be a note syncing function as well in the future updates, just a personal wish.

- els9677

Disclaimer: if you’re only looking for a browser, look elsewhere. This app is so much more. Review: I have been looking for ways to integrate with Notion in more meaningful ways. That is where all of my highlights and book notes are kept (syncs with Kindle highlights through Readwise, and my physical notes sync through Readwise). Why I have never heard of this app before, I’ll never know. I was looking for a way to highlight article and take notes without a subscription. I like Pocket, and I have tried Instapaper, but Command Browser has replaced them both. Not only does this natively integrate with Notion (which is so, so cool by the way) but it can ALSO integrate with Readwise (which, by extension, can integrate with Notion for a small annual fee). So now I can natively sync with Notion, or I can choose to integrate with Readwise to preserve my knowledge template there. This is a very long review, but let me make it very simple for you. If you are a Notion user, get this app. Seriously. That simple. You will LOVE IT. And it just works.

- Ukeduke98

Really nice start. I'd really appreciate a few things... 1. More specific update notes please? 2. Notion integration needs fixing in my opinion so that tags made in Command stay attached to specific highlights (as when they are created in Command) ... Currently, when sent to Notion, tags get rolled up into a bundle as a property of a URL and as a result information (that tag X was attached to highlight Y) is LOST. To fix this, I think the Highlights table needs to have each *highlight* as its entity/row/granularity, rather than URL. Ideally a related "Pages" table with URL as base would store page title and page-scope comments. If that's hard (or not possible to auto-populate related fields?) then URL and page title could just be properties of each highlight in the Highlight table, with those values repeated for each highlight in a page. 3. Data protection: I'd love to know somehow that my Notion data isn't being exposed to accidental sharing or even erasing. Maybe Notion limitations make that impossible to guarantee but at least warn us of what could happen by giving you the keys to my data there. 4. Thanks for the handy app!

- dtoyd

Pros & cons

Byword

Pros
Distraction-free writing app with support for Markdown language
Lets you publish directly to popular websites
Inexpensive, one-time cost
Cons
Not useful for long-form writing
No library or tools for reference materials
Lacks templates

Command Browser

Pros
Has clean and pretty UI
Robust utilities to accommodate basically any function one needs from this sort of website collecting/highlighting apps
Combines all those features into just one app
Cons
Notion integration needs fixing
Notes not updated
It does not scale the website in the browser itsel

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