ColorNote Notepad Notes vs Byword

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ColorNote Notepad Notes

Category: Note Taking
Industries: Students, Businesses, Professionals

Byword

Category: Note Taking
Industries: Educators, Content Creators, Students

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$5.99

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ColorNote Notepad Notes reviews

The app has worked great on my Android phones and tablets for several years. Today I installed the app on a Windows 10 Pro PC and it worked fine until I signed in to my account. Now, when I click the icon, the app seems to start and immediately disappears. Uninstall/reinstall does not help. Sending Application Events Log entry to Support via email.

- Steven

I, like others here, have been using his app on Android for quite a while. I love the ability to password protect notes on android. This version will require a password to access a note protected in Android, but lacks the ability to set a password from this app. I am assuming that the features missing from the android app will be added with future updates. I would like the ability to add attachments to notes in both this app and the Android App. The "Settings" button does NOTHING. It just shows a new window that says "settings" with no further links or functions??? It is still great to sync my Windows 10 2-in-one with my phone. I use this app pretty much on a daily basis.

- David

I have used this app on Android devices for a long time. I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and was pleasantly surprised to see that the app is available there. It is a simple, intuitive interface. I especially like that you can sort your list alphabetically, by color, and by date. It makes it easy to scan for notes as opposed to just entering search criteria as in another app that shall remain nameless.

- Gil

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

Pros & cons

ColorNote Notepad Notes

Pros
It reminds you of the saved notes so that you will never miss anything important
Effortlessly stay organized
Simple and easy to use

Cons
Customer support is not responsive
Crashes on Windows

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

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