DayGram vs Margin Note

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Category: Writing Tools
Industries: Writers, Students, Educators



Margin Note

Category: Writing Tools
Industries: Writers, Students, Educators



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DayGram reviews

This is more practical than conventional paper diaries, just because you can find and access to all your notes in a timeline, place time stamps automatically, and it keeps it very simple. But it would really make it better than using conventional diaries if we could attach images to our entries, maybe voice notes... Those are a big plus that really changes the game and would take conventional diaries users to using this app in my opinion. This is the only app that I’ve used and haven’t deleted it because it’s overcharged, good point for you guys, but the feature of adding pictures or voice notes wouldn’t necessarily ruin your minimalist style and I find that it is actually useful.

- Alexandra Chang

There is an elegance to DayGram. It allows me to have the timeline benefits of a "journal" without running into a plethora of interface distractions. It can be backed up via iCloud and Dropbox. Journal apps blare with statistics; how many entries, how many today, options to add hash tags, share to social media, add photos. I don't need all that. With DayGram I get a date stamp, a time stamp option and a blank page, thank you. DayGram lends to writing minimalism—often a simple snapshot of the day or an event, but longer entries are just fine. In the rare case an image is desired, the option sits innocuously at the bottom right of the page as an almost invisible icon. --- The two things DayGram lacks are a "dark mode" for nighttime writing and, at least, a couple more font options. I'd pay to have these options added. The holy grail, personally, would be the option to add a custom font. --- In terms of the In-App purchase: I would point out that almost no one wants "themes" that involve generic stock photography backgrounds. That may have been true 5 or 6 years ago. Now most people prefer to add their own image—if they even want one BEHIND their writing. This strange option is the only place DayGram really goes off the rails of its elegant minimalism.

- Tao-ish

I have been writing about this problem for some time now. I have been using this app for years (since 2018). It crashes every single time I try to do a search. Certain letter combinations will crash it when searching. There are only a few that won’t. It was updated 3 weeks ago but it isn’t fixed. It crashes on my iPhone 13 Pro. I tried it on my old iPad and it does the same thing so I know it’s not the new phone. I NEED this function because I use this ALL THE TIME! Are you seeing this review? Please help!

- Batman2287

Margin Note reviews

I’ve used 3 versions of MarginNote over the years, both on my iPads and Macs. A lot has changed, but a lot hasn’t. Each time a new version comes out, I wonder if I want to spend the money and research what else is out there. Maybe I find something interesting and try it, or maybe I don’t, but I always come back. There’s just nothing else that does what MN does. A lot of the other reviews cover why I look elsewhere from time to time... the app can be inexplicably weird or counter-intuitive or just a little bit off sometimes. I can often get it to do what I need, but not without frustration. Often times, where it fails are in standard UX practices that almost every other app follows, but MN chooses to ignore those and do things its own way. I’m not a student, so I’m not making flash cards or anything like that, but I do a lot of research. I really like the ability to add multiple documents to one project. I have one with at least a couple of dozen PDFs and epubs, not small ones either, and MN doesn’t complain. There are occasional sync issues, but I’ve gotten good at backing up and—knock on wood—haven’t lost anything yet. I think if you’re only using it one system, that won’t be a factor.

- Therealironhulk

There is only one competitor app to be MarginNote's alternative and that's the Liquid Text. While their UI is much prettier and cleaner. They have just a really poor mind map experience. What I like about MarginNote in contrast with LiquidText is just how much more organized it is. In LiquidText almost any accidental touch on the mindmap ruins it. Also it's a web of what you put where ever you wish to. In MarginNote however, you have an app that organizes the mindmap into a chart with direct branches that you do not decide how to be put. It organizes the look and keeps it which is just so amazing. It just makes me more and more relaxed to be in the app vs LiquidText. And also in the LiquidText you cannot have book-free studies to just have bookmarks. But the research tool is horribly made. There is no link to the OS dictionary. Or any good offline dictionary. The UI seems horrible and has so many problems. It is just the worst part of any app I've seen. Hope that gets fixed someday. And as far as the price comes, I think it's much cheaper than LiquidText which is awesome.

- pmkary

I had used another app ‘fluid’ for reading research articles, underlining and extracting text for summary and study until they crippled this in the free version and increased price for the paid. This app is far beyond that with a superb design for reading, study, organizing spaces, excellent pdf to text extraction and linear or mind mapping ways to relate to the text extractions and your notes both within and between documents. There is a learning curve for use but much is accessible playing around as well. I will be watching videos to learn better use. I have a lot of PDFs stored in Evernote and this app can access and load from within the app. I have used on my my iPhone when my iPad was not available and it’s workable but it is much more useful on a bigger screen. I like it so much that purchased the paid version and might even cough up the larger additional fee for the MacBook version. One of the few apps that is worth the purchase price and more. Excellent!

- JimK

Pros & cons


Date stamp feature
Lends to writing minimalism
Simple interface

No dark mode
Limited font options
"themes" with generic stock photography backgrounds

Margin Note

Extensive features
Endless options for annotating and sorting preexisting texts into usable notes.

With tons of features and hard-to-follow how-to advice
The user experience can be overwhelming and potentially off-putting

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