StretchPaper vs CherryTree
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This app is EXACTLY what I was looking for! I need to draw mind maps for med school, but I’m always limited by the canvas size on all the other note-taking and drawing apps. I really wanted infinite space to flesh out my ideas and just get words on paper without limits and this neat, simple little app lets me do that. I was also pleasantly surprised by the pen flow! Most expensive note-taking and drawing apps don’t have pen flow as smooth as Stretchpaper does, which is impressive given its low price. Three bucks? My daily latte costs more and does way less, delicious as it may be. Thanks to the developers for making a great app!
Stretchpaper is a novel method to sketch diagrams, take notes, and display your creative abilities. With an endless canvas, there is never a shortage of space. Stretchpaper is entertaining and practical. You can modify vectors, define your own pens, export your drawings as pictures or mega-pdfs, and more. Works well on the iPad, but the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil make it much better!
By far my favorite note app due to its simplicity yet very well organized design and useful features. Has some (minor) glitches and shortcomings, but I love its design. Pros... Feature rich (hierarchical notes, tables, code boxes, image import, db import/export, etc.) Not bloated with features you don't need Super easy to keep all your notes on dissimilar topics all in one place, well organized and easily navigatable Cons... CherryTree occasionally crashes for me (Windows). Not sure if the root cause is CherryTree or not. I may send feedback to the developer(s) and see what's up. UPDATE: I no longer see any crashes. I believe the problem was my work computer was still running Windows 7 (!!!) It never crashed for me under Win 10 (which I use at home). I only ever saw it crash on that one computer running Win 7. Interface sometimes seems to have been developed in its own universe rather than using standard libraries, toolkits, etc. Example ... Creating and editing tables is workable but not like any table editing you've probably seen before.
CherryTree is not a straightforward note-taking application in the same vein as "Remember the Milk" or "Evernote." CherryTree places an exclusive emphasis on the functional aspects of note taking, eschewing any attempt at design. It gives you the ability to take notes in rich text format and highlights syntax for you. You have the option of storing your data in an XML file or a Sqlite file. CherryTree is loaded to the brim with features that enable you to directly pull notes and the features associated with them from a wide variety of programs and websites. Rich text, image handling, multi-level list handling, tables handling, codebox handling, hyperlinks, iteration sorting, and so on are just some of the many features that it possesses. Other features include: This tool is for users who need to copy not only text but also backgrounds, images, fonts, and a great deal more in addition to text. It is not for people who simply want to copy text. When it is used properly, it can save a web page along with all of the important attributes that are associated with it. This allows you to move the files over to another content management system without taking the web coding from the previous CMMS with you.
Love this app! Use it when I’m planning out stuff in my business. One drawback for me has been when the file becomes too large it takes a long time to load. Running an iPad Pro so the device shouldn’t be the issue. Still use it, just try not to let the it get too big.
- Suicide Mike
This seemed like a great app purchase, but unfortunately the app itself is a exercise in frustration. While an infinitely scalable sketch pad is an amazing concept— one I desperately need for my iPad Pro— this app misses the mark in several ways. First, it ditches the intuitive control and ease of the Apple Pencil for its own drawing UI and response curve. Second, the scaling is maddeningly frustrating as line thickness is impossible to keep consistent as one must invariably zoom when scrolling around the document. (A Zoom Lock feature would seem like a no brainer) What is more, settings such as line thickness and color are basically random as to whether they will stay applied one you select them. I often found myself switching without warning from a blue line to a green line and back without any logical reason. Third, the individual controls lack harmonious integration with Apple simplicity; while other apps allow for a simple tap on/tap off of individual tools, this app leaves a tools always on unless you specifically select a different tool (and even then that no guarantee the switch will take). Add to all this the lack of an easily accessible user guide, a lack of a straight edge (seriously?) and a steep learning curve I cannot in god conscience recommend this app to anyone. A frustrating waste of $3.
- UDS Music
App is amazing. It is straight forward and easy to use. Love the infinite canvas as that is what i was looking for. I found a few other apps that have infinite canvas but they all lack ease of use and simple tasks that are imperative for taking notes. So far great app. SIDE NOTE: I am having an issue with a bug. For some strange reason sometimes the notes shift slightly and what was once fully highlighted in a certain color or pointed to with a line for a label tends to be offset. So in other words something is causing notes/coloring/labels to shift just slightly. This can be annoying and can cause issues especially with labeling and highlighting. Can the developer take a look? From what I can tell, it happens when i reopen notes after some time. I do move the screen a lot using my fingers but apparently haven’t been able to pinpoint it. Please do check this out.
Good-looking and feature-full note taking software. Not just for programmers but for writers and researchers as well.
I was looking for an open source alternative to Workflowy. This is about as close as I could get. The UI isn't all that modern, but it is fairly configurable. You can change the fonts used and their sizes. The size of the toolbar items can be changed, you can actually make them really big. In my case I disabled the toolbar; the icons mix badly with a dark theme. The other thing that is a bit annoying is the icons. They are tiny and quite dated too. Maybe a nitpick on my part? Still, at least you can change the default entry icon from the cherry to any of the options they provide, such as a dot, like in a bullet list. I'm happy with this application. It does everything I need it to do well, without subscriptions or needless cloud dependency.
Fantastic note-taking app, probably the best in the business in that it isn't cloud based, works windows and linux, and supports encryption and has tons of features. The only major problem I have with it is that nearly every Linux distro out there is removing CherryTree from their standard repos. I can't get it after Debian 9, Fedora 30, or CentOS 7. Even Manjaro doesn't include it anymore. Anyone have any idea why?
|Simple and to the point
|The infinite canvas lets me take notes and doodle the way that I want to
|Easy to use
|It ditches the intuitive control
|Scaling is maddeningly frustrating as line thickness
|File becomes too large it takes a long time to load.
|Feature rich (hierarchical notes, tables, code boxes, image import, db import/export, etc.)
|Not bloated with features you don't need
|Super easy to keep all your notes on dissimilar topics all in one place, well organized and easily navigatable
|A very sophisticated note taking and text-copying tool
|It is mostly for people undertaking technical tasks
|The tool is not a convenience tool as other note-taking apps are
|No mobile :/ sometimes you need it..
|and not, I don't want to use joplin, is nowhere near the same
|UI the first time is weird
|It seems from the roadmap this will change for better
|No custom icons in a easy way :/ yes sometimes you need it
|Either way, you can change it or add more icons there is a topic on how to do it on github.
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