There’s an abundance of notes apps for the various platforms we use. Evernote though has a lot of people’s mindset due to it’s flexibility, reliability and Omnipresence. However, with its new pricing scheme, it is useful to look at options in case replacement is one of the words that comes to mind when they think of Evernote.
Microsoft’s OneNote of course Immediately comes to Mind
If you think about alternative notes approaches you might of course think of the other major Notes program that pops to mind which is Microsoft’s OneNotes. This is a very good program, but I would suggest it has a different use set than that of Evernote. It is a fantastic Outliner or Outliner wherein you can also write standard Notes.
For the purposes of this article though I wanted something more like Evernote from a theoretical perspective. In Evernote you have the standard Notebooks within the program that can have sub notebooks and then notes themselves. A program that works very similar to this, I think at least theoretically, is Nimbus Notes.
Nimbus Notes Structural View
Nimbus Notes, although it uses a subscription based model to operate, is less expensive than Evernote and as Omnipresent (here I’m referring to the variety of platforms you can run the program from such as Android, Windows, IOS and macOS).
Conceptually, you have within Nimbus Notes folders and subfolders in which you have your notes as they relate to the folder’s structure. It is a very easy program both to grasp and use and it works well.
Nimbus Notes is a fully cross platform system allowing users of all platform types to participate. It doesn’t have a native app for macOS but this can be dealt with using programs such as web2app which takes the web based app and makes it a native app. This isn’t a bad solution at all. However, the native macOS would be desirable especially if the app needs to draw on macOS components. Be that as it may, web2app (Android version) gives you the feel of a native program something which cannot be underestimated.
Nimbus Notes is not an outlining program like that of OneNote. Rather, it is an
Hierarchical View based Notes system. As an example, at the top level of an area such as Financial, all notes relating to this could be kept at this level but it soon starts feeling unwieldy. To deal with that, you have notes in the chain sub-divided into say Stocks and this in itself might have a couple folders relating stocks such as your number shares, value etc.
At a point, there is no need to go further with creating more notes to go in a folder as this representation can be accomplished with tags. As an example, you have in a subfolder described as Shares the number of shares and share value. To delineate a note that relates to the sale of a certain number of shares you have tags to deal with this aspect such as Buy, Sell, Portfolio Value and on it can go.
One has to be careful here in that the delineation makes the thing we’re looking at clearer rather than unwieldy. This though is based on one’s nature in terms of how much control you want to bring to bear over the area. Some can be very loose in terms of structure whereas others prefer more structure than not enough for them.
Full Fledged System
Nimbus Notes is a program that can be very much like Evernote. You can attach things, such as images to the notes or whatever you want to. You could have a folder related to receipts and that folder relates to the expenses folder with an explanation as to why such an expenditure is being undertaken. At this particular point in time, for most it is easy to remember why some were categorized in a certain fashion or why you bought say a Stereo. It is down the road, when we’re trying to understand if we did something and then the “why” of doing that programs like Nimbus really payoff. To some it might look like you’re being overly methodical but in hindsight the payoff is enormous as an explanation for the action reveals itself.
Cross Platform Team User’s Delight
Previously, I alluded to one of the most important aspects of Nimbus Notes. The program is fully Cross Platform. It basically runs on everything applying its power equally.
This is important especially in that a team, that uses a variety of platforms and wants to keep their notes combined together can do so easily. Nimbus looks identical from one platform to the next supporting equal functionality in each environment. The end result is enhanced productivity as each user can use the platform they prefer and in which they are likely the most efficient.
Nimbus Represents the High End of the Spectrum
There are a plethora of notes platforms from the very simple (jot it down as a reminder) to the more complex (have a research database of information). Nimbus sits at the high end of this spectrum. It is able to support both notes generated out of a Multiplatform environment and sophisticated pieces of information from PDF’s with attachments that can be annotated (done outside of Nimbus in a PDF program).
The notes can be related to each other where information needs to be cross referenced. Yet, a very simple note can be part of the mix. This is a very flexible program that can meet a range of needs. At times, all that is required is the very simple type note but it’s nice when your note-taker can handle the more complex style of notes. This prevents having to have too many applications on board. If Nimbus were difficult to use, a mixture of platforms might make sense. However, since this is a very easy yet versatile system, such a mixture isn’t necessary. Whether you have a good IT team to put your system together or not, doing it yourself is easy. Nimbus Notes is a solid solution, and can easily compete with the Evernote. If you need something with Outlining capabilities, look at Gorillized’s Outline with Microsoft’s OneNote or NoteTaker. Knowing your options based on your requirements can only prove beneficial.