UpNote might just be one of the best note-taking and productivity tools that very few people have ever heard of. Do a google search for “Best Note-Taking App of 2022” and you will get scores of results from respected sites such as Techradar through to obscure blogs run by dedicated tech geeks. These reviews cover the usual suspects such as Google Keep, Evernote, Notion, etc but rarely ever mention UpNote. So, why was I looking and what criteria was I looking for?
The two key criteria I needed were that it had to be multi-platform, in my case Windows desktop and two Android devices, and it had to have a web clipper. I have always found OneNote a little too obscure and have been an Evernote user for many years but have grown disenchanted with the lack of updates and lack of direction. Evernote has also withdrawn a vital module to back up an entire notebook collection and replaced it with the useless ability to back up one note at a time. This is, presumably, to stop people from migrating to another app.
I did look at Joplin and signed up for a 14-day free trial to its cloud sync module, but at the time of writing, I have not had a response from the developer that the ability to cancel this and prevent payment!
I also checked out UpNote on its sub-Reddit and looking at the complaints from users a year ago about specific facilities that were missing and that had been added 12 months later meant that the service was being actively developed.
The UpNote editor is a fully-fledged word processing platform with multiple rich text options, Markdown support, creation of lists, insertion of images, links, attachments, quotes, code blocks, multiple fonts from the configuration, highlighting of text in various colours, and more. So, if you want to write that novel, this tool can do it. If you do not want to be distracted, focus mode removes all the peripheral stuff, leaving just the text editor.
There is a left-hand admin channel that displays all your notebooks, nested sub-notebooks, etc together with a search facility that will become necessary when your workload starts to grow. Maintaining a watch on your list of notes is further enhanced by hashtags.
The overall look of the app is crisp and clean with an obvious nod to Apple design standards but it is available on Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android.
Syncing between devices is lightning fast. As I type this, by the time I open an Android app, all the latest changes are ready and waiting to be viewed.
UpNote can be backed up and there is also the facility to import data from the likes of Evernote, Bear, Apple Notes, and Simplenote. The service also comes with a comprehensive, online user guide which can be saved using the webclipper to your Upnote desktop version for reading later.
At the time of writing, I have been using UpNote for less than a day, but have happily paid for the premium version which cost me in the UK £16 on a special offer. If anything untoward occurs then I will update here, but I confess that I am more than happy with my choice.