I use (and index) nvALT. The developer has been delayed in producing the next generation of nvALT, due to medical issues that he has been upfront about. I trust he will produce it in due course. Meanwhile, nvALT is excellent, solid, and its data folder, when placed in Dropbox, can be accessed on iOS with Simplenote or other iOS apps. It is plain text and markdown, with great tagging, search, and wiki-like links between notes. (These links do not work outside nvALT, however.)
I’ve got a folder full of text notes that are indexed in DT. I’ve gone through various apps, but I’m currently using Atom editor (atom.io/packages/project-manager) is great for my notes. When I need to search for a note, I just press cmd+T, type a few letters to locate what I want, press enter and voilá.
The Safari extension (the download link is on the blog page) is very good.
It’s going to sync with its iOS counterpart thru iCloud Drive – so there is no sync in the beta since it doesn’t come thru the app store. Because of iCloud it will not easily (or not at all) be indexable in DEVONthink, but it uses standard macOS share extensions.
About Bear… there will be an in-app purchase to Bear Pro which includes among other things iCloud syncing, good for one year. Then you purchase again the next year to maintain the sync capability. Other features continue to work without the yearly purchase. If I read this right, it’s a deal breaker for me.
I’ve tested Bear for a while and while it is rather attractive and nice, there are a few things that I just don’t like. In beta 2-3 you can finally turn on support for “native markdown”. I honestly don’t understand why apps re-invent syntax…
As for Atom, I’m using the Beta and find it’s quite a lot faster than it was before. Nothing akin to how fast Sublime Text is, but it’s getting better and faster with each update.
Having said that…There are literally dozens of great Markdown capable apps and simple plain text editors work just fine too. Still holding out for Brett Terpstra’s rewrite of nvALT
Also, I totally forgot to mention Ulysses. You can now add an external dropbox folder in both macOS and iOS and use that to edit you text files on both mac and iOS. Then have that same folder indexed in DT. Works a treat! In fact… now that I mentioned it, I think I may set this up myself too
Ah… It’s great to start fresh. As a new user of DTPO, I have little legacy concerns. No exhaustive note library, in Evernote or elsewhere. (Am a premium user of Evernote and would like to cut that cost if it makes sense.) I have no daily practice of note taking other than capturing tasks in a good-old GTD trusted system. Big fan of OmniFocus. And use their other products like OmniOutliner occasionally. Your feedback here on the forum has been great. I am in the process of picking the tools both on Macs and IOS so that I can be effective in capturing information/notes in meetings and while doing research on the web.
My day gig is a consultant to business leaders in running and growing their businesses. I do write and produce some content.
Looking at nvALT2 for the Mac’s, MBPro and MacPro and Drafts for IOS.
Questions: Are there other applications that I should consider? File formats? Use templates? What is the best practice for getting these into my DT database? Any gotcha’s I should watch for?
nvALT is great on the Mac. Just make sure you store notes as individual files (.txt or .md would be my advice). Lastly, index the folder where you store the notes in DTP. For iOS, I’d recommend an app that can connect to Dropbox or iCloud seamlessly so you can easily edit your notes there. Then, DTTG can index edited notes easily. A nice option is 1Writer or Editorial if you prefer to geek out hardcore with automation.
1Writer is great. Lots of nice features. A bit of a caution though – it hasn’t been updated in nearly a year and its last compatibility check was iOS 8. Some minor features are no longer working on iOS 10. The good thing is that if it dies, the data will still be good (plain text) and available in Dropbox.
The developer is currently running a beta round so I suspect an update shouldn’t be too far off. Having said that, there are plenty of other alternatives out there, most notable being Editorial of course and nvNote seems nice too though I haven’t tried that one yet. Here’s a rather exhaustive list brettterpstra.com/ios-text-editors/
When answering another post I realised that Ulysses for iOS now supports Dropbox external folders too, so it’s possible to edit files stored in a Dropbox folder (indexed in DTPO) using Ulysses on both the Mac and iOS.