I am weirdly fussy about note-taking apps. My requirements are…quirky.

Hard Requirements:

  • Be usable in half a 12-inch MacBook’s worth of screen real estate, without being squashed
  • Have both native macOS and iOS applications
  • Have first-class Markdown support
  • Sync to the cloud


  • Apple Pencil support
  • Account switching so I can use the same app for personal and work without worrying about cross-contamination
  • Provide shareable URLs (either public, or be able to grant permissions to other users)

I have experimented with no fewer than five note-taking apps: Notes, OneNote, Evernote, Agenda…

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