> The code makes use of localStorage() to save the raw text and the time and date of when the edit has been made.
Given that localStorage only has 5MiB available to it, you could try using the localForage library to have a localStorage-like API around IndexedDB, so that people can store even larger notes (you could even support storing pasted images as PNG blobs). Even better: is has automatic localForage fallback.
Alternatively, you might want to either compress the text with LZ-String before storing it. (BTW, version 2.0 is currently in the works and much faster, especially if you use the "Unsafe" version)
Even so, I often store images within my online notes. Linking out to them is one option, but of course means that my notes would be dependent upon a third party host. Being able to paste image blobs into the document and store them with the text would be an advantage if I were to want to use this.
There is a very real problem with this extension that will upset people that use it. It’s using the window.localStorage object that will possibly be cleared out when the browser history gets erased. It asks for the storage permission in the manifest but does nothing with it. To the op, use chrome.localstorage() for any read and write operations(edit note that this is async)... that protects against clearing the history. If you plan on storing images you can just request the unlimitedStorage permission to get a full indexdb instance with the same simple api that is simple to use. (not sure if this perm is valid on chrome)
I just checked MDN, since I've had problems with html5rocks tutorials being outdated due to specs changing in the past (not related to localStorage though), but all pages I can find on it seem to overlook the whole quota aspect. However, the Chrome dev page on the topic mentions this:
> Unlimited storage is similar to persistent storage, but it is available only to Chrome apps and extensions (.crx files). The size of unlimited storage is limited only by the availability of space in the user's hard drive. You can ask for the unlimitedStorage permission in the manifest file for an app or extension. At installation, the user is informed of permissions required by the app or extension. By proceeding with the installation, the user implicitly grants permission for all pages whose URLs are listed in the manifest.json file.
That’s fine to be skeptical but they are a design and consulting firm. Makes sense that they could bang something nice out and if it’s popular the link back will help their seo and perhaps directly get them business.
Serious question: does anyone regularly use a Markdown notes app/site/extension?
I've seen this kind of thing appear a few times a year and, while they are cool and I like Markdown, I find I stop using them rather quickly in favor of things like the macOS Notes app or Slack because of things like convenience, ease of sharing, better search, more ease of mind that my notes won't one day disappear because of a side effect of clearing history or because the developer didn't understand browser storage API quirks. For example, I used Dillinger.io until the interface was updated and my notes were gone. I seem to remember another one that interacted with gist.github.com until one day it didn't. Hurray.
I think a company around a Markdown based app or extension would be good because other solutions don't embrace Markdown, and the ones that do might be a flash in the pan.
I use vim to write Markdown documents and task lists since two years or so.
For a while, I had some trouble with the tooling as most stuff is npm based and authors releasing on npm do not embrace system package managers (install locally vs. globally etc.). Recently, Okular (the KDE document viewer) got Markdown support, but I don't really like the default style and the font is the only thing you can change.
Nevertheless, yesterday I wrote a script and a css file to convert my Markdown files to PDF files from the command line easily (and with a style I like). The conversion to PDF is important for me as some of the humans around me do not seem to appreciate my markdown files ;-)
For synchronization across devices I use my Nextcloud.
I recently started taking notes in markdown. I previously had notes scattered across txt files, Word docs, ColorNote, and emails to myself.
I take journal-type notes about personal things, and I demand that I have them available conveniently decades from now. I strongly prefer a dark theme. I was going to jump ship entirely to OneNote, but I can't get a dark theme on Desktop and mobile.
Moving to markdown has tremendous benefits. You have proper separation of concerns- "how do I edit on X platform" vs "how do I store my notes".
For storage, I've considered a git repo, but I'm using Dropbox for now. It has 30 day history, so I can correct for any mistake I'd care about.
For editing, I pick an editor on my current platform. Atom on Desktop. IA writer on Android.
I don't currently have great search, but I think I can do that with Dropbox. I'm more concern about future-proofing and dark theme.
I use Quiver ($10) to store and organize work and personal notes. Their "cells" of content can be written in plaintext, code, markdown, or LaTeX. You can organize with folders, tags, favorites, etc. The different viewing modes are perfectly flexible via toggle-able panes and a "presentation" mode.
The db is just a file you can choose to sync however you want. I use Resilio to keep work/laptop/desktop machines in sync.
Personally, I use the Typora app for taking notes in markdown and sticking everything in a git repo. The main thing I'm missing is some kind of built-in git feature, would have been nice if it auto-committed for me instead of me having to do that manually.
So I'm planning on making my own desktop app that's Apple Notes, but in Markdown, and with some kind of git auto-commit feature. But the nice thing about Markdown + Git is that I'm not locked into using one app! If I ever want to try out another Markdown app in the future I can do so, if I want to make my own I can do so, if I later stop updating my app and need another one I can just switch.
Emacs people kinda figured this out a long time ago with Org-mode.
I use markdown in vim for absolutely all note taking and prose. But no, I don't use any of these little applets, browser or otherwise. I imagine lots of people do, though, if they don't have a text editor religion they subscribe to!
The most valuable thing hasn't been any individual feature (though those are nice since I can tailor them to me) but rather the fact that if I don't like the way it works, I can just pop the hood and change it myself.
For the similar reasons I don't really use markdown notes apps. Instead I write all important notes to Evernote despite it being rather heavy weight.
When I do use markdown note apps is if I want to quickly jot down an idea or what I just learned. Four months ago I shared this technique with HN .
If I were to adopt a markdown app to use regularly, an important factor would be that it is open source. The reason is that, like you, I'd be worried about losing data due to a developer be mistake. Granted, something like Evernote is not open source, but I'm less worried about losing data.
I started using onenote after realizing how bad storing my uni notes in text and word docs was.
I moved onto evernote for my work laptop and found it horrendous on windows - it wouldn't let me do something as simple as auto-capitalizing first words of the sentence. I'd run into issues quite often and googling it would amount to someone complaining about it on the forums a couple years back and nothing changing. After that I just moved back to onenote.
I've been using BoostNote pretty regularly for about 6 months, and I like it fine, but I wish it weren't an Electron App. There's not really any sharing/collaborating as far as I know, and the note structuring/search leaves a little bit to be desired (compared to say, OneNote). The good news is that it's open-source!
And I think one of the reasons I like it is because it is simple..it also has decent support for embedded LaTex, and it handles code snippets well. It does the job well for what I use it for, which is normally lecture notes, TODO lists, and idea captures. I don't really use it for documentation or anything else more formal.
I try to minimize browser and extension use (I make my own "forks" and vet the code for every extension) so I take my notes using Emacs, placed in a sync folder.
Ease of sharing? I use text files (markdown) precisely because it is the most easily shared and portable format to store notes. As far as search, I have not seen anything come close to Emacs with its combination of regex grep, narrowing, and fuzzy FTS possibilities. Your whole org/markdown root folder can be a projectile project.
I agree with you, if you are taking notes for keeps, why use browser storage? Why not just save directly to a sync folder using your favorite editor?
I use the desktop apps Quiver and Highland 2 regularly, but both produce files that are just fancy wrappers around what's ultimately accessible file formats if the companies die (macOS package folders with .md or .json contents and image files alongside).
To be fair, most terminals I've encountered aren't white on black, but more of a light grey on black. I believe that's what OP means by toning it down a bit. While I do prefer a higher contrast as you do, I agree with OP in that this is too high.
Why would you use markdown to take notes? Markdown is designed to be displayed as rich-text (headings, lists, etc) after authoring. If you only ever view it in plaintext as an editor, what's the point?
Coming from someone that uses markdown for taking notes on a daily basis, I have spent so much time reading markdown in Vim that my mind now interprets the syntax semantically, besides many text editors provide syntax highlighting that provides contextual clues and hints.
The syntax is easy to type, it's not verbose, and it actually makes sense in plaintext. Then if I ever want to I have the option to open it in a full-fledged markdown viewer, and sometimes I even copy/paste sections into actual markdown-compatible apps.
It provides a standard method of plain text note organization. If I want to create a list or a subheading, I now do it the same way every time, so I'm internally consistent with all my notes.
In fact, for certain types of greyhairs like myself, it is extremely readable in source because it is based on the conventions people used in Internet forums that didn't support rick text.
BBS's, Newsgroups, all of the social "networks" adopted a core set of syntaxes that people still use today, such as _emphasis_.
The history behind that is interesting. We started with underlines to suggest emphasis because that was something you could do on a physical typewriter: Back up and add underscores to what you'd already typed.
When typesetting arrived, we switched to italic because it's way easier to read. But _emphasis_ stayed as a way to suggest _underline_, even if we prefer to render it as italics.
There are similar stories behind other formatting choices, like
> Some quoted text
It resembles a way that people typeset quotations, and people got very used to reading that in newsgroups and email editors before it became a thing to create rich email ransom notes in Word.
Nit: Markdown was designed to look good both when displayed as Rich Text, and when displayed as plain text.
The overriding design goal for Markdown’s formatting syntax is to make it as readable as possible. The idea is that a Markdown-formatted document should be publishable as-is, as plain text, without looking like it’s been marked up with tags or formatting instructions.
I frequently take notes in markdown even though I rarely view it non-plaintext myself. But I use markdown because it's well-suited to conversion to other formats through pandoc, and I sometimes send notes to others (who don't like plaintext/markdown). It's particularly nice to convert to .doc, .docx, and .pdf (through LaTeX).
Perhaps this is a silly reason, but I use vim and I like my markdown syntax highlighting. I rather like reading my plaintext markdown + (default) syntax highlighting. I suppose it would be possible to write/use some txt syntax+highlighting (or some .note format, etc.), but I reinvent the wheel in enough other places to not want to do that here.
Your presumption is that you only ever view them as plaintext. I author using plaintext, but one reason I use Markdown is that it is easy to make uniform looking notes. When I later view, especially longer ones, I do so rendered.
Even if you only did view them as plaintext, it sure is a handy format for a static blog generator in case you'd like to turn some of your notes into a blog post one day.
How am I supposed to read and edit my org mode notes from my Android device?
Yes, I do in fact use Orgzly. For a very specific subset of notes it's fine. But for a long bit of documentation, no good editor exists on anything but a desktop / laptop. That is, nobody's reimplemented enough of Emacs on Android yet.
Actually, the Org format is supported by web sites like GitHub and GitLab, and there are several parsers in different languages. It's even supported by Pandoc, so you can convert to/from anything Pandoc supports.
Dear HN - you might be interested in Write.Pub (http://write.pub) It has both a WYSIWYG and raw markown editing mode. The USP is built-in git - if you ever wanted to showcase the power of version control to a non-programmer, but didn't want to put them through a git bootcamp, this might be the right tool for a common use case - note taking and writing
It's not a replacement for a notes app. Instead, I'm using it to remind me where I left off on my work. It's helping me stay focused. Instead of seeing the distracting new tab screen, I see what I'm supposed to work on.
Think about "Why text files won for programming source code."
Rich formats like Smalltalk's images are vastly superior as long as you stay within the ecosystem. But plain text is "worse is better" at scale. You get more tools, more interoperability, more of everything.
Markdown is the plain text file winner for uncomplicated words. It's somewhat portable between a myriad of tools. When you drop into a "Better" tool like OneNote, you get all sorts of amazing wins... Provided you stay within the walled garden it provides.
Speaking as an author, I blog in markdown, I take notes in markdown, and I publish my books from markdown source for this very reason.
Heck, being able to put my books in GitHub and do pull requests is enough reason all by itself!
If you meant, "Why a tab instead of a separate app that works with Markdown," none of what I wrote above applies. I was speaking strictly to why Markdown instead of some proprietary-format notes app.
It reminds me the times when we were happy to install all desktop extensions, tray tools and destroy the wallpaper with ms plus. Anything but doing something structured and useful (hey, we were kids back then!)
I like this. Could you guys add a mode that hides the right and bottom part and only shows the notes?
Also, popping up a Markdown cheatsheet via a shortcut would be dope for those who don't use the syntax often.
It's standard to use both “All rights reserved” along with explicit permissions to be explicit that all rights under copyright not explicitly granted are reserved. It is, in intent, a disclaimer of additional implied permissions, though IIRC the “All rights reserved” in practice has no legal effect.
MIT is how the work can be used by others. This is basically saying "hey, I claim all the intellectual property rights granted to me by law. However, if you use this software strictly under these terms (MIT), I will not consider it to be infringing upon my rights."