‘PlainText’ App

PlainTextPlainText (iPhone, iPad): I’ve only just downloaded this app but I can already see the benefits of being able to makes notes and work on documents and store/transfer them through Dropbox.

“PlainText is a simple text editor with an uncomplicated, paper-like user interface. Unlike the default Notes app, PlainText allows you to create and organize your documents in folders and sync everything with Dropbox”

PlainText (Free): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/plaintext-dropbox-text-editing/id391254385

I have used the default Notes app since first getting an iOS device some 4 years ago and it was only down to the recommendation of Alan Cann (@AJCann) that I thought to try/find something better – PlainText was one of his strong recommendations.

Here are my notes:

  • When you first start the app there some handy hints and tips, read them!
  • It’s as easy as using Notes or anything else to write or take notes, but  the clean and uncluttered (apart from the adverts, more on this later) makes it nice to use.
  • If you have DropBox app installed it is a quick and easy step to authorise access for PlainText. I don’t know how easy this is if you don’t have the DropBox app, but please let me know by leaving a comment to help everyone else reading this.
  • I made the mistake of not reading about the app before trying it – you cannot open files you already have in DropBox, you can only use the DropBox integration to save/sync files you create in PlainText, not other files you have stored there (unless I’ve gotten it wrong?).
  • The adverts really annoy me so I will be buying the ad-free version for £1.49 later, but I want to make sure this app is what I want first (all things considered, it is already out-performing Notes.
  • Hi David, I also just started using PlainText and I like it a lot, especially the DropBox integration. I used it for the first time at Durham last week and found it really useful for taking notes during the sessions.

    • Hi Sharon. Thanks for this, I noticed quite a few people using this App during the conference, the one App I did see that really piqued my interest seemed to have notes on one side of the screen and the Twitter backchannel #durbbu on the other … any ideas?

      All the best, David

      PS. Great to meet you again last week.

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