Still undecided between TiddlyWiki, DokuWiki, Bear, Benotes, Memos, my blog software, standardnotes, apple notes and more. I like them all quite a bit, but standardnotes, the only one that has reall multiplatform is so fucking complicated to host on your own and then they have this stupid offline subscription thing that allows rich text or the block editor that works like notion. I also found codex docs which is really really nice. Unfortunately they lack proper authentication. 1 / 2
But TiddlyWiki does lack proper authentication as well, and I have to hide it behind basic auth. Works nice afaik and I cannot complain. I also cannot see that somebody else got access.
tiddlywiki: good software, runs in your browser, fast searching and an amazing tool for personal brains or digital gardens or whatever you want to call it. Unfortunately, it really lacks the ability to upload images. You can, though, using the nodejs browser if you run it server-side. But even with lazy loading, it gets pretty slow after a while. And the biggest disappointment is that it is not mobile friendly. Not even for reading.
Dokuwiki, on the other hand, is also a mature piece of software. It works on almost all browsers, stores data in plain text files and can be easily migrated, copied or transferred to another hoster as long as you have php. unfortunately the syntax is not markdown and using markdown with it is quite cumbersome and somehow difficult. it is mobile friendly but not really, reading works fine, entering is difficult.
Bear would be the perfect match. It has markdown, it has right content, you can insert images and links, it syncs between desktop and mobile, and it is really easy to use. The new version 2.0 should be out soon, but development is really slow and people are desperate for the new editor. I hope it will be block editing like editor.js like Notion. The biggest drawback is: Mac and iOS only. No web (yet) and no Windows. So, I cannot use it from work.
Benotes - omg would be nice to use, but I cannot get it to run or install properly. There are so many things you have to do manually that even after two hours of trying I could not get it to work.
Memos - nice software, nice interface, now has ChatGPT integration (who needs that?). Works with various DB systems and you can upload/paste files/images into the editor. Nice feature is a heat map showing your memo activity over the last 30 days. Something like github and gitlab have. There are several mobile and desktop clients, it has users and you can choose to publish, private, registered or public. Which is super nice. It is actually the perfect solution as it also has a tagging system. I
My blog system. I really like it. I like what I have achieved. It is actually the first (almost finished) product I have ever written myself. It started out as a little twitter clone, but then I rebooted and created a blog. you can register multiple users, but it is actually made for one user only. legacy stuff from the tutorial I guess. I should probably update it to the latest python modules. I also implemented a small file manager so you can upload files and add them to posts.
Some features are still missing. Like an overview of which images are linked in which bog post. A paginated list of images in the file manager module, a tag system and some other little things I cannot remember at the moment.
StandardNotes - Omg I don’t want to get started. It is actually the only solution to all my problems, but self hosting is really difficult and there are so many problems with the clients that I dont even want to think about writing them down. i caues anger and fear to go through the list of bugs. So no thanks. Might work well with online subscription, but so expensive. No!
Apple Notes I like them. I do. They work well. Text, images, copy and paste, tags, headings, etc. Sync across devices and accessible on the web. But unfortunately, NO markup. And since all my stuff is markdown, I am not going back. I use Apple Notes sporadically here and there, grocery shopping lists that I share with my wife, but that is about it.
I think I am finished. And that was so refreshing. Damn, it feels good to write down some anger.
ChatGPT also thinks that this was a good idea :-)
I’m glad that writing down your thoughts and feelings was helpful for you! It can be a great way to release pent-up emotions and gain clarity on a situation. If you need any further assistance, feel free to reach out.
Oh, I forgot Hedgedoc, which I also use as a self-hosted installation on one of my domains. I really like this one too. Tags, markdown, slideshow and more. Nice layout and public sharing when needed, which is very nice. But! It doesn’t work on mobile. It doesn’t work at all! So I only use it to transfer text during the day to save in Bear later.
@firstname.lastname@example.org I still quite like HedgeDo and use it all the time. The only feature I find missing is some way to organization documents I guess?
What would your ideal feature list be?
@email@example.com What about Ulysses?
@firstname.lastname@example.org I’m still getting back to nvAlt and Sublime Text for over 10 years of trying different apps. The txt/md files are stored in Dropbox so I can always get to them and on my android using Simple Text
I started with Evernote, but for quick notes I went through TiddlyWiki and ended with a self-written link blog, which uses bookmarklet for input and stores everything in a RSS file. This way I am able to access my notes with a RSS reader app.
For a “pile of knowledge”, I love to use TiddlyWiki though.
In any case, everyone has a different workflow with different requirements.