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My productivity app for the past 12 years has been a single .txt file

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    asoftbird
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    I personally use Atom for most note taking. It's got some nice plugins like word/character count, word wrap, spell check and syntax highlighting. A fun feature is auto suggest; normally used to...

    I personally use Atom for most note taking. It's got some nice plugins like word/character count, word wrap, spell check and syntax highlighting.

    A fun feature is auto suggest; normally used to quickly type code and usually based on an internal dictionary, Atom's autocomplete uses words already in your file. At a certain point, common words are easier to type by typing the first few characters and hitting Tab, compared to typing the whole word. Especially for longer words, which are more prevalent in my native language.

    Other nice features are a dark theme(I have sensitive eyes) and the ability to drag tabs to just about any position, and work in as many files as you like at once. Pretty sure it also has bookmarks comparable to Word or PDF clickable bookmarks, gotta set that up sometime.

    Save files to GDrive into some easily accessible folder, categorize them by topic into some folders and it's a pretty solid organized note taking program.

    4 votes
    1. timo
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      Only when you use a text tool that doesn't have autocomplete/autosuggest, you notice that you use it all the time!

      Only when you use a text tool that doesn't have autocomplete/autosuggest, you notice that you use it all the time!

  2. Keegan
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    Interesting idea. Simple and effective. If he mentioned it I must have missed it, but I REALLY hope there is a backup of that file.

    Interesting idea. Simple and effective.

    If he mentioned it I must have missed it, but I REALLY hope there is a backup of that file.

    2 votes
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    tesseractcat
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    I organize my notes in a pretty similar way. I have an 'index.md' file that links to all my other note documents. Then in vim, I remapped gf so that I can open uncreated files. So if I want to...

    I organize my notes in a pretty similar way. I have an 'index.md' file that links to all my other note documents. Then in vim, I remapped gf so that I can open uncreated files. So if I want to create a new note document, I go to my index.md, then add a line like - [Notes on stuff](notes_on_stuff.md) - Notes about stuff under the "stuff" list. And then hover over the "notes_on_stuff.md" and type gf.

    When I want to view my notes in a more readable way, I compile it all to html with pandoc (replacing the links to .md extensions to .html extensions) with mathjax enabled, so I can view any latex equations I may have written.

    I sync these files between my different devices with Syncthing, and on Android I edit it all with Markor, although if I'm going to be writing a lot I'll just open up termux with vim and a bluetooth keyboard.

    2 votes
    1. cfabbro
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      I use md files for all my notetaking too, since markdown is far superior to plaintext IMO. Though I don't bother with compiling to HTML since I use VSCode, which has a native side-by-side markdown...

      I use md files for all my notetaking too, since markdown is far superior to plaintext IMO. Though I don't bother with compiling to HTML since I use VSCode, which has a native side-by-side markdown preview (Ctrl+K V).

      3 votes