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Firefox Notes, a Test Pilot extension for native note taking between the browser and smartphone

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    hungariantoast
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    I've been using Notes in my browser and on my phone for a long time now and just realized I never saw anyone on Tildes make a post about it. I can't say the feature will ever make it into Firefox...

    I've been using Notes in my browser and on my phone for a long time now and just realized I never saw anyone on Tildes make a post about it.

    I can't say the feature will ever make it into Firefox Stable, although I most certainly hope it does, but the future of the idea looks pretty good considering Mozilla released a mobile Notes app counterpart.

    For anyone wondering, Notes allows you to write notes in your browser and sync them between devices using Firefox's sync feature. The features are minimal at the moment but it's great for quickly recording text to be distributed across all of your devices and saved for later. I make use of it for little to-do tasks on the web, or for saving interesting links when I already have too many bookmarks.

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      cfabbro
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      How minimal are the features? I use OneNote to do something similar and while it is pretty full featured I would probably switch to Firefox Notes just to simplify things since I use Firefox as my...

      How minimal are the features? I use OneNote to do something similar and while it is pretty full featured I would probably switch to Firefox Notes just to simplify things since I use Firefox as my primary browser on all my devices already anyways. But one feature from OneNote I don’t think I could live without is the HTML element copying and pasting since I use that quite a bit to save portions of sites so I have offline and quick access to them, e.g. Wiki entries and online tutorials.

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          cfabbro
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          OneNote allows you to just straight up copy portions of webpages and paste them in to your notes while keeping the formatting (e.g. HTML tables, links, etc) and even the style (e.g. text colors,...

          OneNote allows you to just straight up copy portions of webpages and paste them in to your notes while keeping the formatting (e.g. HTML tables, links, etc) and even the style (e.g. text colors, font sizes, etc) intact. I suspect based on your description that Firefox Notes doesn’t support that though. Ah well... thanks for the response, and hopefully in the future they add that functionality so I can switch over, but for now I guess I am stuck with OneNote.

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            1. cfabbro
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              The style isn't nearly as important as the HTML formatting so maybe that will work for me. I will install Test Pilot, give Notes a try and report back. edit: Nope... it doesn't keep any HTML...

              The style isn't nearly as important as the HTML formatting so maybe that will work for me. I will install Test Pilot, give Notes a try and report back.

              edit: Nope... it doesn't keep any HTML formatting besides what it supports natively (rudimentary markdown like bold, italics, lists, etc) which apparently doesn't include hyperlinks. Even still... this is super convenient since the Notes interface is available in the sidebar, which I have open at all times anyways since I use Tree Style Tab, so I think I will keep this installed for jotting down TO-DOs and other simple notes. Thanks again.

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  2. [4]
    spit-evil-olive-tips
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    For similar functionality, decoupled from Firefox, I'm a very happy user of Standard Notes.

    For similar functionality, decoupled from Firefox, I'm a very happy user of Standard Notes.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      hungariantoast
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      Curious, do you pay $35 a month year for the extended version? If so, why?

      Curious, do you pay $35 a month year for the extended version?

      If so, why?

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        spit-evil-olive-tips
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        $35 per year, not month, and I do. I don't need any of the premium features, but I like them - especially the Markdown editor and the 2FA support. Mostly I like supporting development of simple,...

        $35 per year, not month, and I do. I don't need any of the premium features, but I like them - especially the Markdown editor and the 2FA support. Mostly I like supporting development of simple, useful tools of that sort. I also like paying for services I use rather than relying on the ad-based ecosystem.

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        1. hungariantoast
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          This I can get behind. FOSS is always going to be my first choice, but I'd much rather pay with my wallet than information about my entire existence through data tracking and advertisements, just...

          I also like paying for services I use rather than relying on the ad-based ecosystem.

          This I can get behind. FOSS is always going to be my first choice, but I'd much rather pay with my wallet than information about my entire existence through data tracking and advertisements, just to use software.

          Also yeah, totally meant year, not month, which is a big numerical difference.

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  3. hook
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    I achieve something similar with writing notes in Markdown and having them sync through my Nextcloud's WebDAV.

    I achieve something similar with writing notes in Markdown and having them sync through my Nextcloud's WebDAV.

    3 votes