I use Evernote, although I'm not such a big fan. It appears to have experienced various upheavals recently, mainly to do with staffing and pricing. One of my beefs with it is its user interface, which is not straightforward. Alternote (http://alternoteapp.com
) does provide a more efficient and attractive Evernote interface on the Mac. Taskclone (https://www.taskclone.com
) will copy your Evernote tasks to task apps, such as Omnifocus.
I've also used Microsoft OneNote, which like Evernote is free of charge and is also "everywhere", but (in my opinion) has a better user-interface than Evernote. But the Mac version of OneNote still lacks features that the Windows version has.
I've read that one or two users use Evernote for collection of notes, and OneNote for storage and viewing. Exporting Evernote notes to other apps such as OneNote has been an issue in the past (although DevonThink will import them). But there are now apps which will take Evernote notes and allow their import into OneNote.
In addition, there's Alfons Schmid's Notebooks app (https://www.notebooksapp.com
) which has quite a following - especially for users who want to avoid the 1,000-lb gorillas of the market. In the very simple notes category, there's - aha - Simplenote (https://simplenote.com
) and the various derivatives of Notational Velocity (http://notational.net
), such as nvAlt (http://brettterpstra.com/projects/nvalt/
). Of course there's also Apple's own Notes app, which was updated and improved a year or two ago. And there are of course many others.
Personally, I like notes apps which allow you to "attach" notes to the files or folders to which they refer. Ghostnotes (https://www.ghostnoteapp.com
) is one of these. But it's only on the Mac. So ideally for me, I'd like an application which offers the possibility of this "contextual" functionality but which is also "everywhere" like Evernote, has an attractive interface, like Alternote or OneNote - and the facility to take handwritten notes from iOS and Android, accurately convert them into printed text and add them to my notes library. But I don't know of any such application. You'd think that it would be more straightforward to develop than many other applications now available, so it is perhaps surprising that it doesn't seem to exist. Maybe the free notes apps from Apple and Microsoft and the free version of Evernote serve to kill this possibility. Or perhaps the notes niche is waiting for its "Scrivener Moment"?