Amplenote was built because notes and todos are better together. It was built because the legacy note taking apps struggle with sync and security (contra: Amplenote sync and security), and those problems have been exacerbated by the rise of mobile. It was built because consistent use of todo lists is essential to pursuing goals. Especially when it comes to the long-term, it's fun to set and then reach one's goals.
We want Amplenote to be your favorite note taking app, even if you've tried many, as the author has. We want it to be the elusive todo list app that you can stick to using. We want it to be a lot of things. In figuring out where to begin describing Amplenote, maybe it's most instructive to start by looking at what it's not.
Perhaps the most salient differentiator: it's not free. We think that Evernote and Onenote are great free options for casual note takers, and Onenote in particular seems to be making a concerted effort to build a viable free product. Use them (Onenote free download) if note taking is a casual pursuit for you. 👍
We're not a finished product. Right now, we're an advanced beta that asks for your help to let us continue to build upon a pretty good tool.
Amplenote is built foremost for power users: people whose livelihood depends on staying organized and communicating richly. By the time Evernote launched Work Chat and Context, it was readily apparent that note taking didn't need "more features." Note takers need the smallest number of features that can support the broadest variety of uses. Slack is a pretty good role model in this regard.
Our niche is people who already believe that organization will set them free, and they just don't want the tool to get in the way. For these users, we want to help them discover a measurable increase in task accomplishment and goal-setting. We believe in our ability to deliver value in excess of one Starbucks (or IPA) per month -- the cost of our basic membership ($5.95/month). 🙏
The even more narrow niche we have a special sympathy for is developers. Two-thirds of Amplenote's launch team are developers, so it can't be helped. If you happen to be a developer who takes notes or wants to be their most productive version, you are the niche within our niche. We're not open source, but we're as open as possible about our architecture.
Maybe try us? We've gotten a lot of the bad news out of the way already. Here are benefits:
Evernote importer can process tags and many Evernote concepts
We can build a Onenote importer once we get 1,000 paying customers.
Only note taking app where todo lists are first-class citizens.
Only todo app that allows you to write (and easily publish to internet) notes.
Native or near-native (beta quality) apps available for Mac, PC, Linux, iOS, and Android.
We don't rely on security by obscurity to keep your notes safe. When using Vault Notes, we never get access to your note's decrypting key (you can still sync it across devices as long as you have your decrypting password)
Only note taking app with Rich Footnotes to provide enriched text
Hotkeys for (most) everything. Hover on any button in the app to learn its hotkey.
We'll be publishing more blogs in the weeks to come that describe how we've built Amplenote to help you grow more productive.
Our Help Section is still a work in progress, so the best way to learn about Amplenote is to use it. We'll send invites to the first 1k users who sign up on our home page. If you aren't the first 1,000, get an invite from them (up to 10/user). We'll be posting more to this blog in the coming weeks. Feel free to drop us a line hello at amplenote dot com if you've got a burning question for us to tackle in the meantime.
December: Announce beta launch. Automate creation of first 1,000 accounts via home page signup. Launch subscriptions (late Dec).
January: Polish beta->production quality using real-world usage data. Android and iOS apps released to public (late Jan).
February: Decent table support. Stretch goal: task completion charts & graphs
Beyond: You tell us. We've got our share of ideas.
Amplenote is brought to you by Alloy. We're a Seattle-based company most known for Bonanza.com and a couple good culture recognitions. Bonanza is built to be the best online marketplace for entrepreneurs and small businesses. If you want to get the perks of a marketplace (e.g., pay-as-you-make-sales Google Shopping visitors) but you want to be able to build repeat customers, read more about Bonanza. We also offer webstores, which offer broad customization and zero selling fees.
We also recently launched Static Object. It's a code review & analysis tool that expedites keeping track of what a development team is working on. If you're a technical person who reads code or can benefit from the best engineering metrics, we'd recommend a demo (or just jump straight in to getting repo stats in 10 min).
The common thread to our products is that the people building them are using them. Dogfooding is the heart of our culture.
We're an "old school" company in that we don't rely on VC money to survive. The implication is that we need to earn money, and that is at odds with the "freemium" model offered by tech companies with long, luscious "runways." The significance of this to the end user: the VC-free** approach makes it easy to optimize for the long-term.
Bill Harding is the Founder and CEO of Alloy. He launched the company as Bonanzle.com in 2008, eventually managing to build a team passionate about creating products they wanted to use. Bill's hobbies include working to improve Linux touchpad support, visiting breweries, and exercising.
Thanks for your interest in our company! If you're still reading this far down, you are above average in intelligence or mental alertness.
We'll aim to post at least one blog per week for the next couple months. Next up, we'll be writing about how Amplenote helps you realize your long-term goals.