PlainText: The Evernote of Dropbox

I have been using Dropbox for a couple of months and I have loved every minute of it. I actually switched from Evernote when I did because I like the feeling of having everything in one place, rather than spread across two diffent services. The one thing I have missed about Evernote, is its ease of quickly jotting a note down without really thinking about it. So, I present PlainText, the Evernote side of Dropbox.

PlainText is (yup, you guessed it) a plain text editor for the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch. Featuring a very minimalistic design the application really gets out of your way when you want to type, creating almost the same feel as Omm Writer.

 

Now there aren’t many revolutionary features because it is just a plain text editor, but one feature that I believe should be in more applications, is Dropbox sync. Once logged into your Dropbox account, PlainText will create a folder called “PlainText” in the top level of your Dropbox folder. In there will be every note you’ve created with PlainText, including the subfolders.

I think the specialty of PlainText is that if you are connected to the Internet (WiFi/3G) while typing, PlainText automatically syncs every few seconds! Now don’t worry it’s only plain text and is definitely not hogging up your data plan. The reason I love this is because if you’re in the middle of typing and need to leave your device for a second, you can be confident that no matter what, your most recent changes are already on Dropbox before you’ve even left your seat.

If you’re a heavy graphics and visual type of person, maybe the whole plain text format isn’t for you. However, if you’re like me and have missed out on being able to write a note and sync it as fast as possible, you should definitely give PlainText a try. If you love it enough you can even pay ($1.99) to remove the ads. Though if you enjoy reading ads than you should pay it anyways, if not to support the developers.

Click here to download PlainText.

So, are you an Evernote user or a Dropbox user? Or both?

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  • Anonymous

    Actually I’m more of a OneNote/Docs to go type guy.

  • anonymous

    i use plaintext on my iphone and nvALT on my Mac and point them to the same folder on dropbox. gives me almost instantaneous syncing.

  • Subzero

    I use dropbox and evernote and plaintext would be missing one thing, pc version. Because I want PC/Phone sync, I’ll stick with evernote for my quick note taking needs. So perhaps the question, is there a PC version of plaintext around or in the works?

  • Subzero

    I use dropbox and evernote and plaintext would be missing one thing, pc version. Because I want PC/Phone sync, I’ll stick with evernote for my quick note taking needs. So perhaps the question, is there a PC version of plaintext around or in the works?

  • Louis

    I tried Plaintext, Nebulous and Notesy. All 3 sync with Dropbox.
    I finally adopted Notesy because of the simple user interface and the fact that I can use Notepad on Windows to update the texts.
    BTW, Notesy cost 4.99$ but I got it for free back in 2010.

  • Anonymous

    Well I guess the PC (when I say PC, I mean “personal computer” and not Windows) version is whichever operating system you have Dropbox linked to. PlainText is great by itself but without Dropbox I can’t see any real use out of PlainText over the native Notes app on iOS.

  • Anonymous

    Good combination.

  • Michael G

    Nebulous Notes ftw, I think. It’s even better than WriteRoom for iOS – which I also prefer over PlainText.

    Nebulous has the best customizable keyboard extension, allows you to change the display font size with a pinch gesture, & can read from or write to *any* folder in your Dropbox. Etc.

  • Anonymous

    SimpleNote is what I use, it even includes the ability to (online only) roll back your notes to certain times when it sync’d! :D That way if you later realise you erased something that you needed, you can just go back to it! :D

  • Anonymous

    SimpleNote is what I use, it even includes the ability to (online only) roll back your notes to certain times when it sync’d! :D That way if you later realise you erased something that you needed, you can just go back to it! :D

  • Anonymous

    SimpleNote is what I use, it even includes the ability to (online only) roll back your notes to certain times when it sync’d! :D That way if you later realise you erased something that you needed, you can just go back to it! :D

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    SimpleNote is one of my favourites too. No more emailing stuff to myself ;)

  • Skip

    I tried Plaintext and Notesy and went with Notesy as well.
    I have PDFs, Pages Docs and txt files in my Dropbox folders and Notsey can display all three.
    This is cool because I scan all my napkin-flowchart-scratchings and I also like to revisit my Pages docs.
    You can’t see them in the file list with Plaintext.
    There’s other apps for reading PDF’s and Pages docs but now I only need this one.
    For me the syncing of Notesy was more robust also.