By Q Branch
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Collect your thoughts.
Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do — anything you want to remember. Use tags to group related items into playlist-like collections. Vesper imposes no system; organize and curate your notes whatever way comes naturally to you. Eschewing complications, Vesper's focus is on how it feels to use it.
• Attach photos to notes.
• Use drag-and-drop to reorder items. Move important ones up, inessential ones down.
• When you’re done with an item, swipe it to send it into the archive. Out of sight, but remembered forever.
What's New in Version 1.008.3
• Improved scrolling behavior when editing notes.
Couldn't live without
It took a hard reset for me to realize how much I rely on this app. It’s concept is incredible, the design is beautiful and intuitive: I couldn’t live without it. Months of notes have become a simple to navigate mind map and it’s developed into an incredible tool for me. The more I put into it, the more useful it becomes.
Though the lack of cloud syncing is a downer, it’s worth looking over. Gruber announced that it’s on the way. I’m patiently waiting because when it is here, it will be implemented impeccably. If you haven’t yet - read Dave Wiskus’ blog on the process and challenges.
Support also gets a shoutout - Dave personally walked me through a manual restore after a hard reset. One on one in this day and age is rare.
The app itself is great. I understand the amount of effort put into it, and it's subtle niceties but I think it's utility may be limited because of alternatives like Evernote or Apple's Notes. Q Branch does not attempt to compete, but an otherwise excellent app may have limitations that inconvenience users more through the one device lock in.
Announcing that sync is coming soon with no ETA is no fun for users. In addition to sync though, the reason I end up using Apple's Notes is that there's a Mac app. Even with Sync Vesper's utility is reduced if it cannot be accessed quickly on other devices I use frequently. Much of the information we record is meant to be retrieved in a situation where the smartphone may not be the most convenient device to work on.
Amazing, despite a few holes
No other notes app is as finely tuned as Vesper, nor can any compete in terms of the sheer joy of use. While it's true, the app could use some sort of cloud sync, if anything the model of incremental progress the developers have held to indicates that this, and other features, will arrive when they're perfect and not before. This is perfectly fine with me, as I have no doubt it will be worth the wait.