By Q Branch
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Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do — anything you want to remember. Organize your notes whatever way comes naturally to you, without complications. Vesper's focus is on how it feels to use.
• Use tags to group related notes.
• Attach photos.
• Drag and drop notes to reorder them — move important ones up, other ones down.
• Swipe a note to send it to the archive. Out of sight, but remembered forever.
• Keep notes backed up with Vesper Sync.
What's New in Version 2.001
• Untagged notes are easier to find.
• Account creation fields are easier to tap.
• Tag text no longer clipped while typing.
• Fixed a bug where blank lines weren’t being ignored in the timeline.
• Fixed a bug where passwords with certain characters could be rejected.
• Fixed a bug where certain tags were not saved.
• Fixed a visual bug with search results.
• Fixed a date parsing bug that will increase syncing accuracy.
• Fixed a crash that could happen when syncing blank notes.
• Fixed a bug where pod bay doors could not be opened under certain circumstances.
Perfect tool for collecting thoughts
I've debated for months about paying $4.99 for a 'simple' note taking app as I already used Simplenote a lot and I didn't see where Vesper excelled. Lately it dropped to $2.99 and I thought what the hell and purchased it. And since then I wonder as to why I didn't buy it sooner. It is a delight to use and behold. It's been a week and I've already taken more notes than ever. I have easily assigned tags and photos and found the notes when I needed to. I think the reason I take more notes now is because I know there's a safe place to keep them. With Evernote, there's always a doubt that your note will not be available for offline usage since I'm not an Evernote premium user, and Evernote is so messy; with Simplenote, well, it's too plain, boring and Vesper is just right. My experience so far has been extremely satisfying. The account sign-up process was the fastest I have ever seen in an app and the sync is practically invisible.
In the end, I'm happy with my purchase. Sure, it lacks few things such as a word count, a web version, I wouldn't mind markdown support too, but I still have Simplenote for the former, and Drafts for the latter. And I don't even need those. I just a place to keep my thoughts that I need to access quickly and that's what Vesper does.
Nice app but not there yet for my needs
This is a well designed and thought out app, but I'll continue using Simplenote which syncs with OS X where I prefer taking notes with nvALT.
What it will probably take for me to switch note taking apps...
- an app that has the beauty, simplicity, and functionality of Simplenote/Vesper
- syncs to the cloud, preferably to a variety of cloud providers
- allows me to completely control the encryption keys/passwords
- syncs in an open format that allows me to use my preferred note taking app on OS X and other devices (ie. nvALT)
I want my notes stored in the cloud in a way where the app provider and cloud service do NOT hold the encryption keys and thus are unable to decrypt the notes. I understand that this would mean that the notes would be lost forever were I to forget the encryption password. The best iOS app that provides this functionality is currently Codebook, but the app is no longer being updated, the interface is not great, and there is no OS X client that can decrypt the notes.
An app that provides the above mentioned features would be a standout in the sea of note taking apps. The demand for cloud apps where the user controls the keys is much higher now that the public is more aware of mass surveillance powers and database breaches.
Simple, thoughtful, useful
My phone is how I organize my life. Having a simple tool for quickly capturing ideas without thinking about the process (which notebook, who can see it, etc) is incredibly helpful. That I rarely think about Vesper's features, even while using it daily, is a testament to its goodness.
Current favorite feature: discovered today that the auto-title (the auto-bolded first line of your note that displays in the list view) is inserted as your subject when you share a note by email. Seems simple, but remember that it's accomplished without me having to explicitly tap into and type in a separate title field in the note. Thoughtful, useful stuff.