Hello, my name is Sean Jackson and I am the creator/maker of the THINKERS Notebook.
The THINKERS Notebook is a note-management system that combines a disc-bound journal with a mobile app for capturing, searching, and sharing handwritten notes.
When we released the first version of the notebook and app in October 2019, we received a lot of positive feedback along with valuable input on how to improve our product.
So, we took this feedback and started the process of creating the next version.
The next version of the THINKERS Notebook will include a completely redesigned app and notebook that will make finding and collaborating on notes easy using our new handwriting recognition algorithm, redesigned web-based collaboration feature, and new notebook options.
We know what you are thinking…not another note-taking app!
After all, how can this be any different than Evernote, OneNote, SimpleNote, Apple Note or any one of the thousand note apps available?
And a notebook? Why not just use a Rocketbook or Black & Red? They both have apps that come with their product.
But here’s the issue; these solutions don’t work for serious note-takers.
People that use pen & paper to write notes are VERY particular. Paper quality is important along with the design and form factor of the notebook.
Further, most apps treat handwritten pages no different than an image.
Sure, you can take a picture of the page, but can you search for what is ON that page? Can you easily share and collaborate on those written pages with others that aren’t using the same app? The answer is no (or not without a lot of effort/cost to workaround).
So, we are taking a different approach based on input from our customers.
Our FocusOur next version is centered on these four areas:
While machine learning and artificial intelligence system do a great job of recognizing cats from dogs in pictures, they don’t do well with handwriting. Our internal tests using Google Vision has found a 76% accuracy rate for single words and frequency accuracy at only 35%. That’s not good enough.
Accurate handwriting recognition is a big part of our next release and we are developing our own algorithm that will make it easier for users to find information within their notes.
Sharing notes is an essential part of the ideation process. Hence making it easy to share and collaborate with others is crucial. Unfortunately, most note apps require collaborators to be using the same app!
In the next version, we will extend our current web-based collaboration system so that it is easy for our users to share and collaborate on their notes without requiring a user to be logged in.
And even better, we will make it easy for viewers to get email and text notifications when updates are made to those folders and notes.
Personalized note management
The new version of the app will make it simple for users to manage their notes.
This version will not only include the ability to create nested folders but will also have additional functionality for users to personalize their notes and find notes based on their location and frequency of use.
Improving the notebook design
While many customers appreciate the form factor of our current notebook, we know it is not right for everyone.
So we have redesigned the notebook to include a portrait orientation (6” x 9”) along with larger sizes (7” x 10”) for both the landscape and portrait versions.
But there’s more.
Internal research shows that people prefer either dot girds OR college ruled lines. And because we use disc-binding, they want to mix and match. So, we will provide those options for them along with refills.
Finally, we are moving to a polypropylene cover and 50pt black chipboard backing. Why, because customers are using our notebooks a lot and want improved durability.
As this list shows, we are highly focused on creating the next version of the THINKERS Notebook that will be superior to all other options.
In the coming weeks, we will share more details about the updated version of the notebook and app, along with details on how you can access the beta version of the app before we launch on Product Hunt.
If you are interested in our progress AND would like to receive beta access and 40% off our new version of the THINKERS Notebook, then please subscribe.
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And one more thing…Don’t wait to buy a THINKERS Notebook until the next version comes out. Current customers will receive an even bigger discount and some special bonuses.
So, if you are considering the THINKERS Notebook, please go ahead and buy it. Your purchase is helping support our development effort (which is why we always reserve the best for our current customers)!