There are a lot of note-taking apps available.
- Evernote became the 800-lb gorilla in the note-taking space with hundreds of millions of users.
- Every iPhone comes pre-installed with Apple Notes.
- Microsoft gives away OneNote.
- Notion is creating a whole new paradigm for idea collaboration.
And this list does not even include Google, Zoho, and countless other companies offering similar solutions.
So why would anyone build a new note-taking app?
I have personally used every one of the apps listed above, plus a few more I didn't even mention. They all share similar functionality with a unique feature or two that differentiate them.
But they all miss the mark on one essential point ...
The biggest problem in note-taking today
Here's where the apps mentioned above miss the mark:
They are designed for people who type, not for people who write by hand.
Yes, there are a few note apps for tablets that try to mimic the handwriting process, but the actual writing experience pales in comparison to hand-writing notes with pen and paper.
And sure, typing is convenient for people who spend all day in front of a computer or who have speedy fingers on their phone, but the reality is that our best ideas come from writing by hand in the physical world, not typing in the digital world.
Writing notes by hand is scientifically proven to improve comprehension of whatever you are trying to learn.
Pen and paper introduce the possibility for drawing pictures, using diagrams, and exploring the spatial relationships between words and concepts, which helps you more fully engage with the ideas you're exploring.
Moreover, our purest and truest insights come from our experiences in the physical world, where we can observe how people, objects, and ideas interact. But how do we translate that inspiration today? By finding the nearest keyboard to transcribe our observations.
We believe there is a better way ...
It's a process that blends your inspiration from the physical world into a distraction-free digital space. And it does this by making it easy to capture hand-written notes and also convenient to those notes with others so you can harness the power of collaboration.
It's our solution to the biggest problem in digital note-taking today.
We call it the THINKERS App.
Bridging the divide between physical and digitalThe THINKERS App, our companion app for the THINKERS Notebook, was designed from the beginning to help you capture, share, and collaborate on handwritten ideas using your phone.
We are in the final stages of preparing the next generation of the THINKERS App -- which will change the paradigm for how ideas flow between the physical and digital world.
The next generation of the THINKERS App will allow you to capture handwritten notes quickly, but it will not stop there. You will also be able to capture pictures, documents, and even voice and video notes -- with each experience optimized for speed and simplicity.
And that's not even close to all.
Our vision is to create the most elegant and versatile note management system available, with advanced machine learning under the hood to simplify the process of storing and retrieving your notes.
We're also improving our custom-built, web-based annotation system for notes so you can easily collaborate with others without requiring them to download an app or create a new account within our app.
The big picture is that we are building the only note management app specifically designed for capturing ideas from the physical world -- where they originate and exist -- and transferring them to a digital experience for storing, organizing, and sharing.
But don't Evernote, OneNote, and the others provide similar functionality?
Yes ... and no.
Yes, they provide similar functionality, but they are not designed for the physical world first, with an eye toward optimizing the capture and share experience.
Design matters -- from the user interface to the user experience. When you focus on note-taking in the physical world, as we do, the experience needs to be optimized for that environment instead of being an add-on feature to an existing product that started with a keyboard.
- We are tired of taking out our phone to take a photo, just to have it lost in the camera roll.
- We are frustrated that every time we want to collaborate, we have to create an account with some third-party tool we never intended to use in the first place.
- We are exhausted with trying to force a note app to work with the objects we interact with every day.
- And we are tired of all the bloat that so many of these applications build in.
We are the ones crazy enough to build a new note-taking application because we believe that thinkers like you and like us deserve a better way to capture and share their ideas.
Okay, now here's the most important thing you need to know for now ...
You can become a beta tester and get a free year of the THINKERS App's new featuresIf you would like to be one of the first people to access the new-and-improved next generation of the THINKERS App, please complete the form here:
We need beta testers for the app to help us prepare for our general launch.
In return, we will give you an access key that unlocks all the advanced functionality of the app for one full year. (These will be paid features in the new app.)
Please join our list by filling out this form to register for early beta access.