Notesnook: Private notes app & online notepad - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes. Before we started work on Notesnook, we had worked on several other apps like Streetwriters (unpublished since a year ago) and a few other utility apps. I started coding when I was in 8th grade inspired by my brother. My first language of choice was C++ but I have since migrated to C# & Javascript - both of which have been extremely useful in making Notesnook what it is now.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

Off the top of my head, I'd say it was probably the effort we put into making Notesnook cross-platform that was the most challenging. All the apps we had developed before were focused on a single platform: Android but this time we decided to make it truly cross platform. We wanted to make everything feel as native as possible - from designing the UI to encryption, every aspect of the application needed to be developed for 3 separate platforms. This was a huge undertaking but we made it possible.

I am Abdullah Atta, CEO & Co-founder of Streetwriters, and the brain and brawn behind Notesnook. When I am not at the keyboard coding away, I am either reading or meditating. My favorite book to date is probably Wheel of Time (I am really excited about the Amazon's upcoming TV Series), and as you can guess, I love fantasy. I am not a huge fan of social media platforms - mostly because of privacy issues they are riddled with. You can reach out to me at [email protected]

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Standard Notes was a great inspiration while making Notesnook. You could say it was the reason Notesnook came into this world. Aside from that, I recently found out about Bookshelf that helps me manage my reading, much better than Goodreads for management, with an amazing UI. Lastly, Snapdrop & have been my daily companions for transferring files and data all over the world to different people.

How long have you been working on this app?

We started out in December 2019. I'd say we are getting closer to 2 years now.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

Privacy, privacy, privacy. There are many note taking apps out there, of course, but none take users' privacy seriously; and those that do have horrible user experiences. With Notesnook our goal was to create a privacy respecting note taking app that works on all platforms seamlessly and offer it for an affordable price.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

In a word: security. In Notesnook, we want you, the user, to be in control. This means that there is simply no way we can read your data. This is in striking contrast to many other apps who control all your data. The thing I am most proud of is how we have made encrypted syncing possible in an extremely secure way across any kind of platform. It doesn't matter if you are on PC, Mobile, Tablet, or Mac, your notes will always be with you.

However, in terms of innovation, we want to prove to everyone that it is possible to implement any kind of feature in a privacy respecting app. A lot of the big companies make excuses like, "Oh but if we go private, we won't be able to offer this or that" but I think that's just a different way of saying, "You aren't important, your data is".

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Oh my. We have a LOT of plans. You can check our official roadmap here:

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

As a businessman, I'd say, go buy the app haha. Seriously though, take a moment and try out Notesnook - you won't regret it. I heartily believe that everyone deserves their privacy so that's all I ask: try out the app and share it with the people you care about.

Notesnook: Private notes app & online notepad

About App:

Notesnook is a simple and cross-platform private notes app that keeps your notes organized and synced on your phone, tablet and computer.

Take notes, capture ideas, create to-do lists, keep a journal, write your assignments and manage projects, we have got you covered.

We believe that note taking should be a simple and hassle free task, same as opening a notebook and writing down important information and closing it without worrying about anything. From simple tags and colors to notebooks and topics you can organize your notes easily.

A notes app that protects your privacy
Take private notes without sacrificing productivity. We use best-in-class encryption algorithms XChaCha20-Poly1305 & Argon2 that are stronger & safer than AES256, impenetrable & future-proof. Your notes are encrypted on your device. No one but you can read your notes (not even us).

Sync to unlimited devices
Sync notes in a safe and easy way. All your notes are encrypted on your device and synced so no matter what device you use, you always have access your private notes.

Take private notes any device
With our notes app you can access and edit your notes on any device including Android, Windows, Linux, MacOS, iOS and Web.

Focus on what matters
Our notes app is easy to use. Nothing gets between you and your thoughts. Take notes in seconds and focus on what matters.

Secure & private notes vault
You can set up a private notes vault to keep your notes private & locked even on device. Notes in the vault are private & can be accessed with password or your fingerprint.

Personal diary
A truly personal, safe & private diary with lock so you can express your thoughts and ideas without worrying.

Journal with pictures
Make your daily journal & diary more memorable with pictures and video embeds. Express yourself with no boundaries.

Online notepad
Notesnook is your perfect online notepad. You can use Notesnook on any device and even on your browser.

To-do lists
Organize yourself at home and work with to-do lists. Create to-do lists to get things done & make most of your day.

App lock
Built-in App Lock to lock the app with fingerprint so no one can open and peek into your private notes on your device.

Organize notes with ease
• Create notebooks and topics
• Assign colors to your notes for quick access from the menu
• Use tags to organize notes such as #work, #school #recipies
• Pin important notes and notebooks
• Add notebook, topic and tag shortcuts to menu

Offline access
No internet connection is required to use our notes app. Add, edit and organize notes offline and sync notes when you have internet access.

Powerful editor
• Take simple notes with ease
• Basic formatting options such as bold, italic, underline, indent
• Change font type & font size
• Support for todo-lists, ordered & unordered lists
• Add images and embed videos to notes
• Add tables and links with preview
• Supports markdown shortcuts

Categories: Productivity

Date: September 14, 2021

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