Epistle is Idea Capture in its Purest Form {#Android}

Frictionless idea capture is always a hot topic among content producers. Everyone's work (or play) flow will be different, but keeping things as simple as possible is a good rule of thumb. Epistle does exactly that.

Epistle is a plain-text note-taking app (or word processor, if you prefer) with minimal options. The options it does offer, though, are critical to making the app as painless as possible.

Open it up, and click the ‘+’ icon to add a note. Name it, type in some text, and you’re done. The note is automatically saved, saving you the trouble. Press the back button to get back to the main interface- a clean list of all your notes. Press the search button to filter your notes, or add another. Simple.

Dive into the preferences pane, and you’ll see an option to change fonts, enable better Windows compatibility, and others. Three features stand out to make the app a must-have.

Dropbox Support

Most of us use Dropbox, simply because it’s the most painless way to keep your files in sync across devices. Epistle utilizes Dropbox to keep your notes in sync. Enabling the automatic synchronization means you never have to worry about the heavy lifting. Just type your notes, then access them from any device. You can choose which folder to sync the notes to from the options page.

Plain Text

Plain text is the granddaddy of all file formats, and its appeal among format purists is well-founded. Keeping notes in plain text ensures that you can open your files from the widest variety of apps, since basically every platform includes a plain text app by default. If you’d like to know more about the advantages of plain text, here are a few bullet points.

Markdown Support

Epistle supports Markdown formatting out of the box (you must enable the option in the preferences). Markdown is quickly becoming a darling among writers and note-takers for its ease of use and the multitude of apps that embrace it. Markdown keep your notes in plain text format while formatting the text for the web. If you’re unfamiliar with Markdown, here’s a quick rundown.

Overall, Epistle is the simplest way I've found to take notes or jot down ideas (or even keep a journal) in Android. If, in the future, the developer releases folder support for Dropbox, it might just become the perfect note-taking app.


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