Welcome to Episode #83 of my journey to find the best Android note-taking app and Eid Mubarak to any followers celebrating! I ran out of good local-first apps so I have recently been testing apps that require a cloud: someone else's computer, not yours. This week it's Inkdrop.
This app is developed by a single person which is really impressive. Takuya Matsuyama is from Osaka, Japan and has an insane following on YouTube with 169,000 followers and on Twitter with 16,600 followers.
The Web version of Inkdrop is very customizable using CSS/Less and themes. The Android version has some customizations like font and font size but there are no menus to choose the values so you have to type in the font size and font family name and I didn't know the possible ranges or values.
What's incredible is Takuya has developed apps for several platforms.
Inkdrop is available for macOS 10.11.4 (El Capitan) or later, Windows 8.1 or later, and Ubuntu Linux 18.04 or later. Mobile app is also available for iOS 13+ and Android 8.0+.
The Android app feels like a companion to the Web version and is more limited. That said, Inkdrop supports GitHub-flavoured Markdown, status per note, end-to-end encryption, revision history, and has over 100 plugins! This is amazing for an app costing only USD 4.99 a month or 49.99 annually which explains why he has so many users.
For anyone who is technically savvy, it has an API and you can roll your own Inkdrop server:
If you don't trust anyone with your data, you can set up your own CouchDB server to store your data instead of the Inkdrop server.
Read on to see the ugly, the bad, the good, the great, and the awesome aspects of Inkdrop.
- Score: 8/10
- Device: Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
- Version: 4.2.4
- Google Play
- Inkdrop forum | plugins | guides and API reference
- Twitter: @inkdrop_app
- Developer: Takuya Matsuyama
- Location: Osaka, Japan
- The indent and outdent buttons seemed to remove the text on the line
- Tag UI is confusing
- No WYSIWYG editing
- The Android app has not been updated in a year
- Change font doesn't provide a menu of available fonts, you have to type in the name of the font
- Changing font size it's not clear what the values can be, just a text input field and there's no preview of the result
- No export to Markdown, HTML, or PDF from the app but you can from the Web
- No image thumbnail/preview in the note list
- Text formatting: bold, italics, underline, and strikethrough
- 6 heading levels
- Pin a note
- Tags on notes
- Duplicate a note
- Numbered (ordered) list
- Inline checklist
- Horizontal line
- Nice default font
- Shows tags in the note list
- Preview mode
- Distraction-free mode
- Dark mode
- Option to show line numbers
- Change font size
- Change font
- Undo and redo
- Inline images
- Sort by date created, date modified
- Quote and block quote
- Indent and outdent
- Clear and concise default notes with Markdown help
- Notebooks (folders)
- Markdown table support
- Note status: active, on hold, completed, dropped
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Option to show invisible characters
- Table of contents
- Chrome and Firefox plugins for clipping Web pages