Initial thoughts and feedback on The Archive
I've been using the trial version of The Archive for a few days now and have moved a couple of hundred notes into it to give it a try.
I'm loving it and keep finding excuses to write things in order to use it more. This an example of that.
Below are just a couple of initial thoughts/feedback on things that occurred to me.
Moving up and down the note list
When editing a note (or at least when the cursor is within a note), it would be great to be able to move up and down the note list. I haven't used it for a while by have a recollection that NValt (and maybe Notational Velocity before it) used cmd+j and cmd+k to move do this.
I know that cmd+j is mapped to 'jump to selection' but it would be great (in my view) if there could be a way to enable moving up and down the list while 'in' a note.
Show / hide sidebar
I don't (yet) have a need for saved searches and so like to have this panel hidden, but do like to regularly hide and unhide the note list and the keyboard shortcut for this is great.
However, if I hide and then unhide the side bar in this way, on unhiding, the saved searches panel returns.
It feels as though it should be possible to keep the saved searches hidden but still toggle between showing and hiding the note list.
Capture image / insert link
I used Notational Velocity and then NValt for many years until recently switching to use Apple Notes. I got into the habit of adding attachments to notes including images and pdfs.
The Archive has made be realise just how much better this sort of application is that Apple Notes. But I think I will miss the ease of adding files.
The capture image function works well, but I can't imagine ever using it as all it would even likely capture is me (although I guess I could use it to capture documents that I'm holding). I'd make much more use of the ability to add files that are already on my computer.
I wonder if there are any plans to make this sort of thing easier using The Archive. Perhaps along the following lines:
- A keyboard shortcut to inset a link (cmd+k seems in common use for this elsewhere, although I realise conflicts with my suggestion above fo cmd+j / cmd+k to move up and down the list).
- A quick, easy way to move files into the media directory. Perhaps even the ability to drag files to a note and have a link created and the file copied into the media directory.