What does it take for an app to succeed in the already overcrowded notes, todo, and list app category? My experience tells me that to unseat a frontrunner in any app category, the newcomer must have a better user experience, usually with more features, and at the same price or less than the top seller. Or, it will need similar features and usability, but priced lower.
Allow me to move out on the limb and say that Evernote is the multi-platform notes leader. The app is free (up to certain storage limits), very robust, works well, and, importantly syncs almost everywhere– Mac, Windows, iOS devices, Android devices.
How does Mindown attempt to break into the crowded notes field? By having fewer features, syncing between fewer devices, and charging more. Or less, depending upon how much you use Evernote, whose premium service starts at $5 per month, which is about the price of Mindown all by its lonesome.
If you’ve ever used a notes app with features beyond Apple’s built-in and highly anemic Notes app, then you’ll be perfectly at home with Mindown. The iOS version is usable with a single hand (and thumb; a very active thumb). The Mac version lists notes, todo items, and projects can have tasks. Notes can even link to other notes.
My time on the iPhone and iPad version was well spent. Mindown is laid out well, intuitive, and straightforward. Setting up new notes is a breeze, and entering and managing notes is simple, and much easier than Evernote (which has become more complex the past few years).
Here’s the good news and the bad news.
Mindown for iPhone and iPad is free. That’s the good news. Mindown for the Mac is not, and there’s not a trial-before-you-buy version. It’s Mac App Store only, and the price tag, though near nominal, is beyond my threshold for throwaway money. It needs a trial version. Worse, the Mindown website does not say how files are synchronized between devices. There’s just not enough information to make an informed decision about the purchase.
Mindown is nicely done but it’s a crowded field with many competitors offering more for less.