Different ways to use plain text files.

Many apps store your data in their own proprietary database and file format. That's not the way we want things to be. Plain text files can be opened in every text editor ever made and they are flexible enough to be used for taking notes, managing tasks and even creating basic html pages.

Taking notes

Create, edit and view notes. Keep them in sync. Capture ideas, write draft blog posts/emails/tweets, save step-by-step instructions and favorite quotes.
Draft screenshot

Draft

Android
Epistle screenshot

Epistle

Android
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Writing

Create longform documents, essays, stories and articles.
Write better.
JotterPad screenshot

JotterPad

Android
Writer Pro screenshot

Writer Pro

Mac + iOS
LightPaper screenshot

LightPaper

Mac + Android
OmmWriter screenshot

OmmWriter

Mac + PC + iOS
iA Writer screenshot

iA Writer

Mac + iOS
Byword screenshot

Byword

Mac + iOS
WriteRoom screenshot

WriteRoom

Mac + iOS
Texts screenshot

Texts

Mac + Win
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Using Markdown

Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format convertible to HTML. You can read comprehensive information about Markdown syntax on daringfireball.net.
Markdown
# Header Level 1
## Header Level 2
### Header Level 3
#### Header Level 4
###### Header Level 5

Strong: **example** or __example__

Emphasis: *example* or _example_

- Bullet list item 1
- Bullet list item 2

1. Ordered list item 1
2. Ordered list item 2

> This is an example of a quoted text.

Link to [Google](http://google.com).

HTML

Header Level 1

Header Level 2

Header Level 3

Header Level 4

Header Level 5

Strong: example or example

Emphasis: example or example

  • Bullet list item 1
  • Bullet list item 2
  1. Ordered list item 1
  2. Ordered list item 2

This is an example of a quoted text.

Link to Google.

Managing lists

Your trusty .txt file can not only store basic text but help you to manage daily tasks. Create and share groceries, gifts, recipes, todos and your daily errands lists. Keep a list of movies/books/games/albums to watch/read/play/listen to.
Todo.txt screenshot

Todo.txt

iOS + Android
TaskPaper screenshot

TaskPaper

Mac + iOS
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PlainTasks

Win + Mac + Linux
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Saving web pages

Don't ever worry that your favorite website with reference material will go down. Save entire web pages as plain text files with Markdown formatting.

- nvALT + Safari and Chrome extensions or Bookmarklet

- Convert web pages online with Fuck Yeah Markdown.

- Convert html to Markdown.

Markdown preview

View earlier saved notes in a beatiful and easy to read HTML. Preview your documents as you type.

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Mou

MacMarkdown editor for web developers
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Marked

MacFlexible Markdown preview