Notejoy: The Evernote Replacement No One Talks About

Stephen Zeoli
2 min readDec 8, 2023
Notejoy has a simple three-pane user interface.

Apparently the folks who now own Evernote are finally “evicting” users who do not pay their new, higher cost subscriptions, thus ramping up discussion of Evernote replacements, which had already become a hot topic in note-taking circles.

There are a lot of options out there. But one that I think makes sense for a lot of Evernote aficionados is called Notejoy. Notejoy isn’t revolutionary by any means, but that’s what makes it appropriate for people who basically like Evernote the way it is.

Having not used Evernote in some time, I am not up on all its features, but from what I remember of the app, Notejoy matches it pretty well and even has some additional features.

Available on all major devices

First of all, one of the advantages of Evernote was its ubiquity. You could use it on almost any device. The same is true for Notejoy, which has a web app, but also has versions for Windows and MacOS, as well as Android and iOS. And they all look and behave the same way, which was something I never could say about Evernote (but that may have changed in recent years).

Versatile organization

Notejoy has nested tags for organizing data, but also allows you to store your notes in nested folders (or notebooks). You can also separate your notebooks into libraries for further classification.

Nice markdown editor

Write your notes in a full-featured editor, including back-linking. The interface is reminiscent to that of the Mac/iOS app Bear.

Security

End-to-end encryption helps keep your information private.

Offline access to your notes

You can access your notes and write new ones even if you’re offline.

Add notes easily

You can add notes by forwarding emails into Notejoy. And the Chrome web-clipper works very well (there isn’t a clipper for Safari, sadly).

A cost you can live with

Notejoy is designed for team collaboration, but they also offer a solo plan for just $4 per month.

A few drawbacks

Notejoy isn’t perfect. For one thing, it lacks the ability to add tables to notes, although this is a planned feature (there are a lot of those, and the developer isn’t ticking them off very quickly). The web clipper is only available for Chrome and Firefox. And “task management” is available only through checklists.

And, as hinted at, the rate of development is slow.

The bottom line

With a plethora of note-taking options out there, you are likely to find at least one (and probably dozens) that dazzle you more than Notejoy. If you’ve tried the new, revolutionary apps and remain unsatisfied, it would be worth your time to check out Notejoy. For simple effectiveness, it is hard to beat.

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