Very interesting discussion!
Striving for “feature complete” typically leads to an app dying under its own weight a la Microsoft Word so the Apple ethos tends toward “smart minimalism” and “focused app design.”
So to stay focused where do we draw the line between note taking and personal knowledge base? Should we have to?
It feels like the apps need to be limited (“focused”) because we haven’t yet invented a reliable way to bring reference material together with note taking effectively in the digital realm.
So we end up with these choices where we feel constrained. Note taking has “evolved” to plain text (markdown) without images* at one end to handwriting with Pencil with legibility issues and questionable sync/access on macOS at the other.
*(I know Ulysses can have imgs but your files are not actually plain text so you lose the portability benefits)
And we all seem to struggle with linking notes to the source reference material (see the multiple threads that go on for weeks here where we try to figure out how to effectively implement DEVONthink.)
Lots of attempts at the ”perfect“ note taking technology and reference system for a few decades now but here we are in almost 2020…is this the year?