I just bought Agenda 18 after using practically every note program on the planet. My needs are such:
I want a native app for memory conservation,
I want it to support daily notes,
I wanted it to be easy to organize, navigate and search,
I want it to be easy to set reminders for checklist items,
I want the iOS app to be useful when I’m in the field.
I need a daily note most days, and I made a specially crafted template which has the title date formatted the way I want (ISO).
So far, it’s working well for me, especially on import of my daily notes from older programs.
The import was especially helpful because it knew what day each daily note was supposed to be linked to. All I had to do for each note imported was to click on the calendar button in the upper right hand corner of each note, and then click “Assign Date”. I did not have to search for the date to be assigned.
Organization is by category, project folder, note. Every note can have a calendar date attached to it but for my collection of technical information none of that has a calendar date attached. Every note that I have, except for the active notes, is “marked as done“. I like the “on the agenda“ section because it’s always at the top and I can see what’s active and unfinished right now. That really helps me focus.
Agenda is not a task management app, but I have two task lists. One is “short term” and the other is “medium term”; they both live “on the agenda” and I can move and copy items in and out at will. I did not know that setting reminders for individual checklist items was going to be as useful as it is, but it helps me remember when an item gets old and needs to be looked at again.
If you want to automate this program, I have seen that you can use the shortcuts app and x-callback URL links to do an awful lot of the background work, but I don’t know if I want to be that complicated in my setup.
I don’t mind that Agenda has a ‘proprietary’ format, I think I actually (perversely) want it that way because I want to slow down in my “perfect app” searching and simply Use. One. App. for a while. Export is possible in many ways.
Agenda also has a sharing extension and inside of Agenda it has many ways to get note content out to various apps. I think that was the initial draw. I did not want email to die where it landed, but I wanted to be able to use it elsewhere and with Spark 2, for the moment, I can. (as an aside, I detest the new Spark Desktop (Electron-based now and it looks and works an awful lot like Hey!. And Hey! doesn’t work for me, personally.))