Agenda - Version 17

I’ve never really used the app myself, but I check in on Agenda from time to time.

I noticed today they’re now on version 17 and it addresses one of my main, long-held concerns; no ability to view a note on its own, apart from the big list. This version addresses this.

My only real remaining gripe is that to see a concise list of your notes within a folder, you have to click the folder name at the top. This works well enough but it adds an extra click to every interaction where I want to see a list of my notes, and moving notes around, navigating - it’s a bit clunky.

Aside from that though, I’m shocked we don’t hear more about this app. At least it’s not on my radar much. Browsing to the subreddit today, there are only a few hundred members, though their message forum seems lively.

I just wonder why this isn’t a more prominent app in the MPU universe. Good pricing model, good features, seemingly good export and import options. Worth a look if you’re just hearing about it now or haven’t taken it for a spin for some time.


I might have been an Agenda user if I wasn’t so far into NotePlan and my Daily Notes.


I’m glad you mentioned the update. It’s a nice one. The always-on-top second window option, especially.

Also, there’s a new lifetime purchase option, which is a good deal for those who think they’ll pay for annual premium at least four more times.

I think there were only ever a handful of us using Agenda here. I’ve wondered why as well, and I think it’s because most people don’t fit the primary use case (a need to keep track of multiple streams of chronologically sorted notes.) As Karl mentioned, Agenda has been resistant to adding an automatic daily note (though it’s now on their roadmap), so it also doesn’t feel very PKM-y.


I tried Agenda several times. It’s a very nice app. It just never clicked for me. It doesn’t work the way I think.

Also, it suffers from a problem of using a proprietary file format, as Craft and other otherwise very nice apps do.


I tested a few exports. They now seem to allow export of folders and individual notes to markdown, pdf etc.

Seemed decent for export options


most people don’t fit the primary use case (a need to keep track of multiple streams of chronologically sorted notes.)

I’ve bought and paid for it a few times and never understood what job it was trying to help me with … until now.

I think their marketing is too lofty and confusing.


Yes, and at the same time, the marketing can be too tactical. There is a heavy focus on the On the Agenda feature, which turns out to be a useful button and filter, but makes you feel like you’re using the app wrong at first. (“What’s supposed to be on my agenda?”)

In the section where they should be driving home how they do time-oriented notes differently, they’re talking about On the Agenda quite a bit.

I might split this up. Maybe one column for calendar and one for On the Agenda, and then an element below both about internationalization.

I’m sure export is great. But it’s something you have to remember to do.

Yeah, they’ are pretty reluctant to implement things that nopteplan has like time-blocking.

I bought Agenda a while back. I found its price modeling encouraging. Agenda has a beautiful UI which is the aspect I find most attractive although I do not use it as much as I use to. Agenda’s tech support is quite good.


I would only ever want to export if I’m leaving the app, in which case I would remember to do it. But different use cases.

But what if export fails at that point? If your Agenda notes are important, a user should test-export now and then to be sure it’s working right, which could be time-consuming if done correctly.

This is a problem for me with Agenda, Craft, and even DevonThink.

I used it extensively for exactly this - but only for work. For every (or most) meetings and conversations I will either connect the the note to a calendar event or write a note / reminder / thoughts.

Agenda replaced several notebooks where, over the years, I had developed the habit of a day book for most of my notes, meetings, to do lists, reminders of key information etc. I also used a single notebook (normally A4) for larger clients. In that book I would keep meeting notes, client-based reminders, thoughts and ideas. I would also use it to glue in in relevant presentations, key data, magazine and newspaper articles. Everything for that client is in one place

I am not sure I use it to its full extent, but I love the fact that everything is in one place. being digital means I can export it and pass it on if needs be. I can keep a log of meetings alongside dropping in images of articles and presentations, links out to the web etc.

I find it invaluable. However, I have never used it for anything personal.