There have been a number of threads on this topic, but I was hoping to re-initiate this conversation to see what new options people might have found.
I am trying to really figure out my file and notes organization process. Right now, I have a fair amount of notes in Apple Notes; some are text, but many are either PDFs or text mixed with PDF or image data. A few have handwritten notes taken in my iPad with the Apple Pencil.
I also have a folder system sync’d to my desktop and laptop via SynologyDrive (which is my Dropbox/iCloud replacement).
Obviously all of my Apple Notes are available on iPhone and iPad; my SynologyDrive files are also available on iOS devices through their app as well.
The problem I face is that sometimes I am looking for a note, and it might be in Apple Notes; it might be a file in SynologyDrive. I often have to search both areas to find it, and it is not always clear where I might have put a given data element.
Everything cannot go into Apple Notes. A lot of what is in the shared folder is really not “notes” but files and projects I am working on, and storing all of those files in Notes isn’t really the best approach. On the other hand, creating every “note” as a text file (say in BBEdit, TextEdit, or whatever) and then saving it into a folder system is simply not as efficient as creating notes in Notes, and isn’t efficient at all on iOS.
What I really want is essentially a system whereby everything can be stored in one app, whether note, file, mixture of text and image/PDF/other file, and all of the associated files are then maintained in a shared folder which performs the sync process. I have not been able to find anything that works in this fashion.
I would prefer NOT to have the sync done via iCloud or Dropbox, although if there is no other choice I would use iCloud. Since I have more than 2 devices involved, Dropbox is not really a good option as I would have to pay for a plan that I otherwise don’t need, and then I would lose the advantage of using SynologyDrive as my sync mechanism - control and privacy for my data.
I know someone will probably suggest DevonThink, and while I do have a license for DT3 (I would need a third seat, but I guess that’s affordable), the only solution that would work would be to import everything into DT, and it doesn’t seem the best approach to work out of DT, opening spreadsheets from DT into Numbers, for example, rather than working out of the Finder. I experimented with the idea of an indexed folder approach, but the problem there is that when you create a new note in DT in an indexed folder in DT, the note is NOT written to the indexed folder, but rather to the DT database itself. I don’t want an approach in which a given folder in DT will contain things spread out in this manner; I am trying NOT to lose the Finder-based organization while adding a layer on top for note taking and organization.
I have looked into KeepIt and Notebooks. Notebooks doesn’t have as robust a sync mechanism - it seems that you either store your notebooks in Dropbox or you have to manually ensure sync, and must have Notebooks running all the time as a WebDAV server to serve the iOS devices. KeepIt seems to only sync if you store your data in iCloud.
I was wondering if anyone had a line into what I am looking for. I was hoping that NVUltra might work if I have it look at the entire SynologyDrive tree and access that NVUltra would work for text/markdown files, and Finder for everything else, so that might wind up being an option even though NVUltra does not itself handle embedded files terrible well, at least not at this point in the beta.
Thanks for any ideas and suggestions.