With Quick Note and Live Text, and prior significant enhancements to Apple Notes, AN would be a contender for a great default all encompassing note taking app with deep integration in the OS and across devices if Apple would:
Add a plain text/markdown editor option
Add exporting to plain text, markdown and to Word and/or Pages
Enable bulk export from within the app
Improve the reliability and speed of iCloud syncing
Add daily notes and calendar integration
For me, this would make Apple Notes nearly the ideal note taking application.
Or, just have a Quick Note feature allowed for third party apps like Obsidian or Craft.
But alas, I know that few, perhaps none, of those features will be added to AN.
Thanks @dfay. I’ve used Byword and Ulysses, both are good apps. Shareful looks interesting and I’ll check it out but at first glance (and it was only a glance) I don’t think it will bulk export Apples Notes to plain text but I may well be wrong.
As to scripts, you’ll have to pardon my lack of knowledge and courage. I know nothing about scripts, little time to learn and frankly, fearful I’ll screw something up. My issue I know.
if you run this you’ll see among the note properties body, which is an HTML representation of the note (presumably the basis for the RTF) and plaintext, which is unfortunately a bit too plain - no hyperlinks, e.g.
The folks at Bear have built an AppleScript which does exactly this bulk export to separate HTML files:
Yep. I also added a move to folder function that works with multiple notes selected (see the GitHub issues for the workflow - it involved changing four lines of code ) and just filed away 180 notes that had been sitting there.