I noticed that CulturedCode finally put up a blog about their sync story for Things. The gist of it is "sync is hard, we underestimated it." I'm glad to see they're owning up to it, but I'm a little surprised. Every one of their competitors has had something shipping, or in beta, for a long time now. Even if they didn't have the server infrastructure, they could have leveraged MobileMe, like OmniGroup did, in the short term. Instead, they came up with a generic solution, but what do they need that for? Seems like a massive case of over-engineering.
We'll soon know more details, as they claim they're going to be more forthcoming with their updates. I sure hope so, they owe their users that much. That said, they still haven't said when the feature will be available.
I think this comment sums up my feelings: "Judging by the comments here (and elsewhere), in the amount of time that has been spent trying to build a perfect, scalable sync framework, they’ve hemorrhaged a vast portion of their customer base to other apps."
I've been struggling lately to find a note-taking app that doesn't have some major deficiency. As you can tell from my past posts, I'm aching to replace my paper composition books with my iPad, but everything I try has some fatal flaw that makes it less than suitable for my needs.
I first want to make something clear: my handwriting is actually pretty good. It's not like I'm trying to spin straw into gold. When writing on paper, I have no problem at all with writing cleanly. My Newton always recognized my handwriting. However, even with a stylus, note apps seem to want to make me feel like I should get a D- in handwriting.
Here is a rundown of the apps I have purchased and use (in no particular order):
I want to like Penultimate for its UI and smoothness, but I can't get more than five words per line of something that, if I squint, barely resembles my handwriting (this doesn't seem to be a problem for anyone else on the app store or their forums). I want to like NotesPlus, but its performance issues are too great to ignore (hopefully fixes are coming). I have a hard time getting around NTHD because of its backwards and inconsistent UI, but alas, when I get down to writing, its the only one that really works.
I don't think I'm asking for too much here.