Today Milanote released its software to the general public, I sat down and took a few moments to evaluate the application. Milanote claims to be better than Evernote due to its unique visual organizational structure which works differently from other applications because you can arrange your notes like a virtual desktop.
By double clicking the screen you can quickly create cards ideas and then arrange them any where on the screen. Each card has your standard basic formatting tools like Bold, Italic, and checklists. You can also create cards for images, quotes, and links.
If you want to organize your cards you can arrange them in columns, where you can drag and drop the cards in any which order you like. It looks very similar to Trello, especially when you have multiple columns on your screen.
You can also add lines to visually demonstrate the work flow process of one stage to another.
If you want to go more in depth on different subject, you can create a board, and add as many cards and columns there as you like. You can also nest boards within boards, or create a column that has your boards grouped together.
Looks Familiar, doesn't it?
In terms of organization, Milanote is intuitive and flexible, and doesn't get in the way of the creative process. It's organizational structure is easy to understand straight out of the box, and you can quickly make nested lists in a matter of minutes. I would recommend Milanote for:
• Working on a Project.
• Collecting Ideas.
• Researching a paper or writing a novel.
In terms of sharing you can also collaborate with others and send links to other people, as well as export your data in multiple formats including Markdown, Word, PDF, or Plain text format.
In terms of long term storage I wouldn't recommend Milanote due to the free storage limit of 100 notes. But if you decide to upgrade to the paid plans then storage limits shouldn't be a problem.
Research in Milanote
Milanote is currently web based, and while there are mobile apps in production, users are currently limited to using the mobile web browser on their smart phone to access Milanote on the go. The application does work on a smart phone, and everything you enter into the mobile browser does sync via real time, however the full suite of features that you can access is limited, and I did notice some minor formatting errors. This is not very encouraging, but considering the application was just released from beta, I'm sure that the developers will sort out the bugs in no time.
Another feature I noticed is that while you can drag and drop images into the app, or insert quotes and hyperlinks, I didn't see any other method for importing content into the app. Currently there is no Chrome Extension or way to send content via email. Both of these features would be very useful in future releases. Being able to attach documents would also be nice.
It would also be a nice feature that you could fuse cards together as you type, this would be a boon for writers who like to consolidate and organize their content.
Currently Milanote is free to use up to 100 notes, images, or links. For unlimited storage the price is $12.00 per person billed annually, $15.00 when billed monthly. Professional plans for 2 or more people run $10.00 per month or $12.50 when billed monthly. As far as pricing is concerned, I would say its a relatively inexpensive pricing plan, and pretty reasonable when compared to similar products on the market.
Because of the limited support for mobile apps, I unfortunately can't recommend Milanote. The 100 note limit can also be a problem for some people who like to do a lot of creative work. Overall I think its a great idea though, and going forward I can't wait for the mobile apps to come out. This is definitely a promising start to an intriguing new application. You can set up an account for free at http://www.milanote.com/