Taking Markdown Notes with Visual Studio Code

There are numerous note-taking solutions on the web, and never-ending discussions comparing the pros/cons of them. One easily gets lost when searching for an ideal solution for themselves. You hate Evernote because it’s too bloated. But sometimes you don’t like little editors like Typora either, because they lack some features you want.

After spending days and nights looking for the right note-taking app for myself, I thought hard about what I really wanted.

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Streamline Evernote Experience with Keyboard Shortcuts

After upgrading Evernote to version 5 on Mac, I found that they completely revamped the interface with a new sidebar and a new shiny editor. It looks more beautiful but I felt confusing because it’s too different from last version.

Evernote snippet view

The first thing I did was to close the guide and switch to the old style snippet view. This way it looks a bit familiar to me. But the new sidebar is nearly useless. I used to switch to different notebooks from the old sidebar because there’s a list of all notebooks. Now the new sidebar only lets you choose recent notes, and switch among notes, notebooks, tags and other views. If you want to switch to another notebook, you have to click the notebook title above the notes list – one more click!

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