Write down your ideas, organize papers with custom labels and synchronize your data via Dropbox, with this straightforward note manager
Note taking apps are becoming ever more popular, as the widespread use of mobile devices has made it possible to have important information within reach at all times, and multi-platform applications can provide a quick and easy solution for managing your memos.
Papyrus is one such utility that seeks to offer an easy-to-use, secure alternative to established note managers. However, its feature set is currently very limited, and the apps needs to be developed further before it can become a reliable option.
Two distinct interface modes that each provide a different experience
When first launching the application, you are prompted to select between a classic user interface and a more modern one designed specifically for touchscreen devices.
While the latter is altogether more impressive from a visual standpoint and offers some extra features, it is rather difficult to use without a touchscreen monitor. Given that no macOS devices use such hardware, the inclusion of this interface mode is a bit puzzling.
Basic feature set that makes the app suitable for writing notes, but not much else
Assuming you stick to the classic user interface, its layout is pretty straightforward and split into multiple panels. The leftmost one is used to search for items and filter them based on their label or creation date, the center panel lists all papers that match the selected criteria, and the selected note can be viewed and edited in the rightmost panel.
The app allows you to create normal notes and to-do lists, but there is no way to quickly switch between these categories. While filters for various types of papers are available, they do not have any effect.
You can attach images to your notes, but they can only be opened when using the modern interface, which also includes some basic drawing tools and allows you to share your papers via e-mail.
Offers adequate security measures to ensure your data is not lost or intercepted
Papyrus can store your data in the could and synchronize notes via Dropbox, as well as backup your database locally.
To prevent other users from accessing private information, you can enter a password that will be required every time the application is launched.
Overall, Papyrus is an app that is clearly still in the early stages of development, as it needs a lot of work before it can be considered a reliable alternative to more popular note managers.