On the Mac Appstore there is an application called Drafts, you guessed it from the name, a "sort of" note taking app (has nothing to do with the drafts app on Playstore). And interestingly enough, it does a few jobs very well for which Joplin is not ideal, while Joplin does a lot of work for which Drafts wouldn't and couldn't work well. This is hard to explain if you don't work with Drafts AND with Joplin for a while. But here are a few clues:
- Drafts is much faster in many ways, but not best for keeping and managing many notes
- Drafts integrates better with osx, and provides more options ... but ... as said before
- Drafts has a (I think) more versatile editor ...
- important to me: search on Drafts works like a charm
- Joplin does a great job in taking, managing, and encryptinh & storing (E2EE) solid, long-term notes,
- Jopin is not limited to text
- Drafts is (so far ? ) single platform, but very light on resources (can always run in the background), while Joplin offers multiple platforms ... at the cost of being very resource hungry
The list is much longer.
What matters is this. Drafts is to me the perfect front end to Joplin, running in the background all the time, starting in split second, integrating well with other applications. So I use it for
- quick thoughts and in order to keep a(nother) copy from the clip board
- temporary notes and text bits I need to feed into emails etc again and again
- handling everything which may not stay for long on my device.
- and when a note becomes mature, or is for the long term by its nature it goes into Joplin as before.
Joplin is king, Drafts is the knight at the drawbridge.