Here’s a thought: You work on Joplin, you take some notes, you arrange your research and resources and data and sort your workload for the first half of your day, you’re done and your lunch break is 15 minutes away.
Perfect time to organize your remaining tasks for the day into a convenient to-do list, put them next to all the other things still scheduled for the day.
You fill up your list, and then… click one button and all the toolbars, all the buttons, all the unnecessary information just disappears, and your window is only the things that matter when you’re not actively editing things: the lists and visualizers.
You can use it to keep track of things, get reminders, tick them off, search through information… all in a little window that isn’t bloated with stuff.
Right now there’s no way to customize the layout of the window. You can’t hide or move things. You can’t change their size. Someone had the idea of toggling the sidebar, which is nice, and that got implemented, which is great… but why can’t you toggle the button that toggles the sidebar? Or everything else for that matter?
Most of the features have hotkeys. Once you learn the hotkeys what do you need the buttons for anymore?
So here’s what I propose…
This is how my Joplin window currently looks when I make it small so I can tuck it into a corner to do the things I’d like it to do:
And here’s how I would like it to be:
And, of course, you could play around with things such as toggling the sidebar or layouts before you minimize. If each section had its own toggle, or you could save your settings, that could work as well and give users more freedom, but a mini-mode button would provide a suitable implementation.
For even an intermediate user, all 3 figures provide just as much functionality, but with an obvious difference in clutter. The default layout is alright for a small number of simple tasks, but it quickly becomes too much, and that’s to be expected when 50% of the space is taken up by unnecessary buttons.
Why do I want this?
I’ve been looking for a tool to keep track of my activities. I’ve gone through a decent amount of apps, whether they’re especially designed to-do list apps or general productivity managers or note takers… and they all have slews of issues.
This is the only app that does the job moderately well, and it has the potential to do it perfectly!
I’m also a writer and do a significant amount of research, so it can provide a complete course of productivity-related functionality, all in one place, in a rather efficient manner, across multiple devices… but I can’t customize it and it’s pissing me off.
Good thing it’s Open Source, eh?
So I’d like to get this done. It can’t be that hard… it’s just an expansion of the existing toggle buttons. It’s just hiding some extra stuff and letting the remaining things take up the space. A super-toggle.
The issue is… I don’t have much experience with contributing to a proper project. I have done some programming and modding, but only for my own use. I wouldn’t want to mess something up.
Could you point me in the right direction, or help me complete this little project? I think it would help many people by providing a less cluttered work space and task visualizer.
Have a nice weekend,