October 24, 2011 at 19:43
filed under Software
I’m a software snob. I admit it. I can’t be like everyone else and just write everything in Word or even OpenOffice Writer… No, I have to be special. I have to set my standards so high that apparently there are no applications out there, apparently, that fit my criteria.
And so I’m stuck. I find myself not writing, simply because I don’t have the energy to move everything to a new format later. So to save time and energy, I’m doing nothing – or rather, I’m wasting a lot of time and energy on nothing.
These are the things I want:
Now, are these things REALLY that hard to get? Apparently.
Apparently, I need to choose. I’ve been searching for six months now, and I’m beginning to think that my best solution would be to just use plaintext files in a hierarchal folder system, synced by Dropbox. That would work, except for the comment-on-gdocs part. And the formatting-in-InDesign thing, unless I write HTML or InDesign Tagged Text in the plaintext files.
I have a very neat INDTT export plugin for DokuWiki, but DokuWiki is online-editing only and doesn’t have commenting functionality.
Google Docs has comments, but its HTML export is crap and there seems to be few or no Android apps capable of offline syncing and respecting the folder hierarchy at the same time.
Vault3 is a neat outliner, but lacks commenting and exports only to SQlite or a homebrew XML format.
Checkvist s a nice online outliner, and exports OPML, but almost no other software seems to use OPML. And there’s no commenting.
What have I missed? Or should I just man up and get back to my wiki, or to gdocs? Or should I waste time trying to put together something that leverages the power of gdocs, dokuwiki and plaintext editing on the Andoid all in one?