(Apologies in advance for such a long post, but it’s only because I’m enthused.)
I’m new to Agenda, tried for an hour or so the other day and pulled trigger on Premium to really understand it. Worth it to me just to try it out and, even if it doesn’t work out for me long term (I really want it to), I’m psyched to see such an innovative “cross-cutting” application.
I love the concept and really want it to be my new one-and-only note-taking workflow across all my devices (regularly use MBP, iPad, iPhone for work). Currently my Mac note-taking is nvAlt backed by Dropbox text files and iOS is 1Writer backed by same Dropbox directory. Super-simple, super-fast, but no support for other media. I am an ardent user of Things for my task management purposes and my early love for Agenda is admittedly biased by my love of Things 3. (Historically: was an original Things user; then OmniFocus 2, now back to Things 3 and don’t see myself changing again anytime soon.)
Concerns I have right now after several days of heavy-ish use:
The biggest problem I’m having now is keyboard navigation and slow/buggy typing and formatting on my Mac. Switching between projects is tedious w/o keyboard shortcuts. Navigating and collapsing/uncollapsing notes is buggy for me and sometimes doesn’t work. Example: Click into the left Project list and navigate up/down with arrow keys into a project. Tab to move focus to list of notes for that project and then keyboard shortcuts for collapse/uncollapse don’t work as expected. The automatic Markdown formatting of bulleted and/or numbered lists often behaves in very unexpected and difficult ways when trying to enter items in the middle of a list.
Along with resolving slow and/or buggy typing/formatting/collapsing, I really need a super-fast way to just get a note into the system, aka the Inbox that others have requested. I didn’t realize just how great of a job Things has done with quick-entry and keyboard navigation until I wanted that same behavior in Agenda. I don’t think you can go wrong by striving to model Inbox, keyboard nav/find/quick open, and quick entry like Things.
I’ve been adding many marked up screenshots and sometimes even short videos (made with GIF Brewery) in my notes - this is the big win for me over nvAlt. However, the syncing of those across devices has been strange a few times, where I’ve had empty notes on one device until quitting and relaunching.
My Current Wish List
Quick entry on Mac into an Inbox, with a separate Window like Things or OmniFocus, triggered by system hot key.
Manual not alphabetical ordering of projects.
A preference for date format in the note list. I’m not a fan of relative dates (e.g., Last Friday) and want to see the actual dates.
Redesign of note title list display to read (at least more of) longer titles.
I’ve read here about people wanting or not wanting to replace their task management with Agenda and advising you on how you should try to replace Things or not try to replace Things. My advice is just keep following your own vision but to execute it well. Make the little things (e.g., text entry, formatting) perfect :-). For some folks, Agenda will replace Things and that’ll be awesome. For others, it won’t replace Things, but may live alongside it and that will be awesome too, which is what I hope for my future.
All that being said, I’m still unsure exactly what worklfow I’m trying to accomplish with Things + Agenda :-). I’m often confused myself about whether I’m taking a note or recording an action. For now that’s okay, but the one way I see myself potentially moving away from Agenda might be if Things added real support for embedded images and/or files, not just filesystem links. Then I don’t have to decide note or action when recording and can just put everything into one Inbox and sort later. A quick entry window for Agenda on the Mac could head that off.
Anyway, thanks for reading and for creating this wonderful app.