Slows when writing large document

Trying out Agenda and the text input seems to slow up when writing fast or longer notes. I don’t know if it’s the spell check or what but there was certainly a lag.

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Yes, that is something we will be addressing in time. It requires some non-trivial changes.

Thanks for the feedback! Make sure you get today’s update. It improves some performance aspects.


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This problem has not been fixed.

Thanks for getting back to us. Indeed, it requires some quite major changes to improve this. Not something we can do quickly, but we will get to it.

A workaround for now is to split large notes into smaller notes.

That’s not a workaround. I don’t really understand what this app is for. Is it for writing short notes for planning and then you actually do the work somewhere else? I struggle to see the point of that if the main feature of the app is the idea you’ve organised yourself.
If you have to do the work somewhere else but can’t add attachments, you’re just making more work for yourself to keep things organised somewhere else.

Is this still related to slowness? We made dramatic improvements to that about a month ago. Large note editing should be much faster.

I’m not really sure what the other questions relate to. The sample data gives a pretty good idea of how you can use the app. You can link to other apps and files in Finder, and attachments are coming soon.

I have some pretty long notss, though not exceedingly long, and I’ve not hit the slowness at all. I have a MBP though with a lot of memory and a fast processor, too.

Drew, there kind of is a two-edge sword right now with Agenda. It’s extremely flexible, and that’s good and bad. The good side is that each person can find their own way to use it without having a lot of restrictions. The bad side of that, is Harry’s frustrations, and that is, the application doesn’t retrict you and thus dictate a specific function/usages. This has been something I struggled with, but it dawned on me that’s been the real issue all along.

If you took everyone’s wishes into account you’d need to explode Agenda to be something like Curio or DEVONThink. Then again those apps are rather pricy, too.

Harry, just as a suggestion, try NOT to look for speicifc restraints. Asking how to use an app, is valid. Sometimes the answer, though, is “you decide”.

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We had as a guideline all along that, if you wanted to, you should just be able to start using the app like you would use Apple Notes. I think we met that objective reasonably well: you can ignore the dates and calendar events, and just use it as lists of notes. The sample data shows that the app can be used for a wide variety of different note taking activities and styles.

If you start this way, using Agenda as a simple notes app, you will gradually start to find other uses. Maybe you realize you can plan for a meeting the next week, or a vacation the next month, so you start attaching dates to those notes, and maybe put them “on the agenda”. You grow into it.

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I could confirm that editing is still pretty slow on average size notes, especially when adding a new line.
I attached a small video to demonstrate my own user experience.

With average note:

With small note:

Agenda version: 2.6
Macbook Pro 2017 Core I7 16gb SSD 256gb
MacOS Mojave 10.14.1

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We are about to launch the images/attachments, and have plans to spend time on performance straight after that. We should be able to improve on current performance quite a lot. That is the plan.

I too experience annoying lag in most use cases, and nearly unusable lag times when writing longer notes. If a note is more than a few dozen lines the input lag is terrible. It takes 1-2s or longer to go to a new line when hitting return, or to create a bullet when typing ‘-‘ in front of text for example. If adding multiple lines quickly, it takes several seconds for the app to catch up.

This is on a brand new 2018 13” MBP.

Would love to see the performance improved - I’ve been using Agenda for about 2 months now and am close to abandoning it. Just way too laggy and annoying for long meeting notes, which is what I intend to use it for.


I am in the same boat! I am a student and this is a perfect program for what I need. But performacne is making taking lecture notes impossible.
It also seems insane to me that Spotlight cannot search through this app yet…

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We released 4.1 yesterday. It has a some performance improvements, but not yet for large notes. You will be happy to know that we are starting right now to work on note editing performance, and scrolling performance. You can expect the next major release (4.2?) to include these fixes. Stay tuned!

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That was fast! Haha. Yes, shorter notes are definitely showing performance improvements - longer notes, not so much. But I’ll be patient! Really great to see how responsive you are to user feedback. I’ll hang tight.

One addition to my earlier comment - I noticed that given the lag in larger notes, if I write a line with a bullet, hit enter, and keep typing without waiting for a new bullet to appear on the new line, the text will appear but it will not have a bullet and it’s formatting is linked to the line above. So, if I change the first bullet to a heading for example, the second line becomes a heading as well.

Thanks! Cheers

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Thanks, we’ll look into it.