To get started, download Standard Notes for your platform.
If you're tech savvy, you can even host your own Standard File server.
The Standard Notes ecosystem is 100% open source, including this documentation! This means anyone is free to improve upon or inspect the code and make sure it's not doing anything you wouldn't want it to do.
And because the Standard File specification is openly published, anyone can build their own Standard Notes app (client) or server. Neither you nor your notes are locked in to Standard Note's suite of applications. It's not something we consider often, but odds are, you as a human will outlive most of the private services you rely on today to manage your data. By building on top of a more open format, Standard Notes users don't have to worry about what would happen if Standard Notes got run over by a bus.
To keep the core application as simple and as uncluttered as possible, Standard Notes allows for the installation of arbitrary extensions. These extensions are URL-based, and anyone can build an extension.
Extensions are simple yet extremely powerful. They allow for features like:
- Editor theme customization
- 3rd party cloud backups (e.g. Dropbox)
- Publishing your notes online as a blog
How do you know you'll be here for a while?
What makes software difficult to maintain is a growing feature set that constantly introduces a myriad of bugs and stability issues. Because we're committed to "freezing" our feature set as-is, the only maintenance work required is OS level compliance updates every year. While this is still a non-zero amount of work, it is far more manageable than a typical software project that aims to grow and grow every year. Because we're also not interested in "scaling", our costs should remain relatively low and allow us to sustain these applications for an extended period of time, if not indefinitely.
How can I get involved?
We love community contributions. If you're a notes-enthusiast, share with your friends and followers, and help create a more sustainable notes environment. If you're a developer, check out our repositories on Github and see where you can help. You can also host your own Standard File server for other community members to use and join. If you launch your own community server, let us know.
You can also join the Standard Notes Slack group to get involved.
How can I get in touch?