Text notes should be editable by default
When I open a text note, I usually want to edit it immediatelly, i.e. the way it's done in Evernote nowadays. So it would be more convenient that I don't have to click on the "Edit current file" icon.
Ilian have commented here 2 years ago, that this is going to happen in 1.8.5 version. Is there a reason why it still does not work in 2.8.0?
Single clicking would be awesome too ;)
I am keeping your business goals in mind when I ask: Is there anyway to configure Tagspace to behave like the Evernote interface?
- No need to click save. No need to click Edit to write into a note.
- Single click to bring a note in the editor (Not a double click)
- 2 panes on the left to browse the note structure (I know evernote is limited to a folder depth of 2, and tagspaces not, but this is not a problem with your current browsing system)
It would make the transition to Tagspace easier for anyone using Evernote. The more similar Tagspaces' interface is to Evernote's, the more people will transition, spread the word and buy Tagspaces.
Evernote was designed at a cost of $200M+. One can assume their interface was optimised with the feedback of millions of users, with efficiency/simplicity in mind.
Tagspaces can then have other interface behaviors for the advanced users.
Yeah, i dont think the edit mode has any real disadvantage compared to viewer. And maybe for some it is not needed, but many ppl, me included, also use it for note-taking/PKM/Ect. and it is EXTREMLY annoying to waste time again and again by 2 unnessecary clicks (As when first clicked, a file isnt opend directly, and another click is needed; Then i do need another not really nessesary click to edit it). In Evernote i do need one click compared to 3 here.
This may look like something not really essential, or that i would be lazy or so, but for PKM and note taking/management issues this is a major concern, and the votes on this issue prove its importance i think..
Please just add a option to decide if you want to SELECT a Note by one click AND if you want to EDIT it then DIRECTLY too!
Jonas Kubilius commented
@Mullenkamp: Can you explain how the view mode is "more intuitive" than the edit mode? The edit mode, in theory, is exactly the same as the view mode but you can also edit the file. (The fact that the two modes are different in TagSpaces is a bug, in my view.)
I prefer opening a file in view mode by default (the way it is now). Put a simple key binding to change it to modify mode. If you're going to modify the text anyway, your fingers are going to be at the keyboard (and not if you just want to view the file). The current way seems much more intuative in that sense.
Jonas Kubilius commented
Thanks for this update!
I still think the default edit mode is appropriate for txt and html files (not md), just as it is in Evernote. Note that unlike in TagSpaces, in Evernote html files do not change their appearance when edited so there is no need for the "preview" mode anymore.
AdminIlian (Dev, TagSpaces) commented
In the upcoming 1.8.5 version, when you create a new file (txt,html,md) it will be opened directly in edit mode.
For my understanding it does not make sense to open the html, md and perhaps txt files by default in edit mode, because in most of the cases the users just want to preview the content and not edit it.
Max Pittsley commented
I agree with Mac. The whole opening/closing/saving methodology in TagSpaces is outdated - it should have been done like Evernote/OneNote in the first place, where clicking on a file instantly brings up the editor. With the file revision history features that Dropbox and now entire operating systems (Windows 8 and Mac OSX Mavericks and up) have, asking if someone is sure they want to save or delete is unnecessary, since we can just roll back to previous file versions. Of course, I would advocate for letting us switch between the two paradigms, since there are people who might want to use TagSpaces the old fashioned way, and/or who don't have file version history rollback features available to them.
Also html and markdown files too!