Q Branch, an app development company, has come up with an iOS note-taking application called Vesper. The app, which is priced at $5 (Rs 285 approx), goes with the tag “collect your thoughts” and is the brainchild of writer John Gruber, developer Brent Simmons and designer Dave Wiskus.
While there are a lot of note-taking applications for the iPhone, like EverNote and Apple’s own Note, the makers believe that Vesper will stand apart because of the attention to detail the app brings and the simple way in which it can be used.
According to MacWorld, the Vesper makers designed the app to be the one stop solution that users can stick to for their note-taking needs. While speaking about this, Simmons said, “I’d been waiting for [a note-taking app] I liked and wanted to use. But that one just hadn’t appeared. There are good ones, for sure—but none that fit how I think and none that feel the way Vesper feels.”
While that sounds good on paper, it’s the features that will make the difference. The foundation of the app stands on a simple list of notes. Each note comes with a title – shown in bold – and has the first couple of lines below it. All you need to do to access any of the note options is tap and hold the note to start typing away. The list itself is customisable and can be re-arranged according to what the user wants.
Vesper is the newest note-taking app on iOS
Tapping on any of the notes initiates the note editor. Users can put in as much text as they want and attach a single image to the note as well, which can be shot directly from Vesper, or picked from the phone camera roll. As with any other note-taking app, Vesper notes can either be mailed, sent via message or copied directly onto the phone’s clipboard. There doesn’t seem to be any compatibility for cloud based syncing, or syncing your notes with any other device, though. Tags are the key to organising your notes here, with each note sporting an orange pop-up that can be accessed via a grey Tag button at the bottom of the note. An interactive feature seen here is that the tag option suggests tags that users may have used in the past.
Vesper can be customised to only filter notes via a particular tag. All you need to do is tap the icon on the top left of the screen when viewing your list. You can also set a particular filter list, which can then be accessed by swiping from the left edge. Archive list is another feature on Vesper; it lets users’ access old notes with a simple swipe.
That is where the app features seem to end. But according to the makers, this is a plus point, because they want to focus on getting a few features right, rather than having a lot of features that don’t quite seem to deliver.
The plus point of Vesper is the typography, which is a reworked combination of Hoefler and Ideal Sans. The design of the Tags and the way the filter list looks is also pretty good. The easy way in which you can set Tags makes Vesper really user friendly, because users can easily set and then segregate different kinds of notes and make filter lists for them.
The cons are the limitations users may face while trying to share their notes. You can’t sync Vesper with any other iOS device, nor can you access any cloud service like Dropbox. While simplicity is the USP that the makers are sticking to, it may be that Vesper is a bit too simple. And in a market where there are note-taking apps at a dime a dozen, it seems hard that any one app can stand out simply because it’s clean and simple. Interested users can go the Apple app store and download Vesper to see if Q Branch has finally succeeded in finding a long term solution for note-taking needs.