The Archive
The Archive
1.5.5

5.0

The Archive free download for Mac

The Archive1.5.5

20 July 2020

Plain text note taking.

Overview

The Archive is a plain text note taking app.

Features:
  • Plain Text file storage: robust and made for eternity
  • Clean and simple user interface: calm and structured
  • Elegant text editor: note taking is writing. Beauty is mandatory
  • Flexible in use: Swiss Army knife of note taking
  • Fast search for maximum productivity
  • Markdown support to highlight notes
  • Powerful tags that are simple to use
  • Typewriter mode to keep your focus while typing
  • Themes: customize the editor to your liking
  • Quick navigation based on plain text conventions
  • Supportive community of writing and note taking nerds
  • Saved searches to switch between subsets of your notes
  • Integration with Marked for instantaneous Markdown previews

What's new in The Archive

Version v1.5.5:
  • Fixed: On macOS 10.11 (El Capitan), the "External Editors" table heading displayed a reddish border.
  • Changed: The Saved Searches editor in the preferences now has a more native preferences look to it.
  • Changed: The built-in black and white "The Archive" icon for Saved Searches renders more sharply now. You have to re-select it in the Saved Searches editor for the changes to take effect.
  • Changed: Adjust the size and position of the "(x)" button in the banner that explains you don’t need to manually save your notes to match the Omnibar.
  • Changed: Display crash reporter windows on top of the main window (so it is not accidentally obstructed on launch).
  • Changed: Make thearchive:// URL scheme action ignore the case, so matchOrCreate and matchorcreate or even MatCHorCrEaTe will work.
  • New: Sort notes by their creation date.
  • New: The currently active note sort order is highlighted in the View > Sort By menu.
  • New: Support for setting hidden preferences: app settings that didn’t make it to the preference panes. Use thearchive://preference/PREFERENCENAME/set/NEWVALUE/ and thearchive://preference/PREFERENCENAME/delete to change these. A list of customizable entires is in the online help

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How would you rate The Archive app?

5 Reviews of The Archive

Gazman
08 July 2019
Version: 1.3.1

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This looks good, however it appears to be macOS only. People who use this app, how do you sync it to your iOS devices?
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Gazman
08 July 2019
Version: 1.3.1
This looks good, however it appears to be macOS only. People who use this app, how do you sync it to your iOS devices?
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maclm
15 October 2018
Version: 1.0.1
Simply the best plain-text based notes app.
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Lhutz
25 July 2018
Version: 1.0.1
If you like Notational Velocity or nvALT, you will absolutely love The Archive, because it is basically an actively developed nvALT on steroids. It does not matter whether you use it as a simple notes application with pretty themes and a bunch of other useful features, or whether you use it as a massive Zettelkasten with thousands of academic notes. In both cases, The Archive is an absolute joy to use.
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szeoli-1
23 March 2018
Version: 1.0.0
Read Ervins Strauhmanis's excellent overview. I concur with his thoughts.. I am giving The Archive five stars for what I believe it will become, not for where it is as I write this. While completely functional, it has a little ways to go before it matches the developers' goals for it. They have a clear roadmap on their website. A couple of observations: First there is no way through the app to export or print, but you can link an external editor to The Archive to handle those functions. I've done so with ByWord, and it works great. Second, The Archive creates a file for each note. These are just plain text files. I've set up a folder in Dropbox for the archive, so I can open these notes in NoteTab on my PC at work. I can also save NoteTab files into this folder, and they are instantly available in The Archive. I love the vision the developers have for The Archive and look forward to its continued growth as a app -- and I still don't fully understand the Zettelkasten Method.
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Ervins Strauhmanis
21 March 2018
Version: 1.0.0
Opening The Archive for the very first time might feel like you've already seen that app somewhere before. And if you used nvALT and/or its predecessor Notational Velocity, then indeed you have! The Archive follows the same basic design cues of its spiritual ancestors—the app window has the omnibar, a list of notes, and an active selected note view. The addition to the classic design is the "Saved Searches" sidebar. The underlying philosophy and of The Archive, and how it is meant to be used, or at least this is how I see it having spent a bit of time with the app, is based on the work of the 20th century sociologist Niklas Luhmann, who developed the Zettelkasten Method of knowledge management that helped him to manage a lot of information and to be a prolific writer. The German word Zettelkasten literally means a "slip box". And the basic idea is that The Archive is to be a single depository of interlinked notes on any and all subjects, which you would collect in a form of a distilled knowledge that you obtained from reading something. By distilled knowledge I mean notes in your own words as opposed to a simple copy/paste from a source. The Archive, of course, will not refuse to write to disk your note unless it was a creative writing ;-) but, rather, the act of original writing (to a degree) is part of the philosophy, and by doing that you will understand the subject matter better, will remember it better, etc. The interlinking part plays a very important role here, as it is through the links from one note to the other, which may concern completely different fields of study, how thinking is expanded and novel ideas are generated. To the end of facilitation of interlinking (and you should be aware of this peculiarity right from the beginning), The Archive creates notes with a prefix ID consisting of the year, month, day, hour, minute number, and what that does, it assigns a unique address, so to say, to a note to which you can then permalink in another note. To summarize, The Archive puts forward some very interesting ideas, and, apparently, the more you commit to them, the more gain you will have. If you are serious about knowledge management and would like to get most of the The Archive, I would suggest that you explore the website of the developers, so as to get more understating about the app and the principles behind it, of which I written only generally here. Good luck! :-)
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