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A Couple of Plain Text Web Apps You Might Find Useful

Every once in a while, I run across some promising (or, at the very least, interesting) tools for working with plain text. And in the last week or so I’ve run across a pair of web-based applications that not only embrace the plain text ethos, but also work with Dropbox.

First up, Journalong. As you probably guessed from its name, Journalong is a a journal. A place to write up your thoughts and feelings and ideas. You just log in using your Dropbox account and start typing. When you’re done, you click a button labelled Submit and the journal entry is saved as a text file to the folder Apps/Journalong in your Dropbox account. It’s nothing fancy, but it works.

It used to be a paid app, but its developer made it free in 2013. I like Journalong, but I have to admit it’s not for me. I keep my journal in Typerighter.com and have no need for another app. If you’re looking for a simple tool to help you keep a journal in plain text, and make that journal available no matter where you are, then give Journalong a look.

Next, TODO.md. As you can probably tell, it’s a web-based to-do list. But unlike such applications Remember the Milk or Todoist, TODO.md both works with Dropbox and saves your to-do list as a Markdown-formatted file with the name TODO.md in the folder Apps/TODOmd in your Dropbox account.

Your to-do list is nicely rendered in TODO.md, and you can mark items by their importance as well as tag your tasks. And in case you’re wondering, I’ll be taking a closer look at TODO.md in an upcoming post.

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