People send themselves messages using messaging apps. Such that WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram offer bookmarking and note-taking features. Willem de Beijer created Qept, an iOS note-taking app, for the “DM-to-yourself” phenomena.
The inventor noted that while popular chat applications allow self-texting, Qept is better at note-taking organisation and editing. He claimed the app allows users construct short to-do lists for groceries and daily duties.
Like any chat programme, you can type and tap “send” to compose a note or thought. The checkmark icon above the textbox makes it easy to make a checklist or to-do list. A note can have a “Topic” for better organisation, although it’s not required.
The home timeline displays all notes, regardless of topic. After sending a timeline note, users can amend them. In a future update, De Beijer added, users can hide or collapse topic notes. A single swipe will also let users show/hide archived notes.
The developer will release improved aesthetic look and navigation, a filter for archived notes, the ability to add a reminder to a note, and bullet points as a formatting option in the coming weeks. De Beijer will release a Mac software this year with note search, mass editing, and rich link support.
Users can download the app for free, but adding more than three topics costs $7.99 each month. The developer wants to add picture and file functionality later.
Qept’s functionality is similar to Stashpad, which funded $1.8 million last year from PagerDuty CTO Alex Solomon, Calm CTO Will Larson, Postman, Loom, and Webflow operators. However, Stashpad prioritises developers and limits device usage to 50 notes. Unlimited note sync and pro features are $10/month or $96/year.
Qept is a superior free choice for basic note-taking and checklist-using users.