The Archive

Note Taking: Nimble, Calm, Plain.txt

Note Taking is the bridge between thinking and crafting text. Take it seriously. You will be pleased how much you creative work will improve.

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Chaos is lurking. Being overwhelmed with information, projects and deadlines means chaos. Many don’t take note taking seriously. But good note taking is the antidote to chaos. With a good tool you can tame the chaos and impose your will. Not any longer overwhelmed by the problem but with a clear vision of the path, you will tackle blogposts, books, scientific articles, and research with grace and stay in command, rather than react to the chaos surrounding you.

The Archive will be a powerful yet very clean tool to take notes. You no longer will be overwhelmed but impose your order on the chaos of information. The Archive will enrich your workflow with competent note taking: Access knowledge in an instant and in order.

Take it seriously. Take notes. Take them well. Use The Archive, the weapon of the gods.

Christian & Sascha
Authors at Zettelkasten.de

Plain Text File Storage

You want your notes to be robust and made for eternity. Plain Text is the way to go. It’s the most robust and durable file format. It allows you to use Markdown which makes your life infinitely better anyhow.


Clean and Simple User Interface

In a distracted world, deep concentration becomes scarce and incredibly valuable. A clean and simple user interface is our small contribution to the value of your creative life.

Elegant Text Editor

Note-taking is writing. A big part of the life of a creative person is taking notes. A bit of beauty is not only nice to have but mandatory.

Swiss Army Knife of Note Taking

A tool should serve you, not the other way around. Use The Archive your own way and don’t be forced into unnatural habits. Note-taking, Getting Things Done, a thinking environment, or even as a database for entomology (scientific study of insects) – The Archive will do the job.

  • 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 nerds
  • Saved searches to switch between subsets of your notes
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Our Software Ethics

Update Policy: We have a vision of the first version of The Archive. We are very up front about the features that will be included in version 1 of The Archive. You can expect we implement all the features we announce for v1 and ship them as free updates. And we are bug hunters. We will do our best to kill all of them. Find out what we plan for version 1!

Version Policy: We don’t like the thought of selling a paid version 2 upgrade just because we need cash. We believe in being open and clear about our promises from the beginning. After the v1 is completed we will continue to ship stability updates and begin work on The Archive v2.

We value loyalty a lot! If you are a proud owner of this first release, you are part of the club. v2 will come with a nice discount for you. You will pay less for v1 + v2 combined than those who join in v2.

Backed by an Awesome Community

Our forums host cutting-edge discussion on the very nature of knowledge management. Join the fun and tell others about your journey, get feedback, and become part of a community of productive learners!

Here’s a couple of voices from around the Internet describing The Archive.

Once you’ve built up a critical mass of interlinked notes, you’ll discover you know things you didn’t even know you know!

Michael Grant, Consultant

It’s not just a blunt tool to mash words. It’s beautiful. It’s a pleasure to write words in such a well designed, and simple, interface. It’s fast and enjoyable to use. Now, excuse me while I go obsess over what a Zettelkasten is.

Gabe Weatherhead in a post at Macdrifter

The Archive will be the perfect tool for this lifelong decision, following the path of the text… :)

Leonardo Wolff

The Archive is relatively fiddle-proof, which is one of the reasons I find working with it productive, even if it doesn’t have all the features I want.

Galen Menzel

I have used many different editors for keeping up with my notes. Being a missionary, freelance programmer, and a tech-writer means I have all kinds of notes. The Archive does a great job and I use it all the time. Thanks for such a great product!

Richard Guay, Custom Computer Tools

As a lead developer and team member, I constantly take notes on the fly. The Archive gives me the ability to quickly make a note using markdown thanks to the clean interface. When I need to refer back to my notes the fast search gives me quick access to my library.

Peter Witham, Developer and Designer

The Archive blends the power and simplicity of nvALT with the elegance and efficacy of a digital Zettelkasten system to bring order and clarity to your note-taking system.

macosxguru, in a review at Bicycle For Your Mind

The Archive has great UI, themes, and full-text search. So I can quickly find notes.

Padraic Renaghan, on his blog
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