When comparing Notebooks vs SnippetsLab, the Slant community recommends SnippetsLab for most people. In the question“What is the best note taking app for Mac?” SnippetsLab is ranked 19th while Notebooks is ranked 20th.
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Pro You control how to sync the data - better privacy
With Notebooks, you choose how to sync your data, which means that you can do it using a privacy-friendly service, such as SpiderOak, Tresorit, Sync.com or iDrive, which sync your data using end-to-end encryption. This means that although they use their servers to sync your data, their servers store an encrypted version to which the service does not hold the key. Your data stays private.
Pro Powerful and grows according to your needs
Notebooks have many features including WYSIWYG editing and Markdown support. While these may be considered power-user features, they are there if the user ever needs them. This makes the app versatile, as it can appeal to the user who just wants to take notes just as much as the user who needs to edit complicated documents.
Pro No recurring fees
There are no reoccurring fees connected to this app: pay once for the platform you would like to use it on, and that's it.
Pro Available on multiple platforms
As an Evernote alternative, Notebooks is available on iOS as well as OS X and Windows operating systems. This makes for a convenient way to manage one's notes or tasks on multiple devices
Pro Supports Markdown
Pro Simple and good UI
Nothing extra fancy, does what it needs to do
Pro Sync snippets through Dropbox
Sync through iCloud.
Pro Alfred Integration
Makes for extremely fast pasting of code snippets and SQL queries.
Pro Great Language Support
Supports almost every language that you can think of.
Pro Fragments support
The ability to add sub-snippets within an entry is something I did not realize that could be so useful. Many other similar products lack this feature.
Pro Compact UI
Nice UI options that let you hide certain things, go compact, hide notes and tags etc.
Pro Option to add your own Markdown stylesheet.
Pro A lot of customization options, the menubar assistant is amazing
Easy to customize many things such as how editing, search, and the menubar app works. New theme customizations.
Con No Linux support
Not able to install on any Linux-based OS.
Con Each platform app has an individual cost
Say if you want to use the desktop app on OSX, that will have an individual cost. This cost does not carry over if the Windows app needs to be used as that has its own cost as well. Basically you have to pay for each platform you want to use this app on. While there are no recurring fees, the individual cost for each platform can add up.
Con Cloud sharing has to be done with a third party
Notebooks does not provide its own synchronizing and back-up. The user will therefore need to use a service (such as Dropbox) which has built-in support, but which is a service not connected with the creators of this app.
Con Lacking support for other platforms
Con No iOs version available
Con Closed source
Con No support for placeholders in snippets
Con No gist batch support
Con You cannot create Tag Groups
Tag Groups enhance usability once a lot of tags have been collected
Con Bad gist import
Gist import data isn't adaptable. So the imported snippets could get named very ugly.