Simple, practical, private and sync-able that is Sorting Thoughts - a note taking app for private notes.
Sorting Thoughts is a personal information and knowledge management app. It is designed to manage your thoughts such as moments of sudden inspirations, tasks, events, projects and anything else you may think of.
The main aim of Sorting Thoughts is on delivering a trustworthy tool for your daily life in the knowledge-based society through security and simplicity. Furthermore, the sync service of Sorting Thoughts lets you sync all entries between multiple iOS devices and the desktop version.
Privacy is a high value and for an app which collects personal notes essential. Sorting Thoughts abstains on cloud storage. All entered data stay on your device. The optional sync service used encrypted communication and a full end-to-end encryption. Only the device owner with the private key can decrypt the synced data. Additionally, the sync service collects no personal data like email addresses and the synced data will be automatically removed after a successful sync. The ensuring of privacy is a big concern for me as developer of Sorting Thoughts, because I'm a user too and enter my notes every day in Sorting Thoughts.
Security feature summary:
- no cloud storage
- usage of Apple Data Protection
- password protection (available with the Min Pack)
- the optional sync service used a full end-to-end encryption with standardized technologies like RSA, AES and SSL/TLS
Sorting Thoughts provides the following feature packs which are available via in-app purchasements:
== 1. Free Pack ==
With the free feature package you can manage simple thoughts in a single thought collection. This package provides only the basic features and it is ideal to testing Sorting Thoughts.
== 2. Min Pack ==
This package contains the password lock and color marker feature. It is ideal for users who want only manage simple thoughts with a password lock.
== 3. Max Pack ==
This package contains all features of Sorting Thoughts but without the sync service. It is ideal for user who needs a powerful note taking app for the daily life.
Color marker - lets you mark thoughts with colors in the thought navigation tree
Password lock - allows the locking of a collection
Muliple collections - create multiple collections to separate work and private thoughts
Projects, tasks and events - manage your projects, tasks and events and see what are your next tasks
Attachments - add photos to your thoughts
Tagging - use tags to find thoughts quicker
Sub thoughts - create thought trees for a better thought structure
Thought versions - remember the thought changes to reconstruct a train of thought
Apple Watch - see a quick summary of your next tasks
== 4. Max Pack + Sync Service ==
With a one month or one year subscription you get all features of the "Max Pack" and the sync service. The sync service let's you sync thoughts between iOS devices and the desktop version of Sorting Thoughts 2.0. Your thought collections are synchronously on all your iOS devices and you can work across multiple devices.
The service is developed by the 'privacy first' principle, that means no personal data are needed and the data transfer is completely end-to-end encrypted. Only the device owner can decrypt the sync data because only the owner holds the private key. Furthermore, the sync data will be deleted after a successful sync or after 30 days if the target device don't pick-up the data.
The sync service fulfilled the strict European and German data protection guidelines.
Sorting Thoughts needs iOS 9 and is available for all iOS 9 devices. It comes in German or English.
Many thanks for using Sorting Thoughts. This update brings a few bug fixes:
- added support for the new Apple devices
- added support to attach HEIC photos
Ratings and Reviews
Has potential but early in development
The apps use isn't as intuitive as I thought and as previously stated the English documentation is still a work in progress.
I wish the features had a trial period with how early in development this is. Also while the encryption is a great feature iOS already has a cloud storage and sync feature. If the object (note / "thought") is encrypted at rest why do I need to use a third party sync service?
For me the app is still too early in the dev cycle to spend money on the features that set this app apart. Will definitely check back in periodically though.
No idea how to use - German instructions
Locking has to be done manually
Developer Response ,
I'm sorry that the English version of the documentation is not complete yet. If you have any questions, you can use the in app support function which is reachable via the question mark icon on the start page.
- Hendrik Ebel
- 11.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Hendrik Ebel
- In-App Purchases
- Max Pack $6.99
- Min Pack $0.99
- Max Pack + Sync 1 month $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.