Hi All !
I know we’ve been silent recently so I wanted to share a quick sneak peek into what’s going on with FoldingText.
We’ve been thinking hard about what the future of FoldingText looks like, and I’d like to share what we have at this point. This is not a release post; there are still rough edges and more work needs to be done before we can open it up for private beta. The good news is that I’m using it daily and it is very stable even now.
We believe FoldingText is far too powerful and expressive to be kept as a single document editor. FoldingText 3 will be a database backed application that allows you to take quick notes, and keep all FoldingText notes consolidated. FoldingText 3 will offer full text search for the database, and importing your existing documents will be trivial.
This is a fundamental change to how FoldingText is designed, but it opens up exciting opportunities with what we can do with FoldingText. Think autocompletion of tags across multiple documents, modes that can function without having a specific document open, attachments, linked documents, and much more. At this point in time, we’re just starting to think about what we’d like to introduce with the first launch, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see what kind of tools we build atop this. Of course we’d also love to get ideas from you about what you’d like to see in FoldingText 3.
FoldingText 3 is a major rewrite as well as a major re-imagination. To that end, extensibility and some existing features of FoldingText 2 may not be available at launch. It’s something we would still like to do, but to have full feature parity with FoldingText 2 will not be a trivial task and will delay the beta.
FoldingText 3 will also not be a free upgrade. The only way to ensure development can continue with FoldingText will be to have some sort of perpetual payment model. I’m afraid we’ve still to decide the specifics, but we believe that FoldingText can only thrive when customers support the development effort.
FoldingText 3 is also written in electron, so we aim to work on a windows version after the release of the Mac version.
We’ll keep you posted regarding the beta and when it’ll start. There’s a lot to do still, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek into what we’ve been up to.