Milanote—the notes app for creative work (v1.0)

6 months ago from , Co-founder & CEO at Milanote

Today I'm excited to announce that Milanote v1.0 is live!

Milanote is based on the idea that behind every great piece of design work is a lot of research, thinking and planning that is often messy, unstructured and takes time to evolve. Milanote is much more visual, flexible and tactile than similar products. We've really tried to reproduce the feeling of working on a wall in a creative studio.

The response to our recently DN post asking for beta testers was fantastic - we fixed a bunch of bugs and got some great ideas for the future. As a special thanks to the DN community for your support, you can use the promo code dn20 to get 20% off forever (if you upgrade to a pro account before March 1).

I'd also love to hear any feedback you have on the product!

34 comments

  • N SN S, 6 months ago

    I have been using Milanote since December and it has completely changed the way I catalogue my headspace. Initially I was looking for an alternative to Evernote but Milanote is much more than a static document repo. The component based information blocks mixed in with an infinite canvas means this tool can be harnessed for almost any application. Spend five minutes with this thing and you'll never look back. To Ollie, Michael and the Milanote team - Cheers! Very excited to see how this evolves.

    6 points
    • , 5 months ago

      Thanks N S! :D

      1 point
    • Mike AclerMike Acler, 6 months ago

      Do you have any experience with RealtimeBoard? I am evaluating both tools and need some perspective...

      0 points
      • N SN S, 5 months ago

        I have not used RealtimeBoard so I can't compare them.

        0 points
      • David Phuah, 24 days ago

        I've signed up to both of them and still in the process of putting it through real life situations. I'm on Realtimeboard's Premium subscription and Milanote Premium as well. How have you found them? In my view I find Milanote tidier but hugely limiting. It's great for smaller boards and boards that need the boards within boards for organising. However there are some HUGE UX and usability issues. The arrows placement is seriously lacking - you can't lock on to specific parts of the cards. There is no way to organise how cards sit on top one another - accept the last modifiedis always on top. It's good for highly visual presentation where you are using images and text ONLY. It's also easier to VIEW the app - although lack of a zoom means that larger more complicated boards are a pain to view. I find realtimeboard cheaper and far more versatile - if messier and a little overwhelming for some users. However all commands are displayed clearly in a menu. There are a lot more options for creating a decent board but never too overwhelming for new users. There are less restrictions in sticky not sizes and also has shapes, zooming and more customisable visuals. Most importantly is that it except word docs, pdfs, google docs. In fact many of these files are displayed as a preview INSIDE the board!

        1 point
  • Roman Davydko, 6 months ago

    Finally someone have made a product to collect thoughts, references and inspiration, build mind maps and storyboard where you can place pieces however you like. As a designer, I think with pictures. And those picture are arranged in the space depending on their relationships. Not just in one column, as every single note-taking and reference collecting app does! You have the freedom and tools to fill you canvas however you like. Add easy and well designed collaboration and you'll get Milanote — best notes app for creatives.

    5 points
  • Mitchell KnightMitchell Knight, 5 months ago

    Looks great. I just wish it were a standalone app I could purchase instead of SaaS. I've been using Mischief to do similar digital boards.

    2 points
  • , 5 months ago

    Thanks everyone—we're also live on Product Hunt, take a look here

    2 points
  • Marc Olivier L.Marc Olivier L., 5 months ago

    Started using it in December and it quickly became an integral part of my workflow. Can't wait to see what you guys have in store for us!

    2 points
  • John PJohn P, 5 months ago

    Great work, looking forward to trying it out on a proper project.

    1 point
  • Daniel LevyDaniel Levy, 6 months ago

    Super nice!

    1 point
  • Jacqueline Matuszak, 5 months ago

    I've been using Milanote for a few weeks now and I really like it. The product feels incredibly polished. Nice work. :)

    1 point
  • Chris VaseyChris Vasey, 5 months ago

    This is amazing!

    1 point
  • Andrew C, 5 months ago

    Great idea for a product and the general design seems great. How do you want us to give feedback?

    1 point
  • Shaun Smylski, 5 months ago

    A note taking app that can be as messy as your desk in several dimensions.

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    I like it.

    1 point
  • Jason MJason M, 6 months ago

    Bloody beautiful work mate. You should all be extremely proud!

    1 point
  • Michael F, 5 months ago

    I use Milanote since a while. It's really perfect!

    1 point
  • Andrew CkorAndrew Ckor, 5 months ago

    I see my board becomes very chaotic, pretty soon

    0 points
  • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 5 months ago

    Congrats on the release!

    Although it seems you have different goals, the end product seems to be in the same space as RealTimeBoard.

    How do you see your product compared to theirs?

    0 points
    • Ollie Campbell, 5 months ago

      Definitely some similarities, but I've personally always found RealTimeBoard/Mural/etc to be a bit too "literal" in terms of how they've moved post-it notes to the screen.

      We're trying to do something similar (in terms of allowing spatial relationships between information) but without the legacy that you get by copying paper.

      Hope that makes sense!

      1 point
      • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 5 months ago

        Yeah, it does make sense! RealTimeBoard feels a bit cluttered for me, in the sense that they try to emulate a whiteboard a bit too much.

        Excited to start trying Milanote :)

        1 point
  • Andrew C, 5 months ago

    There's definitely a need for this. Iterate as fast as you can.

    0 points
  • Taj Rahman, 5 months ago

    Awesome! This should be really useful for my final year project in university!

    0 points
  • Antti Kareinen, 5 months ago

    This is awesome! Was able to write down every single idea from our brainstorming Slack channel in 20 mins! I saw you already have pretty vast list for upcoming features, but one thing I was definitely missing was possibility to alt+drag a column to duplicate it. Would be extra handy when compiling a list with same kind of formatting on each column. Maybe it would be possible with the Mac app?

    Anyway, superb job! Will most likely have to get that subscription before March then!

    0 points
  • Surjith S MSurjith S M, 5 months ago

    Looks great! just signed up!

    2 Questions.

    1. How to search boards?
    2. How to add curved arrows like this image

    Thank you :)

    0 points
  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, 5 months ago

    This is the note taking approach I always wanted Evernote to be. Very excited to use this.

    0 points
  • Alex HoffmanAlex Hoffman, 5 months ago

    Just started using it to organize a new project I'm starting, this is fantastic! This reflects much more how I think about design and information, so much better than my previous workflow.

    Have you thought about a multi-selection tool? It'd be real nice the be able to move multiple cards and boards around or to another board all at once.

    Also, I love to use emojis and I noticed there seems to be a weird bug with pulling up the emoji keyboard on a mac. It's like it's putting all the different variations on top of each other. Other than that, copying and pasting them seems to work fine.

    Congratulations and thanks for making such a cool tool! I look forward to seeing it grow :D

    0 points