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Your phone is always in your pocket, making it the ideal notepad… With the right app, that is. JotterPad X works hard to be that app, with a distraction-free editing mode, Markdown and Fountain support, and a number of themes.

This is a busy niche for Android: We’ve previously looked at Draft Draft: A High-Quality, No-Nonsense Way To Keep Notes On Android, With Full Dropbox Sync Draft: A High-Quality, No-Nonsense Way To Keep Notes On Android, With Full Dropbox Sync I consider myself a discerning note-taker. If a note-taking application isn't just so, it can drive me crazy. This is where I'm supposed to tell you I'm on a never-ending quest to find a great... Read More , which is my current favorite in the category. There is also LightPaper Write & Preview Markdown In Style With LightPaper [Android] Write & Preview Markdown In Style With LightPaper [Android] A text editor should not get in your face. The more you notice it, the worse it is. The best ones are nearly invisible, staying out of the way and letting you become one with... Read More (which is available for Mac, too Lightpaper Is A Free Tabbed Markdown Editor For Mac Lightpaper Is A Free Tabbed Markdown Editor For Mac Still using Microsoft Word to write for the web? You're doing it wrong. Read More ) — another lovely and minimal editor. So is JotterPad X better?

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In some respects, it is. The themes certainly add something new, and the app has lots of animations and a distinct visual style. But this time, I’ve decided to show, rather than tell. To get a feel for what JotterPad X is like, watch this complete video review:

Writing is a very personal thing, and choosing a text editor is as subjective as choosing a notepad and a favorite pen. JotterPad X feels both mature (save for the Dropbox issue) and unique, giving it a real fighting chance in this crowded arena.

Are you going to try it out? Share your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to know what you thought of the video, too.

  1. Brendan
    March 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Just thought I'd report a typo--"I’ve decided to shwo, rather than tell"--and take a moment to enjoy the coincidence of finding this in a post about text editing (without judgment; this happens all too easily, unless it's Easter Egg ?).

    • Erez Z
      March 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks Brendan! It's not a typo, it's a word I invented! Do you like it? If so, shwo it to your friends!

      j/k :) Post fixed, thanks for the heads up! What do you think of the app btw?

    • Brendan
      March 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      It looks promising, though I am running a Galaxy s2. What device are you using in the review, and do you think it will work well with older devices? The app page suggests otherwise.

    • Erez Z
      March 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      That's a Xiaomi Mi3 - but yes, I think it would work with older devices, especially given that the S2 is not that old. In truth, though, the developer should know - so if Google Play won't let you install it, there must be a reason (compatibility).

  2. Jeromy
    March 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Erez Zukerman, JotterPad X uses official Dropbox API. It is a bug that is not yet fix by Dropbox. In order to connect it, you can uninstall Dropbox app and link JotterPad X via the Dropbox web login. Thanks!

    • Joe
      March 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Draft has the same issue. By the way, looks like the dev is no more active in further developing it.

    • Joe
      March 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Still no inline preview markdown editor for Android!

    • Jeromy
      March 29, 2014 at 3:21 am

      @Joe Inline preview markdown editor consumes too much memory. It will not be able to handle large text files especially for older devices. That's why no developer does that.

    • Tenyo M
      March 29, 2014 at 6:29 am

      Cool i want to buy this...

    • Erez Z
      March 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks for explaining, Jeromy!

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