It's always nice to hear that software becomes Open Source â€“ so that everyone can read it's code and can help improving it. Same goes for Simplenote now.
At Automattic, we have a saying:
We don't make software for free, we make it for freedom
In this spirit,Â we are announcing today that all of the official Simplenote client appsÂ are now Open Source Software under the GPLv2 license. In addition to the previously open sourced Electron app, you'll now find the source code for the iOS, Android, andÂ macOSÂ applications on our GitHub page.
We love using Simplenote at Automattic and hope that we can build a great community of contributors from around the world to help make the apps even better.
Simplenote is, like it's name says, a simple note making app from Automattic, the company behind WordPress, Gravatar and some other great tools and websites. It has clients for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows / Linux.
The sources for the apps can be found here:
- Android:Â https://github.com/automattic/simplenote-android
- iOS: https://github.com/automattic/simplenote-ios
- macOS:Â https://github.com/automattic/simplenote-macos
- Windows/Linux (based on the Electron framework):Â https://github.com/automattic/simplenote-electron
Simplenote or Google Keep?
Although I very appreciate this step by Automattic and I also think Simplenote is a quite nice app, with great features, I will stick to Google Keep.Â My reason for that: I already use Google Keep since it's birth and I'm happy with it. I don't miss any feature and it has become my favorite note app, so it's well integrated in my routine.
But nevertheless Simplenote seems like a promising app, with a lot of potential to become a star one day. So if you think, it might be an interesting app, feel free to test it, I did it too!