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Building NoterBox

NoterBox is an "Inbox" style note-taking application with file attachments.

Featuring an anti-social design (yup, minimum sharing), single user only, NoterBox is made to be your personal "Google". The concept is very simple: send any type of information to NoterBox and find it later through a powerful search engine when needed.


Currently work in progress (it has been for the last couple of years or so since I am the only dev), there is still a long way to "finish". I am not a professional developer and I am working on this as a side-project, in between my full-time day job and family time.

Without comparing oranges with apples, I am aware that there are a lot of note-taking applications out there - starting with Evernote, OneNote, Notational Velocity all the way to Simplenote or CintaNotes, etc. The reason behind building NoterBox is a simple one: I wanted an app where I can easily attach files to my notes, and I could not find one. The key-word here is "easily".

Designed to be run as an "in-house" appliance and accessible from anywhere/any device - NoterBox can store your scanned documents, images, archives, plain text, and pretty much any sort of records you believe you will need later. Please note that NoterBox is not a "file-sync" app, but rather a "storage/retrieval " sort of application.

After all this time, since I have started the work on NoterBox, I can say that in spite of sounding like a very simple application - putting all the pieces together it has been (and it still is) a very challenging task.

Besides storing and handling information, there are so many other aspects to be considered: choice of front and back-end stacks, security, usage flow, UX, backup, etc. All these without restricting the user and keeping the interface as simplistic as possible. Sure, there are so many other ways to build an app... but it is the way I knew and at the same time I have tried to "stick" to the vision I have of the final product.

When I get the chance time, I would like to do a video presentation of the app on Youtube - but so far I only have the screenshot below.

Call for action:

If interested in joining forces with me to get this application further, please let me know - as there is still lots of room for improvement. I can be reached at, or on Twitter @IntranetsTalk.