I’m struggling with this, too. Even with the newest versions across all iOS, Mac and Windows I’m running into annoying formatting inconsistencies between the three time and time again. For example setting headings on iOS renders these with 24pt on Windows and 32 on the Mac despite the fact that I’ve set a 12pt base font both on Windows and Mac. Also these headings (from iOS) seem to come with a paragraph padding that neither the Windows nor the Mac version offer tools to control (or reliably remove). An the convert to plain-text option (cmd-shift-f on the Mac, “In reinen Text umwandeln” in the German lang file, don’t know what it’s called in English) doesn’t really seem to do that and, at least for me, works in strange and unpredictable ways instead.
So here’s a little wish list:
- Include one (or better: two, a monospace font, too) nice non-serif (non-Windows) base font in Windows and Mac (better yet all, iOS and I guess Android too) versions with same preconfigured base font sizes on both/all platforms
- Clean up the “quick-access” font-menus on both Windows and Mac; the Windows version shows every font installed which makes it hard to use, the Mac version only shows a small selection but a very strange one (lots of “Windows” fonts, the only monospace font it Andale Mono?!)
- A “style” (heading, subheading etc.) selector similar to the one in iOS across the board (but without strange paragraph paddings, please)
- A true remove formatting option
- An option for true plain-text notes including, and this is really important, support for (Multi-)Markdown
- Also please have a look at the keyboard shortcuts (e.g. for text formatting, in-/decreasing font size) in the non-English Windows version, some of them don’t seem to work
hi. welcome to the forums!
unfortunately, formatting is inconsistent, and there are quirks even within clients (ios and mac seem to have the most issues for me). it is frustrating, especially when you primarily take plain text notes and still run into problems. sometimes a note gets so messy (some hidden gremlins in the enml) that it is just better to run everything through a text program (or use formatmatch) and start a new note.
one solution i have found that works pretty well is to set my mac preferences to (courier new 14) and use templates whenever possible. andale mono (as far as i know) doesn't exist on windows. courier new is universal (except for ios, which interprets it as some sans-serif font like arial). i have a bunch of templates for my most common notes, and i just copy paste when i need a new one.
the problem? well, don't use colors, bold, or anything else. if you do, then when you copy/paste on the ipad to make a new note using the template (you cannot just copy a note) the formatting will be all messed up, and you have very little control over things. no font control. no color control. one day, all of my notes were in red, because i foolishly colored something red while using the mac. *sigh*
i am sure they are working on it, though! so, there is hope
in the meantime, as much as possible, i recommend sticking to simple stuff without styles: courier new and plain text.