VoodooPad on Chromebook

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Tom Broad

14 Dec, 2017 01:05 PM

OK, first of all I realize that what I'm about to say probably requires a complete re-write of the code, in fact I'm not even sure of exactly what I'm requesting, but regardless I'll begin a discussion ...

I *live* in VoodooPad on my MacBook. Years worth of notes on projects, speeches, research, all linked together in easily accessible Wikis. But at the same time I feel trapped in the MacOS/iOS ecosystem. My latest foray is into the world of Chromebook, which finally seems to be moving toward a more mature platform. As with any platform change, there is the quest to replace old apps with new ways of doing things, but there is no replacement for VoodooPad -- its just too good. Right now I'm exporting as HTML into a shared "cloud folder" so I can at least access my old materials, but I cannot edit.

Last year Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time, and that trend appears to be continuing. Anything in the planning process to support the burgeoning Chromebook / Android market?

  1. 1 Posted by Colin on 14 Dec, 2017 04:36 PM

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    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for reaching out to us! Chromebook and Android support isn't scheduled for an upcoming VoodooPad update right now, but I'll pass your request along to my team and we'll see if we can support more platforms in the future.

    All the best,
    Primate Labs Inc.

  2. 2 Posted by rem on 14 Dec, 2017 08:50 PM

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    While select Chromebooks are getting support for Android apps, not all of them will, so any app targeting Chromebooks specifically would have to be a webapp. Also, even though Chromebooks are retaining Chrome App APIs (for now), Google is recommending that developers create 'Progressive Web Apps' instead going forward. VoodooPad is very much a Cocoa/Mac app, so I'm guessing the developers would have to establish a new/separate codebase for a webapp version.

  3. 3 Posted by Colin on 18 Dec, 2017 09:20 PM

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    It would certainly be a substantial undertaking to support Chromebook, but we're always eager to hear suggestions for new features or platforms -- there's no telling what will be feasible in future.

    Primate Labs Inc.

  4. 4 Posted by Kent Sandvik on 24 Dec, 2017 07:41 PM

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    Chromebooks basically use web-enabled applications so it would be a massive rewrite of VoodooPad code with a web backend or sqllite and Javascript. Performance-wise it would also be slower.

    There's one option of possibly open-sourcing the data format of VoodooPad so others could write server/client solutions but that's really up to the nice company that now took over VoodooPad and they need support and especially revenues for maintaining and developing VoodooPad.

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