We don't disagree that there is a market for a cross-platform handwritten note taking app! We would love for Squid to be available on all platforms. We're a small team and we don't currently have the resources to expand to Windows (or iOS). We hope this will change someday!
We currently support creating and restoring backups to/from Google Drive via the local backup settings: http://feedback.squidnotes.com/knowledgebase/articles/1185616
I understand that this does not meet everyone’s needs. Adding support for Google Drive to the automatic backup options is something we continue to investigate.
I recently wrote an open letter to Cloud Storage providers on this subject: https://medium.com/steadfast-innovation/open-letter-to-cloud-storage-apps-on-android-a2d0eb919fc4
Please encourage your favorite cloud storage provider (i.e. Google Drive) to fully support the Android Storage Access Framework (as stated in the above letter). This will not only help us to better support backup and restore to ANY cloud app, but will help the ecosystem as a whole.
Hi Chris - We do have partial support for Drive via the SAF (at least as much as Drive currently supports). See http://feedback.squidnotes.com/knowledgebase/articles/1185616
I know you're asking for Drive SDK integration. This is definitely something we're still investigating. We're just *also* trying to get Drive (and others) to fully support the SAF at the same time since this would be the preferred, and frankly better, solution.
I understand what you're saying about users not caring about the internal problems that engineers deal with. However, I'm hoping that some % of you do care and will help put pressure on Google (and others) to fully support the SAF.
Honestly, our current Cloud Backup solution has issues. It works great when you start out, but the more notes you take, the larger the backup becomes. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as only backing up what's changed due to the way our internal data is stored. This is also something we're investigating (and have been for a while), but having support for the SAF would go a long way towards improving this. This is because we could simply create a backup and save it locally to Storage Provider X (e.g. Drive). Then Storage Provider X would do what they do best: manage syncing any changes to the cloud in an efficient manner.
This is something we’ve been investigating since the app’s inception and we continue to investigate constantly. Syncing is a very difficult problem to solve, especially in regards to handwritten notes which can be combined with images and text. I don’t have any kind of ETA for when syncing will be supported, but rest assured this is a high priority for us. We appreciate all your feedback on this idea.
@Sean Ferguson No news. I 100% agree with you though. Syncing is a big thing. It would be awesome to sync notes between devices, especially now with Android apps coming to Chromebooks.
As I've mentioned, this is something that's constantly at the top of our minds and that we're continually investigating. It's really difficult to do correctly and we want to do it right.
I know that's not the answer you want to hear, but rest assured, this is just as important to us as it is to you all (if not more so). We wish we had sync years ago! But alas, it's not that simple.
Sorry for taking so long to post an official response on this idea. Thanks Shiraz for suggesting posting an update/explanation. Please continue to provide your feedback!
It sounds like you want to customize which screen Squid opens to by default. However, just so you know, you can already add shortcuts to open directly to a specific notebook. To do so, just long press on your device's homescreen and choose add shortcut/widget (wording varies depending on the device) and choose Squid's "open notebook" shortcut.
Thanks for your feedback Peter. Yes, we wanted to merge similar ideas of additional notebook organization to keep the votes and comments in one place. This includes ideas for sub-folders/notebooks, tags/labels, etc. We're still investigating the best way to implement this and would love to hear everyone's feedback on the topic.
I agree that simple nested folders/notebooks is probably not the right solution. On Papyrus for Windows we introduced labels for notes (where a note can be part of more than one label).