A. The Problem and The Pitch
How do you take notes? 📝
Do you write in a notebook? But prefer the freedom of a big blank sheet of paper for ideation? 💭
Or do you write in Notion? But prefer the infinite canvas of Miro/Figjam for ideation? 💥
If its a yes to either of those, you’re going to love what’s in store today!
One of our core tenets as humanity is our ability to think critically and creatively.
Creative ideas can build on each other like legos. And composability is to creativity as compounding is to finance. To be able to compose ideas progressively requires us to have a big picture view. An infinite canvas.
A notebook or a Notion doc forces you to converge on a single view of your document. A big blank sheet of paper or Miro’s infinite canvas, on the other hand, unlocks the ability to do divergent thinking in the same document. Composing ideas from other ideas.
However, for the longest time, these two worlds have been kept separate 🤷
Bounded text and infinite canvas. Writing and thinking. Notion and Miro.
But now, we finally have a solution that truly helps us think 🤔 and write 📝. In one place.
☘️ Enter Clover ☘️
Clover is the all-in-notebook designed for creative minds. It is Notion meets Miro. It’s spatial workflow unlocks powerful thinking without sacrificing knowledge management.
It is a text-first tool. So it does everything you’d expect from one. And much much more! 🥳
In contrast to white-boarding tools, Clover offers robust markdown support, rich-text formatting, interactive media embeds, code blocks with syntax highlighting, networked pages with backlinks, a slash ‘/’ inserter, drag and drop lines, inline tasks, and whatnot.
B. What's special?
Clover☘️ makes brainstorming fun again by letting you write on images, add text anywhere on the image, and even resize any object! All objects can be edited directly with the simple yet powerful editor; everyone can contribute 🥳 to your ideas regardless of their design or tech skills.
#1 🎨 The Surface: Clover introduces a 'surface' - a new style of note-taking without borders, allowing you to combine text editing, a brainstorm ready whiteboard, & intuitive workflows that just don't exist in the app space yet. It is perfect for visualizing ideas, organizing information, gantt charts, mapping out user flows, back-of-the-napkin ideation, sketch-notes, and more.
#2 🗓️ Daily Notes - A doc per day to take notes, log journal entries, and plan work with due dates and automatic task rollover. You can also add inline tasks - todos within your notes for simple and intuitive task management. And then add due dates and tasks will show up on your Daily Notes. It's a great way to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
#3 🔥 Fast, universal note and search: You can record a note or task from anywhere. You can even tell Clover what day you’d like the note added to using plain language. And then search the text within all your pages to quickly jump directly to a specific block. (Your move, Figma! 👀)
#4 📱 Cross platform availability: Desktop (Mac & windows), mobile, and web app. And they’re still in beta!
A quote from their App Store listing probably sums it up best:
C. What's more?
#1 🙌 Clover belongs to the YCombinator S20 batch and is founded by ex Invision-ers, Tom Giannattasio and Adam Christ.
#2 🔭 Here’s Clover’s view on building the next generation of text-based tools that enable a creative workflow. Their goal is to make it easier for you to manage your ideas from beginning to end with a single tool, so you can spend more time in flow and less time switching between apps.
#3 😍 Clover has quickly become a favorite among creatives:
D. What's next?
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