As I have said above, I have had my pain along the way with Notes Plus not working for me and I suppose I was lucky to have places like this to warn me of potential issues with new features and problems people were having initially with the cloud backup and the new npn format. So I had waited quite a while after version 6 to move past version 5.something (5.6?). Prior to that I backed up everything I did in notes plus either to a .webarchive exported to google drive or by using iTunes to back up the folder hierarchy on a PC or Mac. Before I moved to the npn format I had adopted iCloud backup a good while after they got it nailed down -that I want to say was over a year after it was first available.
Once I had that working with the old format I had multiple complete sets of backups of my folder hierarchies initially on the cloud backups(google drive) and then also on separate PCs and Macs. I saw the carnage of others who got out on the bleeding edge and suffered for that.
Sorry I am not an early adopter with this app since it has been such an integral part of my life over the last seven years. Prior to that I journaled daily in a composition book with a pencil. On the iPad I initially used capacitive styluses and for a while a Bluetoooth Adronit stylus, but then eventually settled on a Magnus which looks like a carpenter pencil, smaller/handier than the 53 pencil. Since I adopted Notes plus in 2013 whenever it would break I would be like stunned by not being able to journal, like I couldn’t just go back and use the good old tried and true pencil and paper. So I was alway super slow to adopt any significant upgrade and I would alway wait to see how others were doing with it before I upgraded.
Apple Pencil of course blew it all away and I have never looked back on that. With a 12.9 inch iPad and first gen Apple Pencil I am a very happy NotesPlus user.
The only problem for me about this app as I have said in my review ‘is not having it(work)!’
So yes I have been super careful and always had my work backed up and never updated until I know things were more or less solid. I really only use this app to journal and I don’t push it to do anything fancy beyond handwriting. I am sure many of the folks who have had issues still with the app are probably pushing it to do any amount of the other cool things it can do, but I just don’t try that.
So I have never had an issue losing any of my notes, and well in order to say that now I just went and backed up all the notes I have not done recently to a separate PC(Mac actually today) off the cloud. It has actually been about 7 months since I last did that and this discussion has prompted me to take that extra cautionary step. So I has been like 7 months since I last was in a place where I was upgrading the iPad’s OS or something else that seemed like a significant step that may cause issues. I guess when I upgraded to iPad OS ‘13’ and also went to Catalina on my Mac I went through a number of back up operations to facilitate that.
I never had issues of duplicate notes either since I followed the basic steps I outlined above when I did migrate doing it in small chunks on a ‘clean slate’ and not trying to make the app do too much or attempt to interfere with it when it was performing the migrate.
I do remember needing to nudge it along as I suggested by going back into the auto back up area to review things (what’s uploading, downloading, converting or syncing) and then close the app and restart it and occasionally jiggle the migrate Botton if it seemed like it had stalled.
I don’t have any magical way to approach this… it was just a combination of scaling back the task that I was giving the migration process and being able to observe it doing a smaller job from start to finish and then feeding it another chunk that helped me to understand when the system needed jiggling and when to pop back between tools menu and auto backup pane.
I don’t usually have a lot of other apps running when I am journaling and yet I usually have a few of them going. I also have a pretty competent iPad which is a 2017 12.9 inch pro with 1/2TB storage so it has plenty of overhead. the App behaves as it should when multitasking and does not lose pages or data when doing so.
One other thing I think is part of the stability of my situation is having bent over and committed to iCloud and Apple for my backup. I think if I had a choice I would use OneDrive which has the best methodology to keep files on local systems to a minimum and using an on demand system when a file is brought locally. iCloud is much more greedy and hogs a huge amount of space locally and not just locally where you are but on any device that is connected to that iCloud account. They have actually been collaborating with Microsoft to help adopt MS’s ‘on demand’ Cloud system.
So where does the real praise come for Notes Plus? Well having screwed around with a number of things that use iCloud like iCloud Music Library and seeing how easy it is for that to get screwed up and how vulnerable it all is, I am truly amazed how I can be entering notes on my iPad and it is shuttling up to the cloud and then living in-between( in Caches in OS as well as iCloud) both of these places as intermediary entities and all along they are all getting synchronized with each addition of a stroke.
One of the problems I did have over the period of transitioning from version 5-6 and into cloud backup and npn format is that I could see that my iCloud folder was there on iCloud from within the Files app (NotesPlus Beta Folder) on the iPad, but I could not see that folder in iCloud Drive on a PC a Mac or via a browser on the web. I could see all my other iCloud folders on all of those devices but no Notes Plus Beta folder.
This I didn’t get too concerned about and just lived with it by creating an intermediary folder in my Files App on my iPad that would show up on my other devices’ iCloud Drive allowing me to copy/backup my data out of the notes plus beta folder for addional backups in the event that notes plus and iCloud failed. After a month or so of that being an issue it just healed itself miraculously? Just went away and things have been pretty hunky dory since.
Having said this and I hope explain why I ting Notes Plus is a solid app and the developers worthy of praise more than spite, ‘your milage may vary.’ This is just one more reason from praise as far as I can tell because we all bring som much variety to the mix I can’t begin to understand how it even works at all let alone works mostly as I expect it to on as regular basis.