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Qept is a simple note-taking app where you have to write to yourself

Developer Willem de Beyer has created a new notes app called Qept, focused on this DM-to-yourself phenomenon.

People have a habit of using messaging apps to send something to themselves. So much so that chat apps like WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram have built-in note-taking features. Developer Willem de Beyer has created a new notes app called Qept, focused on this DM-to-yourself phenomenon.

According to the developer, while popular chat apps offer the ability to send messages to yourself, Qept is better when it comes to organizing and editing notes. He says the app also allows for quick to-do lists to easily plan grocery shopping or daily tasks.

As with any other communication app, you can start typing and hit send to write a note or thought. There is a handy checkbox above the text box that makes it easy to create a checklist or to-do list. You can assign a “topic” to a note to better organize it, but this is optional.

All notes – with or without a topic – are displayed on the main timeline. Users can edit them even after saving them. According to de Beyer, in a future update, the app will allow users to hide or minimize notes. Users will also be able to easily show/hide archived notes with a single tap.

Updates to be released in the next few weeks include improved appearance and navigation, a filter for archived notes, the ability to add a reminder to a note, and the ability to add bullets as a formatting option. De Beyer plans to release the Mac app later this year and launch features such as note search, bulk editing, and link support.

Users can download the app for free, but to add more than three themes, they will have to pay $7.99 per month. According to the developer, he plans to add more professional features such as image and file support in the future.

Functionally, Qept is similar to Stashpad, which last year raised $1.8 million from Alex Solomon (CTO of PagerDuty), Will Larson (CTO of Calm) and others. However, Stashpad is geared more toward developers and limits free use on a device to 50 notes. By paying $10 per month or $96 per year, you can get unlimited note synchronization and professional features.

Qept is the best free option for users who need basic note-taking features and often rely on checklists to complete tasks.