5 Reasons I left LiquidText for MarginNote

5 reason I am leaving LiquidText for MarginNote 3

1. No Cloud Backup 

LiquidText lacks backup (manual or automatic) to any Cloud service. It is necessary to keep a backup of your documents. Anything can happen to your device and it’s comforting to know your notes and work is safe. 

2. No iCloud Syncing

In 2019, I don’t think this should even be something to complain about. It is unbelievable! One of the perks for going paperless is the ability to work

on projects using multiple devices. I started this article on my MacBook Pro then switched to my phone and I’ll probably finish it on my iPad. Whatever device I choose, wherever I am, I can keep working. That’s not possible with LiquidText. 

3. Lags With Massive Files

This issue is not unique to LiquidText though. Most PDF readers slow down with too many or large documents. That’s not to say we are used to it. LiquidText takes too long to load documents and sometimes freezes completely. 

My current workspace has fifteen documents; seven of them are textbooks. They are too much for the app. I have this many textbooks in one workspace because this is the best way to organise work in LiquidText. It saves space on my iPad. 

4. LiquidText Takes Up Too Much Storage Space

I only have two workspaces in LiquidText and they are taking a lot of space on my iPad. MarginNote 3 has more documents but is not taking up as much space. Much like the case with Notability and GoodNotes, where GoodNotes generally just makes bigger files. 

5. No Bookmarking  

If there is, then it is the most hidden bookmarking icon in any app I’ve encountered so far, which defeats the purpose of having the icon in the first place! A PDF annotation app without bookmarking. Unbelievable! Bookmarks ease our navigation through PDFs.

Since I have to move my documents across my devices in Liquidtext manually, I have seen no point in using the app on my new iPad pro. It started freezing on me as well. I have since moved my documents to MarginNote 3 and it has become my new PDF reader to replace my Liquidtext, which I have used for almost two years. 

Comments · 10

  1. Hi 🙋🏻‍♂️ there…I have only tested margin notes 3 in trial mode and it’s very stable but it’s down side is it’s complicated user interface.
    On the other hand LiquidText user interface is simple and awesome. But it’s very BUGGY. It always crashes. When you make 20 plus pages ink notes in the workspace canvas and you have 10-15 books in the project, then the inking will be very laggy, eraser will not work, search function is completely broken etc. So it becomes literally unusable. The developers of the LiquidText are very nice people. They are trying their best but there is something fundamentally wrong that they can’t seem to rectify…After few months, I’ve stopped using LiquidText and switched over to GoodNotes for pdf annotations and notes.So the idea 💡 of LiquidText is great but it doesn’t work with big project’s containing pdf textbooks and after 20-30 pages ink notes in the workspace, the inking becomes horribly slow and eraser doesn’t work. Search in multiple documents and for tags is completely broken.literally unusable.
    May be in future, if GoodNotes doesn’t do well (at the time being I am reading,annotating big pdf textbooks without any issue!) then I may go towards margin note…Margin notes developers must work to simplify user interface to make it more user friendly. NOTE: hardware info: I have iPad 6 (2018) WiFi only model with 128gb ssd. I use it Apple Pencil 1.Thanks and regards.

    1. Yeah, LiquidText is a painful app because of all the bugs it’s had for years now. And MarginNote is very complex.

  2. LiquidText appears to be one of, if not the only iOS- and Windows-compatible PDF annotation / note-taking tools I’ve found. Are there others I’m missing? I’d be happy to bounce over to another program/app, because LiquidText is not great with customer interaction or providing accurate timelines on feature updates, even when their plans slip (e.g. sync feature promised for Sept 2020).

  3. Hey there –

    Really appreciate this. Nearly 2 years later, do you still use Margin Notes 3 as your dedicated PDF reader? Are there any other epub compatible note apps you recommend?

    1. Hello,
      I dropped out of med school so studying hasn’t been a part of my routine. I do hope try to study every chance I get, and for that, MarginNote is still my go-to app. If you don’t really want all the features in MarginNote but just want to read your ePub books, FBReader is a good option.

  4. Sorry to hear you dropped out, you seemed to be doing so well but I hope it’s for the better. Since I’m just starting school assuming I get in at 53 years old I decided to go paperless. After downloading LiquidText and MarginNote I think the clear winner is MarginNote since LiquidText crashes the last 3 text books (only one, first attempt at dragging a quote out in both of them) I’ve tried. MarginNote has come through sparklingly and I don’t find it too complicated.

    The downside to MarginNote in my opinion is its rigidity. A mind map should be freely arrangeable and I do have iThoughts for that (and MN exports to iThoughts with links even). Still, I wish MN had freely movable mind map objects.

    Great channel by the way, it helped steer me in the right direction. Thank you.

    1. I am glad you find our content useful. 🙂
      MarginNote is very rigid, that is true. Never thought of it before.
      I dropped out after I found my passion so it’s cool. While I have always loved studying and learning new things, I had never imagined myself working in the medical field, so no hard feelings on my end. Let’s hope you get into your program. What do you want to study?

      1. I’m a former UX researcher, I got into photography which is my passion, and now I’m going to study international business management. I’ve always had a distaste for management but now that I’m studying it I realise it’s all about personal growth. I love humanity and people and I hope that I will be able to lead and teach others as they grow.

        I’m a lifelong learner myself. I have Atlas.ti on my computer just because I love to study things in detail. Since I just discovered Marginnote and Liquidtext I realised that they are less than something like Atlas.ti but more usable in a way that allow for faster connections to be made.

        I’m curious what your passions are but that is just me wanting to learn about people. As a former UX person I’m fascinated with how people learn things and grow.

        1. I am very passionate about understanding how things work. It was why I chose to study medicine in the first place. But really, it doesn’t matter what it is, I always want to know why it works and why it doesn’t. Even with people. And now that curiosity has been channelled to apps and it’s become my biggest passion. And every time I get an opportunity to talk to people… I think that sums me up. Probably oversimplified.
          I will check out Atlas.ti to see how it compares to MarginNote and LiquidText.

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