Index is a clean, colorful app for organizing your ideas and digital content

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The makers of Index are hoping they’ve created the one app you’ll wish to get admission to all your information, notes and hyperlinks.

“We’re giving people a full control panel for the digital world,” founder Brian Cox instructed me.

Cox mentioned he in truth advanced Index for his personal non-public use 5 years in the past. And whilst he would infrequently give pals a reproduction, he was once too busy growing apps for different corporations (via his Sierra House Company) to do anything else extra.

After all, a few months in the past Cox and the remainder of the company made up our minds to show Index into a actual client product — a procedure that Cox mentioned was once speeded up through their acceptance into the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF, the place they only introduced Index on-stage.

In Cox’s phrases, the issue that Index is tackling is the truth that “our stuff is all over the place.”

Certain, there are many similar-sounding services and products in the market, but there are nonetheless quite a lot of instances once I’m studying an editorial on my pill and then combat to keep in mind what it was once once I’m on my pc, or once I understand I forgot to ship crucial doc from my pc to my smartphone. If truth be told, the ones more than a few note-taking, link-saving and document-sharing apps can also be tough too, once I combat to keep in mind the place particularly I stored one thing.

Index desktop screenshot

With Index, along with taking notes within the app itself, you’ll save your content from any software with simply the faucet of a button — although the provider is formally launching these days, it’s already to be had in iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox and internet variations, with plans for Mac and Home windows.

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After all, saving stuff is handiest helpful if you’ll in finding it in a while, so the whole thing will get stored in Index via an organizing concept of hashtags. You’ll be able to additionally get a little fancier through now not simply saving person internet pages but additionally internet searches, or through developing a segment with the newest content (like the newest TechCrunch articles) from a sure feed or API. And you’ll kind via all that content the usage of instructions like “/everything,” which displays you the whole thing you’ve stored.

If a few of these ideas sound like they had been impressed through Slack, Cox doesn’t attempt to cover it: “Something about them rubbed off on me so strongly. It’s a work chat app that’s so simple, so delightful.”

Through the years, Cox is hoping Index turns into extra and extra central to customers’ worklows. He mentioned he already makes use of the app as a non-public dashboard to control his day, beginning with trade duties like checking e-mail, then transferring directly to checking the elements and checking the scoop. He additionally has a dashboard for managing the whole thing associated with getting Index able for release at Battlefield.

And whilst this began out as a non-public mission, Cox mentioned it’s time to show Index into a venture-backed trade. The app is to be had for loose to everybody to start with, however if you wish to save greater than 237 pieces, you’ll wish to pay $2 monthly.

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Why 237? Cox mentioned it’s a “purposely random” quantity that his crew settled on as the purpose the place individuals are seeing “the real value” of Index, and he estimated that it will take “three to six months of regular usage” earlier than somebody reaches that prohibit.

Index mobile screenshot

Publish-launch, the Index crew will probably be including extra options round collaboration, and additionally taking a look to increase the platform through permitting customers to create their very own instructions.

Sooner or later, Cox needs Index to develop into an platform for intelligence amplification — particularly, generation that, against this to synthetic intelligence, complements human features. That would possibly sound lovely grandiose for a productiveness app, however the matter obviously fascinates Cox.

“We basically want to use all the possible tools to put machine learning on top of the human brain, not beside it,” he mentioned. “As time goes on, what we’re thinking every morning is: What can we do to further empower people, not to make another external intelligence stronger?”

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