As a non-programmer, and frankly, someone who’s not that tech-savvy, I found the overall interface, or lack thereof, to be somewhat of an obstacle in my decision for integrating RemNote into my learning arsenal. I come from the world of old-school Microsoft products, i.e., OneNote, where the common functionalities are visually laid out at the top of the page in a ribbon-like menu. If I needed to enter a molecular formula for chemistry, then I would simply select the superscript and subscript options to format ionic charges and the number of atoms accordingly; whereas, in RemNote, the only way to access such formatting options is to enter a piece of LaTeX code every single time. This literally forces the user to learn a new language. That being said, I am slowly learning how to adapt to this there’s-a-keyboard-shortcut-for-that ecosystem; however, I remember as a first-timer, the graphically-minimalistic / code-centric aspect of RemNote was definitely a point of friction in my ability to justify employing it as an all-in-one program for note-taking and studying. That, and the occasional bouts of instability, which has been minimal lately with all of the bug fixes. Thank you, devs.
All in all, I think RemNote still has a lot of valuable functionality to offer for students like me, who are not that well-versed in any programming language. It would be extremely useful to have more graphical interfaces for beginners and cavemen like me, and the option to turn off such interfaces for those technically-gifted individuals. Spaced repetition and active recall via flashcards and outline were the two biggest selling points, both of which have ultimately swayed me into choosing RemNote over similar programs like Notion, but I can see how someone else in similar shoes can be turned off by “steep learning curve.”