I continued to think about the kind of notes infrastructure I wanted after I dropped my daughter at her bus stop. To my mind, DevonThink continues not to have a reasonable syncing solution just yet between its Mac and iOS apps. What I want is an app that syncs for me without me remembering to, and syncs quickly so I can jot an idea down on one device and it is available fairly quickly to all devices.
I also realized that there is a tension here that I had not previously identified: I do like my text to look like something more than text. The same thing that befuddles me about ebooks, every page looking like any other page because there is no pagination, is also what keeps me from embracing an all-text setup like Ulysses. Pagination, design, matter to me.
Evernote wins on both the above, but it loses on structure within a document and it loses on being able to own the infrastructure.
What I really want is a sync-able OmniOutliner, I think.