I didn't realize Surfulater was C++. I know nothing about programming, I'm just talking out of my arse there...
But when I said it felt faster, I don't mean by actual time. If you measured it, I'm sure everything is just as fast as can be. I think your explanation is more accurate...I meant the editing experience is faster on other programs than on Surfulater.
Here's my suggestion: for captured material like html pages, it's good to have an editing mode and a viewing mode like there is now. However, for just plain notes, I'd prefer the editor to just always be in editing mode. As in, you don't have to click in and out whether it's the pencil or double-click or single-click or whatever. For just plain notes, you want to be able to go in and start typing, I don't think you want the user to feel any interruption. Just like this forum's quick reply box--I know if I click inside it, I can just start typing away. That's what I'm talking about.
I can definitely see how Surfulater will have an easier and more successful time with true notetaking in the future. I think these issues are present currently only because notetaking is a more recent feature of the program, which was initially intended for capturing information.
If you really think my suggestions are useful, I'll keep them coming, especially if you think they apply to the general userbase also, and not just myself.
On a completely different note, am I not capturing from the web correctly? I'm using Firefox, and when I highlight text and capture in Surfulater, it's fine. But when I capture pictures, there are a lot of those broken links (with the red "x"). What are the limits to capturing accurately from the source in the program? (I'd post a screenshot, but I've been having a hard time attaching files lately here). And the final question I wanted to ask is how to make everything in the right content pane smaller? I like things much smaller, compact, minimal than most, and everything in Surfulater on that right side is just too big for me.