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Tusk Evernote Client Updated, Is Now Available as a Snap

tusk evernote app main windowThe Tusk Evernote client is now available as a Snap. We spotlighted the unofficial Evernote app last year, finding that it added to and improved on the standard Evernote web app in a number of ways. Through the inclusion of optional themes, keyboard shortcuts, custom tweaks, a tray icon, and more, Tusk integrates the Evernote web […]

This post, Tusk Evernote Client Updated, Is Now Available as a Snap, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Whatever is an Unofficial Evernote App for Linux

Evernote is practically a by-word for being well organised and super productive — and not just in the minds of its 100 million users but among those who, like me, aspire to be. But with no official Evernote Linux app available it’s been left to the community to plug the productivity gap with unofficial alternatives, like NixNote, EverPad, NeverNote, and the Ubuntu Touch notes […]

This post, Whatever is an Unofficial Evernote App for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Turtl: Secure, Open Source Evernote Alternative

Turtl is a secure, open source Evernote alternative, available for Linux, Windows, Mac, and Android. An iOS version is “coming soon”. Firefox and Chrome bookmarking extensions are also available.

Turtl desktop application

The application, which is currently in beta, lets you keep your notes (with Markdown support for the note editor), website bookmarks, passwords, documents, photos, and so on, in a single private place.

Notes can be organized in boards, which support nesting, and can be shared with other Turtl users:

Turtl desktop application

You can also add tags to your notes. The Turtle search allows sorting by creation date, last edited date, or by tags.
Here’s the note editor (for a file note):

Turtl desktop application

So what about security? Turtl encrypts the data before storing it, using a cryptographic key, and the password is not stored on the server. Only you and those you choose to share with can read your data. You can read more about the Turtl security and encryption HERE.
The Turtl developers provide a hosted service for synchronizing your notes, which is completely free “until your profile grows past a certain size or you require certain features”. At the time I’m writing this article, the premium service is not available.
However, you don’t have to use the self hosted server – you can run your own Turtl server since it’s free, open source software, just like the desktop and mobile applications.
Turtl is not as feature rich as Evernote, however, quite a few new features are listed in its roadmap, like import/export to plaintext and Evernote data format, native PDF reader support, interface locking, and more.
I should also mention that the desktop application requires entering the password every time it’s started, which might be good for security reasons, but can be considered annoying by some.

Download Turtl

Download Turtl application (binaries available for Linux – 32bit and 64bit, Windows 64bit, Mac 64bit, Android, as well as Chrome and Firefox bookmarking add-ons)

To download the source code (desktop, mobile and server), report bugs, etc., see the Turtl @ GitHub.

Arch Linux users can install Turtl via AUR.

To install Turtl in Linux, extract the downloaded archive and run the “install.sh” script. Before installing it, make sure the ~/.local/share/applications folder exists:
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications

Important: installing Turtl with sudo makes the application runnable as root only, so either install it without sudo (somewhere in your home folder), or manually fix the permissions (you can take a look at the AUR package for what permissions to set).

For instance, to install Turtl in the ~/turtl folder, use the following command (assumes you’ve extracted Turtl in your home folder):

~/turtl-*/install.sh ~/turtl

You can use “~/.turtl” instead of “~/turtl” to install Turtl to a hidden folder in your home directory. Or you can hide the ~/turtl folder using a simple trick.

If Turtl doesn’t show up in the menu / Unity Dash, restart the session (logout / login).

thanks to orisha and Yackback @ Reddit

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Evernote Linux Client `NixNote` 2 Beta 5 Available For Download

NixNote is an unofficial Evernote client for Linux which was initially called NeverNote. The application was written in Java until NixNote 2, which is a complete rewrite in C++ using the Qt framework, having better performance and a reduced memory footprint as main goals. The application continues to use Java for encrypting and decrypting text, but that’s optional.

Nixnote2 Linux

Evernote is a popular note-taking service that supports saving text, full webpages, voice memos, video notes and more with a lot of useful features. There are official Evernote clients available for Windows, OS X, web (but it lacks many features) and mobile platforms but not for Linux.

Nixnote 2 beta 5, released recently, brings numerous bug fixes as well as various enhancements:
  • added the ability to email notes;
  • searching will now highlight PDF results;
  • added Print Preview & the ability to only print selected text;
  • notes that are marked as shortcuts are now visible in the tray icon;
  • added the option to use notify-send instead of Qt’s popup notification;
  • a colors.txt file can now be added to customize note background color options;
  • various GUI enhancements.

The latest Nixnote 2 beta also brings basic support for the nixnote2-cmd utility however, I should mention that this command line tool is not bundled with the NixNote 2 binaries.

For those not familiar with NixNote 2, here’s a quick list of important Evernote features supported by this app:
  • full synchronization of all notes and attachments;
  • the ability to create, edit and delete notes, tags, notebooks and saved searches;
  • the ability yo search notes and index attachments;
  • allows using the image text recognition features provided by Evernote;
  • supports multiple Evernote accounts.

Also, there are some Evernote features that aren’t available or work differently in NixNote 2, including:
  • slightly different search syntax (NixNote allows any term to be negated, where Evernote does not);
  • no Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn sharing;
  • audio notes are not directly supported (you can’t record audio notes through NixNote but you can use a note recorded with a different app as an attachment);
  • Ink notes can’t be implemented in NixNote because Evernote doesn’t provide an API for it.

Note: To enable syncing with Evernote, from the NixNote 2 menu select Tools > Synchronize and authenticate NixNote 2 with Evernote.

Download NixNote 2 beta

Download NixNote 2 beta 5 (deb, rpm and ebuild packages available)

Arch Linux users can install NixNote 2 via AUR: beta | git

To download the NixNote 2 source, report bugs and so on, see its GitHub page.

For more information on using NixNote 2, see its user manual (PDF).

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Geeknote: Command-Line Evernote Client

Geeknote is a command-line client for Evernote, useful to add notes to Evernote via Bash scripts, cron, applications that can’t directly use the Evernote SDK or to simply manage your Evernote notes from the command-line.

The tool supports all basic Evernote functions: it can create or delete notes, create notepads and tags, search notes (with filters) and of course, edit existing notes, but that’s about it. The application doesn’t support advanced features like adding attachments to your notes or downloading/opening existing attachments.

The default editor used by Geeknote is Nano, but you can change it to other console editors such as Vim, Emacs and so on and you can even use GUI text editors, like Gedit for instance.

Furthermore, Geeknote comes with a tool called gnsync, which allows synchronizing a folder containing text notes (it only works with text data!) with Evernote. This can be used to sync various logs or reports with Evernote under certain notebooks and add various tags automatically, but of course, there are many use cases for this.

Here are a few simple Geeknote examples (to simplify it, I didn’t add tags or notebooks):
$ geeknote create --title "Testing geeknote"
Note has been successfully created.

$ geeknote edit "Testing geeknote"
Note has been successfully saved.
$geeknote create --title "Testing geeknote 2"
Note has been successfully created.

$ geeknote find geeknote
Search request: intitle:geeknote
Total found: 2
1 : 22/09/2014 15:23 Testing geeknote
2 : 22/09/2014 15:24 Testing geeknote 2

$ geeknote show geeknote
Total found: 2
1 : 22/09/2014 15:23 Testing geeknote
2 : 22/09/2014 15:24 Testing geeknote 2
0 : -Cancel-
: 1
################## TITLE ##################
Testing geeknote
=================== META ==================
Created: 22/09/2014 15:23
Updated: 22/09/2014 15:24
----------------- CONTENT -----------------
A simple test note created using Geeknote.

And a screenshot:

For how to use Geeknote, see its documentation.

Install Geeknote

Before proceeding, please note that Geeknote doesn’t work with Ubuntu 12.04 / Linux Mint 13 because of an issue with the Evernote SDK for Python.
Debian / Ubuntu / Linux Mint (and derivatives) users can install Geeknote by using the commands below:
sudo apt-get install git python-thrift python-bs4 python-oauth2 python-html2text python-sqlalchemy python-setuptools
cd && git clone https://github.com/VitaliyRodnenko/geeknote.git
cd geeknote
sudo python setup.py install --record installed_files.txt
(the first command installs the required dependencies – there are 2 dependencies which aren’t available in the Ubuntu repositories, but Geeknote automatically downloads and installs them)

To be able to remove Geeknote later on, make sure you don’t delete the installed_files.txt file.
Arch Linux users can install Geeknote via AUR.
For other Linux distributions or Mac OS X, see the Geeknote GitHub page.
Once installed, authenticate Geeknote with Evernote by using the following command:
geeknote login
Note: Geeknote asks for a two-factor authentication code but if you didn’t set this up with Evernote, simply press Enter.

Then, check out its documentation to see how to create/edit notes, change the default editor, etc.

How to remove Geeknote in Debian / Ubuntu / Linux Mint

To remove Geeknote (assuming you installed the app using our instructions and you didn’t delete the “installed_files.txt” file), simply use the following command:
sudo xargs rm -v < ~/geeknote/installed_files.txt
(if you moved the installed_files.txt file, make sure you edit its path in the command above)

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