Joplin is an open-source Evernote alternative with apps for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android & iOS. There’s also a CLI client, and sync support using OneDrive.
Write is a free app that lets you make handwritten notes on Linux using a touchscreen and stylus (or a smudgy finger), with features tailored for this use.
This post, Write is a Fantastic Handwritten Notes App for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
Remember that Mac-inspired Notes app we mentioned well over a year ago? Well it just received a big ol’ update, and we reckon some of you will want to know about it. The new release is “about creating a robust core-experience” according to its developer, and among the changes in this update: Design tweaks System tray […]
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Boostnote is an open source note-taking app made for programmers. It lets you create notes in markdown and save code snippets with correct syntax highlighting.
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One of the most popular note-taking apps on iOS is now available for Linux desktops.
Someone should give us a kickback!
Simplenote first started on iOS and has expanded to include Android, Mac OS X, and now Windows and Linux.
But this isn’t the first time the backend for the stand-out note-taking service has been supported on Linux.
The core feature set is available across all of Simplenote’s various guises, from the iOS app to the hosted web-app. It’s this consistent experience that makes the service so appealing.
All your notes, to-dos and tags are kept in sync no matter the device you use to create or edit them.
Collaborate is especially neat because the person you’re sending the note to won’t need to create a Simplenote account to edit it. Instead, collaborative notes get posted on the Simplenote website (don’t worry, it’s a private URL) and your collaboration buddy can view and edit away. All changes are saved automatically and synced back to the desktop app.
If OMG! had a copy editor it’d be a fast way for me to get all my typos and grammatical run-ins tweaked before publish!
The Linux (and Windows) apps also support the above features, plus the following:
You can grab a 64-bit .deb installer of Simplenote 1.0.0 that works on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and later by clicking through to the Simplenote Github page.
There you’ll also find the source-code available to browse and an issue section to report bugs.
H/t to Carlos and kmf
Note taking apps for Linux are not hard to find.
The shelves of Ubuntu Software Center hosts ample stock, from basic on-screen sticky notes to complex, tag-based command-line clients.
But if you can’t find the lean, clean and easy to use note taking app of you dreams amongst them do take a look at Notes.
“Notes is designed for whatever’s on your mind. Jot down your thoughts.”
Notes is a new open-source and cross-platform note taking app that has a simple, straight-forward appearance.
UI inspiration (obviously) comes from the Mac OS X Notes app, with the layout, button arrangement and faux-paper background all clearly borrowed from Cupertino’s client — heck, even the app icons are pretty similar!
But don’t let the Mac-ness of this app put you off trying it. Behind the unsightly traffic light window controls is an app that is actually pretty robust and very easy to use.
First things first: Notes is not an Evernote alternative. It’s more of a jot-pad; a simple way to get ideas down without being compelled to categorise, tag and arrange them in to folders first.
FromScratch, an app that we covered recently, also excels as a jot pad but only lets you focus on one note at a time. Notes takes things to the next level, letting you store, read, edit and search multiple saved notes.
A powerful search feature lets you sift through the contents of saved notes ‘instantaneously’ and a range of keyboard shortcuts are available:
Notes falls short on its design (the Mac-esque window looks out of place on Linux and Windows) and on its super-basic text editing (it lacks support for bold, italic, bullet lists, etc).
The app also lacks sync support of any kind. Notes are stored locally rather than on a remote server (which is a plus for many) and you could always use Dropbox to back-up the local folder cache, but some kind of sync support would be easier to use through the app.
To install Notes on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and later simply downloaded the pre-compiled .deb package from the official website (where you’ll also find RPM, source and binary packages for Windows and Mac OS X).
In need of a simple, but smart note-taking app? FromScratch should find itself at the top of your list, underlined twice for effect.
It is open source and cross-platform. Builds are available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The app is available for, and developed on, Ubuntu.
Kilian told me via e-mail that he built the app as “the solution for my personal problem of effective note-taking and organising my task list.”
FromScratch isn’t an Evernote rival — but then it is not trying to be.
If a fully-featured note-taking GUI masterpiece with a desk tidy full of options is what you’re after, this won’t suit.
FromScratch is, essentially, a digital post it note; a jotter or blank piece of paper. You open the app and write what you want.
There are no folders, categories, tags or lists; no schedules, due dates or syncing service working in the background.
It’s a simple, resizeable space for notes that saves what you write as you write.
A true scratchpad.
That does mean it lacks some more common basic text editor features, like Markdown support (though you can write your notes in Markdown, you just won’t be able to see them that way) and no formatting options (e.g., bold, underline, strikethrough, etc)
But the app does includes the (awesome) Fira Code font.
FiraCode is a monospace font that lets you type common programmatic ligatures and symbols using regular characters. For example -> becomes →, => becomes ⇒, and != becomes≠, and so on.
For a full list of ligatures supported by the font refer to this excellent cheat sheet:
FromScratch is cross-platform and open source. Downloads are available for Linux, OS X and Windows.
Check out the official app website for more details, or to download a copy for yourself.
This post, ‘FromScratch’ Is A Smart New Note Taking App for Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.