Tag Archives: note taking apps

Joplin is an Open-Source Evernote Alternative

Joplin desktop app on ubuntuJoplin 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.

This post, Joplin is an Open-Source Evernote Alternative, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Notes, the Mac-Inspired Note Taking App, Has Been Updated

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 […]

This post, Notes, the Mac-Inspired Note Taking App, Has Been Updated, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Simplenote Finally Has an Official Linux App

simplenote for linux official app

One of the most popular note-taking apps on iOS is now available for Linux desktops.

Simplenote, developed by WordPress makers Automattic, lands on Linux and Windows 10 through the flexible combo of React and Electron.

If you know the name ‘Electron’ but can’t quite place it, it might be  because we’ve recently featured a bunch of other awesome Linux apps that use it.

Someone should give us a kickback!

Why Is Simplenote So Popular?

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.

Over the years there has been various ways to leverage the service to sync, manage and edit nots, from third-party apps like NvPY to command-line tools like sncli.

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You can skim back through earlier copies of your notes

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.

  • History — slide back to view and restore previous versions of your note
  • Collaborate— share your note with others and allow them to edit it
  • Publish — Make your note public with its own URL
  • Tag — organize your notes effectively with tags.
  • Pin —  pin notes right from the note list so they’re easy to find

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:

  • Offline support
  • Markdown support (has to be enabled)
  • Optional dark mode
  • Choice of list views (cosy, condensed, expanded)
  • Sorting options (last modified, alphabetical, etc)
simplenote dark mode

simplenote dark mode

Download Simplenote for Linux

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.

Download Simplenote 1.0.0 for Linux

H/t to Carlos and kmf

Screenshots show Simplenote on Ubuntu 16.04 w/Numix GTK theme and Kylin 16.04 icon set

This post, Simplenote Finally Has an Official Linux App, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Try This Mac-Inspired ‘Notes’ Clone For Linux


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.


  • Clean design
  • Auto-saves notes
  • Fast search
  • Cross-platform & open-source
  • Supports keyboard shortcuts

Notes Versus Other Apps

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 keyboard shortcuts

Against rival apps like GNOME Notes (aka Bijiben), Tomboy and Springseed, Notes holds up okay in its raw note taking but it does lacks some of its rivals more advanced features.

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.

Download ‘Notes’ App for Ubuntu

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).

Download Notes on the Official Website

This post, Try This Mac-Inspired ‘Notes’ Clone For Linux, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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‘FromScratch’ Is A Smart New Note Taking App for Ubuntu


In need of a simple, but smart note-taking app? FromScratch should find itself at the top of your list, underlined twice for effect. 

FromScratch is a simple note taking tool developed by Kilian Valkhof (TrimageF.lux indicator applet).

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.”

Strength Is In What It Doesn’t Do

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. 

It features:

  • Simple UI
  • Automatic Saving
  • Automatic Indenting
  • Common syntax replaced with symbols, e.g., arrows.

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:

FiraCode Cheat Sheet


FromScratch is cross-platform and open source. Downloads are available for Linux, OS X and Windows.

It is built upon well-known open source projects, including Electron & React.  Source code is available on Github.

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!.

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