Comparison of notetaking software

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The tables below compare features of notable note-taking software.

General information[edit]

Name Developer(s) License Platforms
AllMyNotes Organizer ? ? Windows
BasKet Note Pads KDE Open source (GPL) Unix-like (KDE)
CherryTree[2]
[citation needed]
? Open source (GPL v3) Windows, Linux
CintaNotes Cinta Software Proprietary, Freemium Windows
Circus Ponies NoteBook Circus Ponies Software Proprietary, Commercial Mac OS X, iOS
DéjàClick AlertSite Proprietary, Commercial Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, Windows (Mozilla add-on)
Evernote Evernote Corporation Proprietary, Freemium for personal use, per-seat licensing for business Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Windows Phone, Blackberry, HP WebOS and web-based
Gnote Aurimas Černius Open source (GPL v3) Linux
Google Keep Google Proprietary, no-cost Android, Chrome OS, browser based
IPython Notebook Fernando Perez and others Open source (BSD) Cross-platform
Intellinote Intellinote Proprietary, Freemium for small teams, per-seat licensing for businesses Android, iOS, Mac OS X, and web-based
Jarnal David K. Levine and Gunnar Teege Open source (GPL) Any Java-enabled platform
KeyNote NF Marek Jedliński, Tranglos Software Open source (MPL) Windows
Marky
[citation needed]
? Open source (GPL) Cross-platform
Memonic Nektoon AG Proprietary, Freemium[Notes 1] Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7/Mobile web-based
Microsoft OneNote Microsoft Proprietary, Shareware/Freeware/Freemium[Notes 2] Android, Mac OS X, iOS (iPad, iPhone), Symbian, Windows XP/Vista/7/Mobile/Phone 7, web-based, mobile web
OpenNote Open source (MIT) Self hosted web-based
MyInfo Milenix Software Proprietary, Shareware Windows XP/Vista/7
MyNotex Massimo Nardello Open source (GPL) Linux
Notational Velocity Zachary Schneirov Open source (GPL v3) Mac OS X
notes notepad
[citation needed]
Proprietary, Freemium Android
Notizen .NET ? No-cost, unknown license Windows XP/Vista/7
Okular Okular Team (KDE) Open source (GPL) KDE-enabled Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac OS X, *BSD[1]
Org-mode (Emacs) Carsten Dominik, et al. Open source (GPL) Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, Windows (Emacs mode)
Outline Gorillized Corporation Proprietary, Commercial Mac OS X, iOS
PDF Studio Qoppa Software Proprietary, Shareware Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, web-based
Personal Knowbase Bitsmith Software Proprietary, Commercial Windows
Qiqqa ? Proprietary, Freemium Windows XP/Vista/7
TiddlyWiki Jeremy Ruston Open source (BSD) Cross-platform (browser, web-based)
Tomboy Alex Graveley Open source (LGPL) Cross-platform (Mono/GTK+)
TreeDBNotes ? Proprietary, Freemium Microsoft Windows
TREE NOTE
[citation needed]
? Proprietary, Freemium Android
WikidPad Michael Butscher Open source (BSD) Cross-platform (Python)
Windows Journal Microsoft Proprietary, Commercial Windows XP Tablet PC edition, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (included with OS)
Xournal Denis Auroux, Andreas Butti, et al. Open source (GPL) Unix-like, Windows (GTK+)
Zim Jaap Karssenberg Open source (GPL) Cross-platform (Python, GTK+)

Basic features[edit]

Name Organizing principle(s) Outline bulleting with indent Tabbed sections Sync PDF annotate and save
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White­board Ink-pen input Handwriting recognition Spell check Search Printing File save/export/import formats
AllMyNotes Organizer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? ?
BasKet Note Pads ? ? No No No Yes No No Yes No No Rich text; export as HTML; import text files
CherryTree
[citation needed]
Tree ? Yes No Yes No No No ? ? Yes Proprietary; export to single/multi text, PDF, XML and HTML; import from several other notetaking and oulining programs
CintaNotes Notebooks, sections, tags Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes ? Proprietary; export to Unicode text, XML and HTML
Circus Ponies NoteBook indexing Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Proprietary; export: html, opml, rtf, txt, doc, pdf
DéjàClick ? ? ? ? No No ? ? ? ? Yes[Notes 3] XML; notes may include rich text or HTML
Emacs Org-mode tree, tags Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes LaTeX, HTML, DocBook, Taskjuggler, PDF, Freemind, XOXO, iCalendar
Evernote tags, Notebooks, Stacks Yes No Yes Yes No Partial[Notes 4] Yes Yes Yes Yes Notes stored as XML; both free and paid versions allow notes of any file type
Gnote ? ? No Yes Yes No ? ? ? ? Yes NoteXmlFormat, HTML, PDF
Google Keep Chronological (simple, short notes and lists) No No Yes No No No ? Partial[Notes 5] Yes No Proprietary.
Intellinote tags, Workspaces, Workspace Groups Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Notes stored as XML; both free and paid version allows notes of any file type
IPython Notebook ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Jarnal ? No No Yes[Notes 6] Yes Yes Partial[Notes 7] Yes No Yes Yes Zip compatible archive containing one SVG per page, config file, and optional background PDFs/images; can export to txt, html, jpg, pdf
KeyNote NF Notebooks, notes and tree Yes Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Internal: combination of TXT and RTF; import/export: TXT, RTF, HTML, Treepad
Marky
[citation needed]
? Yes No No Only save, with browser No ? No ? Yes Yes, using installed web browser HTML, TXT; export to PDF
Memonic ? ? No Yes Yes No No ? ? ? Yes Notes stored as XML; can attach any filetype
Microsoft OneNote Notebooks, sections, pages Yes Yes Yes[Notes 8] Yes[Notes 9] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Open, XML,[2] import from web pages and other applications[clarification needed]
OpenNote Folders, notes No No No Partial Through browser No No No ? Partial Through browser Yes Through browser SQL, HTML, JSON
MyInfo ? Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Proprietary, encrypted; import: plain text, RTF, CSV, MS Word, images, web pages; exports: plain text, HTML, RTF, CSV, MS Word
MyNotex ? ? ? Yes No No No No ? Yes Yes Sqlite based, zipped attachments; export to HTML; copying as LaTeX; import text files, OpenOffice.org documents
Notational Velocity ? ? No Yes[Notes 10] No No No No ? ? Yes TXT, RTF
notes notepad
[citation needed]
Notebooks, sub-notes ? Yes No No No No No ? ? Yes Text, photo, colors, icons, marks;[clarification needed] export via sharing Android function
Notizen .NET tree ? No No No No No No ? Yes No TXT (ANSI/Unicode), RTF, ALX
Okular ? ? ? No Yes[Notes 11] No No No ? ? Yes PDF, PS, TIFF, CHM, DjVu, DVI, XPS, ODF, others; export PDF+notes for sending to other Okular users
Outline Tree-structured notebooks, sections, pages Yes Yes Yes[Notes 12] No No Yes No No Yes No MS OneNote format, text, images, photos, tags
PDF Studio ? ? ? ? Yes No ? ? ? ? Yes PDF
Personal Knowbase tags ? ? ? No No ? ? ? ? Yes Export to RTF, HTML, TXT, CSV
Qiqqa tags, brainstorm No No Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Proprietary, PDF, Brainstorm; export to RTF and Word
TiddlyWiki tags (wikiwords) ? Via plugin Yes Via plugin No ? ? ? Yes Yes HTML
Tomboy ? Yes ? Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes NoteXmlFormat, HTML, PDF, wiki-formats
TreeDBNotes tree Yes Yes ? ? ? No No Yes Yes Yes RTF, HTML, txt
TREE NOTE
[citation needed]
Tree, hierarchy, tags, projects ? No No No No No No ? ? No Text, image; export/import via db files
WikidPad tags (wikiwords) ? No No No No No No ? ? Yes HTML
Windows Journal ? ? No ? No ? Yes Yes[Notes 13] ? ? Yes Proprietary
Xournal ? No No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes XML; export to PDF
Zim tags (wikiwords) Yes No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes, using installed web browser Stored in modified DocuWiki markdown; export: HTML, LaTeX, Pandoc markdown, Sphinx RST (reStructuredText)
Name Organizing principle(s) Outline bulleting with indent Tabbed sections Sync PDF annotate and save White­board Ink-pen input Handwriting recognition Spell check Search Printing File save/export/import formats

Advanced formatting and content[edit]

Name Drawing atop text
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Text box, flow diagram
[unclear]
Text and paragraph formatting Insert hyperlink
[unclear]
Insert image Insert table Insert audio Insert video Insert SWF Attachment
[unclear]
Other objects Remarks / other features
AllMyNotes Organizer ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Alarms, check-boxes, bullets, phones, advanced links
BasKet Note Pads ? ? Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes tags (check boxes, etc.) Adding, managing notes by category, autosave
CherryTree
[citation needed]
? ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes ? Syntax highlighting (programming languages); lists handling;[clarification needed] cross-application copy/paste (LibreOffice, Gmail); codeboxes; password protection; tree nodes drag and drop
CintaNotes No No Yes Yes No No No No No No Links to notes Tagging and searching for tags, tag hierarchy
Circus Ponies NoteBook Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Alarms, check-boxes, address book links, keywords, numbering, priority, due date, formulas in tables Tagging, automatic indexing, sketching, diagramming, voice annotated notes, screen clipping, link or embed files
DéjàClick ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Annotate live web pages via DéjàNotes and share scripts
Emacs Org-mode ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Advanced linking,[clarification needed] bullets, tags, checkboxes, full spreadsheet, embedding of programming code, formulas, markup Major mode of Emacs; uses plain-text; includes ToDos, spreadsheet, deadlines, encryption, reminders, agenda, calendar
Evernote No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Check-box, line, tags Business and personal notes integrated in same client; businesses have control over business notes, but cannot see personal notes
Gnote ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Port of Tomboy to C++; wiki-style linked notes
Google Keep No No Yes Yes Yes Partial[Notes 14] Yes ? No No Google Calendar reminders
Intellinote No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Tasks, questions, tags, projects, metrics Includes task management and collaboration features
IPython Notebook ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Part of IPython shell; allows for programming code, output and annotation to be combined in single interactive environment
Jarnal Yes ? Partial[Notes 15] Yes Yes No No No No No PDF as image or background
KeyNote NF No No Yes Yes Yes[Notes 16] Yes[Notes 17] No No No Yes OLE objects; "virtual nodes" which integrate and edit the content of external plain-text or rich-text files; internal links; mirror nodes. Text processing; tree numbering and sorting; custom tree icons; node checkboxes; checkbox filtering; search filtering; reminder alarms; compressed or encrypted notebooks; auto-minimize and/or auto-lock when idle; quick access key for fast notes; additional scratchpad; autosave of up to 9 previous file versions; automatic clipboard capturing; read-only notebooks or notes; macros; templates; text shortcuts; plug-ins; bookmarks; custom keyboard shortcuts; portable through "Options" setting[clarification needed]
Marky
[citation needed]
? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Web pages, HTML Obtaining data about annotations, as the annotation agreement between users, rounds, F-score;[clarification needed] multicolor annotation
Memonic ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Microsoft OneNote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[Notes 18] Yes Yes Yes OLE, bullets, line, flags
OpenNote No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ? Full HTML
MyInfo ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes OLE, bullets, numbering, page breaks, advanced links Tags; filters; calendar; reminders
MyNotex ? ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? Activity lists; tags; notes management by subject; encryption with AES or GPG; multilingual
Notational Velocity ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Instant open and searching
notes notepad
[citation needed]
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Colored notebooks
Notizen .NET ? ? Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? Tree notes can stick on desktop; encryption; FTP upload
Okular ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Outline Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes Tags
PDF Studio ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Personal Knowbase ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? Passwords; portable[clarification needed]
Qiqqa Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No PDF, brainstorm, citations
TiddlyWiki ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? HTML, LaTeX, markdown plugins Plugins; user scripts
Tomboy Partial No Partial Yes No No No No No No Note Links, highlighting, fixed-width Reminders; to do-lists; formulas in LaTeX
TreeDBNotes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ?
TREE NOTE
[citation needed]
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Sketches via sketch tool; reminders
WikidPad ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? personal wiki software
Windows Journal ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Xournal Yes No Partial No Yes No No No No No PDF background
Zim No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes LaTeX integration sqlite3 indexes
Name Drawing atop text Text box, flow diagram Text and paragraph formatting Insert hyperlink Insert image Insert table Insert audio Insert video Insert SWF Attachment Other objects Remarks / other features

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Free users limited to 100 notes.
  2. ^ Depends on platform and version.
  3. ^ Note may be printed and saved as web pages via the Firefox browser.
  4. ^ No support for ink notes in Mac version. Cannot mix ink with text
  5. ^ On android and Chrome OS uses platform's spell checker.
  6. ^ One instance can be begun in server mode or a web server (webdav?) used. See manual page
  7. ^ No pressure sensitivity.
  8. ^ Can sync with OneDrive and SharePoint.
  9. ^ OneNote 2010 and OneNote 2007 Service Pack 2 and beyond have it built in. A Save As PDF add-in is available for earlier versions of OneNote 2007. Can save to PDF with add-in.[1]
  10. ^ Sync via dropbox, etc.[clarification needed] or SimpleNote service.
  11. ^ Saved in separate file.
  12. ^ Notes can be synced between devices via Box, Dropbox, OneDrive and SharePoint.
  13. ^ Handwritten notes are searchable.
  14. ^ Lists only, with check-box facility.
  15. ^ Text only, no concept of paragraphs.
  16. ^ As the RTF format stores pictures internally as bitmaps (.bmp), this leads to large notebook files.
  17. ^ Tables must be created in another program. After pasting the table into Keynote NF, one can edit the cells and add new rows, but changing the size of the columns and adding or removing columns is not possible. These operations can be done by pasting the table into another program (for example, MS Word).
  18. ^ Can also search in audio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Okular home page". Retrieved 19 June 2013. "... Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, *BSD, etc." 
  2. ^ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd924743(v=office.12).aspx

External links[edit]

  • [3] Linux Note-taking software comparison