Comparison of notetaking software

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The table below compares features of notable notetaking software.

Name Software license Cost Platforms Organizing principle(s) Tabbed sections Synchronizing PDF annotate, save Whiteboarding Keyboard text entry Write notes via pen-ink Handwriting Recognition Printing Formats Remarks
BasKet Note Pads GPL Free Linux ? No No No Yes Yes No No No Rich text (export as HTML) Features adding, managing notes by category, importing text files, images, sounds, autosave.
Catch Notes Proprietary Freemium Android, iOS, and web-based Hashtags No Yes No No Yes Partial No Yes Text, photo and voice notes, export to CSV or HTML Passcode protection, reminders, spaces to share notes
CintaNotes Proprietary Freemium Windows Notebooks, sections, tags Yes Yes No No Yes No No ? Proprietary, export to Unicode text, XML and HTML Tagging and searching for tags, tag hierarchy
Circus Ponies NoteBook Proprietary Commercial software Mac OS X, iOS indexing Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Proprietary, export: html, opml, rtf, txt, doc, pdf Features adding, managing note entries, outlining, tabs, tagging, automatic indexing, sketching, diagramming, PDF markup, advanced search features, voice annotated notes, screen clipping, importing files (text, audio, video), link or embed files, etc.
DéjàClick Proprietary Commercial software Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, Windows ? ? ? No No Yes ? ? Yes XML Features ability to annotate live web pages via DéjàNotes and share scripts. Notes may include rich text or HTML and can be printed and saved as a normal web page via the Firefox browser.
Emacs' org-mode GPL Free Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, Windows tree, tags Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes LaTeX, HTML, DocBook, Taskjuggler, PDF, Freemind, XOXO, iCalendar org-mode is a major mode of Emacs, fully customisable, use only plain-text, includes ToDos, spreadsheet, deadlines, encryption, reminders, agenda, calendar and many more
Evernote 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 tags, Notebooks, Stacks No Yes Yes No Yes Partial[Note 1] Yes Yes Notes stored as XML. Both Free and Paid version allows notes in any file type. There is a Free/Premium model for personal use, and a Business version for companies. Business and Personal are integrated in the same client, but segregated within the client. Businesses have administrative control over business notes, but cannot see personal notes.
Gnote GPL v3 Free Linux ? No Yes Yes No Yes ? ? Yes NoteXmlFormat, HTML, PDF Port of Tomboy to C++, wiki-style linked notes
Google Keep Proprietary Free Android, Chrome OS, browser based Chronological and search No Yes No No Yes No ? No Proprietary. Aimed at simple short notes and lists.
Intellinote Proprietary Freemium Web, IOS, Phone, Tablet Projects, Notebooks, Tags, Note Types Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Notes stored as XML. Can attach any filetype. Notes turn into actions and can be organized into projects to get work done.
Jarnal GPL Free Any Java enabled platform: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows ? No Yes[Note 2] Yes Yes Yes Partial[Note 3] Yes Yes ad-hoc (zip compatible archive containing an SVG per page, a config file, optional background PDFs/images). Can export to txt, html, jpg, pdf.
Keeppy Proprietary Free web-based ? No Yes No No Yes No No Yes HTML/JSON. Allows compiling notes into stories and share them
KeepNote GPL Free Cross platform (Python + GTK): Linux, Mac OS X, Windows tree ? No No No Yes No No No HTML/XML. Export to HTML. Notes are saves as HTML files. Organization is done via a file tree and XML.
KeyNote MPL Free Windows tree Yes ? ? ? Yes ? ? ?
KNote Creative commons Freeware Windows tags No Yes, with external tools Yes, with external tools No Yes No No Yes xml, can attach any files/folders. Support import from tiddlywiki and copy/paste with formats from browsers and Microsoft Word bank-grade encryption/password protection, one-click blogging, wiki links, WYSIWYG editor, portable, no installations are required.
m> notes notepad Proprietary Freemium Android Notebooks, sub-notes Yes No No No Yes No No Yes Text, photo, colors, icons, marks. Export via sharing Android function. Organize notes and sub-notes into colored notebooks. Add photos to notes from camera or gallery
Memonic Proprietary Freemium Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7/Mobile web-based ? No Yes Yes No Yes No ? Yes Notes stored as XML. Can attach any filetype. Integrates into a number of different platforms.for free user only 100 notes supported.
Microsoft OneNote Proprietary Freemium Android, Mac OS X, iOS (iPad, iPhone), Symbian, Windows XP/Vista/7/Mobile/Phone 7, web-based, mobile web Notebooks, sections, pages Yes Yes Yes[Note 4] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Proprietary File attachments, media insertion, and importing from web pages and applications. Searching in audio and handwritten input. Synchronizable also with OneDrive and SharePoint.
MyInfo Proprietary Commercial software Windows XP/Vista/7 ? Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes Proprietary, encrypted. Supports import from plain text, RTF, CSV, Ms Word, images. Exports to plain text, HTML, RTF, CSV, Ms Word. Spell-checking, text styles, search in multiple files, import web pages, tags, filters, calendar, reminders, attachments.
MyNotex GPL Free Linux ? ? Yes No No Yes No No No Sqlite based, zipped attachments, export to HTML, copying as LaTeX Features text formatting, file attachments, tagging, searching, notes management by subject, encryption with AES algorithm, text files and OpenOffice.org documents import. Multilingual.
Notational Velocity GPL v3 Free Mac OS X ? No Yes No No Yes No No Yes TXT, RTF Instant open and searching. Plain and RTF text only. Sync via dropbox, etc. or via SimpleNote service
Notee LGPL Free Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7, web-based ? ? Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? HTML Simple and easy to use
Notizen .NET Free Windows XP/Vista/7 tree No No No No Yes No No No TXT (ansi/unicode), RTF, ALX Tree Notes can stick on the desktop, Encryption, FTP-Updoad
Okular GPL Free Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac OS X, *BSD[2] ? ? No Yes[Note 5] No Yes No No Yes PDF, PS, TIFF, CHM, DjVu, DVI, XPS, ODF, various others Can export PDF + notes, for sending to other Okular users
PDF Studio Proprietary Commercial software Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, web-based ? ? ? Yes No Yes ? ? Yes PDF Review and markup PDF documents.
Personal Knowbase Proprietary Commercial software Windows tags ? ? No No Yes ? ? Yes export to RTF, HTML, TXT, CSV Supports tags, hypertext, attachments, passwords. Portable.
Qiqqa Proprietary Freemium Windows XP/Vista/7 tags, brainstorm No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Proprietary, PDF, Brainstorm Export all notes and annotations to RTF, Word or Brainstorm.
SilverNote[3] Proprietary Freemium Windows XP/Vista/7/8 tree + tags Yes ? No No Yes No No Yes HTML, SVG Drawing/sketching, web clipping, screen capturing, file attachments, encryption
TiddlyWiki BSD Free Cross-platform (browser, web-based) tags (wikiwords) Via plugin Yes Via plugin No Yes ? ? Yes HTML extensible via plugins and user scripts
Tomboy LGPL Free Cross-platform ? ? Yes No No Yes No No Yes NoteXmlFormat, HTML, PDF, wiki-formats Reminders, to do-lists, formulae in LaTeX
TreeDBNotes Proprietary Freemium Microsoft Windows tree Yes ? ? ? Yes No No Yes RTF, HTML, txt tree-structured organizer
TREE NOTE Proprietary Freemium Android Tree, Hierarchy, Tags, Projects No No No No Yes No No No Text, image. Entire App database can be exported and imported via db files Organize notes in Hierarchical order and interlink them with tags. Add images to notes from camera or gallery or Sketch via build in sketch tool.Add reminder to notes and project.
WikidPad BSD Free Cross-platform tags (wikiwords) No No No No Yes No No Yes HTML personal wiki software
Windows Journal Proprietary Commercial software Windows XP Tablet PC edition, Windows Vista, Windows 7 ? No ? No ? Yes Yes Yes[Note 6] Yes Proprietary
XLnotes Proprietary Commercial software Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 free form Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes Stores notes inside Microsoft Excel workbook Microsoft Excel add-in that allows to create notes which contain Word documents, web pages and attachmens
Xournal GPL Free Linux, Windows, Mac OS X ? No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes XML, export to PDF
Zim GPL Free Cross-platform tags (wikiwords) No No No No Yes No No Yes, using installed web browser stored in modified DocuWiki markdown, export to HTML, LaTeX, Pandoc markdown, Sphinx RST (reStructuredText) sqlite3 indexes
Marky GPL Free Cross-platform ? No No Only save, with browser No Yes ? No Yes, using installed web browser HTML, TXT, export to PDF Marky also offers the possibility of obtaining substantial data about the annotations, as the annotation agreement between users, rounds,F-score and more. Multicolor annotation.
Name Software license Cost Platforms Organizing principle(s) Tabbed sections Synchronizing PDF annotate, save Whiteboarding Keyboard text entry Write notes via pen-ink Handwriting Recognition Printing Formats Remarks

Formatted text features, others[edit]

Name Drawing atop text Text box, flow diagram Outline bulleting with indent Text and paragraph formatting Insert hyperlink Insert image Insert table Insert audio Insert video Insert SWF Other objects Attachment Spell check Search
AllMyNotes Organizer ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Alarms, check-boxes, bullets, phones, advanced links Yes Yes Yes
AudioNote - Notepad and Voice Recorder Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes No No PDF background No Yes Yes
BasKet Note Pads ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes No No No No tags (check boxes, etc.) Yes Yes No
CintaNotes No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Links to notes No No Yes
Circus Ponies NoteBook Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Alarms, check-boxes, address book links, keywords, numbering, priority, due date, formulae in tables Yes Yes Yes
DéjàClick ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Emacs' org-mode ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No advanced linking, bullets, tags, checkboxes, full spreadsheet, embedding of programming code, formulae, markup Yes Yes Yes
Evernote No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Check-box, line, tags Yes Yes Yes
Gnote ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Google Keep No No No Yes No Yes Partial[Note 7] Yes ? No google calendar reminders No Partial[Note 8] Yes
Intellinote No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No tasks, questions, tags, projects, metrics Yes Yes Yes
Jarnal Yes ? No Partial[Note 9] Yes Yes No No No No PDF as image or background No No Yes
KeepNote No No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? HTML, arbitrary files Yes Yes Yes
KeyNote ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Memonic ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Microsoft OneNote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes OLE, bullets, line, flags Yes Yes Yes
MyInfo ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No OLE, bullets, numbering, page breaks, advanced links Yes Yes Yes
MyNotex ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes
Notational Velocity ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Notee ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? HTML ? ? Yes
Notizen .NET ? ? ? Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes
Okular ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
PDF Studio ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Personal Knowbase ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Qiqqa Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No {PDF, brainstorm, citations,} No No Yes
SilverNote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No ? Yes No Yes
TiddlyWiki ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Template:HTML(latex,markdown Plugins) ? ? Yes
Tomboy Partial No Yes Partial Yes No No No No No Template:Note Links,Highlighting,Fixed Width No Yes Yes
TreeDBNotes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
WikidPad ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Windows Journal ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XLnotes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Web pages, HTML Yes Yes Yes
Xournal Yes No No Partial No Yes No No No No PDF background No No No
Zim No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No LaTeX integration Yes Yes Yes
Marky ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Web pages, HTML No ? Yes
Name Drawing atop text Text box, flow diagram Outline bulleting with indent Text and paragraph formatting Insert hyperlink Insert image Insert table Insert audio Insert video Insert SWF Other objects Attachment Spell check Search

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No support for ink notes in Mac version. Cannot mix ink with text
  2. ^ One instance can be begun in server mode or a web server (webdav?) used. See manual page
  3. ^ No pressure sensitivity
  4. ^ 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.[1]
  5. ^ Saved in separate file
  6. ^ Handwritten notes are searchable
  7. ^ Lists only, with check-box facility
  8. ^ On android and Chrome OS uses platform's spell checker
  9. ^ Text only, no concept of paragraphs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Can save to PDF with this add-in: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4D951911-3E7E-4AE6-B059-A2E79ED87041&displaylang=en
  2. ^ "Okular home page". Retrieved 19 June 2013. "... Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, *BSD, etc." 
  3. ^ SilverNote product page: http://www.silver-note.com/

External links[edit]

  • [1] Linux Note-taking software comparison