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A personal wiki is wiki software that allows individual users to organize information on their desktop or mobile computing devices in a manner similar to community wikis, but without collaborative software or multiple users.
Personal wiki software can be broadly divided into two categories:
- Multi-user applications with personal editions (such as MoinMoin or TWiki), installed for standalone use and inaccessible to outside users, which may require additional software such as a web server, database management system and/or WAMP/LAMP bundle
- Applications designed for single users, not dependent on a database engine or web server
Some personal wikis are public, but password-protected, and run on dedicated web servers or are hosted by third parties.
Multi-user wiki software
Multi-user wiki applications with personal editions include:
- MoinMoin desktop edition (written in Python)
- TWiki for Windows Personal and Certified TWiki (both written in Perl)
- DokuWiki on a Stick (written in PHP), which utilizes plain text files (and thus does not need a database) and a syntax similar to MediaWiki
Single-user wiki software
- Dynamic tree views of the wiki
- Drag-and-drop support for images, text and video, mathematics
- Use of OLE or Linkback to allow wikis to act as relational superstructures for multiple desktop-type documents
- Multimedia embedding, with links to internal aspects of movies, soundtracks, notes and comments
- Macros and macro scripting
Notable examples include:
- ConnectedText, a commercial Windows-based personal wiki system that includes full-text searches, a visual link tree, a customizable interface, image and file control, CSS-based page display, HTML and HTML Help exporting, and plug-ins
- Gnote, a port of Tomboy to C++ (although not all plug-ins have been ported)
- org-mode, an Emacs mode that can create documents that are interlinked, converted to HTML, and automatically uploaded to a web server
- Tomboy, a (LGPL) free software wiki-style note-taking program that allows easy organisation of any hierarchical data, hosted on GNOME CVS
- Vim, which can be used as a personal wiki via plugins such as Vimwiki
- Zim, a free, open-source standalone wiki based on Python and GTK, with a WYSIWYG editor
- Commonplace book
- Comparison of wiki software
- List of wiki software
- Personal information manager
- Personal knowledge base
- Personal knowledge management
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