I am looking for a note taking application. The primary features I am looking for are:
Freeform canvas. I just want to click somewhere and paste whatever is on my clipboard - Images and Text. Imagine a sheet of paper 100 feet by 100 feet. I can take a pen and start writing anywhere on that sheet - that is a freeform canvas.
Multi-user support. This basically comes down to OneNote acting as a client and sync'ing notes with a server which other users can then sync with and make their own changes. This server would need to be able to run locally.
Support for Windows & OS X clients
The notes need to remain on the local network. Cloud based solutions where the notes are stored offsite will not work.
Sync Frequency is less important then making sure there was solid support for two users either trying to edit the same note (i.e. establishing a lock before edit) or editing the same note at the same time. OneNote handles this well. However, if there was at least a method to manually initiate a sync, that would be sufficient.
- Evernote, for example, does not offer a freeform canvas because it requires that I start writing in the upper left corner of the sheet.
- Outline, for example, does offer a freeform canvas, but the multiuser support does not work very well after trying it out for a couple of weeks.
- OneNote lacks support for running the server locally with a OS X client.