Here's my situation: I am a theoretical physicist and I am producing tons of handwritten notes every day. Also, I am working both from home and in my office. In order not to carry a ton of paper with me every day and to reduce the waste I bought a graphic tablet and wanted to create my future notes on my hard drives. For this, I need to be able to do the following
- Create Empty documents (in DIN A4 for printing) and write my notes via the graphic tablet
- Import PDFs and other graphic formats into my handwritten notes, or alternatively write on PDFs
- Ideally, work with and export as vector graphics, I don't want to rasterize imported graphics unless needed (i.e., this is optional but very much wanted).
- Do all of the above both on Linux and MacOs
My current working machine is a Mac, however, in 3 years I probably discontinue Mac, in which case I don't want to lose everything to proprietary file formats. So far I considered Inkscape, however, the port for MacOs is just awful; I won't considering reinstalling it ever on the Mac. Next, I currently use Krita, which has a really nice support for the tablet and is pretty straightforward to use with external graphics. Yet, it lacks export to PDF, constantly crashes on MacOs, its vector graphic capabilities are antic and I personally have the feeling that a full-blown painting program is a little overkill for simple handwritten notes. Lastly, I checked OneNote today. However, as far as I see it, one can only save the notes to the Cloud? Also, for Linux, one needs to rely on the Web Interface of OneNote and Microsoft is not known for maintaining a proper longterm Linux support (see Skype). I gladly will investigate any other proposals of portable and free software.