Questions tagged [note-taking]

Taking written notes. Notes can include free-form text, sketches, and lists.

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Is there a Chrome extension that I can use to note why I've opened a tab?

Community managers tend to have issues with tabs, in particular, an over-abundance of them. While applying a recent batch of system updates, I closed about 150 tabs between two browser windows. The ...
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Note-taking application that can sync between Windows, Ubuntu and Android

Evernote has been one of the most used note-taking application for me, with it syncing between my Windows PC and my Android device. I usually use the Evernote desktop client on my Windows PC and the ...
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An open alternative for Evernote?

Since Evernote's recent pricing changes, I don't want to trust important personal data to their company any more, and I've been hunting for an alternative. Unfortunately there're not a whole lot of ...
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Wiki system for mathematical notetaking

For keeping track of notes, wiki systems like DokuWiki or MediaWiki are potentially extremely useful, especially for the ability to easily browse previous versions of notes, if I feel that some ...
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Take quick notes without interrupting current activity

When I’m in the middle of something and get an idea, I want to note it down without interrupting what I’m doing. Desired workflow: adding a note I press a key (or a key combo). (should work ...
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OneNote alternative for Windows, Linux, and Android

I’m looking for an alternative to Microsoft OneNote. I usually use OneNote to sync my notes between my Windows 8 computer and my Android phone, but I’ve been using Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) quite often ...
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Software to save notes from email

I want a webapp that will allow me to quickly save notes via email. The main feature that I would like would be to be able to append via email. So, suppose I have a list of movies I want to see. I ...
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Offline alternative to OneNote / Evernote

Is there any good alternative to OneNote / Evernote with the following features: 1) Forever usability. No subscription locks as in Office 365 2) Offline. No uploading to CIA / KGB as in Evernote. 3)...
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Code snippet manager for Windows (for software developer)

I'm searching for code snippets manager for Windows which fulfills these criteria Required features searching through snippets, displaying list of search results tree organization of snippets (at ...
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Now that Evernote free is limited to two devices, what should I switch to?

I'm using at least three devices, a windows 10 desktop, a macbook pro and my android phone, which means that Evernote free is no longer an option, and since I don't really like it, I don't want to ...
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Software like Evernote with Markdown

I am looking for a Web and/or desktop app (Windows & Cloud sync) that behaves like Evernote but also has Markdown support. I searched but could not find anything useful.
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Online note taking with Markdown and revisions (saved in server filesystem)?

I have a limited access to a server running PHP, which is allowed to read/create files in my user area on the server. Here I would like to set up a small "self-hosted", "collaborative" online note ...
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Software to extract and organize data from pdf and word files

I'm an engineer working on some project, and I have a lot of documents to deal with. Even if those documents are organized by themes and dates, it's taking me more and more time to find the ...
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Simplest and ad-free Android Notepad App

All the Android Notepad Apps I found on the google play boast their rich feature selection, but I'm just looking for an Android Notepad App that has the simplest features, just like the simple Notepad ...
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Extract Highlights and Markups from Documents (PDF preferred, Word or suggestions)

As part of my studying/learning, I have a lot of PDF documents that I'm reading. There's an "Almost Awesome" thing I've found discovered about PDFs. Using these instructions you can use Adobe ...
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Take GPS coordinates+pictures+memo of a point of interest, on offline Android

Sometimes I find a great restaurant and think "I should add it to Wikivoyage when I have time". So I am looking for a way to very quickly: Save the GPS coordinate of my current position Let me take ...
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Tree-structured text editor / note-taker

Looking for a tree-structured hierarchical text editor / note-taker. Requirements: Freeware Not ancientware (must have been updated during the last 3 years) Support italics/bold text Windows 7 SP1 ...
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How do you document your work/progress/things you learnt?

I am getting obsessed of finding a simple tool/app to let me easily document the work I have done each day, write notes about it, and document the things I have learnt. In essence, it is something ...
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Is there any Evernote version for Linux?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and found that Evernote is a powerful note taking software. But I can't find a Ubuntu (linux) version of this software. Is there an Ubuntu client for Evernote? Or perhaps a ...
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Alternatives to Sticky Notes that doesn't use the taskbar

I use the default windows Sticky Notes application constantly in order to keep a few pieces of information ready in an easily accessible, obvious place for when I need them. However, I've recently ...
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A tool to store knowledge (mostly links with some notes) in a tree-like structure?

Right now I use bookmarks as a way to store all useful websites, libraries, programming tools, lectures. And that works OK, but lacks some useful features. I have them nested i.e., "Programming → Java ...
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Take notes and organize tasks by project, prioritiy, and urgency

Project organization I'm looking for a note taking and organizer/task management application. What I'm using it for I'm a freelance web developer and I have many projects at any given time, and ...
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Private note-taking/syncing software that supports Linux and Android

Are there any programs out there that: Allows me to take notes (preferably including multimedia) Syncs notes between clients without using a server not controlled by me* Supports Linux and Android (...
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Android Text Editor

I am looking for an Android text editor to replace 920 Text Editor. Why? It appears 920 Text Editor may be abandoned. It has not been updated recently, has been removed from the Google Play Store, ...
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Open source note-taking app with tagging

I need a desktop application for organizing notes (or outliner, journal …) with powerful tagging feature. I will use it for writing a lot of ideas and conclusions, so I need tags for quickly ...
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Journal and note taking desktop app for Ubuntu with markdown support, modern distraction free UI, synchronisation

I've been looking for a while now but could not yet find a journal app that meets my needs. This is what I am looking for: a journal app / note taking app for long-term usage as (standalone) desktop (...
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Looking for blackboard style note taking app (Scapple alternative)

I am looking for an alternative to Scapple. More precisely, I would love a cross-platform version of Scapple able to run on both Linux and Windows, but a Linux tool would be great. OS: Linux (...
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One-tap audio note file that sends to email

It often happens that I want to take a quick note to self when I have my phone, so I won't forget something, but I want to do it as quickly as possible because I'm in the middle of something else. ...
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Note-taking program with website

I'm searching for a note-taking program / website fulfilling these criteria: Allows import of my current notes (which are stored by Evernote). Notes have a title. Formatted text in notes. (Bold, ...
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Open-source research notebook software

I am looking for software that will assist keeping a research notebook. I want the following features: Must be free and open source. Must use open file formats, data should be easy to import/export ...
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A simple note making application with human-readable/writable storage

I'm looking for a simple application for making notes. My requirements: Simple storage format. I mean it. I want to be able to browse and edit my notes using a text editor (like notepad or Emacs), ...
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Desktop software for both notes and drawings

What I'm after is essentially a digital shorthand notebook - allowing me to easily add both notes and freehand drawing in an ad-hoc, unstructured fashion. Ideally want to be able to do something like ...
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Simple notes manager with sections

I am looking for very simple note manager that should have some feature like: A sidebar in which I can create sub sections of a document; preferably multi-level tree like hierarchy Should be very ...
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Offline note taking app that preserves HTML formatting

I am currently using Evernote. I am on Ubuntu and there is no desktop client for Ubuntu. The web version is limited. I'm looking for an Evernote alternative that can preserve web page formatting and ...
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Note taking app with hierarchical tags for Android

I'm looking for an Android app that can save notes (plain text) and is able to attach multiple tags to the note. The tags should be managed as a tree. Some people recommend to "fake" the hierarchy by ...
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Notetaking application that is programmer friendly

I'm having trouble finding a notetaking application for Windows(and hopefully Linux) that handles code snippets well. It can sync online, but I would prefer it to have good offline functionality. I ...
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Quick way to type text on desktop and then transfer to mobile

Question best understood from scenario: I'm working at the hospital where there are multiple workstations but I'm constantly on the move so I'm not logged in to my personal accounts Sometimes I need ...
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System for documenting ideas

I am looking better a way of cataloguing the ideas (text, photo, drawings) efficiently so I can have access to them later. I am a creative professional looking to create an efficient documenting ...
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Web applications for annotating webpages for free?

Are there Web applications for annotating webpages for free? I would like to underline, highlight, and add notes to a webpage I am browsing in my browser (Firefox). Whether the annotations can be ...
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Best way to store / write math and CS notes?

I'm self-studying math and CS and am wondering how people like to organize their notes. This is because sometimes math is very symbol heavy and hard to write out, even with Latex sometimes, but ...
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Notepad for programmers, scripters, hackers, developers, etc

I'm looking for a nice application that … well, I'm not quite sure exactly what it might be called, or if what I'm thinking of currently even exists as such. I will try to describe it. I guess it ...
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Like Remember The Milk, but Maintained

I've tried several times to move my personal organization system to Remember the Milk, because it has rich support for three features I really like: keyboard: just about every field has a keyboard ...
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Software for active reading

Back in 2009, a promising company named Kno, Inc was founded. They provided an educational textbook reader and later on, even their own single and double screen tablets (see picture). I would love to ...
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“Local” notes - combined with cloud

I am looking for an 'offline' note platform that runs on Windows 10 and Windows 7. I will be using this for both personal and work related, so some schema for splitting the two would be preferential. ...
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Note taking/list making app with dashboard view

I've been looking around but I haven't been able to find a note taking app that does quite what I want. I've been using Google Keep like this: I need the app to support: Android + web version grid ...
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Notepad-like app with no ability to save

Is there a notepad-like app with no toolbars, menus or an ability to save? We have this special requirement for this kind of tool. I saw an app fitting this exact description a couple of years back ...
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Free OneNote Alternative?

I am currently using OneNote (Windows 10) for note taking. But I am finding lots of issues with it. For example, selecting large note by scrolling is extremely slow but there are many more issues. ...
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Personal desktop wiki with automatic linking

After a long time looking for a personal wiki / note-taking application I've come to the conclusion there's no wiki with exactly or at least most of the features I need. I need the wiki to keep track ...
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Add help tips for my coworkers to 3rd-party web apps

We have several old inventory-management websites with tons of pages of poorly-documented user settings. The knowledge of how to use these settings and tools is scattered among several people at my ...
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App that automatically records/recognizes speech and compiles in a list?

I'm a business owner and am constantly pulled in different directions. To keep track of what I do all day, I use a system where I use DROPVOX to record what I am doing, and a virtual assistant to ...