Notetaking Application for Linux

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  1. shf10105

    shf10105 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hi,

    I've just ordered an lenovo thinkpad x61t, now I'm searching for a notetaking application which is capable of the following things and works on linux system (through wine possibly):

    + wysiwyg editing w/ floating text, grids, lists, images, formatting, external references, including "external" media in the notebook itself (because it is synced)
    + tagging like in onenote
    + multidocument search
    + accessible/editable w/ only keyboard or only mouse/pen
    + simple drawing features (more comlex things are done in other programms and imported then) - that means drawing a simple graph, underlining text, writing text, etc. w/ pen
    + export to pdf
    + should work on low res screens, too; fullscreen mode, hide toolbars, etc.
    + should be stable
    + recording audio
    + save every notebook page as a single file in the filesystem, which then can be referenced by another application
    + inserting images from clipboard / copied excerpts from html or pdf (formatting should remain partly)

    If there is any feature missing it is no problem if the application supports extending through any scripting language (would be better) or c plugins.

    Optional:
    + Handwrite recognition
    + templates

    I have tried OneNote2007 on Windows, but it's not extensible through scripting, doesnt save the notes as single files, is not free, doesnt work on linux. Further it doesnt support many features in terms of mindmapping, etc.

    Well, then I need an application to make a screenshot of a certain area on the screen, which is copied to clipboard.

    Thanks for your advice

    PS: Most important feature is scripting, extensibility
     
  2. samson79

    samson79 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    The best notetaking app for linux is Xournal.
    It does quite a few from the things you mentioned. It is extensibe in the sense that it is open source. So you can add whatever you want. (Some things like audio recording qould be quite easy to add).

    And it is very stable and fast.
     
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    shf10105 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Well, I've tried Xournal.
    It's quite minimalistic, fast as you mentioned, but I miss features like formatting (list, grid, bold, etc.), hyperlinking, image insert, etc, which are very important for me.
    Copy&past from a website didnt work properly. (formatting was removed, images were removed)

    It might be a good software for adding comments to a pdf document, but nothing more.

    Also, just being open source, does not mean, that it is easy to extend it. Plugin/Scripting Extension is much easier.

    I'd say those drawing features are less important to me than formatting like in openoffice.
    Is there any other software available for linux?
    I think there is no software doing everything I mentioned, but some which gets quite near to that.

    Maybe it might be possible to write a plugin to openoffice to add the features I need, but I dont know wether openoffice is extensible (I think it is, because it is a very big project)

    If there is no good project going on, I think I will try writing a small application based on the mozilla framework, which has in my opinion the best extensibility, has a good renderer for wysiwyg html and works on every platform.
    It should be no problem to add audio recording or media integration, pen features (w/ svg) and all that stuff. But It may be not as fast and more ressource hungry.
     
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    Frank Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    maybe Microsoft Word :)
    Maybe it works in some way in Wine.

    Sorry, but Linux is not really Tablet PC friendly.
     
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    Kyle Porter Veteran Moderator Senior Member

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    No it's not, but thank god for WINE. I recently got Onenote 2007 working with wine under kubuntu.
     
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    Can you please post the instructions on how to get onenote working? i know a lot of people are struggling to do so. Do all the features work? I'm particularly interested in audio recording.
     
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    This blog post I found a while ago explains on how to install Office2007 using wine on Ubuntu: http://www.programmerfish.com/roffice-2007-in-linux
    It should work more or less the same on other linux distros as well. Basically you just need to install winetricks and use it to preinstall some necessary components for the Office setup.

    Did not try it myself yet though.
     
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    Hi
    I found your discussion about Open Source note-taking applications for Linux.

    We are a group of developers interested in producing feature-rich, cross-platform note-taking application.
    Out initial idea is that it would include many of the features of applications like MyBase, Surfulator but perhaps allow the flexible positioning of notes on a page like in BasketNotes (a good open-source note-taker for Linux) or OneNote .

    Again, all suggestions will be appreciated.
     
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