If you ask me, all the great men (and women) in history rose to eminence without ever clicking on a notes application.
Alexander the Great, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and countless other ‘illustrious’ figures never clicked on a notes app.
Gibbon and Nabokov wrote their classic, timeless works without a notes app (Nabokov famously used index cards to write his peerless novels).
In what can only be described as the hallmark of greatness, these giants seemed to instinctively know what’s important in their lives and what’s not. Which task to focus on first, which ones to get to later. and the ones to ignore.
But for the lesser mortals of our era, life without icons for a bunch of notes apps on our PC desktop is inconceivable.
Truth be said, it seems like all life would come to a screeching halt without notes apps.
So there are notes applications galore for Windows, Mac and even Linux.
EverNote may be getting all the hype in the notes universe but there are several unsung heroes for Linux too.
Here are a bunch of notes applications for Linux (I’ll focus on Ubuntu and LinuxMint)
TomBoy is an extremely simple, lightweight note app to use.
Tomboy looks bare bone but will probably do the job for most people who don’t need the bells and whistles.
Creating a new note is as simple as clicking Ctrl + N. Supports formatting with bold, underline, font size increase/decrease, italics etc. Comes with sync, export to HTML and search features.
Notes are automatically saved.
Should you want more features, Tomboy has a bunch of Add-ins (plugins) that you can download to expand its capabilities.
I found Tomboy on my Linux Mint 17 PC. I’m not sure if it came with Linux Mint or I installed it later. Check in the Applications of your Linux Mint system and if you don’t find it, you can install Tomboy via the Synaptic Package manager or Software Manager. The version of Tomboy on my system is 1.15.4 (as of October 2014).
If you’re using some other Linux distro, you can download TomBoy on the Gnome site.
Besides Linux, Tomboy is also available for Mac and Windows.
Get all the information about Tomboy notes app on the Gnome page.
By the way, there’s a C++ port of Tomboy called Gnote. If you’re running Ubuntu, get Gnote from the Ubuntu Software Center. In LinuxMint,the application is available on Software Manager and Synaptic Package Manager.
MyNotex is what I use for my notes.
This app is more sophisticated than Tomboy/Gnote and includes formatting options like bold, italics and color options for the text. You can insert files and pictures into your notes. There’s a search feature that lets you search by title, keyword or date. Continue reading »