Notes with Zim!

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I recently decided to get a bit more organized..(you have no idea how messy things had become..:D). One of the things that i did was to install a good note taking app..it’s really handy u know- when i am browsing random stuff and i come across something interesting..or some thoughts that i wanted to put down in an as-they-come manner..i googled a bit and came across a few notable ones viz. BasKet (yeah..you guessed it right! it’s ‘K’de app), Zim, Tomboy.. BasKet was out of question for now.. i decided to try out the other two.

Tomboy looks decent. You have decent formatting capabilities, linking, a handy table of contents and some plugins to extend the functionality. But what is missing is the ability to embed images.This lead me to Zim.

Zim tries to bring wiki-style to the desktop.Which means you can can use wiki-style syntax [1] in your notes to full effect. It really is handy when you can use those underlines and TODOs..plus all the other things-formatting, links, plugins are there as well. Images can be embedded as well.There is a takeSnapshot plugin which i liked a lot! it directly embeds a snapshot in your note..very handy at times!

Snapshots are useful when i want some part of webpage and put some relevant notes alongwith it.

The install instructions [2] given on the site suffice. Some plugins need additional libraries, etc which is mentioned wherever applicable. The notes are stored as simple text file with .txt extensions. For now, i m finding Zim to be really good. Images, snapshot and wiki-syntax is where it scores over tomboy. Anyone with any better alternatives?

[1]more about wiki syntax here
[2] follow the install instructions from the website.

P.S. I am not good at writing technical posts. This is a feeble attempt after a long time! Hope you find the app useful!

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11 Responses to “Notes with Zim!”

  1. @$%deja vu$% Says:

    what .. don’t you know Google Notebook?! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Its better to have your notes online, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. stargazr Says:

    i kno..i kno! i knew this was coming! some of thought processing (:P :P) is at it’s peak when i don’t have power(electricty) and hence nothing much to do!and well..i think a plugin to sync it with google notebook is in the pipeline..or atleast they say so!

  3. stargazr Says:

    ohh i got that wrong i think..no sync with google notebook in the pipeline..:( ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. CDK Says:

    need to learn how to use this properly…currently i am surviving on Screenlet notes!!!

  5. aditya Says:

    @CDK… you are damaged. Using screenlet for terminal. Using screenlet to take notes. Using something which is more prone to crashing than regular plain applications. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Use BasKet. It is good. Very good and very detailed (little too detailed if you ask me). +1 to google notebook also. It is good. But the best way is… pencil and paper. Good small decent notebook and a pencil. (mechanical preferred) ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. CDK Says:

    @aditya :: When was the last time u used screenlets??!! they are _very_ stable now…i stopepd using the terminal screenlet long ago and i use notes to keep the todo list…u should be thankful…thats what i use remind me when u ask for those DVDs ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Vedang Says:

    @jitesh
    i agree, it’s best when it’s online.

    @cdk + aditya
    stop quibbling about puny apps boys ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
    have you heard about “Remember the Milk”??

    @stargazr
    It’s great to see you write articles. Looking forward to many more of your articles

    @all
    I will write an article on RTM soon. Have been planning it for a long time anyway. So look forward to that. I assure you, it gives you everything discussed here! (and so much more!)

  8. Quiz_Master Says:

    Just compiled this for Windows.. what a pain in arse!!! BUT Its working ๐Ÿ˜€

    Google Notebook sux IMO.

    For regular note-taking I use Opera’s Note Taking feature. :p

    and As Aditya says – Paper-Pencil FTW! =D

  9. stargazr Says:

    @vedang
    RTM for note-taking? At first glance, it looked more like a _very_useful_ personal organizer.. Maybe i am missing something here.Looking forward to your article..

  10. Aditya Says:

    Something tells me RTM has nothing to do with Real Time Machine…

    @Vedang, :p He likes to babble, I just support him cause I need those DVDs… Downloading ~50GB when someone has already done it is… plain stupid.

  11. ZubaidahArshad Says:

    Hi there,
    I wonder if you have any idea on ยตtorrent scripting?

    Say I have 10 tasks downloaded simultaneously. And I want ยตtorrent to download each task one by one. Not altogether.

    Is it possible?

    Thanks in advance

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