Classeur: web markdown editor


It’s been some time I’ve been using StackEdit for drafting articles. While StackEdit has everything I need, it needs considerable memory to run and render the preview. I found a new service that is equally capable but very light – Classeur. I must admit the design of Classeur seemed a bit odd to me at first, but once I found my way around, it’s quite cool. Continue reading Classeur: web markdown editor

vim as an encrypted cloud note manager

vim_compvim is one of the most popular editors on Linux. You can edit multiple notes in vim simultaneously. However, it is not a generic note manager by design. You can turn it into one using the vim-notes plugin, which also means you need to remember more commands. We already explored how to encrypt files with vim. Let’s try a simple way to turn vim into a note manager. I use it everyday for my notes. Continue reading vim as an encrypted cloud note manager

StackEdit: awesome markdown editor

StackEdit is another beautiful online markdown editor in the lines of Laverna which we explored earlier. The same article touches many other online Markdown editors but StackEdit is probably the best of the lot. Using StackEdit is a delight due to its smooth design and powerful professional features. Continue reading StackEdit: awesome markdown editor

Notes: browser-encrypted cloud notes

notepadNotes is a web application for storing your encrypted notes in the cloud. It takes a different approach from Laverna which stores your notes locally without encryption. Notes, however, works like Evernote on principle.


  • Create a new password protected notebook in the cloud
  • Password never sent to the cloud. If you forget it, your notebook is also gone.
  • Find notes with Sublime Text like fuzzy search
  • Use the backend in your applications using JASONRPC
  • Decent rich text editor

Webpage: Encrypted Notes

Geeknote: Evernote from the terminal


Off late I prefer using GitHub Gist for my notes. For confidential or temporary stuff that I do not want to store on a server I use note or Laverna. However, I have friends and colleagues who use Evernote all the time. Evernote doesn’t have a official client for Linux. Here’s an unofficial one which is light and gives you the freedom to use your favourite text editor on Linux.

Geeknote is a console based Evernote client written in python. It supports the following:

  • Use your preferred editor – nano, vi, vim, mcedit…
  • Create, edit, search notes
  • Notebook and tags
  • Read note from the console
  • Sync directories and files with Evernote (file is transferred as plaintext)

Geeknote provides a number of easy to remember cmdline options. Check the documentation for a step by step guide on usage.

To install and launch Geeknote:

$ git clone git://
$ cd geeknote
$ sudo python install
$ geeknote login

Webpage: Geeknote

nvPY: Simplenote syncing note manager

Simplenote user looking for a client on Linux? You’re in luck! nvPY is an unofficial Simplenote client for Linux.

  • Maintains its own database on disk, syncs with Simplenote on start-up
  • Does all syncing by itself in the background
  • Can edit the same note simultaneously in nvP as well as the web interface
  • Works on Linux, Windows and Mac
  • Free and open source

To install on Ubuntu,

$ sudo apt-get install nvpy

or, for the latest version

$ sudo pip install nvpy

To setup nvPY, create a file called .nvpy.cfg in your home directory and add the following:

sn_username = your_simplenote_username
sn_password = your_simplenote_password

Webpage: nvPY

Laverna & other evernote alternatives


We wrote about Nitro and Springseed earlier. Both of these native apps are good alternatives to Evernote on Linux as they can integrate with Dropbox. And then we have Nevernote (aka NixNote) – the multiplatform (JAVA based) open source client designed to work with Evernote. Recently we came across another open source project which is a very capable alternative to Evernote.

Laverna is written in Javscript and can run online in your browser or can be installed locally. Use markdown text to create beautiful notes with Laverna. I drafted this article in Laverna.

Laverna has native desktop clients too.


  • No registration needed for the online app.
  • Laverna uses IndexedDB and localStorage. All the information will be stored only on client-side.
  • Can encrypt the client-side notes with SJCL library.
  • Optional synchronization with cloud storage.
  • Markdown text. Laverna web app uses pagedown and ACE editor.
  • Clean interface. Several editing modes: distraction-free mode, preview mode and normal.
  • Useful editor tools: blockquote, sample code, image insertion, tags.
  • Works as a task manager too. Check the sample note.
  • Local install possible.
  • Runs as a web service, so platform independent.
  • Native client for Linux, Windows, Mac.
  • Self-hosted option.
  • Open source and free.

Webpage: Laverna


  • Dillinger is another excellent cloud based markdown editor that stores the notes locally and optionally in Dropbox, GitHub, Google Drive and OneDrive. It also supports many themes and export options.
  • Remarkable is a fully local application but I wouldn’t mind it because of tons of dependencies.
  • Paperwork is a open source note-taking & archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote & Google Keep.
  • Everpad is an unofficial Linux Evernote client.

Springseed: awesome Ubuntu note manager

springseed_compWhen I started downloading Springseed and noted that the size of the package is ~32MB I was disappointed. What possibly could be the reason a note-taking software has to be 32MB? I didn’t stop the download though and I am glad I continued. Springseed isn’t bloated and is the best notes manager I have used till date on any platform. Springseed is available only for Ubuntu. Some of its excellent features:

  • Starts up very fast
  • A beautiful and aesthetic minimal look
  • Use Markdown syntax on the fly (like in Wikis)
  • Sync notes to Dropbox automatically
  • Use multiple notebooks to keep tasks and notes organized
  • Search your notes by content
  • Links open directly in the browser

Probably a keyboard shortcut is an excellent idea as you are going to launch it frequently if you use it.

On GitHub: Springseed

Nitro: a multi-platform task manager

Just tested Nitro, a nifty multi-platform (Linux, Windows, Mac) task manager cum note taking application. The first thing I noted about it is the simplicity of its interface – it’s just cool! Then comes the various customization options – themes, language, priority, due date, tags, quick search… Developed by the authors of Geary Mail and Stormcloud, this utility too has similar aesthetics. It can be used offline as well as online and across multiple systems – thanks to the Ubuntu One and Dropbox synchronization options. I was looking for a time to lay my hands on a lightweight task management cum note-taking application which doesn’t overkill things and at the same time has important functionalities needed for regular usage. This is it!

Webpage: Nitro