vis: a simpler vim


vim has been around for years and accumulated a lot of legacy code. Projects like neovim have emerged to remove the clutter and extend vim with a modern approach. vis is a similar attempt written from the scratch to provide a vim-like experience without legacy baggage. It is under active development at the time of writing. Continue reading vis: a simpler vim

WordGrinder: B&W word processing


Serious authors do not like the word-processing system coming in the way of writing. For example, auto-corrections and suggestions should not block the flow. Call him old school but Sci-Fi writer Robert J. Sawyer prefers WordStar for these very reasons. may like him do. For Linux users, WordGrinder fits the bill. Continue reading WordGrinder: B&W word processing

Papyrus: Qt5 notes manager

Papyrus is a fresh Qt5 based notes manager with a polished interface. It is a fork of the Kaqaz Note Manager targeting a better interface, security and faster performance. The application maintains a list of notes.


  • Notes management by means of labels and categories
  • Sorting notes by day
  • A user-interface different from other applications
  • Advance and Smart searching in notes
  • To-Do papers
  • Backing up notes
  • Encrypted synchronization via Dropbox among all your devices
  • Supporting left-to-right and right-to-left languages
  • Sharing papers with other applications
  • Assigning password for protecting notes
  • Attach map and weather to note informations automatically
  • Attaching photos, audio files and folders to any note
  • Search on papers by location
  • Capability of running and sync data on all operating systems (Android, Windows, Linux, Mac and soon other operating systems)
  • Free and open source (GPLv3)
  • Canvas for painting
  • Search on papers using weather and temperature, your notes wrote.
  • Can move data to sd-card (on old phones)
  • Status and statistics page for notes
  • Synchronizing files


Papurus installers for multiple platforms can be downloaded from its home page (linked below). deb packages for Ubuntu are available.

Webpage: Papyrus

Similar software

Xournal: handwritten notes

Xournal is an editor with a special feature – it supports handwritten notes using a stylus. In addition to note-taking, it also supports sketching, maintaining a journal or annotating PDF files. Xournal is written in Gtk+ and closely tied to the Gnome desktop environment. Xournal aims to provide superior graphical quality (subpixel resolution) and overall functionality.

Xournal is particularly useful for students attending lecture sessions or seminars and taking down quick notes. It can also work as a replacement for the default PDF viewer. Xournal supports basic editing tools.

The application has minimal dependencies. To install on Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install xournal

Webpage: Xournal

Similar software

  • Jarnal (supports collaborative features)

qNotesManager: Qt based note manager

We explored many note managers in earlier articles. There are several quality applications like Cherrytree, Springseed, Laverna or purely console based note managers. There’s even Notepadqq, a Notepad++ clone. However, this is a category where new members keep coming on.

We came across qNotesManager, written in C++/Qt. It is a rich text editor cum notes manager.


  • Format note text in WYSIWYG-editor
  • Insert images, lists, tables
  • Add tags to notes
  • Group notes in categories (folders)
  • Filter notes by creation / modification time
  • Encrypt notes
  • Quick note: create a new note with text from clipboard with just one click
  • Multiplatform. Supports Linux, Windows and Mac


qNotesManager is not distributed as a package yet. It needs to be compiled from source. The dependencies are:

  • Qt4 libraries (4.4 or above)
  • openssl
  • qca2
  • qca-ossl2

To compile it on Ubuntu:

$ git clone
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential qt4-dev-tools libqt4-dev libssl-dev libqt4-core libqca2 libqca2-dev libqca2-plugin-ossl libqca2-plugin-gnupg
$ cd qNotesManager
$ qmake
$ make
$ sudo make install

On GitHub: qNotesManager