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    Evernote

    Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. The app allows users to create a "note" which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a...

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    Google Keep

    Google Keep has several features including color coding notes, inserting images, creating lists, geo-fencing, shareable notes, and search by color.

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome Android Wear

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    Microsoft OneNote

    A digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information. .

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows RT Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire

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    Laverna

    Laverna is a web application written on JavaScript. It's built to be an open source alternative to Evernote. Laverna stores notes in indexedDB and personal settings in local storage. ## Features ----------- * Markdown...

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    Simplenote

    Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas, and more. Your notes stay updated across all your devices. No buttons to press. It just works. Your notes are synced across your devices when you create, add to or change them. ...

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    Zim

    Zim brings the concept of a wiki to your desktop. Store information, link pages and edit with WYSISYG markup or directly typing some lightweight markup syntax and see it previewed as-you-type. Creating a new page is easy by either...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Tomboy

    Have you ever felt the frustration at not being able to locate a website you wanted to check out, or find an email you found interesting, or remember an idea about the direction of the political landscape in post-industrial Australia?...

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    CherryTree

    A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file. The following languages are supported: Chinese Simplified (Channing Wong, up to date) Czech (Pavel...

    Open Source Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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    RedNotebook

    RedNotebook is a graphical diary and journal helping you keep track of notes and thoughts. It includes a calendar navigation, customizable templates, export functionality and word clouds. You can also format, tag and search your...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Xfce

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    Notezilla

    Colorful & powerful sticky notes app for Windows & Phones. Set reminder alarms, attach them to any website or document, organize them using folders/tags, sync sticky notes between devices & send notes across LAN or to any...

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    CintaNotes

    CintaNotes is an ultra-ergonomic, productivity-boosting notetaking app for Windows. It will help you collect, organize, and find any information.

    Freemium Windows PortableApps.com

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    OpenNote

    OpenNote was built to be an open web based alternative to Microsoft OneNote and Evernote . Features Full WYSIWYG editor Touch friendly and mouse friendly ui Upload manager (not enabled in demo :) ) Light weight Multi...

    Open Source Self-Hosted

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    wikidPad

    wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. What makes wikidPad different from other notepad applications is the ease with which you can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Paperwork

    OpenSource note-taking & archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote & Google Keep.

    Open Source Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted PHP

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    NixNote

    NixNote, formerly Nevernote, is an open source client for Evernote . It is written in Java so it will also run on Windows & OS-X, but the primary focus has been to try and get a usable environment for Linux. Features ...

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    ResophNotes

    Very similar to Notational Velocity but for Windows. Features •Simple and fast notes on Windows •Sync online with Simplenote Support proxy (require HTTPS protocol) Optional Proxy username and password...

    Free Windows

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    Stickies

    Stickies is a PC utility written to replace Post-It-style notes left stuck to your monitor. The design goal behind Stickies is that the program is small and simple. Stickies will not mess with your system files, or write to the...

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    DEVONthink

    Meet DEVONthink — designed to manage and keep in order all those disparate pieces of information so important to your work or studies. As you become more experienced with DEVONthink and its easy, intuitive interface you will quickly...

    Commercial Mac

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    WizNote

    WizNote is a Note software, which is especially designed for Internet users and mobile Internet users. WizNote focuses more on notes of rapid collection, management, reading and sharing. WizNote is smaller, more stable, and more...

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    hackpad

    Smart collaborative documents. Personal notes. Classroom collaboration. Company wiki. Hackpad has you covered.

    Free Personal Web / Cloud

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    KeyNote NF

    KeyNote NF is a flexible, multi-featured tabbed notebook, based on Windows standard RichEdit control. It's always accessible with a single keypress, even if you work in another application. The basic idea in KeyNote NF is that...

    Open Source Windows

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    Alternote

    Gorgeous note-taking app for Mac with Evernote integration. Alternote has pixel-perfect interface, robust search, distraction-free mode and lots more. It is designed to be the most convenient and...

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    Nimbus Note

    Nimbus tools will make sure you never forget or lose your valuable data again. Create and edit notes, save web pages, screenshots and any other type of data – and share it all with your friends and workmates. Plus, you will have...

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    Notational Velocity

    Notational Velocity is a mouseless application for storing and retrieving notes. With Notational Velocity, searching for notes is not a separate action; rather, it is the primary interface. Searching encompasses all notes content...

    Open Source Mac

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    Omni Notes

    Note taking open-source application aimed to have both a simple interface but keeping smart behavior.

    Open Source Android

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    Leanote

    Leanote is an open source cloud notebook. Everyone familiar with Golang and mongodb are welcome to contribute code to it! Leanote provide services for note and blog. You can use "note" as your personal notebook, if you want...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    QOwnNotes

    Plain text notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that works together with the notes application of ownCloud.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Qt

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    Thinkery

    Thinkery is a fast and lightweight tool for storing notes, bookmarks, todos, organized through #hashtags. Bookmarks are stored in full-text. Android and iOS app available. It helps you focus on the important things and lets you...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome Firefox

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    Oinker

    Oinker looks like a plain chat program on the surface, but it allows you to save the specified messages (called ‘oinks’ in Oinker) on the spot, and more importantly, it allows you to connect the messages in an infinite number of ways...

    Free Web / Cloud

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    MyTetra

    MyTetra is open source and cross platform personal manager for information accumulation. It is powerful program for data memorization and structuring notes. .

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Springseed

    Simply awesome note taking.

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued Latest commit 4abcdfa on Jan 30. Also see https://github.com/spsdco/notes/issues/210
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    nvPY

    nvPY is a note-taking tool inspired by Notational Velocity, nvALT and ResophNotes. It syncs with simplenote, and runs on Linux, Windows and OSX.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Annotary

    Annotary is the easiest way to remember what you read and research online and share it with colleagues. Using our bookmarking and annotation tools, you can create an easily accessible repository of all your research for yourself and...

    Free Personal Web / Cloud Safari

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    Quiver

    Quiver is a notebook built for programmers. It lets you easily mix text, code and Markdown within one note, edit code with an awesome code editor, live preview Markdown and LaTeX cells, and find any note instantly via the full-text...

    Commercial Mac

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    Gruik

    Well, Gruik is for you if... - You take a lot of notes (post-it, gists, evernote, blog entries, .txt on your desktop (Oh you know what I mean)...) - You want to "Bring You Own Server" (later, a free hosted version will...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

Elephant Comments

Initial impressions very good.

Positive Comment by JohnFastman
about Elephant and TagSpaces, Evernote Dec 2016

Lots of folks out there are on the lookout for an Evernote replacement. This is getting there. It's a good cross-platform note taking app that stores the data in a way you can easily sync it yourself using whatever service you like.

It has functional search, accepts images into notes and supports tagging. Unforunately, the images can't be resized or included as files in and of their own right (they have to be part of a note). Same with PDF files. At the moment, there is no browser addon on that allows you to clip content and .html files are read only - you cant use that as a format for taking notes.

I hope this continues getting developed and supported.

For those Evernote escapees looking for an alternative, Elephant might already be a good choice. But also, check out the excellent and open source TagSpaces, which is similar but more developed and far more functional than a note-taking app (serves also as a file organizer). Finally, if you're technical enough to "roll your own" and host something on your own server, try Paperwork. It' s an open souce web-based Evernote alternative but probably the closest thing to Evernote's "feel".

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Excelent alternative to Notational Velocity in Java

Positive Comment by r3tr0g4m3r
about Elephant and ResophNotes, nvPY, Notational Velocity Aug 2015

Works as intended, writes to plain text and works as an alternative to Notational Velocity (nvpy, resoph notes).

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