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    • Discontinued This project is both discontinued and dangerous: "Magpie is no longer under active development. There has been a `disclosure`_ of a bug that exposes the entire filesystem through Magpie."
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Zim Comments

Privacy tip: Use Zim with Cryptomator

Positive Comment by JohnFastman
about Zim and Tresorit, Cryptomator, SpiderOak Dec 2016

If you would like to sync your Zim wiki database between computers, but don't want to have the plain text version synced (e.g. because of Dropbox/GoogleDrive/OneDrive/Box privacy concerns), you can always save your Zim database file in an encrypted Vault using the excellent open source and cross-platform app Cryptomator.

Otherwise, you can sync using Spideroak, Tresorit, or pCloud's encrypted folder. All of these are end-to-end encrypted.

An additional benefit of using Cryptomator is that you can close Zim, lock the vault in Cryptomator and other users on the same computer won't be able to open or access your Zim database contents.

This solution should be included on the Zim FAQ page, which says that you can't have encryption. This is an easy and convenient solution.


Comparing Zim to WikidPad 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by romanunfamilied
about Zim and wikidPad Nov 2016

Speaking of more or less notable feature differences. So, Wikidpad has got anchors, and can also make insertions (you insert content of one page into other, and it updates dynamically when you make changes to the page you inserted content from).
Zim hasn't got this; anchors are planned, but the works for them haven't even started yet.

On the other hand, Zim doesn't have HTML and preview modes, you work in one unified mode; no distorting of downscaled images; somewhat easier and faster work as you don't have to write code.

My personal verdict: if you don't yet have your wikis\notes, then Zim will be easier and faster start. But if you use WikidPad for a long time already and have lots of experience with it - no sense in switching to Zim, as WikidPad has slighly more capabilities.


Awesome note taking app 2 Helpful

Positive Comment by lrq3000
about Zim Mar 2016

I have transferred all my notes onto this app, which took me some time, but it was worth the sweat. This app is amazing, the inline preview (displaying nice widgets instantly as you type markup) is really amazing to efficiently take formatted note without breaking your momentum. Also, the Table of Content plugin allows to quickly navigate inside a document, and this has proven invaluable to navigate inside my very long notes. The application is also very stable and relatively memory lightweight (2 processes ~ 30MB total) given it renders all kinds of widgets and support multi-documents.


This is the best solution of organizing stuff... 2 Helpful

Comment by chokiwon
about Zim Feb 2016

I've been using this for 3 years.

before that, I had used Evernote, Zotero just for making note and have some organized stuff for very long period time.

Since I have found Zim...

I had to move the whole material that I have noted, but It was definitely worth to do.

I'm using Linux mint~ which is perfect for using Zim.

I think there are still some disadvantage of applying Zim to Window OS in some extension.

But I highly recommend this tool, and altering OS to Linux. :)



Positive Comment by Cotangens
about Zim Feb 2016

Great program! Thank you.


If only... -1 Helpful

Comment by ratticalred
about Zim Jan 2016

It's actually a great software. If only the automatic linking would work for non-camel case keywords. You don't use camel case in normal text and it's stupid if you have to go through every existing page and search for keywords to link whenever you create a new page.
This flaw sadly makes it useless to me.



Comment by alsamuef
about Zim Sep 2013

GTK software, thanks but no thanks.



Positive Comment by SouzaRM
about Zim Mar 2013

Thank you!


It's fairly good, not all instructions are too clear at fir ...

Comment by Zenttii
about Zim Jun 2011

It's fairly good, not all instructions are too clear at first (ie it tells you conflicting information when creating a new notebook, it says you use the same folder, but doesn't tell you it overwrites all the notes in that folder!) has potential and I'm switching from Tomboy to give this a shot,but wont yet delete tomboy as it does simply work with no troubles. But I'm hoping zim will give me a slightly difference approach to note keeping


I tend to do the tags:taggoeshere trick and chase backlin ...

Comment by achadwick
about Zim Jun 2011

I tend to do the tags:taggoeshere trick and chase backlinks from the blank filler pages using Alt+B. Using a namespace means I can close the tags namespace and get it out of my face. It's not ideal - hashtagging and a tag cloud or list sorted by frequency would be nicer, plus a search box... idea for a plugin maybe?


Zim is pretty cool in that it creates a hierarchical list o ...

Comment by windfix
about Zim Jun 2011

Zim is pretty cool in that it creates a hierarchical list of your pages, however, it doesn't automagically update your page names when you change the links in a page. This is a pain. I am not sure if the hierarchy makes it worthwhile, will probably revert to Tomboy notes again.


i'm currently tryng out version 0.28 on Gentoo, looks and w ...

Comment by realaaa
about Zim Jun 2011

i'm currently tryng out version 0.28 on Gentoo, looks and works pretty OK, it's just what I need, but maybe it's way too easy :)

I'm also looking into and but so far I like Zim more