Zim Reviews

Review of Zim, switching from Wikidpad

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I have tried out different notetaking software for Windows.
These have I found interesting:
Zim
Wikidpad
KeepNote
KeyNote NF
Microsoft One Note

I like the wiki concept and for me it stands between Zim and Wikidpad.
Both are great. Biggest difference is that in Wikidpad all files are stored in one folder. While Zim allows user to use sub-folders.
Not using sub-folders is easier, but requires that all links have unique names.

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Minimalist, lightweight documentation system

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Zim is easy quick and support is good. Keeping on my desktop and thus my ideas private is important to me.

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It's an extendable (Python-written) desktop wiki. If you want to own your wiki entries, store them on your Desktop using Zim.

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Zim is nice. It has to grow in features though.

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Simple and practical

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Extremely practical for organizing small notes such as todo-lists and reminders that can be linked.
Saves as plain text files which can be opened by a simple text editor and synchronized with another piece of software.
It has nice plugins for diagrams and math formulas.

I use it with Syncthing which synchronizes my documents across my devices, and Turbo Editor on my Android phone and tablet.

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Lots of potential, but a memory hog

by 10basetom
about Zim and TreePad · Jan 2014 ·

I gave this a thorough run-through today to see whether it can replace TreePad Lite, which I've been using for over a decade but is getting a little long in the tooth.

Zim is very flexible, especially when you enable the plugins that it supports (my favorite is the Arithmetic plugin that allows inline calculations, e.g., enter "1+1=" and press F5 to get the calculated result). I also like that Zim handles the formatting automatically so you can just focus on the content (e.g., begin a line with "*" or "1." and it will be formatted as a bulleted or numbered list, respectively).

Being a true wiki editor, linking in Zim is as simple as dragging a page (akin to a node in a tree) from the left pane into the document in the right pane (you can also enter a term in CamelCase and it will automatically link). The linkage works both ways, so if you delete a page that has a backlink, all backlinks pointing to it will also get unlinked.

In the end, I decided that Zim was way too powerful for my needs, which is basically organizing notes in a tree view. The price you pay for all this power is memory consumption: this program is pretty heavy. I installed the portableapps.com version and noticed that even when sitting idle it consumes three processes (two Zim processes and one portableapps.com process) totaling about 30 MB. This is way too much for an app that I intend to have running all the time to keep plain text notes. My search for TreePad's replacement continues...

Hmm. Only 30 MB? I have 32Gb of RAM ;)

UPDATE: My search has ended. I'm now a very happy KeyNote NF 1.7.9.4 Beta user :-).

I finally decided on http://www.mynoteskeeper.com/

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Didn't like that it automatically alphabetizes the hierarchical list.

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every time one creates a new page and there doesn't seem to be any way to change this behavior.

No you cannot, but when you open your notes, the tabs at the top will stay in the order you opened the notes (except if you click again on a note in the left pane). So if you want to keep your notes ordered by the time you opened them, use the tabs.

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