do they provide productivity?

A random-ish bunch of (personal) knowledge management related software I have tried, would like to try, or decided not to try. With comments.

Writing, organizing, note-taking. Best or most interesting towards the top.

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aloList by alo, last updated 2020-10-27
  1. Obsidian icon

    super super interesting. Interlinking and the automatic reference collection look nice. Gotta test. Basically free but not FOSS, sadly.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • ...
    Obsidian screenshot 1
  2. Pine Markdown Editor icon

    For Mac, written in Swift. Not js, which is good. Not tested (yet) but seems to have the right features, i.e. nice formatting incl. latex and sidebar.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • ...
    Pine Markdown Editor screenshot 1
  3. Mark Text icon

    oh wow this looks fabulous with a promising mix of features

    • ...
    GitHub Flavored Markdown
  4. Trilium Notes icon

    A proper personal wiki!

    Oh I wish this was properly available on Mac.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Cloudron
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Trilium Notes screenshot 1
  5. Notion icon

    Looks promising with all the fuss. The basic features and use cases tickle me the right way but I've been putting on my tinfoil hat lately. The only option is to store all the information in the cloud and I'm not willing to put my life's invaluable information solely there. Then there's the privacy question with US servers.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • ...
    Notion screenshot 1
  6. StackEdit icon

    a browser editor. Looks polished and no-nonsense, though. With a quick try, I'm intrigued, but cautious.

    • Text Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome
    • ...
    StackEdit 5 - Split interface (Dark)
  7. Skrifa icon

    With the encryption schema sounds like Standard Notes but a bit more polished/fancy UI. Even a PGP option! FOSS. Not tested.

    • ...
    Skrifa screenshot 1
  8. Zettlr icon

    Looks it can organize and, what's important, interlink notes. Tested it for a while some time ago, there was probably something with how the notes were displayed/organized.

    • ...
    Zettlr Main Window (dark mode)
  9. Joplin icon

    Interesting piece of software. Tried once shortly, should test it more.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • Cloudron
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Termux
    • Firefox
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    Desktop and mobile apps
  10. Standard Notes icon

    Used it for a while. Really not bad and I like the design philosophy, but the UX wasn't that great on Mac. Migrated to Nextcloud Notes to be more accessible and easily editable using independent markdown editor.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Standard Notes screenshot 1
  11. Bear icon

    Nice app per se but the editor felt sluggish (some time ago) and was migrated to Standard Notes.

    • ...
    Bear screenshot 1
  12. ghostwriter icon

    Looks nice and would like to test it, sadly there was no readily available app bundle for Mac. C++ sounds like quickness.

    • ...
    ghostwriter screenshot 1
  13. Typora icon

    I think I tried this once and there was something why it didn't stick. Also, it's free only during the beta (in which it has been for a while already).

    • ...
    Typora screenshot 1
  14. Abricotine icon

    Nice colors, but Electron/js make it probably needlessly heavy. Not tested.

    • Text Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • ...
    Inline preview as you type
  15. FocusWriter icon

    I think I tried this almost a decade ago. Can't say much more.

    • Text Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    FocusWriter screenshot 1
  16. Ulysses icon

    Tried and almost bought it some time ago. There was something now inarticulable missing or wrong, maybe related to note organization or file format (and iCloud lock-in). Therefore didn't feel matching its price tag.

    • ...
    Ulysses screenshot 1
  17. Microsoft OneNote icon

    The UI is terrible. Really. I can't understand wth has thought the Ribbon thing ever was a good idea anyway. The best thing (in some cases) is WYSIWYG and the ability to create complex-ish content (such as tables with colors). In the process of migrating away. The tables get probably replaced with plain Sheets.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    • Kindle Fire
    • ...
    Microsoft OneNote screenshot 1

Well, some did provide productivity, some didn't stick. Current go-to solution for general writing, outlining, drafting, and note-taking is Nextcloud Notes with a third party editor.

Actually, I put todo-notes usually directly into my calendar so they get eventually done. For the quick and tiny things, Google Keep is surprisingly good.


This list was created by alo Oct 24, 2020 and was last updated Oct 27, 2020. The list has 17 apps.

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