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Polar

Polar is a powerful desktop app for managing all your web content, books, and notes. Polar keeps all your content in one place, supports tagging, annotation, highlightin...

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Avg rating of 3.8 (22)| 22 comments

Polar Screenshots

Captured HTML content available for offline viewing at any time.
Document repository for tagging and managing your documents.
Page annotation including pagemarks, comments, and flashcards.
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Polar Features

  1.  PDF annotationPolar support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
  2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
  3.  Built-in viewerPolar shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.

Polar information

  • Developed byKevin Burton
  • LicensingProprietary (GPL-3.0) and Freemium product.
  • PricingSubscription that costs between $5 and $15.
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.8 (22 ratings)
  • Alternatives70 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

GitHub repository

  •  4,445 Stars
  •  272 Forks
  •  966 Open Issues
  •   Updated

Our users have written 22 comments and reviews about Polar, and it has gotten 69 likes

Polar was added to AlternativeTo by burtonator423 on and this page was last updated .

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phlame64
  
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This has become my go-to software for reading on my laptop. Absolutely love the AI flashcard feature.

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osmoticinception
  
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It solves the web archiving and note problem efficiently and wothout all the crud from soultions like evernote.

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Norton
  
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The initial acceptance terms upon installing this made me uninstall it immediately without bothering to try it. Too much tracking for my liking. Felt like I was about to use one of those nasty intrusive Google apps! I don't care how much organisations promise not to use identifiable information etc. They are, at least, very open about tracking you, but I don't want any snooping whatsoever. Particularly for a database application in which I'm like to be storing sensitive information. What I do on my computer is private.

Reference T&C screenshot https://imgur.com/fUeXRsR

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RemovedUser
  
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I was rather excited about it when it initially came out and have used it for a while.

But as it stands, there's a major privacy issue that the owner is not looking to address (as others have reported), it changed from an open source app to a closed source one, the technical support is not great, and the abrupt way that they decided to monetise the app really alienated their user base.

One can only hope that this will sometime return to its former approach, but there's very little hope in that sense. Overall, it feels like a botched solution which I cannot recommend at all.

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hex111
  
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Its so sad to read all the features. This is like the exact thing i wish i was using for the last few years (instead of scattering notes all over), but its like notion and one note, can't touch it without feeling like with every thought I'm feeding a machine.

I would be desperately happy to pay a subscription if all these features were open source, independently audited, and did everything to empower the users freedom and privacy. Its not even paranoia its just irresponsible to give more power to those who have abused it at every turn.

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heleyo4596
  
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Polar is not an open source solution. The developer only initially claimed to be open source to get initial traction. Initially only the client was partially open source but now they are fully closed source. The repo has been archived. See https://github.com/burtonator/polar-bookshelf Also got it confirmed in Discord.

Dont trust these folks for the bait and switch. Who knows what they will do next.

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dog_funtom
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There's no button to delete your account.

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