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TiddlyWiki is a single html file with all the characteristics of a wiki - including all of the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet. Because its a single file, its very portable - you can email it, put it on a web server or share it via a USB stick. It has a broad range of tools and an ever expanding plethora of plugins.
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Cross page linking Customizable Encrypted Notes File-sync Internal links Journal Markdown MarkDown support Multiple languages Notetaking Password encryption Portable Standalone Support for NodeJS Todos Wiki Wiki-like interface Add a feature
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I'm a long time user of the free and open source software TiddlyWiki. It's been developed for well over 10 years and has an active community surrounding it with thousands of users from all over the globe.
TiddlyWiki is sometimes compared to Evernote and MS OneNote. But, being a single file html wiki tool, it has one "super power" that is exceptional: customization. Relatively easily shape this little note system to meet your needs as a notebook, or a public website, or a project tool or a research paper or a... Frankly, it is unlike anything you've ever seen.
The core idea is that you add your information as "small notes" that are then reused and combined into larger contexts. And, each note is itself programmable! For a trivial example, say you have a "Household TiddlyWiki" and in it, a note called Milk (!) with whatver information you want (preferred brand, fat level etc). This "Milk" note can then be found in the Grocery list note, which is perhaps a code to auto-aggregate everything tagged Food and Buy. The Milk might also be part of the MyFavCake recipe note where you include a (linked) youtube clip or pictures. Everything is a note and can be sliced and diced into the contexts you need. TiddlyWiki lets you interconnect notes a bit like thoughts are cross fertilized in your brain.
Downsides? This is not a tool for "my mom" to administer. It's not a commercial product so the aim is not to "please everyone" but instead to allow user freedom to hack/modify/integrate. You should be technical enough to know e.g what a macro is (even if you can't necessarily make one) and if you know a bit of html and CSS you'll have even more fun. These bits are not necessary - but just like using a spreadsheet doesn't require use of macros, after a while as your ideas grow wilder, you'll want to...
The core code is intentionally kept small but still with the most common functionality, including a nice interface. Because it is a general tool it attracts a wide user base with different backgrounds and needs so there's an expanding plethora of plugins and ready made variants to meet a wide range of ideas and applications.
The main site is tiddlywiki.com. That IS actually the tool itself... (and because it is a webpage, it's actually on your local computer so you can actually modify it already there!) - but you should of course download a clean/empty copy for yourself.
There is also an active discussion group where you can ask pretty much anything and typically get answers very fast.
[Edited by twMat, October 28]
Once you either
want to insert a picture in your note, or
amount of notes gets past number 100
you will quickly realise why this is definitely NOT a good choice.
For creating an intra-web wiki, which is somehow very focused and limited to amount of articles - this is okay-ish.
TiddlyWiki is a single html file, just like a web page... actually, you can say it is a webpage but you can store it locally or on-line (..or on a USB stick or email, etc, etc).
For this reason, just like a webpage, it is not wise to try to embed images in the very document. Instead simply link to images super easily, for example using [img[http://...]] or to a local file.
And regarding "amount of notes" - you can typically have several thousands without problem.
What has kept my own interest in TiddlyWiki over the years is its incedible customizability. You can use it as a notebook or easily customise it into other types of special CMS applications.
its a self-modifying JS-powered webpage alright.
For this very reason, it does not distribute the pages on multiple html documents and JS starts to show the effects for high note count. Also the effect of big text, documents will be rendered slow on the screen. It also requires you to have a browser running to use it. Storing images in local folder is what I did, but they are still stored aside from notes by the nature of engine.
Personally, the dedicated note taking applications like KeepNote beat it, if offline operation is not required. The standalone wikis beat it, because they distribute the load better and require much less JS.
However, if WYSIWYG formatting can be replaced with pseudo-text variant, for example:
apparently nothing beats the speed and simplicity of text notes for personal notetaking.
I wrote my own parser for tags in bash, thus I get ultra fast searches, whilst the notes have sufficient markup and minimum on ram/dependencies.
[Edited by JohnAlternate, October 30]
this is a newer me. and yes, been there, even used markdown.
the best method is really ODT/LibreOffice and fulltext mass search of all ODTs via a script.
it gets best of all worlds together.
It is very cross platform and doesn't tie you to any software, though it does have some trouble with Firefox, though there is an extension for that.
I like this as a personal wiki. Everything saves to one html file with one java file. The interface is clean and everything works nicely the only drawback is that it doesn't look quite like a Wikipedia or similar site. Also, for some reason, some of the terminology is changed ('pages' are referred to as 'tiddlers')
I can totally reshape TiddlyWiki to fit my personal needs for managing information.
Simple interface, yet flexible.
I used TiddlyWiki several years but Firefox updates make it impossible to save changes properly (TiddlyFox no longer available) not TiddlyWiki's fault. That why I'm checking alternatives...
Just check this addon https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/file-backups/
It works almost as TiddlyFox but need some additional setup.
You may now use Timimi, which works (very well) both on Firefox and Chrome : https://github.com/ibnishak/Timimi/releases .
You may also use TiddlyDesktop (pretty cross platform) : https://github.com/Jermolene/TiddlyDesktop/releases . With this one, you can manage several wikis. Both single-file and folder/flat-files wikis are supported.