Zkn (Zettelkasten) Alternatives

    Zkn (Zettelkasten) is described as 'Welcome to the homepage of the Zettelkasten (slip box) for your computer. This program is based on the working principle of Niklas Luhmann's famous Zettelkasten' and is an app in the Office & Productivity category. There are eight alternatives to Zkn (Zettelkasten) for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Linux, Windows, Online / Web-based and Android Tablet. The best alternative is Zettlr, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Zkn (Zettelkasten) are DEVONthink (Paid), wikidPad (Free, Open Source), nvALT (Free, Open Source) and The Archive (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jul 21, 2020

    1. Zettlr is a supercharged markdown editor that combines many writing editor features and collect them in one application. It aims at speeding up your workflow and help you write without any interruptions.
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    2. DEVONthink is a solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files.
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    3. wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. What makes wikidPad different from other notepad applications is the ease with which you can cross-link your information.


      Last update was in November 2018, and various links are dead on their website.

    4. nvALT is a fork of the original Notational Velocity with some additional features and interface modifications by Brett Terpstra and ElasticThreads.
    5. Powerful macOS note-taking for the modern warrior of light: - Plain Text File Storage: Robust and made for eternity - Clean and simple user interface: Calm and structured - Elegant Text Editor: Note Taking is writing.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Whether you're an undergrad tearing your hair out, or a researcher covering the walls with Post-It notes, Auratikum is here to help.
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    6. Synapsen is a hypertextual card index or reference organizer, which is to say a storage system on the basis of an electronic literature database that enables the management of bibliographies and notes.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      Neuron is a future-proof open-source CLI app for managing your plain-text notes in Zettelkasten style, as well as for publishing them on the web.
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