Zim Desktop Wiki: Note Taking The Awesome Way Part One

I have been using OneNote for a couple of years for notes in school. However OneNote is proprietary software and the format it saves to is a proprietary file format. For school OneNote it’s great and the workflow I have there is a good fit. But school notes are actually a very small portion of the notes I make. I have a lot of notes for among other things code snippets, how to’s, ideas, and blog posts like the one I am writing right now. For these notes my workflow does not go well with OneNote and I needed another solution. So after making a list of features I wanted I started searching.

Feature list

  • Open source
  • Cross platform (Windows and Linux)
  • Save to .txt format
  • Show images
  • Markdown support
  • TODO checkboxes (Like OneNote)
  • Spell checking
  • Simple interface
  • Search
  • Tags support
  • Distraction free screen (Like Writemonky or Writeroom)
  • Syntax highlighting
  • In active development
  • Wiki based
  • Version control
  • Flow charts
  • Encryption

I have actually been searching for quit sometime now and I started writing my own application. I have been using my application for about six month. But I have only had time to implement a couple of features form the list (Cross platform, save to .txt, TODO checkboxes, search, and tags). Although it has been fun writing my own note application I simply don’t have the time implementing the features I want. When I came across Zim Desktop Wiki and I was quit surprised at how many of the features from my list it had and how similar the interface was to my own application. So I decided to give it a try and I love it.

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Zim Desktop Wiki features on my list

  • Open source
  • Cross platform (Windows and Linux)
  • Save to .txt format
  • Show images
  • Markdown support
  • TODO checkboxes (Like OneNote)
  • Spell checking (Don’t work on windows)
  • Simple interface
  • Search
  • Tags support
  • Distraction free screen (Like Writemonky or Writeroom)
  • In active development
  • Wiki based
  • Version control

The Zim Desktop Wiki has 14 out of 17 features from my list not bad at all. I will in part two go over how I use this awesome note taking application and highlight some of its features.