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LinuxFanBoi
January 21st, 2010, 08:12 AM
Anyone know of one that comes close?

L4U
January 21st, 2010, 08:44 AM
The closest IMO is the Firefox add-on Scrapbook (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/427). I use it as my Evernote replacement and like it a lot.

I also like Tomboy Notes a lot.

fancypiper
January 21st, 2010, 09:26 AM
Here are two links that might help you.

The Windows/Linux Alternative Project (http://www.linuxalt.com/)

The table of equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software in Linux (http://www.linuxrsp.ru/win-lin-soft/table-eng.html)

LinuxFanBoi
January 21st, 2010, 02:38 PM
Thank you both. I'll check them out.

Queue29
January 21st, 2010, 02:47 PM
I also like Tomboy Notes a lot.

Tomboy notes is nothing more than digital sticky notes..

http://www.linuxscrew.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/sticky.png

VS.

http://www.microsoft.com/library/media/1033/windows/products/winfamily/mobility/images/screen-onenote-mixednote.gif


Don't even pretend they compare

pwnst*r
January 21st, 2010, 03:16 PM
^That.

Luke has no name
January 21st, 2010, 04:30 PM
Xournal. Don't use gournal, it sucks.

sudo apt-get install xournal

tgalati4
January 21st, 2010, 04:52 PM
zotero plug-in in ff. Otherwise zim.

One-note has the unique capability of audio notes.

Will One-note run in wine?

m_duck
January 21st, 2010, 04:54 PM
Basket Note Pads (http://basket.kde.org/) is probably the closest to One Note as far as I'm aware. Note that it's a qt3 based app so will probably look fugly. I'm not quite sure what the development is doing... The last release (according to their website) was over a year ago, but some places seem to suggest work is being done. There is also a qt4 version in the arch linux aur, but not sure if that's official.

RE: OneNote in WINE - 2003 (http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=4256&iTestingId=1619) | 2007 (http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=12899&iTestingId=28198)

chrisinspace
January 21st, 2010, 05:25 PM
For me OneNote was the Windows "killer app" that got me to set up XP in a VirtualBox VM. It's an amazing application for taking notes in class. It definitely helped get me through grad school.

As I said, I ran XP in VirtualBox, then launched OneNote in seamless mode. It integrated transparently with my Linux desktop and apps. For me, it was the perfect classroom hybrid.

I tried OneNote in Wine (via Crossover). It worked pretty well, but could be a little unstable. It crashed from time to time and especially didn't like if the notebook files were not stored in the default location.

JohnFH
January 21st, 2010, 07:04 PM
I've used OneNote a little and it looks very good but I've yet to find good use for it. Maybe I'm just stuck in my ways.

As for the Linux equivalent, BasKet looks ok (thanks for the link to the Linux Alternative Project!), but it's a KDE app. Nothing on Gnome comes close to OneNote it seems.

TheNessus
January 21st, 2010, 07:12 PM
For me OneNote was the Windows "killer app" that got me to set up XP in a VirtualBox VM. It's an amazing application for taking notes in class. It definitely helped get me through grad school.

As I said, I ran XP in VirtualBox, then launched OneNote in seamless mode. It integrated transparently with my Linux desktop and apps. For me, it was the perfect classroom hybrid.

I tried OneNote in Wine (via Crossover). It worked pretty well, but could be a little unstable. It crashed from time to time and especially didn't like if the notebook files were not stored in the default location.
+1.

There IS no linux equivalent to OneNote that is as good. As much as I hate Microsoft, OneNote remains their greatest and best achievement IMHO. I run win7 in VB mainly to use OneNote. I keep the VB open in its own workspace all the time in full-screen mode, actually.

phrostbyte
January 21st, 2010, 07:20 PM
I always use LaTeX to take notes in class. Especially useful in mathematics courses.

Afterwords you can publish your notes in a textbook because they look so professional. :)

Confuzius
January 21st, 2010, 08:25 PM
I used evernote for a little while, even in wine.
But I decided that the best bet was more or less just .odt or .txt files combined with Dropbox. Not quite as well organized as onenote but my dropbox looks like:

/Dropbox
---/ProgrammingTechniques1/
------/Week1/
------/Week2/
---/InformationSystems/
------/Week1/
------/Week2/

That way I have all of my notes everywhere and accessible on any system via dropbox.com also. I stick in the Prof provided PDF notes and assignments into whatever folder is relevant, and just keep track of my text notes as needed.

lisati
January 21st, 2010, 08:29 PM
My previous laptop had OneNote preinstalled (and a license key for it) - never got the point of it......

pwnst*r
January 21st, 2010, 08:45 PM
My previous laptop had OneNote preinstalled (and a license key for it) - never got the point of it......

Cool story

TheNessus
January 21st, 2010, 08:59 PM
... just keep track of my text notes as needed. That's the problem - OneNote is the thing that is meant to keep track of notes for you, not the other way around. i.e. OneNote is for clumsy scattered disoriented people who can't be like you :)

humphreybc
January 21st, 2010, 09:22 PM
I always use LaTeX to take notes in class. Especially useful in mathematics courses.

Afterwords you can publish your notes in a textbook because they look so professional. :)

Ha! You know you're a nix geek when you take your notes using LaTeX!

L4U
January 21st, 2010, 11:33 PM
Tomboy notes is nothing more than digital sticky notes..

Don't even pretend they compare
Chill holmes.

I'm not suggesting Tomboy as a sole alternative to Onenote. I just mentioned it because I use it a lot in conjunction with Scrapbook.

NovaAesa
January 21st, 2010, 11:39 PM
Ha! You know you're a nix geek when you take your notes using LaTeX!

Yeah, I do that as well :P It's actually quite easy once you understand how LaTeX markup works. Of course, you have to be able to type really quickly to be able to keep up, although on a laptop (which is what I take notes with in class), typing quickly is alot easier than trying to use that damn touchpad (which you would have to be using if you were using OneNote).

L4U
January 21st, 2010, 11:39 PM
Basket Note Pads (http://basket.kde.org/) is probably the closest to One Note as far as I'm aware.
I was going to mention Basket, but it's pretty archaic comparably.

It's so cumbersome to add images to it. They really need to add a drag-n-drop feature.

Too bad OpenOffice doesn't have a note taking app. Writer's drag-n-drop ability was the reason I was partially using it for notetaking before I found Scrapbook.

OOo could easily make one and it would be a hit.

L4U
January 21st, 2010, 11:49 PM
There IS no linux equivalent to OneNote that is as good. As much as I hate Microsoft, OneNote remains their greatest and best achievement IMHO.
Haven't you tried Scrapbook? It totally been able to replace evernote for my needs.

juancarlospaco
January 21st, 2010, 11:58 PM
you're a nix geek when you take your notes using LaTeX!

http://www.ferreteriasolari.cl/tarro_linprof_latex.jpeg

pwnst*r
January 21st, 2010, 11:59 PM
Haven't you tried Scrapbook? It totally been able to replace evernote for my needs.

He said OneNote, not evernote.

L4U
January 22nd, 2010, 12:05 AM
He said OneNote, not evernote.
Was evernote so different than onenote? I thought they were basically the same. I just happened to have used evernote and not onenote.

juancarlospaco
January 22nd, 2010, 12:13 AM
If theres no one lets start one!, who has a PPA?, Python or C++ ?

TheNessus
January 22nd, 2010, 12:56 AM
Was evernote so different than onenote? I thought they were basically the same. I just happened to have used evernote and not onenote.

pretty big dif; not same company even. As I said, there is no competitor on-par with OneNote, evernote being a sub-par competitor, and so is Scrapbook.

Though the best linux counterpart I've seen is Writer's Cafe.

L4U
January 22nd, 2010, 01:21 AM
If theres no one lets start one!, who has a PPA?, Python or C++ ?
I like your enthusiasm!

I'd suggest go to the Basket Notes project first. If they'd had a drag-n-drop feature, I'd probably be using it.

If they don't seem interested in that (and can't imagine they wouldn't), I'd volunteer at OOo or Adiword since basically they just need to integrate a file management system since their Writer apps do word processing and have drag-n-drop for images and hyperlinks, etc.

gjtoth
January 22nd, 2010, 01:31 AM
Cherry Tree. http://tinyurl.com/yfdcupu

toupeiro
January 22nd, 2010, 02:09 AM
I recommend google wave... Let me know if you need an invite.

BuffaloX
January 22nd, 2010, 02:54 AM
Wow Cherry Tree looks pretty cool. :popcorn:

It looks a lot like Zim which I'm using now, but with some nice extra features.

Is Cherry Tree as solid as Zim?

nomnex
May 14th, 2010, 08:58 AM
Zim uses text files, it's very light on resource and can manage large notebooks (according to Jaap, the developer, >2000 files over is no problem).

Cherrytree uses a single .cfg datafile, so size limitation should apply (I had this problem with WOAS -- wiki on a stick).

++For Cherrytree (features missing on Zim)
- AUTOMATIC SYNTAX HIGHLIGHTING & Text tabulation & show line numbers
(writing code snippet is a breeze)
- Styles association (bold + italique, etc.)
- Text-align:left | center | right
- Table (quite elegant GUI table implementation)
- Print to PDF, PF, SVF
- Numbered list
- Color background text
- Color foreground text

I would choose/stick to Zim anyway, although the first point in the list above is what I miss the most in Zim.

http://zim-wiki.org/index.html

Jaap is very committed to his project, I like Zim wiki style approach (Zim is quite unique in this matter). It looks good, you can have several notebooks open at once, import text files, and there are many other neat features. Zim rocks for me. It is either Zim either a Wiki on a local server.

<side note - you don't have to adhere>
I loath OneNote or any M$ bloatware more than anything on heart. F..k Microsoft big time, and their vampire marketing practice.

Tomoby is nothing but a Mono crap for granny users. It has not functionality, it's slow, dull and ugly. The only good point when you use it: it makes you remember how stupid if feels to be on a Windoze platform using Windoze accessories. Gnote is Tomboy (Mono free).

Edit: for a general review of the note taking software: http://preview.tinyurl.com/yj9gdms

Kimm
May 14th, 2010, 09:29 AM
I recommend google wave... Let me know if you need an invite.

Same here, I have a ton of invites, anyone who wants one can PM me ^^

nomnex
May 15th, 2010, 03:59 AM
This is an update to Cherrytree after a few mail exchange with Guiseppe.

http://open.vitaminap.it

I want to give credit to Guiseppe. He is also very committed to his projects (CT and X-tile) and the feedback is good. On the downside, he has less development time than Jaap (Zim). CT was born after the dev. of notecase wrote him he would strop the project.

Zim is best for large notebook, but CT --a single .XML data source-- is also very good (notably to write code snippets).

If you don't need a collaborative app. e.g. Wave, Zim and CT are among the top of the list on GNOME.

madjr
May 15th, 2010, 05:14 AM
check here all the alternatives

http://alternativeto.net/desktop/microsoft-onenote/

some have mentioned zim, yeap i like it

heres a vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBZpWgzO9Ps

tgalati4
May 15th, 2010, 05:21 AM
Zim is cool it that you can have it open on several computers at once all working on the same local network file. Edits automagically appear on several computers at once. This is handy for taking linux-related notes when you are working on several different distros on several different machines. Otherwise, your notes reside on whatever machine you have booted and are not accessible when on other machines.

You can also run zim over the web via ssh with x-forwarding and have access to all of your notes. Because of its lightweight coding, it runs well over the network. Truly a gem.

I doesn't have audio-recording notes and it doesn't support drag and drop or markup, but for taking notes across platforms it's the bomb.

doublewitt
October 3rd, 2010, 09:44 PM
maybe you can try NEVERNOTE - a LINUX alternative for Evernote. You can easily sync to your evernote web account with NEVERNOTE...! There are many note filtering options - just like evernote. Ofcourse, easy installation is available with a .deb package...

http://nevernote.sourceforge.net/

daniele80
November 7th, 2010, 07:03 AM
I'm using Keepnote :)

http://rasm.ods.org/keepnote/

odindio
May 12th, 2011, 06:56 PM
nothing compares to OneNote, basket note pads is ok though. Does anyone know how to convert onenote files to a ubuntu app file like basket not pad?

Bandit
May 12th, 2011, 07:24 PM
^That.
Agreed..

Bandit
May 12th, 2011, 07:26 PM
Anyone know of one that comes close?

Forgot to mention. If you have a Hotmail/Windows Live email account. It has a slightly stripped down version of OneNote in it. Along with Excel, Word and PPoint. ;-)

junkrig
October 19th, 2011, 12:24 AM
For me OneNote was the Windows "killer app" that got me to set up XP in a VirtualBox VM. It's an amazing application for taking notes in class. It definitely helped get me through grad school.

As I said, I ran XP in VirtualBox, then launched OneNote in seamless mode. It integrated transparently with my Linux desktop and apps. For me, it was the perfect classroom hybrid.

I tried OneNote in Wine (via Crossover). It worked pretty well, but could be a little unstable. It crashed from time to time and especially didn't like if the notebook files were not stored in the default location.
Sorry to reply to a year old message but there's fairly little on the web regarding OneNote on Linux.

OneNote's also been my "killer app" - got me through all of my upper division undergrad courses in chemistry and physics, and kept Windows on my Thinkpad X61T instead of Linux. I hadn't considered the setup you describe. I'm going to definitely give it a try as I'm going to need OneNote again through grad school and I'd like to be able to ditch Windows as much as possible.

The three things I really need OneNote for:

-Handwritten vector graphic notes (quick rescaling when the page gets cluttered)

-Handwriting recognition so I can quickly search the thousands of pages of notes I make

-Ability to print whatever into a new note.


With the setup you described I'm guessing that you can't print from Linux into OneNote? Were you able to copy/paste text and images from Linux into OneNote?

thanks for replying if you get this.

LADmaticCA
October 19th, 2011, 12:33 AM
You might want to have a look at NixNote. They posted an update on it at OMGUbuntu.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/10/evernote-ubuntu-clone-nixnote-adds/

-gabe-noob-
October 19th, 2011, 02:10 AM
Nothing has the full functionality as One note, sadly.

I used evernote online for a while.