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KeepNote, the Guide & Incollector

March 11, 2009

Here are two kinds of softwares for note taking and organization but with different concepts.


With KeepNote, you can store your class notes, TODO lists, research notes, journal entries, paper outlines, etc in a simple notebook hierarchy with rich-text formatting, images, and more. Using full-text search, you can retrieve any note for later reference.


  • Rich-text formatting
    • Bullet point lists
    • Colored font
    • Inline images
    • Hyperlinks
  • Hierarchical organization for notes
  • Full-text search
  • Integrated screenshot
  • Integrated backup and restore
  • Spell checking (via gtkspell)
  • Auto-saving
  • Built-in backup and restore (archive to zip files)
  • Cross-platform (Linux, Windows, MacOS X)

I think KeepNote is quite promising and close to KeyNote I’m using. KeepNote currently handles images & web links better than KeyNote, but doesn’t have these features in KeyNote yet. Such as, customized icons & child nodes (soon in 0.52), links between notes and tabbed browsing. Anyway, I’ll keep an eye on this software. 🙂

Also worth mentioning: The Guild – a Portable, Open-Source Hierarchical Note Organizer.

Things I like:

  • Unicode support (KeyNote lacks)
  • Arranging Pages
  • Hyperlinks – to other nodes, files, directories, e-mails or URLs. Icons, Checkboxes or Both
  • Small and Portable
  • Export to RTF

Things it lacks:

  • Tab window
  • Spelling Check
  • Picture


Incollector is an application to collect various kinds of information (like notes, conversation logs, quotes, serial numbers, source code, web addresses, words). All the entries can be tagged, so you can find them very easily. There are also search folders which allows you to search for entries by specified criteria. You can also export (and import, of course) entries to an external file.

This software is a collection organizer, not a real note taker. I haven’t tried it out, but it seems to me like EverNote (from the interface).

I don’t like EverNote much, because it does not have the hierarchical structure (tree-like) for organizing and outlining thoughts. This is very important to me. Tagging is good for collecting but structure is the key in writing.

Anyway, may look into this Incollector more later.

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