Recently, I was once again looking for a note taking solution. Over time, I had used many: Evernote, a markdown based one I wrote myself, Joplin. For one reason or another, I had stopped using each of them in turn.
My requirements were simple:
- Linux and Android support
- Markdown first, with syntax highlighting
- Automatic synchronization of all my devices
- Plaintext backup to simple files, for easy migration
- Copy & paste to insert images
- Full-text search.
And the most important: Does it spark joy?
The best note-taking solution is of no use if you don't consistently use it. After trying many alternatives, I finally found one that really stood out from the rest.
[cached]Inkdrop is a beautiful note taking app by [cached]Takuya Matsuyama. It fits all my requirements and is a joy to use. It's best part though is something I hadn't even considered: it's plugin system.
Plugins turned out to be extremely useful - from modifying an existing plugin to import my notes from previous systems, to the various plugins I use now, they make it easy and fun to hack on Inkdrop.
Currently, I use
- math, inline rendering of LaTeX-syntax formulas
- spell-checker, spell checking of note text
- admonition, call-out boxes for important information
- table-editor, improved markdown table editing
- dnd-paste-image, drag and drop insertion of images
- material-dark-mod-syntax, dark syntax theme
- graphviz, inline rendered Graphviz dot graphs
- web-clipper, markdown snapshots of a website's content
Interested? There's both a demo and a free 60-day trial. If you want, you can also use my referral link to get $2.5 in credit - see Takuya's post on [cached]why he runs a referral program instead of spending on ads.