Note-taking software #

I have tried many different ways to take notes over the years. These days I use emacs for pretty much everything.

List of programs #

This is a list of things I have tried or have intrigued me.

  • Bear, which is also great and has a great iOS app, but there was something about the way tags are handled, and the way it formatted Markdown for you, that felt ugly and limiting to me.
  • emacs, obviously.
  • Evernote, which today is just awful and bloated, was a decent option for a while.
  • iAWriter, the most beautiful Markdown editor, that I often use when I want to write something in a non-emacs UI.
  • Kinopio, a pretty interesting and unique tool, but I just can’t handle the aesthetic personally.
  •, the simple Notes app installed on any Apple device, is fast and attractive and always good to just quickly write something. iCloud syncing is a very nice experience as well.
  • Notion, which I was pretty deeply invested in for a while but ultimately quit due to the unsettling feeling of having my notes sitting on some unknown server (and no local option).
  • Obsidian, which is the closest you can get to a hosted, polished version of org-roam with a nice UI. Sometimes I am tempted.
  • Trilium, which is great if hierarchies are your thing.
  • Ulysses, which I used more for trying to piece together a novel than writing notes, is also a very nice Markdown editor with some premium features.
  • Zim, which looks like a pretty ugly but highly customisable personal wiki with a custom plaintext format.
  • David Mytton on his favourite text editors for macOS; he’s tried them all.