Archives For November 30, 1999

Free open-source handwriting notetaking app Xournal++ 1.1.0 was released with many new features and improvements.

Xournal++ (aka Xournalpp) is a note taking app that support pen input from devices such as Wacom, Huion, XP Pen tablets. It also features PDF annotation, Lua scripting, and LateX support.

The Xournal++ 1.1.0 is a new major release follows the XDG Base Directory Specification. The config files will now be stored in user .config folder instead of user home.

A new plugin was introduced for those have non-default DPI settings, to fix incorrect text elements display issue for old documents.

Ubuntu 16.04 and Mac OS High Sierra are no longer supported. Other features include:

  • New “progressive mode” option to PDF export dialog.
  • New “Layerstack Preview” tab to show all layers up to the current layer.
  • Add seeking functionality during audio playback.
  • Remove the old input system and touch workaround.
  • Add a touchpad pinch gesture for zooming.
  • Rework LaTeX tool implementation.
  • Add snapping for vertical space, moving/resizing selections, recognized shapes.
  • Lua plugin support for Mac OS.
  • New action icons, and new app icon.
  • And tons more other improvements and changes.

How to Install Xournal++ 1.1.0 in Ubuntu:

The software offers official binary packages, available to download at the link below:

Grab the ‘xournalpp-xxx-bionic-xxx.deb‘ for Ubuntu 18.04, or ‘xournalpp-xxx-focal-xxx.deb‘ for Ubuntu 20.04/ Linux Mint 20.

You can then install the .deb by opening terminal and running command:

sudo apt install ~/Downloads/xournalpp*.deb

For other Ubuntu releases and other Linux, choose the non-install ‘xournalpp-xxx.AppImage‘ package. By adding execute permission in the right-click menu ‘Properties’ dialog under Permissions tab, you can finally run the Appimage to launch the software.

Notable is an open-source Markdown-based note-taking application that works in Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.

Notes are written and rendered in GitHub Flavored Markdown, no WYSIWYG, no account required, no proprietary formats, and the app isn’t bloated.

Notable has a pretty user interface and it features:

  • Markdown editor, the same one VS Code uses.
  • Notes and attachments stored locally on your disk
  • Dark theme support.
  • Zen mode that provides a minimalistic editing and reading experience
  • Import Evernote and Boostnote notes
  • Export notes to Markdown, HTML or PDF.
  • Fuzzy search, attachments, synchronization with Dropbox, and more.

How to Install Notable in Ubuntu:

Although Notable Snap package is available in Ubuntu Software, it’s recommended to download the .deb from the link below:

Scroll down a little, click download the ‘notable_x.x.x_amd64.deb‘ packages, then install it either via Gdebi package installer or simply double click on the deb.

Finally open the software from your system application menu and enjoy!

QOwnNotes is an open-source note-taking and todo list manager with markdown support and ownCloud / Nextcloud integration. It works on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

With QOwnNotes, you can:

  • write down your thoughts and they are stored stored as plain-text files on your computer.
  • Sync notes over devices (desktop & mobile) with ownCloud or Nextcloud sync client.
  • Use ownCloud Notes to edit your notes in the web.

The latest release so far is QOwnNotes 17.06.5, a small bug-fix release with also translation updates. See HERE for more details.

How to Install QOwnNotes in Ubuntu 16.04 and Higher:

The official QOwnNotes PPA offers the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pbek/qownnotes

Type in your password (no visual feedback on typing due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.

2. Then install the software either via Synaptic package manager or by running commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qownnotes


To remove the software, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove qownnotes

To remove the PPA, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

Install Simplenote Desktop App in Ubuntu

Last updated: March 31, 2016

Simplenote, one of the most popular note-taking apps which was first started on iOS, now is available for Linux Desktops.

Simplenote blog announced the release of Simplenote for Linux (and Windows) on Tuesday. It’s an open-source application that is built with React and runs on Electron.


  • History: drag the History slider to view previous versions.
  • Collaboration: share your note with others and allow them to edit.
  • Publishing: make your note public with its own URL.
  • Tags: organize your notes effectively with tags.
  • Pinning: pin notes right from the note list so they’re easy to find.
  • Markdown support:
    • Enable globally in Preferences -> Writing -> Enable Markdown.
    • Enable in single note by selecting the Info panel icon and toggle the Markdown setting.

Install Simplenote in Ubuntu:

Download the .deb package from its website, then click install via Software Center.

Download for Linux (.deb)

Simplenote for Linux now is in 1.0.0 release. Report bugs and ask requests at

Papyrus is a free, open-source, and modern note manager focused on privacy, socials, and better user interface.

Papyrus is developed by Aseman Land, the team behind Cutegram telegram client. It’s a fork of Kaqaz project by sialan labs and works on Linux, Windows, Mac, Android and iOS soon.

The software provides both desktop and touch version and features:

  • Notes management by means of labels and categories
  • Sorting notes by day
  • Advance and Smart searching in notes
  • To-Do papers
  • Backing up notes
  • Encrypted synchronization via Dropbox among all your devices
  • Supporting left-to-right and right-to-left languages
  • Sharing papers with other applications
  • Assigning password for protecting notes
  • Attach map and weather to note informations automatically
  • Attaching photos, audio files and folders to any note
  • Search on papers by location
  • Capability of running and sync data on all operating systems (Android, Windows, Linux, Mac and soon other operating systems)
  • Canvas for painting
  • Search on papers using weather and temperature, your notes wrote.
  • Can move data to sd-card (on old phones)
  • Status and statistics page for notes
  • Synchronizing files

Install Papyrus in Ubuntu/Linux Mint:

The note manager has an official PPA with supports for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Linux Mint 17 so far.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run below commands one by one to add PPA and install the app:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:aseman/desktop-apps

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install papyrus

An alternative way is to download Linux Installer from the bottom of its homepage. Give executable permission and run the installer wizard:

  1. Select download the installer that matches your OS type, 32-bit or 64-bit
  2. In terminal navigate to Downloads page by cd ~/Downloads
  3. make the installer executable by command chmod +x FILENAME
  4. Finally start the install via ./FILENAME

Springseed is a native Linux note-taking application that features markdown support, syntax highlighting, and sync with Dropbox. It’s a free and open source software.

Springseed 2.0 was released a few hours ago with following changes:

  • UI: a dark sidebar with large typography
  • A word count in the edit mode
  • various improvements to code syntax support
  • bug fixes

And now Springseed team has a Google+ and Twitter page.

Version 2.0 works on Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 14.04. Download the packages from its website and click open with Ubuntu Software Center and finally install it on your system: