Lots of people love taking notes and what makes it better is the option to take paperless notes. This means that you will have to use note-taking applications that have a user-friendly interface and uses less complicated formats. There are quite a few note-taking apps with the common being the Microsoft Windows Notepad. But there are other applications that have a better interface and added features that make the note-taking process simple.
In Linux, there are several note-taking applications that provide these features. They include Joplin, Laverna, Simplenote, Standard Notes, Boost Notes, Notable, QOwnNotes, etc. All these have one thing in common which is the support for markdown syntax.
Notable is a note-taking app that allows you to jot down notes digitally and store them on your device. Notes are written in Markdown-based format. This is a lightweight language used to create formatted text using a plain text editor for users to read easily without complicated tags. This feature enables notes to be edited, shared, and previewed with other 3rd party applications and synchronized with Dropbox and Git.
It has a built-in cheat sheet that you can use to reference and a built-in tutorial to get acquainted with the app as you continue using it. It is a free application with an active development community. It is what is normally known as What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor. It is cross-platform and can be run on Windows, Linux, and macOS.
Features of Notable App
- Built-in Markdown editor with multi-cursors and minimap.
- Notes are stored on your device making them portable.
- Offers a Dark Theme appearance.
- Allows sharing of notes with a simple link.
- You can enable it to float on other applications.
- Support import of notes from other applications like Evernote.
- You can export notes in PDF or HTML formats.
- Multi-note editor that allows you to tag and pin multiple notes at the same time.
- A split editor is available for you to preview your flow of work.
- Fuzzy search is used when searching among the notes.
This guide will show you how to install Notable on Debian|Ubuntu.
Install Notable on Ubuntu / Debian Linux
Update your system packages.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Option 1. Install Notable from DEB Package
Download the deb package from the official website.
Install the package using the following command
sudo dpkg -i ./notable_*_amd64.deb
Option 2. Install Notable from Snap
Install Snapd in your system
sudo apt install snapd
Then install Notable with Snap
$ sudo snap install notable --classic notable 1.8.4-2 from Fabio Spampinato (spampinabio) installed
Launch Notable on Ubuntu / Debian
You can run Notable from the terminal by using the following command.
You can also open the Notable app from the app launcher.
When Notable Opens, It requires you to select a data directory where your notes will be stored on the disk. You can go ahead with the default or select a different one.
Once Done, The Notable Homepage opens as shown below.
Set up Notable on Ubuntu / Debian
You can click on the Notable menu to change the theme of the app. The Notable menu also offered you options like Checking for software updates.
Once you change the theme the Notable layout appears as shown below.
The File menu allows you to import and export notes between Notable and other note-taking apps like Evernote. You can also find the option for creating a new note under this menu.
The Edit menu allows you to see the operations that can be used on a note like undoing and selecting a note.
The View menu allows you to toggle the app layout including split view mode.
The Window Menu allows you to customize the window size and also enable the app to float on top of other applications.
The Help Menu contains the option to access the tutorial and the cheatsheet and view emojis.
If you click on the Tutorial option, you will be prompted to access the tutorial online or import the notes.
Clicking on the online tutorial option opens the tutorial online via your default browser. Whilst importing the notes opens with Notable as shown below which you can now go through slowly and get yourself acquainted with.
Clicking on View Cheatsheet will open the Cheatsheet with the Markdown editor which is available on the app.
You can also add emojis to your notes using the syntax provided as shown.
Create a New Note on Notable
To create a new note, Click on File>New File or just by clicking the ‘+’ sign.
You can use the cheatsheet to create your first note. I created a simple note to show how it appears.
# Title which gets Heading 1 ## This is Heading 2 *this is in italic* **This is Bold** - ordered list + unordered list + [ ] Unchecked Box * [x] Checked Box :+1: like emoji :blush: :boom:
I also enabled the split view mode to see the preview while editing the note.
You can export the note as a HTML, Markdown, or PDF file.
You can save the note on your disk and also share it via a link. Once you click on share, The link is created automatically and stored on the clipboard. You will have to paste the link on your browser to view the note and share it on other platforms as a link. I shared my note by clicking on the link and you can view it.
From this guide, we have gone through Notable and what it entails. We have also seen how to install Notable on Ubuntu and Debian systems. It is an easy installation and also easy to set up the app after installation. Notable offers a WYSIWYG feature without having to add complicated tags and going through different tools to edit your notes. This makes it easy to export the notes and can be read on multiple platforms.
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