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Bring Evernote to Your Linux Desktop with Nevernote

Nevernote When it comes to certain desktop applications, Linux is often the poor cousin of operating systems. Take, for example, Evernote. Evernote is an application that lets you take detailed notes, and more. It’s designed to help you, as its tagline says, remember everything.

There are versions of the software for Windows and Mac OS but, as usual, Linux is out in the cold.

Sure, you can use Evernote’s Web interface but sometimes you may not want to. Or you might have to work without a connection to the Internet. So what’s a neglected Linux user to do? Give Nevernote a shot, that’s what.

Getting started

Obviously, you’ll need an Evernote account. You can get a free one, or pay $5 a month for an account with a few more features. Then, download and install Nevernote.

From there, launch the application. If, like me, you’re using Ubuntu then you’ll find the shortcut by selecting Applications > Internet > Nevernote.

Nevernote main window

Using Nevernote

Let’s assume that this is the first time you’ve run Nevernote, but that you have some notes in the Web-based version of Evernote. You’ll probably want to synchronize your notes. To do that, click the Synchronize button on the toolbar. You’ll be asked for your Evernote user name and password. Once you enter them, Nevernote pulls down your notes. Depending on how many notes you have, that could take a few seconds or longer.

From there, using Nevernote is just like using Evernote on the Web. Click the New icon on toolbar to create a new note. You can give it a title, add the note to an existing notebook, and tag it. You can even add formatting and change the font.

Editing a note

Nevernote also supports stacks. In Evernote, stacks are like folders and subfolders. Or, in this case, categories and subcategories for notes. You can, for example, have a stack called Personal. Underneath it, you can have stacks called Receipts and Home Inventory. Doing that can help you better organize your information. It can be more efficient than using tags.

Stacks in Nevernote

On the Downside

Nevernote is a solid application. But it does have its flaws. It’s written in Java, so it might run slowly on some computers. You can’t add attachments to notes, like you can with the Windows and Mac OS Evernote clients or on the Web. You can, however, view certain attachments that have been synchronized from Evernote. The problem is that the quality isn’t all that great.

Attachments aren't pretty

If you use both Linux and Evernote, though, Nevernote is a must-have piece of software. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than just not bad. It offers you most of the power of Evernote, and it lets you take Evernote offline. That in itself is worth the download.

Curious About Google Docs? Now You Can Try It Without a Google Account

Instead of purchasing expensive office suites like Microsoft Office, many people are using free online services like Google Docs to do their word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets.  The best thing about Google Docs is that your files are available anywhere you have an internet connection, and they can be instantly exported into common formats (including Microsoft Office formats).

To use Google Docs, you were previously required to log in with a Google account – but not anymore.  If you want to check out Google Docs to see if it’s right for you, simply visit http://docs.google.com/demo and you will have full access to the Google Docs word processor, spreadsheet, and drawing applications.

While using the demo version, you have the ability to collaborate with others in real time by sending them the link at the top of the document.  If you make a change to the document, your collaborators will see it instantly!

Documents you create using the demo version of Google Docs will only be available for 24 hours, so if you think it could be a sufficient replacement for your current office software (or you just want to have the opportunity to use it in the future), you should create a free Google account.

Google Docs is a great way to create, manage, and share your documents, and you can check out the video below for a brief introduction.