One of the most popular note-taking apps on iOS is now available for Linux desktops.
Someone should give us a kickback!
Why Is Simplenote So Popular?
Simplenote first started on iOS and has expanded to include Android, Mac OS X, and now Windows and Linux .
But this isn’t the first time the backend for the stand-out note-taking service has been supported on Linux.
Over the years there has been various ways to leverage the service to sync, manage and edit nots, from third-party apps likeNvPYto command-line tools like sncli .
You can skim back through earlier copies of your notes
The core feature set is available across all of Simplenote’s various guises, from the iOS app to the hosted web-app. It’s this consistent experience that makes the service so appealing.
All your notes, to-dos and tags are kept in sync no matter the device you use to create or edit them.
- History — slide back to view and restore previous versions of your note
- Collaborate— share your note with others and allow them to edit it
- Publish — Make your note public with its own URL
- Tag — organize your notes effectively with tags.
- Pin — pin notes right from the note list so they’re easy to find
Collaborate is especially neat because the person you’re sending the note to won’t need to create a Simplenote account to edit it. Instead, collaborative notes get posted on the Simplenote website (don’t worry, it’s a private URL) and your collaboration buddy can view and edit away. All changes are saved automatically and synced back to the desktop app.
If OMG! had a copy editor it’d be a fast way for me to get all my typos and grammatical run-ins tweaked before publish!
The Linux (and Windows) apps also support the above features, plus the following:
- Offline support
- Markdown support (has to be enabled)
- Optional dark mode
- Choice of list views (cosy, condensed, expanded)
- Sorting options (last modified, alphabetical, etc)
simplenote dark mode
Download Simplenote for Linux
You can grab a 64-bit .deb installer of Simplenote 1.0.0 that works on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and later by clicking through to the Simplenote Github page.
There you’ll also find the source-code available to browse and an issue section to report bugs.
H/t to Carlos and kmf
Screenshots show Simplenote on Ubuntu 16.04 w/Arc Darker GTK theme and Kylin 16.04 icon set