To taking my short notes so far I’ve always used Tomboy, it’s a good small software and in the past I choose it because it could sync notes on Ubuntu one, but this supported has been dropped some times ago, and from that date I started to search for something else and perhaps I’ve found it with springseed.
It helps you organise notes with a beautiful interface and syncs with Dropbox so you can keep your notes with you, wherever you are.
Springseed is a free and open source software, written in CoffeeScript and uses Spine.JS for MVC and these are its main features:
- Dropbox Sync
- Markdown Support
- A Beautiful, Easy Interface
- Easily search through your notes
- Free & Open Source
It’s possible to download the .deb package (at 32 or 64 bits) From the official website , so once downloaded it’s possible to install it on debian based computer (Debian, Ubuntu,Mint) with the command:
sudo dpkg -i springseed_1.0.2_amd64.deb
npm install . cake -w server
Once installed you can start the application from the menu accessories -> springseed or from a terminal with the command
/opt/springseed/springseed-bin and you’ll see this window
On the left tab you can choose a specific notebook, these are a good way to organise & group your notes by topic, by default you’ll see the notebooks:
And just clicking under Work you’ll be able to add a new notebook, pretty easy.
Clicking on a note in the middle tab, you’ll highlight it and at the same time the tab on the right (the wider by default) will show the text of that note, the text is shown formatted with headers, bold text, list and other features.
Add a note
To add a note in a notebook, just select the notebook and click on the sheet icon on the top bar, this will automatically create a new blank note that you can edit clicking on the “edit” label on the right.
Editing a note
The editing of a note is done in the right tab, the application has 4 simple buttons to the most common formats (bolds,italic,headers and links), and clicking on them will add the correct markdown syntax.
By clicking the gear icon in the bottom left you will be able to configure the connection between your Dropbox account and Springseed once made the notes will be saved in your Dropbox folder and synced to the cloud automatically.
This is a small and simple program, I like the markdown syntax that it uses and the possibility of synchronize automatically the notes via Dropbox.
A good substitute for tomboy.
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