Evernote is the most popular note taking application in the world, at the moment. Its popularity is helped by the fact that it’s free to download and use. It works with almost all the major platforms like Windows, Android, OS X, Blackberry and iOS. However, if you’ve noticed, there is one significant platform missing from the list – Linux! You’re not missing out on much if you’re a Linux user, however. There are alternatives to Evernote that are compatible with Linux and work as well as Evernote – like the SpringSeed application.
The SpringSeed App
Evernote can sometimes feel like a bloated application, even if you consider yourself a fan. You won’t face this problem with SpringSeed.
Installing the Application
You can download the application installer from the official website for free. You will receive a .deb file, which you can double click and install. Alternatively, you can use this command on a debian (Mint, Ubuntu, Debian) system:
sudo dpkg –i springseed_1.0.2_amd32.deb
Using the Application
After you’re done installing SpringSeed, you’ll find it in the Accessories menu. You can also open it from the terminal with the following command:
The application menu will pop open.
The application user interface is pretty self-explanatory. It is intuitive and easy to navigate. You can put your notes inside different notebooks, which you can then sort by topic. Your notebooks will be displayed to the left of the app window (Take a look at the screenshot, and at the highlighted All Notes notebook). Whenever you want to create a new notebook, simply click on the “New Notebook” option at the bottom of the notebooks section. By default, there are four pre-created notebooks in the app: All notes, Scrap, Personal and Work.
Once you select a note, it will be displayed in the large window to the right of the application. We’ll select the default “Welcome to Springseed” note to show you:
Creating a note is very easy. Just select a notebook (you can create a new notebook or choose a pre-existing one) and then click on the new sheet icon on the bar at the top. A blank note will open on the right. You can change the font of your text, as well as make it bold and italics. You can also create hyperlinks.
Any existing notes can be edited easily. Simply choose the notebook to the left, then select the note you want to edit. Once the note is highlighted, click on the edit button to the right of your screen. If you want to delete a note, click on the trash icon at the top.
Searching for a note is also easy with the global search feature. Just click on the magnifying glass on the top of the taskbar and type in the name of your note.
Special Features of SpringSeed
If you have a DropBox account, you can use it with SpringSeed. To configure SpringSeed to be used with DropBox, click on the Settings icon to the bottom left of your screen. Any notes that you have created in SpringSeed will then be synced automatically to the DropBox cloud storage. You can access these notes later from anywhere.
SpringSeed supports the Markdown language. What is the markdown language? The markdown language lets you format plain text so that it can be changed (beautified and formatted) and displayed in a browser. Markdown support greatly enhances the functionality of the SpringSeed app. For example, consider the following plain text in Markdown:
Click this [link](http://mardownexample.com)
If you load this in a browser, it will show up as (in HTML)
Click this <a href="http://markdownexample.com/">link</a>.
If you’re looking for a simple, lightweight application that just lets you take notes, you don’t need to look further than SpringSeed. The application is likely to get several updates in the near future, so tune in for more goodness!