Comparison of notetaking software

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The table below compares features of Notetaking software.

Name Licence Platforms Tabbed Sections Synchronization Annotate and save PDF White boarding Enter text with the keyboard Write notes with pen and ink Printing Formats Remarks
A.nnotate free and paid versions Web-based ? ? Yes No Yes ? Yes PDF, .doc, .docx, images, web pages Mostly oriented to including comments in PDF and Microsoft Word documents.
Adobe Reader Freeware, but needs Acrobat Professional (~600€) for enabling annotations Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X ? ? Require someone to manually open the document in Acrobat Professional, allow comments, save. Then the PDF file can be annotated on any platform with Adobe Reader installed. No Yes Yes, but requires AutoInk plugin to get smooth ink Yes PDF, with proprietary extension
BasKet Note Pads GPL Linux No ? No No Yes ? No Plain text, html Features adding, managing notes by category, importing text files, images, sounds, autosave.
Bluebeam PDF Revu proprietary Windows XP, Windows Vista ? ? Yes No Yes Yes Yes save as PDF, export as BMP, PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, plain text tabbed interface, pressure sensitive ink, auto recognize text in ink which is searchable, includes PDF printer, spell check
DéjàClick proprietary Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X ? ? No No Yes ? Yes XML Features ability to annotate live web pages via DéjàNotes and share scripts. Notes may include rich text or HTML and can be printed and saved as a normal web page via the Firefox browser.
eNoteFile Freeware Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes One-click synchronisation, sharing, password protection, automatic backup, remote access, on/offline functionality, superfast filing system, visual/area search
Evernote Freeware and paid versions Mac OS X, iPhone OS, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Mobile, Palm Pre, IMAP (read-only), WWW. No Yes Yes No Yes Yes, but you can't mix ink with text Yes Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
Exstora organiser Freeware and paid versions Windows 2000 - Vista ? ? No No Yes ? yes (Pro version) Plain text Features adding, managing notes by category, importing text files, etc.
Gnote GPL 3 Linux No Yes Yes. Print to PDF. No Yes ? Yes NoteXmlFormat, HTML, PDF Port of Tomboy to C++, wiki-style linked notes
Google Notebook web service Web-based No ? No No Yes ? Yes Web-based; export to ODF, Microsoft Word, PDF etc. via Google Docs no longer maintained
Gournal GPL Linux No ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes SVG
Knowledge NoteBook 30 day trial and commercial. Window XP / Vista / 7 ? ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes Text, image, pdf or other multimedia file Knowledge Capture, Organization and Comprehension. Ideal users include college and high school students.
Jarnal GPL Any Java capable platform, including Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes, but no pressure sensitivity Yes ad-hoc (zip compatible archive containing an SVG per page, a config file, optional background PDFs/images). Can export to txt, html, jpg, pdf. Requires Java
KeepNote GPL Windows, Linux, Mac OS X No ? No No Yes ? Yes XHTML, XML, PNG, JPG, GIF
Linked Notes Basic Freeware Windows XP, Windows Vista ? ? No No Yes ? Yes Proprietary, Export as RTF and TXT Enter, organise and format notes (rich text) in tree structure. Links between pages and with web pages are automatic. Encryption and full text searching available.
MagicView proprietary Windows ? Yes No No Yes ? Yes HTML, RTF, TXT, HTA, XHTML, XML, PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, MHT, PDF, DjVu (Export to HTML, Import Microsoft Word (DOC)) Enter, organise and format clips (web, screen, MS Word, Excel, others) & notes (rich text/html) in technical outline with complex tags (including date assignments) and concurrent context views. Outlines & RTF/HTML notes can be shared by online networking or offline sync.
Microsoft Windows Journal proprietary Windows XP Tablet PC edition No ? No ? Yes Yes Yes proprietary
Microsoft Office OneNote proprietary Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Mobile Yes Yes Requires a plugin to be installed, then it can export to PDF.[1] Yes (Office One Note Version) Yes Yes Yes proprietary Supports audio and video-recording, screen clipping, importing from Web pages, and drawing; import from any Windows application by means of a simulated printer. Good integration with other applications from vendor's Office suite. Tabbed interface provides good features for organizing and re-organizing pages. When used with Tablet PC ink, can search ink for text across all notes or a subset.
My Yellow Notepad proprietary Windows ? ? No No Yes ? Yes XML, proprietary compressed Enter, organise and format notes (rich text) in tree structure (with clones), includes standalone viewer, 30-day demo available
Circus Ponies NoteBook proprietary Mac OS X ? ? Yes No Yes ? Yes proprietary, export: html, opml, rtf, txt, doc, pdf Features adding, managing note entries, outlining, tabs, tagging, automatic indexing, audio recording, screen clipping, importing files (text, audio & video), link or embed files, etc.
NoteCase Pro free and paid versions Cross-platform ? Yes No No Yes No Yes Html and Sqlite based Features rich text formatting, spellchecker, attachments, tagging, tasks, Lua scripting, printing etc. Built for big number of platforms including Windows, Linux, OS X, Nokia Maemo, Solaris, FreeBSD.
NoteFinder BSD, GPL Cross-platform ? ? No No Yes ? No Plain text Features adding, managing note entries, Wiki markup, tagging, smooth search, importing files, etc.
NoteLab GPL Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X ? ? No No ? ? Yes save as SVG, export to many including PNG, JPG, BMP
NotePub Free web service Web-based ? ? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Web-based, HTML Supports privacy settings on a note by note basis, real time search of public and private notes, note to note links and back-links, drag and drop of images and files from web sites and from the desktop.
NoteScribe proprietary Windows ? ? No No Yes ? Yes save as .NSE (NoteScribe), export to .rtf supports image, video, text, PDF, spreadsheet attachments, generate citations and bibliographies
PDF Annotator Proprietary, base licence for 50$ Windows ? ? Yes No Yes Yes Yes save as SVG, export to many including PNG, JPG, BMP
PDF Studio proprietary Windows, Linux, Mac OS X. Also available web-based. ? ? Yes No Yes ? Yes PDF Review and markup PDF documents.
Personal Knowbase proprietary Windows ? ? No No Yes ? Yes export to RTF, HTML, TXT, CSV Supports tags, hypertext, attachments, passwords. Portable.
RightNote Proprietary (with free trial) Windows (2K/XP/2K3/Vista) ? No No No Yes ? Yes Proprietary (sqlite); import and export of txt, csv, html (webclips) & xls Tabbed interface, outline tree interface, multiple pages, fast search, tagging, attachments and hyperlinks, portable (can run from dropbox)
Springnote web service Web-based ? ? No No Yes ? Yes Web-based; import Microsoft Word (DOC), OpenDocument text (ODT), Text files (TXT), HTML, and Hangul Word Processor (HWP) files,; export to blog. supports image, video, text, file attachments, keyboard shortcuts, wiki markups, etc.
Swarm Doc Web-Based, GPL Web-Based, Linux, Windows, Mac OSX ? Yes No No Yes ? Yes Web-based; Html, wiki, local storage in sqlite database Wiki based note taking software on the desktop uses Adobe Air application and synchronises with notoair.com
threetags.com web service Web-based, iPhone app ? Yes No No Yes ? Yes HTML Notes are stored encrypted for extra security/privacy
Tomboy LGPL cross-platform ? Yes Yes. Print to PDF. No Yes ? Yes NoteXmlFormat, HTML, PDF, wiki-formats Reminders, todo-lists, formulae in LaTeX
TreeDBNotes shareware & freeware Windows ? ? No No Yes ? Yes save as .treedb export as html, doc, txt, rtf, rvf. save notes in tree structure support formatted text, table, image, hyperlink
xl Notes free and paid versions Windows ? ? No No Yes ? Yes xls, xlsx formats notetaking add-in for Microsoft Excel
Xournal GPL Linux, Windows No ? Yes. Save notes in a separate file. No yes (recent versions) Yes Yes XML, export to PDF Fast boot, smooth curves
Zim Artistic, GPL Linux ? ? No No Yes ? Yes wiki-format, export to HTML and Txt2Tags Perl based, wiki markup, outlining, forumlae
Name Licence Platforms Tabbed Sections Synchronisation Annotate and save PDF Whiteboarding Enter text with the keyboard Write notes with pen and ink Printing Formats Remarks

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