KeepNote: Viable Alternative to NoteCase

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jul 03, 2009 GMT
Dmitri Popov

NoteCase has always been an indispensable application in my productivity toolbox. So the news that NoteCase's developer ceased its development sent me scrambling for a replacement for this excellent note-taking tool. It didn't take me long, though, to discover KeepNote. Similar to NoteCase, KeepNote is a hierarchical note manager, which means notes in the application are organized in notebooks and subnotebooks that act as nodes in an hierarchical tree. You can assign different icons to each notebook and note (or page, in KeeNote's terminology), which makes it easier to identify and find specific pages and folders.

As you would expect from a note-taking application, KeepNote supports different text formatting options, including bold, italics, underlined, and monospaced. Using the available tools, you can also tweak font properties, apply different text and background colors, and choose between several text alignment options. Like any note-taking application worth its salt, KeepNote lets you insert links and images. In addition to that, KeepNote features its own screenshot tool. Choose Edit -> Insert Screenshot (or press Ctrl+Insert), and you can take a screenshot of any currently opened window. KeepNote then automatically inserts the screenshot into the currently opened note. Other nice touches include an integrated spell-check with automatic in-line spell check and a search feature that allows you to search the current page or all existing notes. All pages in KeepNote are stored in the HTML format, and you can view them in the browser or edit them in an external editor. The only missing feature here is the lack of import and export functionality and the ability to encrypt notebooks. There is, however, the Backup Notebook feature that can save the currently selected notebook as a tar.gz archive.

All in all, while KeepNote is still missing a few features some users might consider important, it already provides a viable alternative to the now-defunct NoteCase.


  • Keepnote not stable

    Update your Linux distribution or try to run Keepnote on a different PC at home or work: You can never be sure to have keepnote still available. It seg-faults or behaves strange. It depends too much in odd libraries and packets. Python based applications are low-availability apps in this sense.

    This is a perfect no-go for the storage of important information I want to access in one year on the system I run in one year. I'm forced to stay with ugly notecase.
  • use Zim

    I use Zim in my daily work, and is great: ( It does the work of gnotes, and adds much other goodies happy
  • NoteCase Pro Available

    Why not consider NoteCase Pro?

    Yes, I know it costs money...but it's available, cross-platform, and supported with recent new release..has more features than NoteCase...

    Also, NoteCase is still available, just not supported by developer....

    Anyway, just curious....

  • the only missing feature here is ..

    Without the chance, to save a file with a password, there is no alternative solution for NoteCase! What a bummer! sad
comments powered by Disqus
Subscribe to our Linux Newsletters
Find Linux and Open Source Jobs
Subscribe to our ADMIN Newsletters

Support Our Work

Linux Magazine content is made possible with support from readers like you. Please consider contributing when you’ve found an article to be beneficial.

Learn More