Lately I’ve been doing most of my documentation in several different personal and work-related repository wikis on Bitbucket. Not an optimal solution for a few reasons. But now I think QOwnNotes may be the solution I’ve been looking for.
Since I tried it out many months ago I’ve been looking for an open source equivalent to EverNote. For a while now I’ve been working with the wiki feature of various Bitbucket repositories. The main selling points for me were that page formatting is done in standard Markdown and that pages could be edited on disk and then synchronized with the repository using git. But this has a(a) the host is controlled by Atlassian; and (b) there’s no search function in the web interface.
Well, QOwnNotes may have solved my problem.
QOwnNotes ties together locally created documents with OwnCloud shared folders using API code that can be installed via the OwnCloud admin panel. Your personal Notes folder lives in a shared OwnCloud directory (I created a new folder called “Notes” for the purpose) on your machine that is synched with your OwnCloud. Notes are formatted using Markdown and can be organized into folders. Best of all, the QOwnNotes desktop application includes a search function to help in finding documents based on text they contain.
The setup wizard walks you through setting up a local folder and configuring the client end of the ownCloud connection so they’re synchronized with the server hosting your OwnCloud.
The interface is broken into 3 separate panes with file list, raw text and rendered Markdown sections. Each of these, as well as the menus, is well designed and intuitive to work with.
I installed QOwnNotes using the openSUSE build service repo file available from the QOwnNote installation page. This went smoothly and because it is among one of the many packages with its own repository, has the potential to being updated frequently.
While this software hasn’t been out very long, my experience so far has been that it is stable and easy to use. At this point I’m going to continue working with it to see how well it holds up under constant use.