Built using Electron, Tusk wraps the regular Evernote web app in a traditional desktop window and adds some useful new features to it, like app menus, keyboard shortcuts and optional dark themes.
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Evernote is used by more than 100 million people worldwide, a following so large that the service is practically a by-word for productivity!
There’s also the official Evernote web app, which works in any modern web browser on any modern operating system, including Linux. But this client has a few …deficiencies, including a total lack of keyboard shortcuts/navigation, a searingly bright default theme, and (obviously) is stuck inside the browser.
Tusk is an open-source Evernote app built using Electron. It takes the standard Evernote web-client and bolts on some handy desktop features, including optional dark and sepia themes and a huge set of keyboard shortcuts for managing, creating and editing notes.
And I do mean a huge set of keyboard shortcuts:
|Toggle Window Menu||Alt|
|Return to Notes||Esc|
|Toggle Dark Theme||Cmd/Ctrl D|
|Toggle Sepia Theme||Cmd/Ctrl G|
|Toggle Focus Mode||Cmd/Ctrl K|
|Exit Focus Mode||Cmd/Ctrl O|
|New Note||Cmd/Ctrl N|
|Add Shortcut||Cmd/Ctrl S|
|Set Reminder||Cmd/Ctrl E|
|Search Notes||Cmd/Ctrl F|
|Bold Text||Cmd/Ctrl B|
|Italic Text||Cmd/Ctrl I|
|Underline Text||Cmd/Ctrl U|
|Strikethrough Text||Cmd/Ctrl T|
|Increase Indentation||Cmd/Ctrl M|
|Toggle Settings||Cmd/Ctrl ,|
|Toggle Black Theme||Cmd/Ctrl Alt E|
|Toggle Tags||Cmd/Ctrl Alt T|
|Toggle Notebooks||Cmd/Ctrl Alt N|
|Align Left||Cmd/Ctrl Alt L|
|Align Center||Cmd/Ctrl Alt M|
|Align Right||Cmd/Ctrl Alt R|
|New Tag||Cmd/Ctrl Shift T|
|New Notebook||Cmd/Ctrl Shift N|
|Toggle Checkbox||Cmd/Ctrl Shift C|
|Code Block||Cmd/Ctrl Shift L|
|Add Link||Cmd/Ctrl Shift K|
|Attach File||Cmd/Ctrl Shift F|
|Insert from Drive||Cmd/Ctrl Shift D|
|Decrease Indentation||Cmd/Ctrl Shift M|
|Numbered List||Cmd/Ctrl Shift O|
|Toggle Shortcuts||Cmd/Ctrl Shift S|
|Bulleted List||Cmd/Ctrl Shift .|
|Subscript Text||Cmd/Ctrl Shift ]|
|Superscript Text||Cmd/Ctrl Shift [|
|Insert Horizontal Rule||Cmd/Ctrl Shift|
There’s also a distraction-free ‘focus mode’, a well proportioned ‘compact mode’, a system tray applet, and full support for navigating between notes using Ctrl + 1, Ctrl + 2, etc.
Ideal for keyboard heavy users
If you consider yourself to be content with the standard Evernote web app in a browser tab then, quite honestly, Tusk is not going to woo you. As an Electron app Tusk is not the most resource efficient option, something that becomes apparent the long it stays open.
The tray icon is currently non-optional. A shame as, on my GNOME desktop at least, it’s seriously oversized and only offers two options: focus the window and quit.
But if you long to close your browser to focus on note taking exclusively, or want to use keyboard shortcuts to navigate and manage your Evernote notes, then Tusk is a well worth considering.
Keep in mind that this app is not officially supported by the Evernote Corporation, but as the wrapper and its added extras are open-source you can file bug reports and make feature suggestions on the Tusk Github page.
Eager to try Tusk out? You can download Ubuntu/Linux, Windows and Mac installers from the following page:
Thanks Alex H.