With keyboard driven desktop environments back in vogue thanks to distros like Pop!_OS 20.04 and Regolith Linux, I figured you might want some keyboard-centric apps to go with ’em!

Noted is a new note-taking app that’s freely available on Linux and macOS. The app is said to be inspired by Notational Velocity (a popular open source note-taking application for macOS).

And, just like its inspiration, you can use Noted to make notes, edit notes, and complete notes all without ever touching your mouse.

Nope, not even once.

Noted is Electron-based

“Search, create, edit and delete notes all without the mouse,” the project website reads and, to zero surprise, I find that’s exactly what it does. No more. No less.

You add, edit, and search notes entirely from the keyboard, using alt, esc and enter to navigate the UI. If the keyboard-centric nature ever gets confusing you press the ? key (with the search box in focus). This opens a help sheet that explains how the simple UI works.

Noted is no-frills; there’s no fancy text formatting, no markdown support and no choice of colour scheme (nope, not even solarized or nord); and you can’t insert images, create links, or tag/group notes.

Noted is no-frills: there’s no fancy text formatting, no markdown support, no cloud sync layer

There’s also no cloud-based sync layer.

Oh I know: those unsettled by the thought of lubricious data-mining tentacles rummaging through their outpourings will find Noted’s “local only” nature a selling point!

But for me, and anyone else living a multi-device, cross-platform life the lack of sync ability feels more like an inconvenience. I move between multiple devices throughout the day. Notes stored on one machine is a hassle.

While Noted is free to use it is not open source (which will be an issue for some people, so I figured I’d mention it). The app is available for macOS and Linux systems already, and a Windows build is listed as “coming soon”.

If you’re running Ubuntu or another Linux distribution that supports snapd you can install Noted for free from the Snap Store:

Noted on the Snap Store

Or run this command:

sudo snap install noted

As Noted is simple to install (and simple to uninstall, come to that) I recommend you try it out for yourself. Kick its tyres; task it with a proper workflow; put it to the test — just remember to make a note to pop back here once you’re done, so you can share your take in the comments section!

h/t Jorge

#electron #note taking apps #snap apps