A good memory is not as good as a bad pen. I deeply agree with this sentence.

I think developing the habit of taking notes can be of great help to work and study.

​Different people have different habit of organizing notes. Some students will use various scientific methods to organize their notes, while some students prefer the habit of simple and clear notes.

Therefore, the choice of tools will be completely different:

  • Evernote
  • Weizhi Note
  • Youdao Cloud
  • Note OneNote
  • Sublime
  • notepad
  • notepad++
  • UE

Among many note-taking software, it is difficult to say which one is good and which one is bad. Different people have different preferences. Some people like powerful and rich functions and multi-platform synchronization. Then you can choose Evernote, Youdaoyun Note, and Weizhi Note. Some people prefer plain text editors like Sublime and notepad to take notes.

The above-mentioned note-taking software is very comprehensive, but there will be some small partners who will ask me privately, what are the useful note-taking software. It explains that the above is not enough to meet the needs of all students. In this article, I will introduce 5 other note-taking software besides the above software to give you more choices.


Typora gives you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Instead, it provides a real live preview feature to help you concentrate on the content itself.

Perhaps many people are already familiar with this software, but I would like to introduce it again.

Typora is a Markdown editor, and it is also a tool I mainly use to make notes every day.

Because it can meet my 3 requirements:

  • Minimalist
  • Start quickly
  • Support Markdown

I am a minimalist, so although Evernote and Weizhinote are very well-known and powerful, their messy interface and functions still keep me away.

All I need is a directory and an editor, and Typora can just meet these needs.

In addition, Typora starts up very quickly, which can be called a second opening, and can be opened at any time, very lightweight.


Simplenote is a simple, lightweight open source cross-platform cloud note-taking tool that can save notes and lists, supports Markdown, and has functions such as multi-person collaboration, historical versions, tags, and public sharing. The developer is Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.

Simplenote belongs to the kind of cloud notes with super simple functions. It does not support saving pictures, but supports quoting pictures in Markdown. Therefore, the pressure on the server side will be much less, and the cost will be lower, so it will be better free.

Simplenote is also a simple note-taking software, which is very similar to Typora, with a simple interface, Markdown support, lightweight and free.

However, it also has its own unique highlights:

  • Comprehensive support platform
  • Support multi-platform synchronization
  • history record

Simplenote supports a very comprehensive platform, it supports iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux. Even as long as it supports a browser, it can be used.

In addition, Simplenote also supports multi-platform synchronization, and if you accidentally modify the content of the note, its history function can also help you restore to a certain time node.


Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application that can be used on Linux, Unix, Windows and Mac OS X at the same time. Simple to use, it can effectively help you organize your own knowledge and information.


  • Display text,
  • spell check,
  • automatic highlighting of website links and email addresses,
  • multiple font styles and sizes,
  • synchronization between multiple computers, backup and restore


NoteZilla is a sticky note creation app, available for multiple operating systems, that lets you put sticky notes over other apps, save them for later, insert images, and much more.

NoteZilla is very flexible in what it allows you to do with your sticky notes, and you can place them just about anywhere. You can even sync your larger notes between devices. While the basic interface is easy to use, however, some features can be a bit harder to find. Additionally, older computers, tablets and operating systems may struggle to run NoteZilla well with all of its features.

Notezilla is a note-taking software under Windows. You can put it on the desktop like a sticky note, and then you can set time reminders, alarm clock reminders and passwords for the notes. In addition, Notezilla also supports sending notes, which is very convenient for changing computers and traveling for office.


Joplin is a completely free and open source note-taking software.

Joplin has something similar to Evernote, which is powerful, supports synchronization, and encrypts notes, but it is completely free.

Joplin also has the following features:

  • Support Windows, mac, Linux, iOS, Android all platforms
  • Support synchronization with OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.
  • Support to-do list
  • Support Markdown syntax
  • End-to-end encryption of notes

Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format.

Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into Joplin, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.) and complete metadata (geolocation, updated time, created time, etc.). Plain Markdown files can also be imported.

The notes can be synchronised with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronising the notes, notebooks, tags and other metadata are saved to plain text files which can be easily inspected, backed up and moved around.

The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). A Web Clipper, to save web pages and screenshots from your browser, is also available for Firefox and Chrome.

These five free note-taking software are very easy to use, you can choose any of them to take notes.

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