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Jot down your concepts in a digital pocket book

I like a great pocket book. I often get one or two clean notebooks from technical conferences annually, and I spend the journey house deciding what I’ll fill the empty pages with. Sometimes, it’s notes about some new open supply know-how; different instances, it’s concepts for brand new video games, or a group of dungeons for my D&D teams, or concepts for a fictional world or story. The concepts are inclined to circulation freely when I’ve a clean pocket book in entrance of me, as a result of it’s empty, and nature abhors a vacuum.

A digital model of that is the OkJots utility, a form of private wiki distributed with the KDE Plasma desktop. OkJots permits you to create textual content information to be stored in a database in order that all the “pages” of textual content you create kind a number of “notebooks.”


OkJots is the default private wiki of KDE’s Plasma desktop. If you’re working the Plasma desktop on Linux or BSD, you have already got OkJots, and you may launch it both as a self-standing utility or from the Kontact Personal Information Manager (PIM) utility.

Using OkJots

OkJots behaves loads like a textual content editor, besides that your information are saved in a database, so that you by no means need to manually save them out to a spot in your exhausting drive. OkJots is designed to encourage you to think about your notes like pages in a pocket book. It has a aspect panel displaying every observe in a ebook construction of your selecting. You can create a brand new ebook at any time, and naturally, you possibly can transfer notes out and in of books in response to the way you wish to preserve your information organized. The utility is intuitive as a textual content editor; there’s a textual content modifying discipline on the fitting and a tree view of your assortment of notes on the left.


Editing textual content in OkJots is loads like modifying textual content in KWrite or medit. There’s a button or menu for no matter it is advisable to do, together with styling your textual content as daring or italics or shade, altering the font, including arbitrary bookmarks (in OkJots), creating lists, and so forth. It’s not as versatile as Kate, nevertheless it’s bought all of the fundamentals you want for general-purpose composition.


One factor that’s tough to simulate within the digital world is the benefit of flipping forwards and backwards between pages in a bodily ebook. I don’t know that anybody’s solved this drawback but, however as comfort, OkJots permits you to hyperlink between notes. In a manner, you’re anticipating your future want to flip again to a earlier observe by together with an easy-to-follow hyperlink straight to the web page you need your self to seek advice from later. Technically, it’s extra environment friendly than the bodily equal (though it does require you to think about it beforehand, or else you’re again to scrolling via notes or utilizing Ctrl+F to discover a key phrase).

To hyperlink from one observe to a different, choose the phrase or phrase you wish to make a hyperlink. Click the Format menu, and choose the Link choice. You can select to create an exterior hyperlink (to an internet site, as an illustration) or an inside hyperlink to a different observe, even when the observe is filed in a separate ebook.


OkJots exports its information to plain textual content, HTML, or ebook information. A ebook file is helpful to switch notes between OkJots cases and is usually a good technique of performing a handbook backup. To export a observe, choose the observe you wish to save and select Export from the File menu. Save the file someplace in your exhausting drive.

I exploit this perform to export notes that began as a small thought after which bought developed to the purpose that I really feel it deserves to be its personal file. This is very helpful to me as a result of I don’t use inside OkJots styling choices and as a substitute write in Asciidoc or Markdown in OkJots, after which export as plain textual content so I can course of the markdown with Pandoc or related.

Try OkJots

I’ve used Kjots on and off once more since discovering it within the Kontact suite of functions on Plasma desktop four. It’s one among my favourite digital notebooks as a result of, of those I’ve used, it’s the one which “feels” essentially the most like a pocket book, and likewise as a result of it’s the one which comes with my desktop. It could or is probably not appropriate as your main editor, however it’s a good editor for those who generally suppose in collections of concepts, and also you wish to preserve associated ideas carefully related however not in the identical doc.

If you’re keen on a great pocket book, attempt OkJots!

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