Tomboy or Ever Note or Everpad

Have you ever thought of using an application that can sync all your thoughts on all your computers if you could just pen them down on only one computer…..Well there are two applications in Ubuntu which can do that for you and without much hassle.

1) Tomboy Notes
2) Everpad / Evernote

A quick description for using

1) Tomboy Notes – Uses Ubuntu One Account

  • If you are using Ubuntu, most likely you will have a Ubuntu One Account and configured on all your computers. Open the Ubuntu Software Manager and search for Tomboy & click install. Tomboy will be installed and the icon will appear on the Unity Bar.
  • Click on the icon and click on Preferences – > Synchronization
  • In the Service drop down select the Tomboy Web Service & server details will appear automatically (
  • Click on authorise and a web browser session will open and it will ask you for your Ubuntu One credentials
  • Click on authorise and you are all set to sync all your Tomboy Notes on all computers where you would follow this process
  • Explore several plugins available for Tomboy

Once you create a note on one computer, the note will sync on Ubuntu One which in turn will sync with all your computers connected to Ubuntu One. Put it in the Start Up Applications and Tomboy will start every time you boot your machine. (with Ubuntu I doubt you will need to boot that often 🙂 )

Disadvantage – Ubuntu One no longer provides a web version of Tomboy neither does it provide an android or blackberry sync utility. So if you need to access your notes, you have to use it on a computer.


2) Evernote + Ubuntu = Everpad

Everpad is an Evernote tool that integrates extremely well with Unity. It’s not an ‘app’ as such but rather it an app indicator and Unity Lens combo.

From the Everpad app indicator you can create and manage all of your Evernotes from one place.

But if you have lots of Evernotes then the Unity Lens is the way to go. It lets you search through your Evernotes, then click to open them for additional editing.

Everpad is by far the best Evernote app in Ubuntu and and it would probably work better than an actual Evernote app in Ubuntu because of the app indicator and Unity Lens rather than a ‘normal’ application.

To install Everpad all you need to do is run the following commands in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nvbn-rm/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install everpad

Once installed all you need to do is search for ‘Everpad’ in the Unity Dash and then run the Everpad application. You will then see the app indicator appear on your panel. Once it does, click on it and select “Settings & Management” then “Authorise” to configure Everpad with your Evernote account.

That’s it! Your notes will now start to sync with Ubuntu.

To create a new note, simply click on the Everpad app indicator and select “Create Note” or click on an existing note to edit it. If you don’t see the Everpad Unity Lense then logout and log back in again. Finally, in the “Settings & Management” window, don’t forget to select the “Start with system” check box to ensure that Everpad starts automatically when you logon.





Disadvantage : Very basic and limited functionality in terms of plugins. Serves basic necessities

Other Option: NixNote


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