Ok , I need you help finding a free/libre open source () tool that works on + (or can be installed on a server) that does the following:

* Hand written notes
* Typed notes
* Import & handwrite over images
* Import & highlight & handwrite over PDFs/text docs

I want basically a FLOSS equivalent of Microsoft OneNote for when I start grad school in the fall.

@remram44 and I have been looking, to no avail...

@vickysteeves I don't think you'll find all of those functions in one but xournal does a lot of it

@vickysteeves First thing that came to my mind was but was unsure about the hand written feature. Then found So seems not an alternative.

@vickysteeves @remram44 It's probably not exactly what you're looking for, but if I wanted to create or edit a PDF containing both text and drawings, I'd use LibreOffice Draw.

@vickysteeves @remram44 I've never found a true onenote alternative. I ended up using emacs' org-mode for most things. Xournal for hand writing, but honestly didn't productive use it. There are mods you can make to org-mode that will display images inline..
I ended up just taking photos of my notes. Now, with touchscreens, I'd probably draw in krita and append/display in org-mode mode.

@vickysteeves @remram44 The only thing I know of that can do the handwriting part is xournal, but I don't use it so I don't know how good it is.

Otherwise, Zim Desktop Wiki and Cherrytree notes are popular. I use them both frequently for different things. Zim would probably be the better of the two. It can handle attachments and can inline display images, diagrams, equations, etc.

@leadore @vickysteeves @remram44 ZIM is a really great tool and what I use for almost all things I do at university (and home). And together with zotxt and zim-zotero-plugin it's even better. 🙂

@vickysteeves @remram44 facing this same question, I use syncthing to sync a folder called "notes" to my various devices and then use native apps to edit those notes, which are text files, svgs and pdfs. Native search on whatever device indexes them all ok, including android e-reader and macos as well as ubuntu windows etc.

@remram44 @vickysteeves I know of I'm not sure it works with images and not just pdfs, and I have no idea how Microsoft OneNote works, so I don't know what the expected features are.

Probably xournal++ would be the right version to use right now (but I don't think it's in ubuntu yet, and I haven't tried it).

@vickysteeves @remram44 I don't think there's anything out there that is a cohesive package.

I had a hacked up handwriting recognition tool that intercepts the clipboard, looks for image data, then generates a .txt file while saving the image.

I then installed one of those programs that makes it fast to search through a whole bunch of text files.

it didn't work very well, but it was the closest thing that I got to emulating how I used onenote.

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