This is MarkNote, the new KDE notes application compatible with Markdown


During last week, KDE presented a new application by the name of MarkNote – the K that is not missing -. It is a WYSIWYG type application, that is, what you see is what you get, and it is presented as a note-taking application with Markdown. It is very simple, so much so that it is surprising that it is from KDE, and it has been designed to create notes with rich text and keep them organized. That's all.

Now, although it is Markdown compatible (it can open .md files - be careful not to do it directly as it may overwrite some notes - it saves the notes in the Documents folder with .md format and allows you to use its marks), it still needs to improve. It will do so soon by adding support for new brands and other new features that seem essential to me.

MarkNote, organized and formatted notes

Let's give an example: in the previous image there is a text with a code format and another, the one further inside, with a quote format. In v1.0.0 it is not possible to enter plain text mode, so no matter how many enters are pressed to exit one of the two blocks, it will not do so. If we have not created another block with normal text below, everything that comes after it will already be, in this case, a quote. Yes, it is possible to remove the bold by selecting the text and clicking on the B, but not from sections such as blocks, quotes and so on because there is no option to deactivate them. So yes, MarkNote is true to that What you see is what you get, although there are things that are not seen and are... partially.

How it works

Using this app is like traveling on a one-way street. There is no loss and there are few options that could confuse us. When you start MarkNote for the first time, you will need to create a notebook by clicking “Add Notebook”:

Create notepad

A pop-up window will open with a box for the icon that we can modify by clicking on it, a box for the name of the pad and another from where we can take a color. Once created, inside we can add notes.

Add note

From here, WYSIWYG:

Marknote Options

  • With the B (** in front and behind in Markdown) we will make the text bold.
  • With the I (* in front and behind), in italics.
  • The U will underline it, something for which there are no Markdown marks.
  • The S (~~ before and after) will cross it out.
  • Then we have two sections: the blocks section will allow you to indent the text and create lists, whether ordered or unordered, with letters in front, squares and so on; The type section will be to put headers, basic text, sub-headers, etc.
  • If we want to use Markdown, we can, but we will see it in plain text until we save the note. And once saved we will no longer be able to see these marks again. Yes, it is possible to add more, and we will see them when saving the note. How is it saved? There is no button for it, it is automatic. To see the rich text you have to exit the note, the safest thing to do is to click on its name on the left.

And that's it. WYSIWYG.

To delete or rename notes, click on the icon to the right. If what we want is to delete a pad or create new ones, it can be done from the hamburger menu.

To install MarkNote on Linux, it is currently best to do so via your flatpak package. Being open source, it is expected to appear in the official repositories of many Linux distributions soon.

What is currently available is MarkNote 1.0.0, and I believe that what is explained here is all it has to offer. In the future I will add more markup, and possibly something to enter plain text mode. Right now it is a simple application designed to take notes and store them without difficulty, and I think it achieves its objective.

UPDATED, and already several times due to doubts about its nature: the version 1.1.0 and it is confirmed that the limitations we had detected existed because, although the first stable version has already been released, it is still in active development. It already supports images, links and even allows exporting to PDF, HTML and ODT.

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