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  1. pose

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    Are there any open source Evernote alternatives? While I love the concept, I don't like the fact that my growing list of notes can be held hostage by a company's servers due to downtime, bankruptcy, etc. In a year or two of using Evenote it could be a rather huge loss of information.

    I've checked several alternatives for Windows, but haven't been able to find one that would sync with Android. Any ideas on syncing notes between a PC and Android without relying on the cloud?
     

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    If you install the desktop client, your notes exist locally (as well as the cloud). So if Evernote shut their doors now, you would still have your notes for the foreseeable future. You can also export your notes to html, (although you will loose some formatting).

    Sorry, but I don't know the answer to your questions on syncing to your PC. I am sure someone else will have info.
     
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    I've been looking at Note apps. recently and the nearest I've found is Note Everything Pro. It doesn't sync with your desktop via the app, just that it backs up everything to the SD Card so you then use your favourite windows sync tool to backup to your PC. Not quite what you asked for but .....

    It also saves notes as 'text' files rather than some unreadable format so you can get them into other apps. if needed. Again, not ideal but part way there.

    I remember many many years ago people saying how 'computing' and 'computers' were getting so advanced that they'd soon be designing themselves, both hardware and software ...... :eek: Yet here we are still talking about being able to swap notes between applications and finding out that the manual process is still, probably, the easiest way forward ... Oh, and we're not all going to work in flying cars either ....:D

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    What about Catch notes? Used to be called 3 bananas. You can access it online & on your android & back it up as text files to your SD card. I could be way off the mark though of what you are looking for. I like it for short notes to myself.
     
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    None of the proposed options are open source, which was in the topic title..

    Good point about Evernote being able to export, so I guess I'll stick with them and trust that they don't do a Sony with my data.
     
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    It's not open source, but I use Epistle with Dropbox to sync my notes.
     
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    When I had a Windows Mobile phone I used a note program called Phat Notes from Phat Ware Corporation. There was a desktop version that the phone was backed up to. This was the best note program I have ever seen. They are supposedly going to make an Android version.

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    FYI Catch is no more (as of 8/30/13). I'm here looking for an alternative to it.
     
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    What about an open-source desktop Evernote client?
    NixNote | Free software downloads at SourceForge.net
    Not only will it keep local notes synchronized with what's on the server so when Evernote Inc. goes rogue you can just export your notes, but it's open-source and purportedly runs on any OS that can run Java. In practice I've found running it in Windows to be somewhat difficult but it runs easily in Linux.

    Otherwise, what about using whatever cloud synchronization app you want and plain text files? The only problem with that is it's inconvenient with things not being integrated.
     
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    NixNote is what I use with Mageia Linux 3. I've had no problems running it. It syncs with my phone & tablet when I add something to it.
     

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