KDE will have a new application for taking notes using Markdown.

KDE will have a new Markdown note editor

KDE will have a new application to take notes using Markdown. Although it is not yet available to be installed, some of its characteristics are already known.

In reality, it is not something that users were complaining about since It is a singularly well-provided area, but I suppose they will want to have it to give consistency to the application ecosystem.

What is Markdown?

Let's start by saying that Markdown is a markup language. In traditional word processors we type the text, select a portion of it and use the menu to establish how it is represented.  On the contrary, in markup languages ​​we write instructions on how the text should be represented depending on the desired structure of the document.

Although it seems like a slow and cumbersome method, once you get used to using it, it is really fast.  Although, it cannot compete with the layout possibilities of a traditional word processor, much less a desktop publication creation program.

The most common Markdown commands are:

  • The # symbol establishes the hierarchy of titles.
  • The * symbol used once before and after the text makes it italic and used twice makes it bold.
  • The + symbol in front of a phrase makes it the item in a list.
  • A number followed by a period in front of a phrase makes it part of a numbered list.
  • To add a link, enclose the text in square brackets and the url in parentheses.
  • To add an image to the text, put the exclamation point! followed by the alt text in square brackets and the image location in parentheses.
  • To indicate a code block, it begins and ends with ´´´´.

KDE will have a new application for taking notes. This is what we know

As announced by developer Mathis Brüchert, The KDE desktop will have a new note-taking application known as Marknote (They didn't think too much about the name)

This application works under the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) modality and pallows you to create, edit and organize notes using the Markdown language.

The application, which was developed using the project's Kirigami framework (And therefore should also be able to be used on mobile devices that use KDE) allows you to store notes in notebooks, although the default configuration is to save notes in Markdown format in the Documents folder. This ensures compatibility with other applications.

In principle, for creating notes, Marknote supports formatting text in bold and italics, as well as strikethrough and underlining. The text can be divided into several sections and grouped into lists.

For their part, notebooks can be individualized by assigning them a color and an icon. It is expected that in future versions it will be possible to insert images and links and create checklists.

At the moment the package is only available for download in the form of source code It hasn't even been included in the Nightly repository of Flatpak packages. Probably the first distribution to have it is KDE Neon

The Kirigami framework

As I said above, the new notes application was developed using the Kirigami framework, created by the KDE project for its application ecosystem.

The goal behind the creation of Kirigami, and what makes Marknote potentially interesting, is that it was created for building converged applications.s. Converged applications are those that can run on various types of devices without having to modify the source code to adapt to different platforms.

Built on QT, the framework for creating graphical interfaces, Kirigami consists of a series of reusable components for building graphical user interfaces (UI) including menus, dialogs, panels and other design elements, which are compatible with the guidelines. KDE design.

It will undoubtedly be interesting to see the evolution of this application and see if they include the possibility of synchronization between devices.


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