This is a new series highlighting best-of-breed utilities. We’ll be covering a wide range of utilities including tools that boost your productivity, help you manage your workflow, and lots more besides.
Evernote is a proprietary cloud-based software service designed for creating, organizing and storing various of media files. It’s often used as a notetaking and archiving program. Evernote enables users to help remember everything important.
When a file is uploaded or changed on a machine, Evernote syncs all changes across an account. This lets you work on the same document on different machines wherever they are located in the world. As the files are stored in the cloud, they don’t consume large amounts of storage space on your PC or mobile device. These days, we use computers at work, at home, and on the move. Accessing your files from each machine using Evernote is more convenient than having to email files or copying them to a USB key. And because it’s designed to be a complete virtual filing system that makes finding any individual note or file easily, you don’t need to remember where they are saved.
Evernote can be used for something as basic as a shopping list. But it comes into its own for business purposes, by sharing files and collaborating on projects with coworkers.
Evernote Corporation, the developers of Evernote, have never indicated any plans to develop a Linux client. They assert they are a small organization without the resources to build a Linux native client. However, there are native third party clients available. Tusk is one such client.
Tusk is billed as a feature-laden, open source, community-driven, free Evernote app used by people in more than 140 countries. Let’s put it this application through its paces, and why it warrants inclusion in our “Excellent Utilities” series. The first release of the software was back in August 2017, but it’s come a long way.
I’m not going to devote much time to the installation process, as the developer offers a few official methods that make installation trivial. There’s official packages for Debian/Ubuntu, as well as Fedora. And there’s distro independent packages in the form of AppImage and snap. I’m a big convert to AppImage if only because it’s really easy to help someone install them. Simply download an AppImage, make the file executable (chmod u+x filename), and then double click it. You can then choose to integrate the AppImage into your system which moves the AppImage into a predefined location, and adds it to your application launcher.
As this is open source software, you can clone the project’s repository, compile, and install the software. It’s not difficult…
$ git clone https://github.com/klaussinani/tusk.git
$ cd tusk
$ sudo npm install
$ npm run release
Tusk is cross-platform software, as the developer also supplies a Windows binary. I’ve not tested the software under Windows to any great degree, but feel free to detail its performance in the comments box below.
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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary
Complete list of articles in this series:
|Abricotine||Markdown editor with inline preview functionality|
|AES Crypt||Encrypt files using the Advanced Encryption Standard|
|Ananicy||Shell daemon created to manage processes’ IO and CPU priorities|
|broot||Next gen tree explorer and customizable launcher|
|Cerebro||Fast application launcher|
|cheat.sh||Community driven unified cheat sheet|
|CopyQ||Advanced clipboard manager|
|croc||Securely transfer files and folders from the command-line|
|Deskreen||Live streaming your desktop to a web browser|
|duf||Disk usage utility with more polished presentation than the classic df|
|exa||A turbo-charged alternative to the venerable ls command|
|Extension Manager||Browse, install and manage GNOME Shell Extensions|
|fd||Wonderful alternative to the venerable find|
|fkill||Kill processes quick and easy|
|fontpreview||Quickly search and preview fonts|
|horcrux||File splitter with encryption and redundancy|
|Kooha||Simple screen recorder|
|KOReader||Document viewer for a wide variety of file formats|
|Imagine||A simple yet effective image optimization tool|
|LanguageTool||Style and grammar checker for 30+ languages|
|Liquid Prompt||Adaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh|
|lnav||Advanced log file viewer for the small-scale; great for troubleshooting|
|lsd||Like exa, lsd is a turbo-charged alternative to ls|
|McFly||Navigate through your bash shell history|
|mdless||Formatted and highlighted view of Markdown files|
|Nushell||Flexible cross-platform shell with a modern feel|
|nvitop||GPU process management for NVIDIA graphics cards|
|OCRmyPDF||Add OCR text layer to scanned PDFs|
|Oh My Zsh||Framework to manage your Zsh configuration|
|Paperwork||Designed to simplify the management of your paperwork|
|PDF Mix Tool||Perform common editing operations on PDF files|
|peco||Simple interactive filtering tool that's remarkably useful|
|ripgrep||Recursively search directories for a regex pattern|
|Rnote||Sketch and take handwritten notes|
|scrcpy||Display and control Android devices|
|Sticky||Simulates the traditional “sticky note” style stationery on your desktop|
|tldr||Simplified and community-driven man pages|
|tmux||A terminal multiplexer that offers a massive boost to your workflow|
|Tusk||An unofficial Evernote client with bags of potential|
|Ulauncher||Sublime application launcher|
|Watson||Track the time spent on projects|
|Whoogle Search||Self-hosted and privacy-focused metasearch engine|
|Zellij||Terminal workspace with batteries included|
Amazing Linux program I wrote this written the last year for my class project
I assume you are referring to a program you wrote rather than Tusk. Tusk’s first public release was back in August 2017. The project is written by Klaus Sinani, Mario Sinani and Athan Gkanos.
The project has seen almost no code commits in the past few years.