Utilities

Excellent Utilities: Tusk – Evernote desktop software

In Operation

Here’s the initial startup of Tusk.

Tusk

While the software offers black, dark, and sepia themes, themes would not initially activate. And both the search shortcut and menu action item for search didn’t open the search dialog. The issue lies with the version of Evernote. The latest version of Evernote is not supported by Tusk. The solution is simple – switch to the older version of Evernote.

Here’s the Sepia theme displayed using the older version of Evernote. It’s targeted at users with glossy screens. All my displays are matte, which have an anti-glare coating applied to them. I avoid displays with reflections at all costs.

Tusk - Sepia Theme

And there’s the Dark Theme in action which the project bills as silky and relaxing. It’s definitely more relaxing on the eyes than the default or sepia theme.

Tusk - Dark Theme

And if you really want to look after your eyes, consider switching to the Black Theme.

Tusk - Black Theme

The main reason that attracted me to Tusk is the huge array of customizable keyboard shortcuts, there’s more than 70 local keyboard shortcuts. It’s best to have a printout of these local shortcuts, as they take a bit of effort to learn. Or if you want, you can define your own custom shortcut keys. You can also access Tusk anytime in your system with its global shortcut keys, although these are not user-definable.

The more time spent on the keyboard rather than the mouse makes a real difference to my productivity. And the Focus mode helps in this department, removing a lot of the cruft in the interface, reducing distractions. Combine this with the full screen option, and I’m all set for creativity. And if you’ve got a display with a low resolution, the software caters for you with a compact mode.

Productivity is also boosted with excellent note navigation, and the drap and drop support.

Next page: Page 3 – Other Features

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:

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ImagineA simple yet effective image optimization tool
LanguageToolStyle and grammar checker for 30+ languages
Liquid PromptAdaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh
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lsdLike exa, lsd is a turbo-charged alternative to ls
McFlyNavigate through your bash shell history
mdlessFormatted and highlighted view of Markdown files
NushellFlexible cross-platform shell with a modern feel
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PaperworkDesigned to simplify the management of your paperwork
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pecoSimple interactive filtering tool that's remarkably useful
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RnoteSketch and take handwritten notes
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StickySimulates the traditional “sticky note” style stationery on your desktop
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tmuxA terminal multiplexer that offers a massive boost to your workflow
TuskAn unofficial Evernote client with bags of potential
UlauncherSublime application launcher
WatsonTrack the time spent on projects
Whoogle SearchSelf-hosted and privacy-focused metasearch engine
ZellijTerminal workspace with batteries included

2 comments

    1. 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.

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