Utilities

Excellent Utilities: Tusk – Evernote desktop software

Summary

Why do so many people use Evernote? It’s an excellent planner, organizer, and notebook. And for many it’s the bread and butter of day-in and day-out project management. And why does Tusk get our recommendation for what is an attractive open source client to a proprietary solution? Above all else, it really helps focus on what’s most important.

There’s some important functionality I’d like added. Among the top of the list are support for spell checking and a grammar assistant. These are on the developer’s roadmap. I’d also like better support for PDFs, such as the ability to view PDFs without downloading them, the ability to export all notes with a single action, and multiple tabs. But the software has the essentials that I need.

The software uses Electron and Node.js, so I wasn’t expecting the software to be particularly frugal with memory. ps_mem reports that with minimal use, tusk consumes over 610MB of RAM. This takes into account the RAM consumed by Electron. Certainly not lightweight software, but it’s usefulness more than compensates. Under Windows, memory usage appears lower, although I spent little time with the unsigned app in that operating system. But if you multi-boot between Linux and Windows, the cross-platform nature of the software is likely to be very important.

Website: github.com/klaussinani/tusk
Support:
Developer: Klaus Sinani and contributors
License: MIT License

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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:

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AnanicyShell daemon created to manage processes’ IO and CPU priorities
brootNext gen tree explorer and customizable launcher
CerebroFast application launcher
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exaA turbo-charged alternative to the venerable ls command
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fdWonderful alternative to the venerable find
fkillKill processes quick and easy
fontpreviewQuickly search and preview fonts
horcruxFile splitter with encryption and redundancy
KoohaSimple screen recorder
KOReaderDocument viewer for a wide variety of file formats
ImagineA simple yet effective image optimization tool
LanguageToolStyle and grammar checker for 30+ languages
Liquid PromptAdaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh
lnavAdvanced log file viewer for the small-scale; great for troubleshooting
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
OCRmyPDFAdd OCR text layer to scanned PDFs
Oh My ZshFramework to manage your Zsh configuration
PaperworkDesigned to simplify the management of your paperwork
PDF Mix ToolPerform common editing operations on PDF files
pecoSimple interactive filtering tool that's remarkably useful
ripgrepRecursively search directories for a regex pattern
RnoteSketch and take handwritten notes
scrcpyDisplay and control Android devices
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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