A cross-platform simplenote-syncing note-taking app inspired by Notational Velocity.
nvpy is a simplenote-syncing note-taking tool inspired by Notational Velocity (and a little bit by nvALT too) on OSX and ResophNotes on Windows. It is significantly uglier, but it is cross-platform. Yes, you heard right, you can run this on Linux (tested), Windows (tested) and OS X (lightly tested).
It was written by Charl Botha, who needed a simplenote client on Linux and doesn’t mind ugliness (that much). Sjaak Westdijk has contributed significantly to the codebase since right after the 0.8.5 release.
- nvpy lives happily at https://github.com/cpbotha/nvpy
- For news and discussion, join the public nvpy google group or subscribe to its RSS topic feed.
If nvpy blows up your computer, loses your job or just deletes all your notes, I am NOT liable for anything. Also see the liability clause at the end of the new BSD licence text in the COPYRIGHT file.
That being said, I use nvpy daily on my own precious notes database and it hasn’t disappointed me (yet).
Screenshots and screencasts
- Screenshot taken shortly before the 0.9.7 release (clam theme, droid font):
- Screencast of nvpy’s inter-note linking (May 27, 2012): http://youtu.be/NXuVMZr31SI
- Screencast of nvpy’s gstyle search mode (October 18, 2012): http://youtu.be/dzILoLC5vRM
- Picasa Web album containing various screenshots over time.
A note on automatic syncing
- When nvPY starts up, it automatically performs a full sync. When you start it up for the first time, this can take quite a while. On subsquent startups, it’s much faster, as it maintains its own database on disk.
- While running, nvPY automatically and continuously saves and syncs any changes to disk and to simplenote. You don’t have to do anything besides typing your notes.
- If you edit the same note simultaneously in nvPY and for example the web interface, these changes will be merged as you work.
- If you add or delete notes from a completely different location, nvPY will not pick this up until your next full sync. In the future, this will also happen automatically.
- In short: You usually don’t have to worry about syncing and saving, simplenote takes care of this. If you have any more questions, please post them in the nvpy google group.
nvPY works best on Python 3.6 or later. If you want to work on python 2.7, please use nvPY v1.2.x.
To install the latest development version from github, do:
pip install 'git+https://github.com/cpbotha/nvpy.git#egg=nvpy'
OR, to install the version currently on pypi, do:
pip install nvpy
If already have nvpy installed, but you want to upgrade, try the following:
sudo pip uninstall nvpy sudo pip install --upgrade nvpy
OR, you can of course use easy_install instead:
github always has the latest development version, whereas I upload tagged snapshots (v0.9 for example) to pypi.
For more detailed installation recipes, also for beginners, and for instructions on how to integrate nvPY with your Linux desktop environment, see the nvPY installation guide.
How to run for the first time
Create a file called .nvpy.cfg in your home directory that looks like the following:
[nvpy] sn_username = your_simplenote_username sn_password = your_simplenote_password
If you installed this via pip install, you should now be able to start the application by typing “nvpy”. The first time you run it, it will take a while as it downloads all of your simplenote notes. Subsequent runs are much faster as it uses the database it stores in your home directory.
If you prefer to run from your git clone, you can just invoke python on nvpy.py, or on the nvpy package directory.
The example nvpy.cfg shows how you can configure the font family and size, the widget theme (!) configure nvpy to save and load notes as clear text, disable simplenote syncing, and so forth.
Making nvpy slightly less ugly on Linux
On Linux, I set the nvpy ttk theme to clam (instead of default; the example config above has more information about themes), and I select nicer fonts. The relevant config options are as follows:
theme = clam font_family = droid sans mono font_size = 12 list_font_size = 12
On Debian systems, you have to install the fonts-droid package to be able to select the attractive droid sans mono font. ubuntu mono is also good and should work out of the box on Ubuntu installations.
Let us know on the Google group if you have suggestions for further decreasing the level of ugliness!
nvPY was prepared two themes. You can apply it by editing nvpy.cfg.
# Colors (light theme) text_color = black selected_note_color = light blue note_info_color = dark gray highlight_note_info_color = light yellow url_color = blue background_color = white highlight_background_color = yellow
# Colors (dark theme) text_color = white selected_note_color = #04a note_info_color = light gray highlight_note_info_color = #440 url_color = #08f background_color = black highlight_background_color = #440
If you dont like it, it would be better to customize the theme as your like. Let’s change some options based on the above theme. Options are accept 3 formats:
- Hex triplet format (#rrggbb)
- Shorthand hex triplet format (#rgb)
- Color names (See color names list and color chart)
Note: during customizing the theme we highly recommend setting simplenote_sync = 0 to disable sync. Because prevent reach the API rate limit by automatic full synchronization at startup.
nvPY was designed for lightning-speed note-taking and management with the keyboard. As you type words in the search bar, the list of notes found will be refined. In the default search mode (“gstyle”), it finds notes that contain all the words you enter. For example:
t:work t:leads python imaging "exact phrase"
Will find all notes tagged with both “work” and “leads” containing the words “python” and “imaging” (anywhere, and in any order) and the exact phrase “exact phrase”. The default is to search with case-sensitivity. This can be changed with the CS checkbox. Remember though that case-sensitivity has a significant effect on search speed.
By editing the config file, or by toggling the search mode option menu, you can use regular expression search mode. This is of course much more powerful, but is much slower than gstyle. The difference is noticeable on large note collections.
Here’s a summary of the different shortcut keys that you can use in nvPY:
|Ctrl-?||Display these key-bindings.|
|Ctrl-A||Select all text when in the note editor.|
|Ctrl-D||Move note to trash. This can be easily recovered using the simplenote webapp.|
|Ctrl-F||Start real-time incremental regular expression search. As you type, notes list is filtered. Up / down cursor keys go to previous / next note.|
|Ctrl-G||Edit tags for currently selected note. Press ESC to return to note editing.|
|Ctrl-M||Render Markdown note to HTML and open browser window.|
|Ctrl-N||Create new note.|
|Ctrl-R||Render reStructuredText (reST) note to HTML and open browser window.|
|Ctrl-S||Force sync of current note with simplenote server. Saving to disc and syncing to server also happen continuously in the background.|
|Ctrl-Y||Redo note edits.|
|Ctrl-Z||Undo note edits.|
|Ctrl-SPACE||In search box, autocomplete tag under cursor. Keep on pressing for more alternatives.|
|Ctrl-+/-||Increase or decrease the font size.|
|ESC||Go from edit mode to notes list.|
|ENTER||Start editing currently selected note. If there’s a search string but no notes in the list, ENTER creates a new note with that search string as its title.|
- Syncs with simplenote.
- Support for simplenote tags and note pinning.
- Partial syncs (whilst notes are being edited) are done by a background thread so you can keep on working at light speed.
- Can be used offline, also without simplenote account.
- Search box does realtime gstyle or regular expression searching in all your notes. All occurrences of the search string are also highlighted in currently active note.
- Markdown rendering to browser.
- Continuous rendering mode: If you activate this before starting the markdown rendering, nvpy will render new html of the currently open note every few seconds. Due to the refresh tag in the generated HTML, the browser will refresh every few seconds. MAGIC UPDATES!
- reStructuredText (reST) rendering to browser. Yes, you can use nvPY as your reST previewer.
- Automatic hyperlink highlighting in text widget.
- KickAss(tm) inter-note linking with [[note name]]. If note name is not found in current list of notes, assumes it’s a regular expression and sets it in the search bar. See the screencast.
- sqlite storage backend.
- Full(ish) screen mode.
Bugs and feedback
- Report bugs with the github issue tracker.
- It’s an even better idea to clone, fix and then send me a pull request.
- If you have questions, or would like to discuss nvpy-related matters, please do so via the nvpy google discussion group / mailing list.
- If you really like nvpy, you could make me and you even happier by tipping me with paypal!
- Sjaak Westdijk made significant contributions to the code starting after the 0.8.5 release.
- nvpy uses the fantastic simplenote.py library by mrtazz.
- The brilliant application icon, a blue mini car (not as fast as the notational velocity rocket, get it?), is by Cemagraphics.
- Thank you very much peeps for the PayPal tips! * stfa * https://github.com/gudnm * stephen powell * Robert Munger * Jordan McCommons * Jan Steinocher * T Anderson
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NOTE: While test cases are running, the nvpy window is displayed many times. It will impede your work.
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