Joplin is a free note taking software available for Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS. In this review, we will focus on the Windows version, but everything we say will more or less apply to the other versions as well.
How Does Joplin Work?
Joplin belongs to the group of note taking programs that try to give users as many options and ways to organize their tasks. This means that if you need a simple program to write down your shopping list, although you can certainly do that here, this is not a program created for this purpose. On the contrary, in order to make the most of the possibilities provided by this program, it is necessary to dedicate time and effort to learn how to use the program, as well as all the options it offers.
Once you install and run Joplin, you’ll see a beautiful and modern user interface that is overwhelmingly reminiscent of Evernote, currently the most famous and popular note-taking program. However, we honestly believe that Joplin is better because it’s really free and you get all the features right away, without having to create an account or pay anything.
As far as options are concerned, we have two types of notes available, Notes and To-Do Lists. The only difference between these two types of notes is that in To-Do lists you can write the time and date by which the task should be completed. You can organize notes and To-Do lists into “books” in which you place related reminders yourself, and you can also add tags with which you can search for reminders using the search option found in the program.
It is possible to save notes locally, on your computer, and it is also possible to use Joplin’s Cloud service, as well as uploading notes to Dropbox and OneDrive. It’s important to note that to use Joplin’s Cloud service, you have to create an account and purchase one of the packages that the company offers, so you don’t get this in the free version of the program. If you still need a simple and free cloud program (synchronizes data between devices) for notes and reminders, which you can use both on your computer and on your phone, try Google Keep.
Joplin allows you to import notes made in Evernote, and the best part is that all images, attachments, and links will remain intact when you transfer them. Unfortunately, this cannot be said for files created using Word or in TXT and DOC format. Before you can import these files, you will need to convert them. Supported formats are PDF, RAW, Markup, and HTML, and JEX is Joplin’s format that all notes will be in when you export them.
Joplin Is One of the Best Programs for Note Taking
If you’re willing to put in the effort to learn how to use Joplin, this could easily become your favorite note-taking program. The fact that it’s completely free and you get all the options right away, except for the Cloud service, easily puts it above the competition. The number of supported formats is a bit poor, but since converters are easily available on the Internet, we do not consider this to be such a big drawback. We didn’t encounter any problems or bugs while using it, so Joplin absolutely gets our recommendation.
Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS