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Zim, your personal wiki

There isn’t a lot I can say about Zim; it’s something you have to experience for yourself.

I will say that I’ve been searching for this program for years. You see, I like wikis. A lot. I’m even an administrator on one that’s fairly well-known. There’s just something to it, something about information on a wiki that automatically makes it feel important and organized.

And it is organized – wikis give you a crazy amount of flexibility. A page could be anything from a plot outline to a character’s biography to the first draft of a chapter. Start adding pages to categories, and you’ve got a super neat hierarchy of your own personal design.

As I’ve said, I’ve been searching for Zim for a long time. I’ve tried everything from Wiki on a Stick (a single HTML file that acts as a wiki) to actually installing MediaWiki (the stuff Wikipedia runs off of). Most of these have proven to be slow and clunky, with complicated ways of storing data. Accessing your writing outside of whatever program you wrote it in was pretty much impossible. And if you had just one bad save of your wiki-on-a-stick… woo boy.

Zim, however, is nothing like that. Not only is Zim a speedy and reliable program, but it doesn’t tie you down. Every page you write is saved in an easily editable plain text format, with a little bit of wiki syntax for links and what have you. You can create as many wikis as you want with as many categories as you want in each, and even insert images. And if you don’t know wiki syntax, don’t worry – Zim is WYSIWYG with extremely simple shortcuts for useful things like checkboxes and bullet points.

Whether you’re looking for a wiki analogue or just a new way of keeping your thoughts organized, check Zim out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Update: So you know, this weekend I’m going to be trying something a little bit different for this blog… but we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled Linux blogging by Monday 🙂


12 Comments on “Zim, your personal wiki”

  1. Tomboy notes works pretty well as a wikied note taking application.

  2. I can’t read your comment for some reason. It is all green… I will try firefox but I don’t know. Doesn’t Tomboy come with Linux Mint?

    • awkisopen says:

      It does. And no, it’s not your browser. This theme (Clean Home) is relatively new at WordPress and they haven’t got all the kinks ironed out yet – including the fact that poster comments don’t show up properly, you can only read them if you highlight. It’s really annoying!

      Hopefully it’ll be fixed soon…

  3. […] all the different kinds of software I’ve mentioned so far – a thesaurus, a note-taking program, a bunch of word processors – getting everything started up once you decide It’s […]

  4. […] just can’t get enough of Zim. So far it’s the most brilliant way to organize one’s thoughts I’ve ever come […]

  5. Lex says:

    I totally agree with you. Zim is what i’ve searching for.



  6. Jesaja 66:2 says:

    Great tip! Got it – tried it – still using it.
    Thanks a lot!

  7. Trojan says:

    Exactly what I was looking for, thanks a ton. By the way, how to share the notebook and edit it from other machine??

  8. hk seo says:

    This website truly has all the information I needed concerning this
    subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  9. t says:

    I like Wiki on a Stick. I think it’s the best solution for my own notes.

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