Note taking with Pandoc

Markup languages like Markdown, ReStructuredText, textile, txt2tags or mediawiki are perfectly suited for fast note taking. Type your notes with your favorite editor, chose your favorite markup language [1] and view them with Chromium, Chrome or Firefox [2].

All you need is the pandoc-note script, the Pandoc format converter, an editor of your choice and Chromium, Chrome or Firefox as live previewer. If not available, pandoc-note also works without pandoc.

pandoc-note runs under Linux and Windows. The script operates in four modes depending on it’s options:

Create a new note

  • creates a new context-depended notes-plain-text-file with an YAML metadata header.

Edit notes

  • detects the markup-language of the note file, converts to html, launches an editor and a live-previewer (Firefox, Chrome or Chromium).

View notes

  • detects the markup-language of the note file, converts to html and launches a live-previewer (Firefox, Chrome or Chromium).

Sync filename

  • renames the filename to be in sync with the document’s YAML metadata header.

The project is hosted on Github: getreu/pandoc-notetaking.

Read more online or download a pdf-rendition.

Download the project as zip archive.

[1]pandoc-note supports all Pandoc’s plain text input formats (see: pandoc --list-input-formats). pandoc-note guesses the markup language from the file extension of the text file. Currently md, markdown, mkd, rst, rest, txt, t2t, textile, twiki and mediawiki are supported.
[2]Alternatively editors with build-in previewer are supported.