In the editor wars between Vim and Emacs users, QOwnnotes did not take part – and quietly conquered its own area of application. QOwnNotes is especially popular for its high scriptability – there are a ton of community-written scripts for it.
There is also an QOwnNotes app for ownCloud, providing API access for a QOwnNotes desktop client, enhancing QOwnNotes by a few functionalities. We interviewed Patrizio Bekerle, who wrote the QOwnNotes software, as well as its ownCloud integration app.
What problem did you try to solve with QOwnNotes, why did you write it?
In late 2014 I needed a way to quickly take notes with one keyboard shortcut and the current date in the filename (until I have the time to change it to something better). The notes should be stored as simple text files in a directory so I can sync them easily. The desktop software needed to run on every popular operating system.
After trying out several text editors, I found none that could really do that in the way I liked it, so I wrote my own. 🙂
I cannot remember if I used ownCloud before or because I created QOwnNotes, but I loved ownCloud because it is FOSS and I could host it myself and as PHP-developer it also was a great fit for me. ownCloud notes met most of my requirements for note taking in the web at that time.
Which three QOwnNotes scripts do you consider most useful?
I love scripts to create new notes from text I copied from web applications like Note from Jira issue and Note from Bitrix24 task. Also the script @tag tagging in note text is pretty awesome because with it they can store their tags inside the notes.
What do you have to know to write a QOwnNotes script?
There is a documentation of all the API calls on http://docs.qownnotes.org.
You can use as many private and local scripts as you like and if you want make a script public you can create a pull-request on https://github.com/qownnotes/scripts.
How secure is your encryption of the notes, what algorithm do you use?
Note encryption is by default done by the Botan library with AES-256.
I guess the weakest point of the encryption would be the password you are using to encrypt a note. And keep in mind that the headline isn‘t encrypted.
Do you plan to include more Code highlighting?
Okay, thanks a lot for answering our questions! Keep up the good work!