I have no plans to make the application public because it is not in a sufficiently good state at present. This is partly because I decided to move it to Python3 and Qt5 and that version is still in the early stages due to lack of time. I don't want to start a discussion of an application which isn't Zim on a Zim forum. I just wanted to point out that in my view switching to Qt is not necessarily easy and if you want to do that it is probably best to use the design ideas of Zim to build a new application rather than base it on existing code.

I have not considered using the application on a phone or laptop because the design is aimed at a desktop. I don't think it would work on a small format screen without some significant re-design.


As Zim aims to be a Python application it might be worth looking at the Whoosh library to provide Python-based full-text indexing. I found it fairly easy to add to my application. Searching data is provided by special formatting of text in the notebook page, for example you can search by place, date, description etc..

I use the application to build up information about historical photographs by creating a notebook page; adding the photograph; creating notes to describe the content, origin etc.; assigning keywords; copying relevant information and links from the Internet. The long-term aim is to have a read-only version that can be used in kiosk mode. A read-only version would be the most likely target for a phone or tablet version, in which case I would serve the pages as web-pages using HTML5.

Bill

3/03/15 03:03, Matt Bromberg wrote:
Are you releasing your efforts to the public?
Can't you link to any note from any other note in zim? How does this constrain your "hierarchy"? Are you referring to the directory structure in zim?

Also did the use of Qt actually enable you to create a tablet/phone ready version of your code? I ask this because it would be nice to have a successful use case of real cross platform, desktop to tablet, gui development.


I'm also curious what kind of data you handle?
From the note taking point of view and text handling the only thing that's really missing in zim would be a way to handle code syntax with syntax highlighting.

One of the things I love about zim is how easy it is to create cross links to other notes or even empty links to yet to be created notes.

The second thing, which is indispensable, is the ability to handle equations. I still use kile to enter my latex though because the latex window in zim is a bit cramped.

-Matt

On 03/22/2015 07:31 AM, Bill Oldroyd wrote:
I use Zim a little. It is a fine piece of software, but I don't have a day-to-day need for it. There were features I needed that were not present - for example handling data, full text searching, pages appearing in more than one hierarchy.

So, for my own use I have written a replacement in Python 2 using the PyQt4 libraries. Qt has some nice tools for creating a notebook application, for example QtTextEdit. Likewise QtWebKit allows you to integrate a browser with the editor. You might wonder why, but data extraction from one to the other is useful when the notebook application has direct access to the web page content.

It was also easy to include full text indexing using the Whoosh library.

In my experience, it would be better to start from scratch on something similar to Zim rather than trying to migrate the current code to Qt, though someone who is more familiar with the Zim code might disagree.



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