Web site: zim-wiki.org
Category: Network, Office
Subcategory: Wiki, Text Editors
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows, BSD
License: GNU GPL
Interface: GUI
Wikipedia: Zim_(software)
First release: September 20, 2005

Zim – a desktop wiki used to organize notes, appointments, and to-do lists. It stores the information in human-readable text files with markup codes for typical emphasis such as headings, bold and italics. Images and other files can be integrated into the texts. By storing wiki pages in text format, Zim can easily be used with distributed version control systems such as Mercurial or Git, allowing very easy synchronization of notebooks with other devices and users.

Zim can be used to:
– Keep an archive of notes
– Keep a daily or weekly journal
– Take notes during meetings or lectures
– Organize task lists
– Draft blog entries and emails
– Do brainstorming

There are several plug-ins for Zim; for example, integrating a calendar or inserting mathematical formulas using LaTeX. An entire database (“notebook”) can be exported to HTML documents.

It is written in Python and has a GTK+ based graphical user interface (using PyGTK and PyGObject). The first (test) version was released on September 21, 2005. Up to and including version 0.29, Zim was written in Perl.

Zim is distributed as free software, including source code, under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). It is available pre-compiled for Linux and Windows systems and can also run on macOS, most easily with MacPorts. Zim also works under Maemo on the Nokia N900 Internet Tablet in a customized version.

The Windows setup file offered does not require admin rights and can be installed “portably” with a selection in the setup routine.

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