Emacs must be gathering a lot of enthusiasts lately; there's hardly a week where I don't discover some new gem. Recently, I discovered deft. And apparently, I wasn't the only one.
So what is it
deft good for? Well, often I want to jot down some quick thing
during a meeting or a telephone-call. Of course, I don't want to think about
file names or anything else distracting me from my task, just get me that note
already! In addition, at some later time, I want to be able to quickly search
through the notes I made.
For MacOS, there's a program called Notational Velocity which does this. But really - it sounds like a typical task for emacs - wouldn't it be nice to have an emacs package that does roughly the same?
And that is what
deft does - enable you to quickly write notes, and
retrieving them later. The author has an excellent introduction on his
website, so my job is very easy :)
deft is not part of org-mode, but they
can work together seamlessly. Here's my set-up:
;; http://jblevins.org/projects/deft/ (when (require 'deft nil 'noerror) (setq deft-extension "org" deft-directory "~/Org/deft/" deft-text-mode 'org-mode) (global-set-key (kbd "<f9>") 'deft))
This blob goes in my
.emacs. Note, the first line ensures that emacs starts
without errors, even when I run on a system without
deft. Apart from that, I
org files for note taking, which makes it all very familiar.
All notes are saved
~/Org/deft - you can set it to something else of
course. A Dropbox-folder seems to be a popular choice for synchronizing
Finally, the last line binds
deft-mode. So, when I need a quick
note, I can type
F9 C-c C-n and start writing.