Connect reference and ideas

MXTNote is a free PDF reader and note taking app. In spirit, its similar to the more commonly-known note taking method like Zettelkasten method

We keep the following sections

  • PDF documents
  • Simple notes: original ideas or quote from a PDF
  • Notebook: multi-page notes

You can do markup on the PDF but we keep the page structure unchanged, so a quote is always valid. The simple notes serve as anchor point, links can be created between them, and they can be used to link positions in PDF or notebook. Some common use cases are

📌 A PDF references another PDF, you can select the two location and link them.
📌 Quote from PDF can be copied to a notebook, in this case a link is automatically created between PDF and notebook and it can be used to navigate from one place to the other
📌 Link can be created between simple notes, to capture a knowledge/task dependency

You can choose to work completely in offline mode, or, in online mode, your PDF and notes are synced and accessible in all your devices(In online mode, if you lost internet it will buffer your changes and sync later)

MXTNote is available as web app and android/IOS app. To use web app or mobile app in online mode, either sign up with free MXTNote account, or Sign in with google/apple.

Detail Features:
PDF reader with thumbnail index, link navigation
Import web page (HTML will be converted to PDF)
support DJVU/MOBI (file will be converted to PDF)
Text search (using text in PDF, or OCR)
Image search (useful for searching math symbols)
Translate selected text into English
Simple text note, support markdown syntax
Support setting date on simple note and use calendar to view them.
Write on PDF or select box from PDF
Support links between notes, attach tags to notes.
Search notes by original PDF, tags, or text
Built-in split screen to copy note to notebook
Multiple page notebook with text or handwriting.
Support pressure sensitive stylus (i.e. Samsung S-pen).
Print notebook to PDF file or printer
Use Latex input for math formula or use the Math formula editor
Search ARXIV and download paper
Monitor ARXIV for new papers matching predefined query
Sync across all your device
Available as web app