This week we look at a newly arrived plugin named qNote. This plugin allows you to create a note and store it in a QGIS project file. When the project is loaded, the note is restored and can be viewed in the qNote panel.

This little plugin provides a way to attach metadata to a project. Things you might want to include in a note are:

  • Content of the project
  • Purpose
  • Area of interest
  • Where the data came from
  • Who created the project

This information can be helpful when sharing a project or when you forget what you did six months after the fact.

Here is a screenshot showing qNote in action:

Installing the Plugin

To install the plugin:

  1. Open the Python plugin installer: Plugins->Fetch Python Plugins
  2. Check to see if you have the new Official repository in your list of plugins by clicking on Repositories tab. The URL is http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml.
  3. If you have it, skip to step 6. If the new repository isn’t in the list, add it by clicking the Add button. Give it a name and insert the URL http://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/plugins.xml
  4. qNote is currently flagged experimental. Make sure you have allowed experimental plugins on the Options tab of the plugin installer
  5. Click on the Plugins tab
  6. Enter qNote in the Filter box
  7. Select the qNote plugin and click Install

You can control the visiblity of the qNote panel from the View->Panels menu.

The README for the plugin can be viewed on the qNote GitHub page.