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Quotes about Org-mode

Quotes about Org mode from the mailing list and the web.

I’m sure I’ll be tweaking it forever though, it’s almost as satisfying as actually using it.

8ninjani8 on /r/emacs.

I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without org-mode

Luke Gaudreau on Twitter.

I’m having the same feeling for org-mode that I did when I first learned to really program and use emacs.

Jeffery Travis on Twitter.

Org-mode is one of those tools that change the way you work and think forever.

Kaluza Twitter

This handy system uses a fairly simple, single-file outlining paradigm, upon which it overlays concepts like due dates and priorities. I find its method both non-intrusive and easy to edit by hand, which are absolute necessities for me.

John Wiegley in 2007 in his blog post.

I’ve passed 2500 tasks logged with Org-mode! This has been, by far, the most consistently I’ve used any organizational tool on any system, ever. :)

John Wiegley in 2009 in an Email to the Org-mode author.

Someone mentioned that org-mode is a bit like perl. I agree. Way back, someone described perl as “the Swiss army chainsaw of UNIX programming”. Over the last 12 months, I think org mode has evolved into something akin to the “Swiss army JCB of organisational software” (to stretch a metaphor until it screams for mercy!).

Pete Phillips in a post on emacs-orgmode.

I think a main reason for [Org-mode’s] utility is that basic use requires little thought. When I’m using it for brainstorming, it’s almost like I’m not aware that I’m using any program — I’m just thinking.

Someone, in Charles Cave’s survey of Org users

Org-mode bends the definition of outliners until you realise that outlines are text and text is outline. […] In org-mode, I’m… not editing a document. I’m editing a piece of fiction, one piece at a time. On a computer. In a way that makes sense.

Urpo Lankinen in a blog post.

I’m continually amazed by what org can do, and also by how intuitive it is. It’s not at all unusual that I find myself thinking that it would be great if Org/Emacs did “x”, trying what seems to me to be the way that it would do “x” if it could, and discovering that it functions just as I expect.

Someone, in Charles Cave’s survey of Org users

I love Org’s timeclocking support, and I think you will too. Because it’s integrated with your task list, you don’t have to switch to separate application or reenter data.

Sacha Chua in a blog post.

I’ve been trying lots of different Web-based GTD task managers like Remember the Milk, Toodledo, and GTDAgenda. I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that there’s nothing quite like Org for Emacs.

Sacha Chua in a blog post.

BG: We’ve got a lot more books coming out in the pipeline. […] The one which is my favourite is the Emacs Org-Mode Reference Manual. […] Honestly, it’s the greatest Emacs mode in 20 years. […]
CW: Would you say Org-Mode is one of the more exciting projects in the Free Software world at the moment?
BG: Definitely. Maybe it’s even the most exciting. Certainly it’s transformed the way that I organise my work, and I think it has for a lot of other people as well, so it’s software that can revolutionise your life, not just perform a function.

Brian Gough of Netork Theory Limited in an interview by Chris Woolfrey, published in this blog post.

By far my favorite featureset in org-mode that muse lacks1 is the table support, which piggybacks on calc to form more of a spreadsheet than table support. Insanely cool.

Patrick Hawkins in a post on emacs-wiki-discuss.

Org is a new working experience for me and there is nothing comparable to working with emacs AND Org-mode.

Sebastian Rose in his org-info.js documentation.

Org-mode definition:
Org-mode is an emacs mode for doing anything you dream of. If it can’t do it yet, post a message on the mailing list at night, go for a sleep, and grab in the morning a fresh copy with your features implemented.

Paul Rivier in an email message to the Org-mode author.

From: Christian Moe
Re: Copy/Search Outline

I post a howto over my morning coffee at 8:38am. By 11:30am, Florian has encapsulated it into a neat function with added goodies. Within 40 minutes, Carsten reports

> there is a key (C-c C-x v) and a menu entry,
> and documentation in manual and refcard for it.

Gotta love this community.

Yours, Christian

Christian Moe in a message to the Org-mode mailing list.

[…] Org-mode […] continues to amaze me with its power and utility each and every day.

Bernt Hansen in a post on emacs-orgmode.

PT> Damn! Org is again a step ahead of me. :D
Nick> Yup - get used to it ;-)

PT and Nick Dokos on emacs-orgmode.

Org-mode has changed my life!

Jonathan E. Magen in a blog post

If humans could mate with software, I’d have org-mode’s babies.

Chris League on Twitter.

If I hated everything about Emacs, I would still use it for org-mode. […]

Avdi on Twitter

Org-mode is like half the awesomeness of emacs

Pavel on Twitter

[…] It’s fascinating. I’m still dubious as to the mental sanity of the developer, but intriguing. […]

Carlo Piana on Twitter

Org-mode is so awesome because everything is ultimately still plain text files.

Philip J. Hollenback on Twitter

The sheer elaborated insanity of the org-mode spreadsheet is a distilled microcosm of all that is wonderful and brain-damaged about emacs.

Zenoli on Twitter.

If Emacs is an operating system, Org-mode is the office/productivity suite.

Eric Schulte in his screenshot on Worg

I think I understand the difference between org-mode and planner.el now. The former is more like an outline with dates and hypertext and lots of other features, while the latter is more like a schedule with outlines and hypertext and lots of other features.

Org-mode seemed like a way to tame the text file beast and ride it off into the sunset.

Joey Doll in a blog post

I have no idea how long [these files] are, probably 1000 lines each, but it doesn’t matter. I can combine long winded notes about my latest fabrication process with that thing that I have to do on it next week, fold everything back up, and then keep easy tabs on everything using the agenda view.

Joey Doll in a blog post

If you’re like me, over the years you’ll have had your todo lists scattered over multiple programs and places. First a simple text file with homebrewn format, then various Windows programs, then various Linux GUI programs, then back to Notepad and joe/gedit/kate, then various apps on cellphones, then pencil & paper (due to cellphones keep getting lost/stolen), then some cloud apps, then todo.txt, then finally org-mode. And if you’re anything like me or many others, you’ll find that org-mode is it.

Stephen Haryanto in a blog post

Org-mode is a note taking tool unparalleled in it’s simplicity and ease of use.

Shrutarshi Basu in a blog post

Org-mode is like doubling the RAM in your brain.

Casey Brant on Twitter

Org-mode is like heroin. After the first hit. You’re addicted. Then, that’s all you can think about.

Sergio T. Ruiz on Twitter

Org-mode; gestalt of The One True Editor. Sentience is close at hand.

Richard Hoskins on Twitter

Ceiling Cat, bestow your benevolent purring upon the authors of Org-mode for #Emacs, as I’m not sure how I’d manage my life without it.

Tom X. Tobin on Twitter

Emacs org-mode makes my geek heart flutter. […]

Sacha Chua on Twitter

It looks like it’s from 1983, and it feels like taking a course in 7D geometry but org-mode is truly (and I use this word rarely) awesome.

David Griffiths on Twitter

Once again found what looked like a door to a sub-basement actually leads to a cathedral: emacs org mode

Neal Ford on Twitter

Org-Mode is without a doubt the most useful piece of software that I have ever installed.

Christopher Dolan on Twitter

While on-topic, just want to clear up misconceptions of org-mode. It is different from all the software/website task managers mentioned here. You can think of it as a meta-organization tool. A org software factory if you will. You can customize it to exactly how you want your thoughts, tasks, notes, etc organized. See http://doc.norang.ca/org-mode.html for an idea of the sheer breadth of options available to make it work exactly for you. This may sound like a lot of work, but there are a lot of sensible defaults, which is why most org-mode tutorials that scratch the surface make it seem like a sibling to other task management software. […] If I may pilfer a quote, org-mode “outshines other [task management solutions] in approximately the same way the noonday sun does the stars.” (Neal Stephenson on Emacs)

Someone in a discussion on Hacker News

I’ve spent a few days reading the manual, and looking at various guides/tutorials on using it, especially with GTD approach – and it does everything I want, and so easily (once I’ve understood what to do!).

Michael Maloney by email

TODO lists in #orgmode is the best thing that happened to creative writing since the metaphor.

Keith R. Potempa on twitter

Little by little org-mode will take over my life.

Mehul Sanghvi

The best thing that happened to Emacs since Emacs itself: Org Mode.

Tomas S. Grigera on twitter

Every time I go to use Org-mode, I find something new and helpful.

Katherine Cox on Google+

What makes me so excited about org mode is that it’s the first time I’ve seen literate programming move a tick up into the realm of actually creating a tellable Story.

Lawrence Bottorff on the mailing list

Org is amazing. I don’t know elisp, I’m certainly not an advanced user of Emacs, and I don’t know how to do that really sophisticated Org stuff that others talk about on this list, but I can make a functional web site with Org without trouble by using the basic export functions. Adding new pages, editing old pages, and updating is trivial. I know a lot of people who use Markdown and static site generators, but Org is much better for my purposes. And I can use it for many other things too. Sorry for this unnecessary rant, but I just love Org.

Scott Randby on emacs-orgmode

Some 24/7 lectures about Org-mode

The famous 24/7 lectures are part of the ceremony for handing out the Ig Nobel Prizes. All speakers have to give a 24/7 lecture on their subject. This means, they have to give a complete technical description of their work in 24 words (may be totally cryptic), and then a 7 word explanation that is more or less understandable for the public, and it may be either tongue in cheek or serious. In summer 2008, a few people tried to formulate such lectures about Org-mode:

Technical description in 24 words

These was only a single entry in the “24” category:

  • Org-mode does outlining, note-taking, hyperlinks, spreadsheets, TODO lists, project planning, GTD, HTML and LaTeX authoring, all with plain text files in Emacs (Carsten Dominik)

Simple summary in 7 words

This is only a selection of the submitted entries. My loose criterion was to use entries that are either a good description or are funny - both valid approaches to the “7” part of 24/7 lectures. I also left a few entries which are not exactly seven words, because I liked them a lot.

  • Organize and track everything in plain text (Bernt Hansen)
  • Organize outlines, lists and table in text. (Eddward DeVilla)
  • Emacs Org Mode: your life in text (Matthew Parker)
  • Do work and play in plain text (Kene Meniru)
  • Madness? This is org-mode! Real Spartans use emacs! (Russell Adams2)
  • Plain text with frickin’ lasers. pinky to lips (Russell Adams2)
  • It is the text that binds us. Shekaka! (Russell Adams2)
  • Org-mode — lifehacker’s orgy :-P (Dmitry Dzhus)
  • Back to the future for plain text (Carsten Dominik)



Muse now understands the syntax of Org-mode tables, so you can use Orgtbl-mode to get the same tables in Muse.


The linked text is from Adam, but the link itself has been added by me.

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