I spend a lot of time in Google Chrome. Quite often I need to write something down quickly. Opening up a new app seems like too much work so I end up typing in odd places. The address bar is a common choice.

I'm also a huge fan of Vim. It has served me well over the years as my primary code editor.

Taiga is a solution to my problem combined with Vim. Any time you open a new tab in Chrome Taiga jumps in and offers a clean space to jot down your thoughts. With the option to enable Vim power user key bindings.

The Vim functionality is provided via CodeMirror.

Where does the name come from?

Recently I read a book called Conquering Impossible by Mike Horn. It describes his journey around the arctic circle. The taiga is the forested biome found in far northern Russian. His description of a great wild land reminded me in some small way of how I feel when I have an idea and yet nowhere to jot it down.

You can download it here.

- Ian