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You shall know us by our Notational Velocity
Merlin Mann | Sep 28 2004
I’d been seeing a lot of gushy notices about Zachary Schneirov’s note-taking app, Notational Velocity, and I think I now see why. This is really pretty neat.
All Notational Velocity does is record little notes, but it does that in a way that is completely elegant, intuitive, and incrementally searchable. It does this by an uncanny dual use of a single text field for both searching and creation of your notes. If you’re just typing in the field, it acts as a full-text, incremental, live search on all of your notes and their contents. If you hit
Definitely not for everyone, but if you just need a simple app for capturing bits of information, this may be the answer to your prayers. I’m thinking if you combine this with i-search (to incrementally sub-search within your actual text field) you may have something approaching a killer app.
Hint: As the author notes, you really get the most bang from keeping your notes very short and atomic. That way when you do incremental searches, you won’t have to dig through 1,000 lines to find all the references in one note.
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