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Note Taking Tips?

I'm in my first year of university and trying desperately to come up with the best way to take notes on my mac...

I've been looking into notae and yojimbo (I like the tagging features alot, but dislike that I can't put in pictures and such) but have heard good things about journler and devonthink.

The problem with Notae (which I used today) is everything is in SQL databases which is going to make it difficult. Plus most of these apps REQUIRE you to make a new database file rather than a bunch of text files which it will database and collect, etc. I've also heard wiki's are a great way to take notes but have no clue how to do so on my mac.

So please, if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them. I'm sure there are many like me who also would love to know any suggestions for great apps for us Univeristy kids.

Erik Schmidt's picture

Personal preference

As you can see from the responses so far, there are many ways to take notes on (or off) your Mac.

Before deciding whether to go analog or digital, I'd ask yourself which is more comfortable for you. I do a tremendous amount of work on a keyboard, and I'm a touch typist, so I can put write much more rapidly with my laptop than I can by hand. But I know other students who are much more comfortable with the physical process of writing by hand. I suppose the legibility of your writing is a factor as well.

Beyond that, there are advantages to each approach. Going analog does mean you can quickly jot down notes for diagrams, equations, and so on. While OmniGraffle is an excellent tool, it's never going to be as fast as a pencil and paper. On the other hand, when you enter your notes in digital form, they can be easily transformed later. I frequently combine class notes with notes from reading, discussions, and so on. I find it much easier when the original is in digital form.

If you are interested in using a digital tool for notetaking, there are several articles covering Mori, OmniOutliner, Notebook, and other apps at my site, http://www.maclawstudents.com.




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