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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.

Freeman's picture

Another plug for CircusPonies Notebook

To add to Pfenya:

CP Notebook also gives you a "clipping service' that allows you to send highlighted text to an annotated notes page (on a per notepage/project basis) and Notebook also lets you attach due dates to notes and clippings - meaning you can highlight text in an email from you prof, webpage, pdf, whatever, right click> send it to a clipping called, for example, @inbox which can then be set to auto-sync with (cough) ical.

ALSO; tags, priorities, labels, little Palm-like icons, outlining, themes, encryption, voice annotations, attachments, sync to ipod, Voodopad-like linking...

(Holy cow! I just dropped a .dmg into a to do list - double clicked it and away we go...)

Really Merlin, I know 43f has mentioned this app before but I do think this app needs more attention as a GTD app or, at the very least, as an excellent MBW pick.

CP Notebook is truly an unsung Mac app - maybe they need a company name with less ponies in it before wider adoption occurs?

Cheers, Freeman




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