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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.

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Paper is great, but...

Some of us can type faster and more accurately than we can write, and therefore prefer the laptop alternative. By the time I finished up my B.A., I had settled on using various flavors of OpenOffice/NeoOffice, saving my notes in both the default OO format (.sxw back then) and in plain text files.

Why OpenOffice? It's a huge program, totally overkill for what I needed, but I found the auto-correct feature to be handy in one very important way (and MS Word was too buggy for me on my iBook). As a history major, the ability to reduce long strings of often-repeated text to a few keystrokes was a life-saver (yes, I know there are other options for that now). But being able to type "kv" and have it auto-expand to "Khrushchev"? Priceless...




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