This week we’ll take a look at note-taking applications. Digital note-taking has become an art form with apps that can capture any thought, idea, phrase, image or web clip with ease. But that’s just the beginning. It’s also necessary to organize and find that information again when needed. Today’s apps are amazing research and organizational tools. The trick now is to find just the one to suit your style. Here’s a look at some of your options.
- Circus Ponies Notebook uses a familiar notebook interface to capture and store your information. You can type, sketch, dictate and “clip” information into your notebook and it will all be indexed and searchable so it’s all within easy reach. Oh, and yes, they support tags (keywords) for organizing notes. A standard license is $50 and academic license is $30.
- DEVONnote uses an interface similar to Apple’s Mail app to organize notes and clippings. It only handles text and rich text formats, but the DEVONthink document management product does includes note management. DEVONnote sells for $25 and DEVONthink starts at $50.
- Selenium is an all-in-one research management tool with a browser, outliner, word processor and bibliography manager all in one nice package. It also includes Google Docs support and iSight barcode scanning to simplify adding sources to your project. Selenium is a $15 download.
- Microsoft OneNote 2010 is part of their Office suite. Like Notebook, OneNote can capture information in just about any format and also has a web-clipper that sits in the background until you need it. It’s also uses an notebook-style interface with tabs and pages to quickly move from one topic to the next. OneNote includes collaborative capabilities either by locating a notebook file on a shared drive or by using the OneNote Web app. There’s a mobile app (Windows phones only) too. OneNote is included in all the Office suites or can be purchased separately.
- Evernote is top dog in the online category. Whether you’re jotting down notes and ideas or capturing online content, Evernote can handle it. All your information is stored in your online account and is accessible from both desktop computers and mobile devices. There’s even an offline capability to take your info to inaccessible locations. Evernote offers both free and premium [$45/year] accounts.
- Zoho Notebook fits right into Zoho’s online applications suite. It integrates with other Zoho apps and browser plugins (Chrome and Firefox) make it easy to capture content. Zoho Notebook content can be shared with others and Skype integration makes it easy to work together online. Zoho Notebook is a free service.
- Notebooks (available for both iPhone and iPad) can capture and organize notes, tasks, sketches, documents and web clippings (using a Mobile Safari bookmarklet) in a notebook interface. Your information can then be shared with others or sent to your Mac desktop via wifi and online sync services like Dropbox. It is not a universal app – there is an iPhone version and iPad version. Each costs $8.99.