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    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
    I've been using the Adobe Air app Snippely but it only holds text. It does a very good job of that, in a quick and light app, but I want something to keep little graphic bits along with it (usually jpg files.)

    Evernote is big and slow and wants to put things in the cloud. It also wants a subscription for bandwidth to upload to the cloud. I'd like my things to stay put on the local drive, thanks.

    I just started playing with Zim. It's a number of steps getting the pics in but it does attach them/put them in a local folder as I'd like.

    Is anyone using something that might be better?
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    I work in raw text pretty much exclusively and use the text editor vim or cream (a windowed version of vim). I have two files where I store bits of text in, make lists and draft stuff. One is called "ltm" (long term memory) and the file I use most is called "scrapbook.txt". I should make another one called "stm" (short term memory" and set up some distributed backups.

    Why do I think this is better, even if it is more basic? Because I can search it really quickly.

    Edit: Oops I didn't read your post properly. Sorry.
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    I've loved OneNote to bits since 2005. I know everyone hates Microsoft, but it's brilliant. I do most of my correspondence, text, planning, note taking in it,filing of web pages and as I'm a tablet user, I use handwriting in it. The one thing I don't like is that it has that annoying pastel colour scheme and I can't make it look like it's made of parchment.
    • CommentAuthorQuisitrix
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
    I've been using google docs a lot recently but it doesn't really organise things. For purely text based projects you might like yWriter but I don't think it would be any good with images.

    If I understood Google wave then perhaps it would solve all my organisation problems. Do any of you understand it?

    Does anyone have any better suggestions?
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    Evernote is what I've used; mainly because I can use it on whatever-i'm-working-with at the moment. I'll keep my eye out for other things.
    • CommentAuthorcodyhess
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2010 edited
    If you dislike Evernote because you prefer local storage, I understand. In that case you are right to not use Evernote.

    But I use and love Evernote for all of my note-taking and would like to make a case for it.

    Evernote's cloud-storage system and automatic syncing makes all of my notes available across both my laptop and my desktop. Should the need arise, I can even access, add to, and edit my notes from a web browser on someone else's machine (or cell phone). This is a major convenience for me that I can't find elsewhere.

    Evernote is free, up to 40mb per month. If you're dealing exclusively with text, you'll never approach the limit. I photograph and upload all of my receipts and hand-written notes and still rarely go above that 40mb limit. If your work deals heavily with images or you use video/sound files, yes you would have to pay. But even then it's only $45 per year.

    As for your calling Evernote big and slow, I have to flat-out disagree. I keep my notes ordered chronologically and when necessary I can sort through all of them by tag, by notebook, and by searching the text (or text within a photograph). This search is fast. At least on my MacBook, the search is so fast that it's essentially immediate.

    My undergraduate education was in computer science, and for years I used VIM exclusively. I had to lose a Holy War against myself to migrate to another editor/processor. If VIM had cloud storage, I'd go back in a heartbeat. Evernote does have an API that drops this promising tidbit in the beginning of the overview:

    For example, this API could be used by a Linux note-taking application to provide central, secure data storage that synchronizes to Evernote...

    Hopefully someone will plug those into each other, but it's beyond me.
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2010
    Google wave, I can't see using it for organization.

    It's great for collaborative projects if it would email me when someone updates the Wave. Otherwise, leaving it open in anticipation just eats up my memory. If so, then it might possibly replace our need for our Google Group.

    Google basically powers my life.
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    @glukkake - Running the beta version of Chrome (the browser, not the OS), add-ons have been activated, and there are a couple that are Google-specific notifiers at least. I use one that's just for Wave, it tells me how many "unread" conversations I have, and gives me a preview of what those conversations are (up to 4 or 5, I believe). Past those previews, to see details one must click on a conversation or the icon again. Anyhow, keeps me from having to keep Wave open.

    (For anyone reading this and wondering, yes, I've not messed with Wave much in the last month, as it can be a time-sink, and I've had other priorities on my plate. I'll start working on fleshing more WC-Wave related stuff eventually, though.)
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2010
    @codyhess I should clarify - big and slow on my POS VAIO, compared to Snippely et. al.