It's been years that I've been looking for an easy way and*perfect* way to take notes and keep track of all my ideas.
In no particular order:
- I've tried taking notes on my laptop in notepad: I have tons of .txt files that I never open up, because they tend to cluster my desktop and I cannot search all of them at once, nor easily track the dates.
- I’ve tried using a wiki: kind of works because you can share it easily with other people: the formatting is kinda weird, but it works. You need to be online though. (any solution for local and server-side wikis out there ? reminds me of Lotus Notes doesn’t it ? and the new efforts by Ray Ozzie with the newly announced SSE.
- Of course I’ve used stacks of A4 paper: not pratical to keep in one place
- I’ve tried notepads (been using that in the last 2 weeks), and I keep telling myself that I need to put them on a digital document at some point
- I’ve tried speciliased paper organizers with special to-do lists: great, but not serachable. So I keep in a lot of stuff, with no priorities in the end.
So, here I found on the download squad this little program called EverNote. Waow: it solves all of the above problems: it keeps track of all your notes + multimedia notes + links to the web + searchable by category, by date, etc. and in its basic version (enough for me as I don’t need handwriting recognition) it’s FREE. I guess Microsoft’s OneNote works the same way ? never tried it.
So here you go: tip of the day, is to use this little program to manage all your notes taking. i’m interested in your feedback, a comparison with OneNote and above all, whether there is a way to publish this content to a group (ie. a wiki approach).
Update: there's an extension for Thunderbird and Firefox that allows you to post directly. It's available here. It's already included for IE (thanks P. in the comments section)