The perfect note app for a post-Entourage world

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The extremely fabulous Leda Dederich asked me about how I’d handle tasks and notes after my switch from Entourage to Apple apps.

I was worried about losing “Tasks” too. Turns out they’re built into iCal! So no worries there.

Re: Notes, it’s a little more complicated. Anil Bawa says he decided to use Apple’s Stickies — like virtual postit notes — but I have a feeling I can do better. I’m thinking about using TiddlyWiki, a mini-wiki that has many devoted users and which I figure could be used on the Treo too, and with a little work, kept in sync. What I’m really going is something like the PersonalBrain software that Jerry Michalski told me about; it’s kind of like a wiki-mindmapping hybrid. But (argh!) it’s Windows only. Lucid Fried Eggs purports to be an open source effort to give a Brain to the rest of us, but I’m not sure it’s under active development anymore.

What I really want is something like a wiki — something that has a database backend and a mindmap-style GUI front end, with unlimited tags/keywords that can attach to every item so that you can navigate keyword-to-keyword, and with (of course!) outbound RSS feeds for each tag as well as for the whole enchilada. So, kind of a little more than Entourage’s built-in notes feature. It just seems stupid to use Word to take notes, when these flat-text files just keep my thoughts locked away and make them hard to find.

The other tool that Boris Mann points me to is OD4Contact. Since Boris’ offhand post re: buying an unlocked Treo is what tipped me over the Treo-purchase abyss, I’m inclined to follow-up on any tool that he tells me actually will make my life easier. I’m downloading it now — report to follow.

8 Comments on this site

  1. Patrice

    You may want to try out VoodooPad. I used to take notes in a local MediaWiki installation, but am now switching to VoodooPad as I’ve recently switched to the Mac.

  2. Patrice

    You may want to try out VoodooPad. I used to take notes in a local MediaWiki installation, but am now switching to VoodooPad as I’ve recently switched to the Mac.

  3. Leda

    You rock Alex. Thank you! This is super helpful…

  4. Leda

    You rock Alex. Thank you! This is super helpful…

  5. Anil

    Hey Alexandra. I tracked you back!

    Too lazy to write a blog post. So:

    There’s also iClip for Mac OS X.

    I’m building a browser based App for housing web clippings. You just select text anywhere on a web page and save it to an archive you can tag to your heart’s content. It’s called Clippr and i’ll be looking for people to test it out soon.

  6. Anil

    Hey Alexandra. I tracked you back!

    Too lazy to write a blog post. So:

    There’s also iClip for Mac OS X.

    I’m building a browser based App for housing web clippings. You just select text anywhere on a web page and save it to an archive you can tag to your heart’s content. It’s called Clippr and i’ll be looking for people to test it out soon.

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