still using .txt file for all snippet, code example, notes..
Then I have couple of .docs for grouping more important contents. And use Google Doc for semi-formal manual and instructions.
Never adapt Google notebook or other web-based tools.
How do you keep *.txt and *.doc files organized? The main reason why I abandoned the use of .txt files is so that I can find my notes easily. How do you do it?
microsoft office 2003/2007 come with office onenote, which is great! Im sure you could do an alternative freeware in google to find similar software.
I use OmniOutliner on my Mac in classes... I have always taken notes by hand in outline form, so it works really really well. Another thing that I have found helpful is recording the lecture and then going back over it to re-note.
I have a temp.txt on the desktop of all my workstations, containing basically anything: links, copy&pasted paragraphs, passwords, code snippet, code backups.
And I clean them up from time to time, whenever I feel likes to: remove what I no longer need, group important data into a word document, use google doc if I need these information from different location, and then I have a self made encryption program that stores my sentitive data in a very hard to retrieve manner (even for myself).
I use a note taking software called NoteScribe. It's a far more efficient way to organize your notes than having individual files. With NoteScribe, you can create, store, and organize your notes in a single database, and then retrieve them by categories, sources, and keywords. In addition to note-taking you can create sources and bibliographies, attach files to your notes, and import and export your notes to share with friends. It's a good program, you should definitely check it out at www.NoteScribe.net.
I bring up notepad for just about anything I want to remember or I need to cut copy and arrange. No wonder it is the number one used software on my start menu.
I downloaded a trial version and found out that it is good for research and taking notes for a possible article or publication.
It's definitely a great program for doing research. Is it the type of program you were seeking? I hope it works out for you if it is!
I've never really found any computer program that does notes very well. Still, I have, from time to time, esperimented with using plaintext as a note storage format. It works, but I usually find it easier to either take notes by hand (or using my Palm) or to save whole webpages as a refference.
I'll try it out for a month and see whether there are still others. I like the way NoteScribe links a note to its source. It will definitely save a lot of time when I begin collecting bibliographies and end note items.
I use the Windows built-in program Notepad, but for advanced use, Textpad does the job.
I use notepad++ for all programing needs then copy and paste them into word documents. After that I zip or rar then label and date (examples_date) the folder and zip or rar back them up to my external drive and there they sit till I need them !
I saw this note-taking application in my old computer. It is just about 42 kb in size. Check it out.
If you include a lot of elements on your notes, try Freemind:
FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map) software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. The operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.
You can download it at:
I am already using FreeMind to stimulate my brain for ideas.
why do you say this?
I just use notepad..... loads fast and good enough for quick notes...
Whoa!!! that program is awesome... I can't believe it is free... I have used MindMap Pro... but it costs money
Notepad for the win.
The best note taking program I have ever used is Microsoft Office OneNote. You can have several note books and many tabs in each notebook. It is the best collection of note taking tools all in one place. The only down side is Microsoft and you have to pay for it, or get your work to pay for it.
I use NoteTab lite too! it's great.
Ms Office OneNote 2007 is very good!
onenote is pretty good but if u have a slow system, notepad will still do find. for a guy who saves a lot of stuffs on the desktop, the program NoteTab Lite mentioned by the author seems pretty promising.
there's no harm in trying it out.
I found another free software for notetaking. It is called MemPad. It has a lot more features than Notepad.
1. No installation needed. (Just unpack to a folder of your choice)
3. Tree outline
4. Exportable content: as separate page or with tree structure
5. Encryptable contents
6. Can make diary contents
7. Useful for quick notes.
8. Text-based, no graphics (but hey, "quick notes", right?)
I use Ms Office OneNote 2003
I use Notepad at work and at home.
At work I use it to keep track of the jobs I need to do, and then when they're done I enter them in our InfoTrak software which we use to run a weekly report on what jobs we've done, etc.
Well, I don't actually use Notepad, I use Metapad, which is what Notepad SHOULD be.
It's just as fast, but has better controls and more features. The only feature which it misses is code highlighting, but since I've always used Notepad/Metapad for HTML writing, and C++ Builder 4/Turbo C++, etc. for all my C++ code writing, that's not an issue.
I don't see the need for an 'advanced' note taking program. If the need arises, I'll just create a folder on my desktop and save the text files into that - instant access, no fiddling, no extra unnecessary programs.
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This one looks interesting. Thanks for sharing!
Compare with the others you mentioned in this thread, I'm actually gonna try this one out see if I'm able to adopt this
A shortfall I found about note taking application is you *might* end up spending too much time organizing your notes, and since it's easy to read your sentitive snippets tend to stand out.
I use Notepad++, its completely free and it has a ton of features. They call it a 'source editor and notepad replacement' if you do much programming you will love this program. It also supports TONS of languages...
Supported languages :
RC resource file
its super light and is very easy on system resources.
I tried mempad. Appears to be awesome! Liked it. Haven't tested all the functions though, so hope it doesnt bug.
The current version of Mempad really improves on previous ones. I hope that the development continues.
Notepad++ is great for programming. I use it for writing my webpages. But I prefer to use note organizers for quick jots.
Is anyone familiar with Notepad Pro?
This is a good thread. I haven't thought of taking notes using the computer. I am still quite old fashioned. I use lowtech notebooks for my work. When I take notes while reading webpages, I use what is available -- Windows Notepad. But I still have to print it afterwards, annotate and write observations in a notebook on the topic (yup, I'm still very much like a college student of the 80's, which I was)
I simply just use Notepad. uhm, it never really crossed my mind to use some other notetaking tools. i have onenote but haven't tried it. those tools you guys mentioned seem promising. i'll check it out. thanks
Thank you for this interesting thread.
I always used Notepad,but I will now try mempad that looks quite simple to use and then should be effective
what about the UltraEdit ? i use it
Man, tell you what. UltraEdit is the programmer's all-around editor. But as I said, that kind of editor is for real work; for making all kinds of notes, I'd prefer to work with Scratch and the other organizer-type note-taking tools.
I am surprised to find out that Keynote is still available for download. I was using that when I was still with my Win98. It served me well for a while. Then I had to transfer to a different office with a different computer.
Oh, you are referring to Tranglos' Keynote.... During its time -- the last update is 2003 -- Keynote was really advanced. But since then, other software have been developed that surpass it. It is a shame that the author had to close down the project. Putting it under open source won't help. I've seen another software -- xSite from Lad.Co.ZA -- disappear after it was put under open source.
i use notepad++, its lightweight and convenient, it has code hinting very ideal editor
pencil (no pens) and paper. l'm in love with pencils l just cant stand pens. but for computers, anything.
Low tech is great too. In fact, I still use a notebook (made out of paper) for really quick notes.
Here is another note-taking tool that you may check out. It is called KeepNote
Scite is an excellent tool for programmers. It is listed along with Notepad++ and Notepad2 as one of the better Notepad replacements.
I found a note-taking tool recently called Biblioscape. It is very expensive though. It is not only a note-taking tool, it is also a relational database and a word processor.
There is another software that operates like Biblioscape in that it allows one to relate ones's notes with another. It is called The Literary Machine. The bad thing about this software however is that if you are working in WinXP it looks like something from Win32. Second, it takes a while before I can learn to really use it.
Here is a review of the Literary Machine
Well, I still use Notepad for all of my note taking purposes. I used to use Notepad++ for my codes and stuff but after a bit, I removed it. I like notepad because of its fast loading. Just a simple click on the icon in my RocketDock.
I also have used XPad [ not so good] , and some opens source tools which I found from sourceforge.
I also created an addon on my own for Firefox so that I dont have to minimize firefox while I'm surfing.
It just saves everything as a text file.
I personally use notepad++
differential from notepad in performance and stability. I highly recommend it as a notepad replacement.
At present I'm using OmniOutiler. It's an interesting piece of software.
You are right about Biblioscape -- it is expensive, but very functional. I can't make use of the Literary machine; it doesn't work in Vista.
Here is something that those who are old-fashioned about their note-taking utility would appreciate: TinyPad
It is tiny
has transparency features
has RTF capabilities
has tabs that you can archive
works with the NET framework
it is very useful and easy to use
I use Evernote and LOVE it. I was running Linux for a while and couldn't get Evernote to work with Wine, and that was one of the major factors that convinced me to switch back to Windows. I can't live without Evernote. =)
Looks good. I like the archive feature. So how did you find this application?
I will definitely try it out. If it is Java I hope it will work in Ubuntu in addition to Windows XP.
Have you seen WikidPad? It is a Notepad that acts like a Wiki, although at the same time it also operates like a tree outliner. It looks cool and I have tried it writing an article. The Export to HTML function is great.
I checked out TinyPad at http://itinypad.com like you said and I've gotta say:
I love this thing! Thanks for sharing!
Definitely the slickest and most useful thing on my desktop. I love the hot spots feature. Purely AWESOME
Before, I used to only have Notepad and Textpad as my text editors. Now, I've added Notepad++ to the list, and I'm impressed by what it can do! Very handy and useful, and it's free too!
try zim (desktop wiki that works very well as tabbed notebooks)
Zim looks good. I am trying it out now. It is better than Wikidpad in that it supports the Insert Image feature.
I guess Zim is really for people who have their own online Wiki's. It does not export to files like TXT or RTF. It is either TiddlyWiki or to XML or OPML. It is WYSIWYG; one can edit the source using Notepad. But when one toggles to Outline Tree Mode it does not show the hierarchy for the notes.
Notepad++ if I'm on windows, or command line Nano on *Nix.
The Tranglos software Keynote -- which was very popular years ago before development stopped -- is back online. It is now being developed as KeynoteNF.
The application was very advanced during its heydays and so it has to catch up on a lot of features. It has a lot of new features that I think a lot of commercial note-taking tools will find competitive. KeynoteNF like its predecessor is free and works on a USB flash drive.
Notepad is just so easy to find and to use. I especially like it for cutting and pasting as it instantly gets rid of formatting I don't want.
This is news. But it comes a bit late. If I had known about this last year, I would've downloaded this software.
I'm currently using Evernote:
Seems to be great.
TinyEdit is another one of those Notepad replacements that is quick to load and without the filesize limitation of the Windows text editing utility. Below are just some of its features
* Powerful and easy to use
* Syntax highlighting for more than 26 scripts
* Multiple document interface
* Unlimited undo/redo capability
* Text can be automatically word-wrapped
* Line number, Powerful search and replace
* Only one executable file (no need install)
* Freeware for both personal and commercial use
It also supports syntax highlighting -- a feature that I think would be appreciated by programmers.
TinyEdit is free to use for personal purposes and the download package is small. You can find it at TinyEdit.COM
Evernote is great. It allows the publication of one's notes in a web server.
I am using Evernote 2. I don't find anything special about it.