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Going Paperless Rerun: A Closer Look at How I Organize My Notes. I am on vacation for the next couple of weeks.

Going Paperless Rerun: A Closer Look at How I Organize My Notes

So I hope you don’t mind a few reruns. This week and next, I present the two most popular Going Paperless posts of 2013. Today’s post was first published back on January 29 and is the most popular post of the year so far. And if you missed it the first time around, well, then it is new to you! Of all of the questions I get in my capacity as Evernote’s ambassador for paperless lifestyle, the one asked most frequently is: “How do you organize your notes?”

Ghost: Just a Blogging Platform. Dispatch: Action-Based Email - iPhone. Play to Your Strengths: Adapting Your Writing Software to Your Writing Style. Stylus Academicus: What stylus is optimized for handwriting and conceptualizing ideas? Adonit Jot: The Best Stylus for Academics. The ultimate brainstorming tool? Review of Scapple. Scapple.

The ultimate brainstorming tool? Review of Scapple

Sounds fun so that’s a good start. Exobrain. Kaleidoscope — File comparison for Mac. Using TextWrangler’s Grep Function to tidy up GoodReader Notes. If you have eight hours to cut down a tree, it is best to spend six hours sharpening your axe and then two hours cutting down the tree.Anonymous, on the benefits of having good tools I love GoodReader, an App for the iPhone and iPad.

Using TextWrangler’s Grep Function to tidy up GoodReader Notes

It allows me to read my literature digitally and easily highlight passages I want to use later and add notes. However, when I export the highlighted text and notes via the “E-Mail Summary” function: GoodReader adds information that is not that useful for me: Highlight (yellow), 14.01.2013 18:14, Daniel Wessel: a focus on both the scholar and the text or what they call text work/identity work While the highlight information (which color, when, by whom) might be useful in some settings, it’s information I don’t need when I deal with the text in Circus Ponies Notebook. Tools for the Modern Primate – Apps for Field-Work « Writing for Nature.

I love nature, but as a terrestrial primate, I have a love of tools as well.

Tools for the Modern Primate – Apps for Field-Work « Writing for Nature

A simple knife is usually enough for me, with that I can make nearly anything else, given enough time, but I like other tools as well; rope, cameras, and computers to name a few. I am often teased for the tools I carry (I have full pockets), but the teasing is usually good natured as I use all the tools I carry on a regular basis and others often benefit from my tool use. One of the tools I carry is a smartphone, an iPhone to be specific. What I like best about it is not the phone aspect, but the computer aspect. It is a surprisingly versatile field science and reference tool, even setting aside the ability to go online from the field.

Teachwithyouripad. Custom Icons in Mountain Lion: Candy in a Retina World - Rob and Lauren. Just got my new Retina Mac­book, com­plete with all the ugly default icons, in their full 2x glory.

Custom Icons in Mountain Lion: Candy in a Retina World - Rob and Lauren

I decided I wanted to find a cleaner look­ing icon set. After a small search, I stum­bled upon app.icns, an amaz­ing icon set by Andrew McCarthy and Kara Zichit­tella. With a few cus­tom addi­tions of my own, I had a much cleaner dock to work from. First off, I down­loaded the icon­set and opened it with Can­dy­bar. This is a nifty tool by Panic for man­ag­ing and updat­ing icons in OSX. Can­dy­bar is pretty baller, and works decently well with Moun­tain Lion. While the set of icons at app.icns is quite robust, I needed some more to fill out my dock. Mine on Github: Drop­box, 1Password, Codekit, Eclipse, Xcode and Nota­tional VelocityJamie Wright: Jamie has some great ones on Dribb­ble, includ­ing Canary and MAMP This all worked great on my desk­top, how­ever, as stated above, I had just got­ten my hands on a brand new retina machine, and with that new bun­dle of joy came chal­lenges.

Evernote Smart Notebook – Is it Worth it? Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine: How I started sketch noting again — Way Out. I drew a lot as a kid, and I mean, a LOT.

Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine: How I started sketch noting again — Way Out

But since I became a Designer, my visual muscles suffered an intense mass loss. As a technology enthusiast I ditched my notebook and pen for shiny iPads and expensive Apps like Paper. Recently, while note taking on my iPad or iPhone, I felt alienated. I was frustrated by the highly detailed, text-only notes that left no space to emotions or personal thoughts. Meetings and conferences became a source of stress, since I had to capture every single detail.

Last week I gave up. Note taking made me focus on capturing big ideas. Drawing an idea can often take just a fraction of time needed to describe the same idea in verbal detail. To help me get back in to practice and to soothe the stress of going back to analogue I bought myself the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine. Circus Ponies Notebook: The Best Tool for Structuring Creative Writing Projects (esp. Research Projects) Synopsis: Describing the main functions of Circus Ponies Notebook to illustrate its suitability for structuring projects.

Circus Ponies Notebook: The Best Tool for Structuring Creative Writing Projects (esp. Research Projects)

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.Henry Ford If there is one thing that has helped me to get my diploma in psychology and will hopefully help me to get my PhD in it too, it’s Circus Ponies Notebook. While I did the writing of my PhD thesis with Scrivener (a program I can only recommend for it), the information for the writing “marathon” (took me about 27 days to write 59.820 words or 378.535 characters, resulting in about 250 pages) was all collected and structured in Circus Ponies Notebook first. Circus Ponies Notebook (CPN) is easy to underestimate.

On the first glance it’s simply the digital version of a paper notebook. CPN uses the notebook metaphor stringently, which is convenient, familiar, and actually quite useful. Some of the possible things you can do with Circus Ponies Notebook. Navigation Outlines. Notational Velocity. Scrivener — A perfect program for dissertation writing. I have already recommended Scrivener in the references of “Organizing Creativity”, but writing my dissertation thesis with it has led me to recommend it once more: It is simply an awesome, awesome, really awesome program.

Note: It’s now available as Version 2.x and still the best tool I know for writing (and the posting is still up-to-date). No kidding — I wrote “Organizing Creativity” with it, which was over 400 pages long, had 138.105 words and 785.500 characters, and it was still very easy to find the thread or specific spots where I wanted to change something.

Now my dissertation thesis has 45.531 words and 288.429 characters and still isn’t finished — and I just cannot cope with the love for this program. First, let’s give a quick overview of what Scrivener looks like: The typical interface of Scrivener. Scrivener as blogging system. About a month after I used Scrivener to finally finish a novel I started years ago, I got the idea of trying to use it as not only a staging area for posts here on my blog, but also as an infrastructure and archive of it as well.

Scrivener as blogging system

My system is admittedly quite basic, but I thought I would share it as it’s become critical and amazingly helpful since I’ve set it up. I figured the more basic it is now, the easier it would be for you all to adopt; modifying it to fit your needs. Here goes… Start a new project in Scrivener (File > New Project or shift-command-N on the Mac), choose a project template (whatever you are used to), and change the title to the year you are writing in. Words that stick.