Organizing thoughts and research: Part 2 Evernote #techfix

by • 12 August, 2014 • #Techfix, Word on the StreetComments Off on Organizing thoughts and research: Part 2 Evernote #techfix1260

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 9.00.29 PM This note taking tool is designed to sync to a cloud account, allowing seamless syncing to virtually any device imaginable. It allows you to create, update, and sync notes and clips from/between your desktop and mobile device. I use it to draft articles, and write scripts for State of the Arts and although OneNote has recently presented competition, it is still the best app for writing dialogue on the fly and organizing thoughts and accessing them later no matter where I am.

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 9.04.59 PM The simple user friendly interface has multiple display options, favorites bars, and notebook options with tags and folder level organizing. This app is also a power-saver; syncing enough to save everything you write across devices without slowing down your machine/phone/tablet. I recommend leaving it running in the background, as it takes a little while to load up and sync when you first open it. This is not the tool for writing a thesis, it's for notes. Like Notes on iOS the, formatting options are limited (on the free version) so if you copy/paste from the web or a word processing program like Word, there can be issues with bullets and fonts etc.

There are lots of more robust desktop options for word processing, so if you're turned off by the lack of formatting options, you can always SPEAK! Yes, you can save voice notes for yourself, which is handy for getting quotes and sound bites. This is the definition of a productivity tool. I use it in the kitchen to organize recipes, but mostly it's handy in the field, when I'm at a press conference or conducting an interview. I take notes and when I get home my script/ voice over/ article practically writes itself — all on the free version!


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