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Posted by Chris Eller
Jul 9, 2010 at 02:12 PM


Since I am new to the board, I will provide a list of my current tools as a form of confession. My name is Chris and I am addicted to information tools. :) (Is that how you start your introductions?)

Here is my Windows toolbox (Work):

  -  OneNote (structured research for projects/papers. Better organization, note-taking, highlighting, combiling)
  -  Evernote (general information capture)
  -  PersonalBrain (long-term information store. Shows connection between areas of focus. Thoughts link to pages in OneNote or Evernote)
  -  MindManager (dashboards for planning and 30,000 to 50,000 related tasks)
  -  Microsoft Word (like it or not, most of my writing must end up in Word format, which is the standardized format in most sectors)
  -  TaskAngel / Toodledo for list management and GTD implementation
  -  GoToDo app on Android mobile phone syncs with Toodledo

  -  I will add The Journal to this list. I have played with the trial version the last few weeks, and this will become my writing tool. Prior to this, I have used Microsoft Word.

Here is my Mac OS toolbox (Home):

  -  Evernote (sync with my Windows data)
  -  PersonalBrain - (syncs with my Windows brain via SugarSync)
  -  OmniOutliner (the best outliner I have used without question. If only it was available for Windows!)
  -  Scrivener (this is where my search for a Windows replacement for Word started. I love Scrivener and would pay any price to have access to its features on both Mac and Windows. The Journal is my Scrivener counterpart in Windows, but to be honest, it’s not even close.)
  -  Toodledo via the web interface.

What’s missing from my Mac OS perfect world? OneNote. I love OneNote.

So, if we can engage in some fantasy right now, here is my “perfect” toolbox if all of the applications in the world were cross platform:

  OmniFocus (synching with Toodledo)

Chris Eller


Posted by Tom S.
Jul 9, 2010 at 04:19 PM


Chris Eller wrote:

>What’s missing from my Mac OS perfect world? OneNote. I love

There are a number of different OneNote-like applications out there.  Circus Ponies Notebook was the best of the bunch that I tried.


Tom S.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jul 9, 2010 at 07:51 PM


Welcome, Chris. That’s a very good way to introduce yourself here.

I would also suggest, if you haven’t already done so, that you check out Curio for Mac OS. I think Curio is a little closer to OneNote than CircusPonies Notebook, though neither is an exact fit. Curio has the benefit of being able to incorporate Evernote notes.

Curio is available here: http://www.zengobi.com/

BTW, I’ve been using the new WebBrain sync function in the beta releases of PersonalBrain 6 and find it works really well. Right now it is free. I don’t know what the cost will end up being.



Posted by Cassius
Jul 10, 2010 at 04:31 AM


I’ve been PIMming for over 20 years and have found that having a plethora of applications in which I store data (that I may want some time years from now) can become a nightmare.  So now I’m down to two + one to store quick notes.  And, I may drop that one.



Posted by Cassius
Jul 10, 2010 at 04:35 AM


I guess I lied… I actually use myBase mostly, Jot+ mainly for old info, GrandView for passwords & program installation keys (and old,old stuff on CDs) and Inspiration for a very specific type of info.



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