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Posted by JasonE
Jul 15, 2010 at 04:46 PM


What are the options if one wants to replace Evernote2 with an application that is still “alive”?

Another way of asking:
What note-organizing applications are out there that are based around a keyword paradigm?



Posted by Hugh
Jul 15, 2010 at 05:17 PM


Several for the Mac (can’t help with Windows): Yep 2, Leap 2, Eaglefiler, Together 2, and DevonThink Pro, plus some smaller applications such as the useful Shovebox and Notational Velocity, off the top of my head. Many of these have adopted the OpenMeta standard for tags, which enables transferable tagging. Not certain about Circus Ponies Notebook and Aquaminds NoteTaker, but I think they use keywords or tags too. It could be argued that Tinderbox is the Mac keyword-notetaker le plus ultra, but of course it does many other things as well. Scrivener has a keyword function.

There’s a question-mark over Apple’s willingness to allow OpenMeta to endure, because it uses an unapproved part of the file-attribute system, but DevonThink’s adoption of it may make it less easily expungeable. If it were to spread as a standard, become “official” and be developed further, it could become another reason to value Mac OS X over Windows.

But I agree with others: I liked Evernote Original’s toilet-roll-like note system and its keyword intersections.


Posted by Hugh
Jul 15, 2010 at 05:24 PM


Correction: Shovebox doesn’t do tags or keywords; it has filing rules instead, which I use in a tag-like manner. But Notational Velocity, which has the added advantage of synching with Simplenote, certainly does.


Posted by Hugh
Jul 15, 2010 at 05:25 PM


I forgot MacJournal.


Posted by Glen Coulthard
Jul 15, 2010 at 05:35 PM


Try CintaNotes—http://cintanotes.com/—the developer has a free edition, which only captures text notes, and will soon be releasing a premium (paid) edition for capturing graphics and rtf formatting (we think.)

I started using CintaNotes as a replacement for Evernote 2.2—it’s fast, lightweight, and easily searched using standard type-text-filtering and keyword tags. Unfortunately, it is only for Windows (in case you’re looking toward the Mac side.) Great for jotting down quick notes on the go—which, if necessary, I can then transfer to my PersonalBrain or ConnectedText later on. The way I use CintaNotes is to store the entire program and data in the cloud using DropBox. I can then access it from any of my machines.



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