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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Feb 22, 2012 at 02:12 PM

 

In case it is of interest to anyone, I’ve posted a story about CT on my blog, which you can find here:

http://welcometosherwood.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/connectedtext-tinderbox-for-windows/

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Feb 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM

 

Steve,
thanks for the blog post. I’ve experimented with wikis many moons ago but this is the first time it truly clicked for me how I might be able to use one. I’m starting to think that a wiki like CT might be really good for academic writing because it could help with becoming more disciplined with defining new concepts, as I could just create a new link/page for each new concept as I use it, and then return and develop/define those concepts in more detail later, rather than disrupting the flow. It might also help with managing the overall size of the writing, as I could see all the extra definitions I’ve created that would need to be fitted into the overall text. Also, sounds like superfluous chunks of text could easily be sunk into the background, without completely losing them. Would you agree?

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Feb 22, 2012 at 11:26 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
>Steve,
>thanks for the blog post. I’ve experimented with wikis many moons ago but this
>is the first time it truly clicked for me how I might be able to use one. I’m starting to
>think that a wiki like CT might be really good for academic writing because it could
>help with becoming more disciplined with defining new concepts, as I could just
>create a new link/page for each new concept as I use it, and then return and
>develop/define those concepts in more detail later, rather than disrupting the
>flow. It might also help with managing the overall size of the writing, as I could see
>all the extra definitions I’ve created that would need to be fitted into the overall
>text. Also, sounds like superfluous chunks of text could easily be sunk into the
>background, without completely losing them. Would you agree? 

I do agree. In case you didn’t see it, Glen Coultard (who I contributes to this forum) put together a video showing how he uses CT for academic purposes. You can find it here:

http://www.connectedtext.com/movies.php

Also, Manfred Kuhn, who blogs at Taking Note, has a long article about using CT for research, which you can find here:

http://www.connectedtext.com/manfred.php

Either of these resources can be a little intimidating, because of the advanced CT features they talk about, but they are both interesting. And remember than you don’t need to dive into the power features right away. At its most basic, CT is a note card filing system.

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Feb 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM

 

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>I do agree. In case you didn’t see it, Glen Coultard (who I contributes to this
>forum) put together a video showing how he uses CT for academic purposes. You can find
>it here:
> >http://www.connectedtext.com/movies.php
> >Also, Manfred Kuhn, who
>blogs at Taking Note, has a long article about using CT for research, which you can find
>here:
> >http://www.connectedtext.com/manfred.php
> >Either of these resources
>can be a little intimidating, because of the advanced CT features they talk about, but
>they are both interesting. And remember than you don’t need to dive into the power
>features right away. At its most basic, CT is a note card filing system.
> >Steve Z. 

Thank you, Steve!

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Feb 24, 2012 at 01:40 AM

 

I have only just begun exploring CT, so I apologise if this question is too basic. But if you use CT as a writing tool (e.g. to write a book), and then you export it as a bunch of .txt files, does it mean you have to then manually go and remove every single mark-up from the text? That would seem to me like an awful big hassle… Is there any way of avoiding that?

 


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