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Posted by WSP
Sep 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM

 

My software arsenal hasn’t changed much in the last year.

MyInfo is my workhorse, and I use it every day for note-taking (mainly for books I am writing). It is solid, well thought out, and regularly updated, and it has an exceptionally attractive UI.

Evernote is for me sort of the junk drawer in the spare bedroom. I throw everything into it that doesn’t need a high level of organization. As I explained on another thread, last summer I briefly tried to put all my notes for a big research project into it, but I grew disillusioned when I ran into a serious syncing problem. To be fair to EN, the temporary syncing collapse was a result of a slow Internet service in a remote village, and the problem resolved itself as soon as I returned to a city; but the experience just reinforced my wariness about heavy dependence on Evernote. I’ve gone back to my original view that MyInfo is more suitable and more reliable for highly structured information.

I use Notetab for address lists, non-financial passwords, etc.—anything that I want to pop up quickly on the screen. I also do some occasional writing in it.

For my calendar, I use Pocket Informant (which syncs with Google Calendar).

I still have more old files than I like to think about in ProCite, Treepad, My Notes Keeper, etc. None of that material is active, but I still occasionally go into one of those programs to fish out some information that I need.

Like others on this forum, I continue to fantasize about the perfect program. To my mind, it would mostly resemble MyInfo, but it would add just a few features from Evernote: OCR of images, indexing of attached PDF files, and synchronization with the iPad.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM

 

WSP wrote:
>Like others on this forum, I continue to fantasize about the perfect program.
>To my mind, it would mostly resemble MyInfo, but it would add just a few features from
>Evernote: OCR of images, indexing of attached PDF files, and synchronization with
>the iPad.

UltraRecall provides one of your sought after features, namely indexing of attached files. As an overall solution I have found it at least as capable as MyInfo, though its interface is definitely not as clean. I don’t expect that they’ll be offering OCR anytime soon (on the other hand, I understand that Onenote provides this). As for syncing with the iPad, it depends on the data: you should be able to sync contacts via Outlook and Google Sync. Or, from MyInfo, you can also export a topic as a website and access it in iPad—but not edit it.

In short, it seems to me that many of the features we seek are out there, scattered among various similar looking applications. What I have found rather disconcerting is that in some cases where all the features are made available in a single piece of software, this is can end up like some kind of Frankenstein contraption.

 


Posted by WSP
Sep 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM

 

Yes, I’m aware that Ultra Recall indexes attachments. I’ve briefly played around with UR a couple of times and could see that it was an enormously capable program, but the interface felt klunky and unattractive to me. I admit that’s just a visceral response that I can’t really defend.

Petko does continue to add new features to MyInfo, but rather slowly and deliberately. He has promised, for example, that indexing of attachments will arrive in some future version.

I also suspect that in Evernote’s Trunk Store one of these days I’m going to discover a new app that provides a proper tree hierarchy for EN. That will probably make me rethink my vow to stay away from EN for writing projects.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 26, 2012 at 08:25 PM

 

WSP wrote:
>I also suspect that in
>Evernote’s Trunk Store one of these days I’m going to discover a new app that provides a
>proper tree hierarchy for EN.

I would not hold my breath for this… other than watch how Rightnote’s interfacing with Evernote develops.

Overall the Trunk has been a major disappointment for me, with the better applications being usually Mac- or iOS-only, and most overall being less focused to expanding Evernote’s functionality into new realms, and more to making it easier to use in the existing ones.

 


Posted by WSP
Sep 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM

 

Right, I noticed some of the recent comments here about RightNote. I gather that there have been some problems in making it sync with Evernote. I wonder if anyone on this forum has done any further experiments with it?

 


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