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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Dec 12, 2012 at 06:29 PM

 

MadaboutDana wrote:
>On the other hand the developers are frightfully enthusiastic

And I’m sure you were awfully pleased to have found their product :-)

Oh how delightfully unreasonable the English language is…

(Sorry for the diversion; couldn’t resist it. Possibly because as I don’t have any iOS device so am unable to contribute to the actual topic).

 

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Dec 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM

 

That’s terribly decent of you, Alexander!

Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
MadaboutDana wrote:
>>On the other hand the developers are frightfully enthusiastic
> >And I’m sure you were awfully pleased to have found their product :-)
> >Oh how delightfully unreasonable the English language is…
> >(Sorry for the diversion; couldn’t resist it. Possibly because as I
>don’t have any iOS device so am unable to contribute to the actual
>topic).
> >
>

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Dec 12, 2012 at 09:48 PM

 

Well, I mean, dash it all, old man, you’ve got to say things as you find ‘em, don’cha know? And I think it’s simply spiffing that there are so many splendid fellows out there all beavering away, producing lovely little apps for you and me. So I like to give them as much encouragement as I can - do my duty, as it were.

Yo dudes!

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
Dec 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM

 

Hi.

Dr Andus wrote:
>Franz - would you mind saying a bit more about how you’re finding Index
>Cards?

I find it good for notetaking and brainstorming on the go. Creating notes, moving notes, color-coding notes and even stacking notes is straightforward, exporting to a RTF file works fine.
But it is a one-way street: You cannot import text or RTF files from a PC or Mac. I.e., you cannot edit notes both on the iPad and the PC/Mac. What I also miss: Splitting notes (yes, I know, I am spoilt by Scrivener).

So: It is not really what I expected. I had hoped Index Cards would be some sort of stripped-down Scrivener for the iPad, which it is not.
Therefore I am still searching for an app that allows me to seamlessly work on files both on the iPad and on my Windows PC. Maybe the combination of Outline+ and Outlook 2010 will be the solution (until Scrivener for iPad is available).

Franz

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Dec 14, 2012 at 04:59 PM

 

Well, OneNote and the various OneNote clients for iOS are definitely a good option.

Otherwise there’s the iOS text editor plus Dropbox plus Windows text editor approach (quite popular, as you’ll have gathered!). This isn’t quite as desperate as it sounds, because an increasing number of iOS text editors support Markdown, which means you can use something like Resophnotes (or my favourite, MarkdownPad) on Windows.

But if you want to go slightly more sophisticated you could try something like Textilus, which is Dropbox-compatible but handles RTF files.

There are some unusual alternative options, too, like Celtx (a low-cost alternative to Scrivener). The Windows version of that (Celtx Plus, the paying version) syncs with the iOS version. It’s actually quite powerful.

I share your suspicion of Evernote. I like Alfons Schmid’s Notebooks, but seem to remember you didn’t get on with it. The PC client is very friendly, however.

Or you could try something like Tonido, which allows you to treat your desktop machine as a web server. There are a load of widgets (quite powerful applications) available for Tonido that support simple cross-platform transfer from your iOS device to your Windows desktop and vice versa. And it’s free. It’s a very useful alternative to the thousands of web-based services that have sprung up everywhere (e.g. Workflowy).

Finally, I’m watching with interest to see if the developer of Cotton Notes (now one of the best iOS outliners, and fully OPML-compatible) is going to produce a desktop client. He’s been dropping hints…

Cheers,
Bill

 


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