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Posted by Vincek
Feb 26, 2013 at 06:02 PM

 

Context—I work as an independent health care business consultant. Have written a blog for 5 years and am writing a book.  Most of my research/files in past has been using paper/files, but can see the future will demand migration toward digital & limited paper system.

1. Evernote—for long term storage of just about everything, including research/background for blogging and forthcoming book
2. GREAT BIG HOLE (explained below) in workflow
3. Scrivener for Windows—for (less than optimal) organizing and (very good) writing capabilities

I envision that #2 could be filled by something like Devon-Think (IF I used Mac, but I don’t), or Connected-Text (if I wanted another stand-alone program, but I don’t).  So I wait…. until this hole gets filled by something that integrates (not just interfaces) with Evernote.  Another way of describing #2 is that I have a boatload of information that for now I have to make sense of mostly through my own head, but would be great to have a digital program to augment this process (ala writing process described by Steven Berlin Johnson who uses Devon Think for Mac).

Vince

 


Posted by Glen Coulthard
Feb 26, 2013 at 09:02 PM

 

In my job as a teaching professor (as opposed to more research-oriented), here are my top 3 tools:

1. ConnectedText - I also use Evernote and WebResearch for capturing & storing content
2. TheBrain - amazing tool where I dump and organize PDFs, weblinks, ideas, and content
3. Mindmanager - for organizing my thoughts and presenting content to students

Obviously I use many other tools as well, but these are the top three that I couldn’t work without. Well, these applications and DropBox, but I was only allowed three

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—Glen

 


Posted by skylark
Feb 26, 2013 at 09:26 PM

 

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Posted by jamesofford
Feb 27, 2013 at 02:33 AM

 

Similar to an earlier poster, I would say my top 3 tools are a pen, paper, and Microsoft Word.  These days I spend more time writing than I used to.

However, if we are talking about outliners/information managers then my list is: 1. Devonthink Pro 2. Papers 2(Bibliography manager/pdf manager) 3. Omnioutliner.

While I am relatively new to Omnioutliner, I have found it to be extermely useful as a task manager(I keep my master task list in there)and for outlining what I am writing. Once outlined in OO, I transfer the outline into Word.

Jim

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
Feb 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

 

Hi.

Depends on the scenario:

Scenario 1: organizing a magazine project (involving 5-8 coworkers)

1. LibreOffice Writer for writing
2. LibreOffice Calc for project management
3. Outlook for project management

Scenario 2: writing a small magazine

1. Word for writing and pre-formatting
2. OneNote as knowledge database
3. Outlook/LibreOffice calc for project management

Scenario 3: planning seminars

1. Noteliner for brainstorming
2. LibreOffice Calc for planning
3. LibreOffice Writer for writing the script
4. Evernote as knowledge database

 


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