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Posted by MadaboutDana
Nov 2, 2015 at 12:21 PM

 

Rather unexpectedly, a new version (2.0) of Awesome Note has appeared in the Apple Apps Store, and it’s rather good.

It syncs using Evernote or iCloud, as before, but not Google Drive; that’s been dropped, due to a variety of unsolvable technical issues.

And the developer even answers e-mails now! Only to say that while they have been contemplating a desktop version, it’s still a (very) long way down the road.

The new Awesome Note not only lets you create notes and to-dos in its own folders; it also allows you to keep track of all your calendar appointments, Apple Reminders and so on from a single interface. It’s rather elegantly done. The whole interface has been updated and streamlined. Still looks idiosyncratic, but with considerable style!

I thought Awesome Note had gone the way of ThinkBook, but both of them have had something of a revival. Well worth a look by iOS-based bunnies.

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Nov 2, 2015 at 01:00 PM

 

Sorry folks, I prodded the slow-responding (on my browser) ‘post’ button a couple of times, which appears to have created a couple of entries for the same topic. Quite entertaining!

Perhaps you could nuke the redundant one, Steve?

Thanks!
Bill

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Nov 4, 2015 at 08:06 PM

 

Ah, usual issues of iCloud synchronisation. Folders don’t appear to transfer well between devices. But the Evernote synchronisation is as good as ever, so this would be my preferred option.

Speaking of which, I’ve been very impressed by the recent improvements in OneDrive synchronisation: OneNote is no longer the complete PITA it used to be. I’m finding files are syncing very rapidly indeed between my Mac, two iPads and the new HP tablet thingy. OneNote has effectively become one of the most powerful cross-platform tools available, especially with its ability to embed documents. An intriguing and somewhat unexpected development.

Makes me wonder how much longer small developers like BRID can continue competing. Apart from OneNote, Apple Notes is the most obvious competitor, although Awesome Note’s reminder/calendar functions do add significant value. But of course Evernote offers the same features (although not quite as neatly done), plus rich-text formatting, which Awesome Note still doesn’t support.

It’s a dog-eat-information-manager-of-your-choice world out there, pardnuhs!

 


Posted by jamesofford
Nov 4, 2015 at 09:17 PM

 

I have Onenote on both my Mac and my iPad. I downloaded it because I used to use it on my PC back in a previous life. It works reasonably well as an info manager. I have several different notebooks, each with different sections and pages. And it is easy to use.

However, in my quest to replace Notesuite, I tried to use Onenote as a receptacle for clippings when I am browsing. I am afraid that I am a bit disappointed. In contrast to your experience, Onenote clipping is kind of slow on my computer. That may be due to the network that I am on at work, but it is pretty fast otherwise.

What I have been using for the last week is my old friend Devonthink Pro Office . I have had this program for some time, and it is a great place to store large sets of data. Way back I used to use it for clippings, but I stopped when I picked up Notesuite.

Devonthink Pro Office is pretty fast, even with the large databases that I have in it. And once it’s in there, I can search it and organize it six ways to Sunday.

Right now all that’s missing is the ability to synch it with my iPad. I know that you can get Devonthink to go, and I am thinking about that. However, one of the problems is that both my Mac and my iPad have to be on the same network to synch. Not a big deal, but it gives me pause.

Jim

 


Posted by Hugh
Nov 5, 2015 at 09:45 AM

 

jamesofford wrote:
I have Onenote on both my Mac and my iPad. I downloaded it because I
>used to use it on my PC back in a previous life. It works reasonably
>well as an info manager. I have several different notebooks, each with
>different sections and pages. And it is easy to use.
> >However, in my quest to replace Notesuite, I tried to use Onenote as a
>receptacle for clippings when I am browsing. I am afraid that I am a bit
>disappointed. In contrast to your experience, Onenote clipping is kind
>of slow on my computer. That may be due to the network that I am on at
>work, but it is pretty fast otherwise.
> >What I have been using for the last week is my old friend Devonthink Pro
>Office . I have had this program for some time, and it is a great place
>to store large sets of data. Way back I used to use it for clippings,
>but I stopped when I picked up Notesuite.
> >Devonthink Pro Office is pretty fast, even with the large databases that
>I have in it. And once it’s in there, I can search it and organize it
>six ways to Sunday.
> >Right now all that’s missing is the ability to synch it with my iPad. I
>know that you can get Devonthink to go, and I am thinking about that.
>However, one of the problems is that both my Mac and my iPad have to be
>on the same network to synch. Not a big deal, but it gives me pause.
> >Jim

(Somewhat OT) I yield to no one in my admiration for DevonThink Pro Office in its role as an information silo on the Mac, but as Paul Korm has recently noted in another thread, the list of successful Mac developers who have found it difficult to create successful, sync-able apps on iOS is growing longer - and it includes the developers of DT.

I’ve come round to the view that the best location for information files on the Mac is in the native OS X file system managed by the native file system, especially since the adoption by Apple of tags. In the file system you can index files and folders using DT if you wish, search files and folders using, say, Houdahspot, encrypt them, enhance the management of them using Yep, Leap or the likes of Path Finder or Total Finder, and easily copy selections of files or folders to Dropbox, say, for reading on the iPad.

 


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