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Posted by WSP
Aug 29, 2016 at 12:13 PM


I realized recently that my various lists of bibliographical references (for many projects over the years) are hopeless scattered in Evernote, MyInfo, OneNote, etc., and I am now trying to consolidate them in CintaNotes.

CintaNotes has the best tagging system I’ve ever encountered, and it’s an attractively and intelligently designed app. If I were to adopt it for general note-taking for a big project like a book, I suspect that I would bump up against its limitations very quickly, but for simple lists (in my case, lists of books, articles, and Web bookmarks), it seems to work very well. (I should add that I don’t need an app that automatically formats the entries for me; I am just compiling a big collection of citations, easily searchable, that are already formatted.)

Has anyone else here tried to use CintaNotes for something like this?


Posted by Dr Andus
Aug 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM


Nope. But if you’re using genuine bibliographic data, wouldn’t it make sense to use a specialist bibliographic software like Zotero? Then you could automate the importing and exporting of data, and there are all kinds of other benefits (such as tracking of references in a document and the automatic creation of a reference list at the end of the document). Just a suggestion.


Posted by WSP
Aug 29, 2016 at 03:31 PM


I briefly tried Zotero some years ago and was unimpressed; but I was a heavy user of ProCite (which I still miss) for a very long time. At this point, though, because I’m just bringing together a lot of old material into a single searchable file, I really don’t need the automatic downloading and formatting offered by programs like Zotero. (If I were just starting from scratch, I might be more tempted by it.)

I think what I was really asking in my post above is whether CintaNotes has any serious limitations that I should be aware of. It strikes me as an excellent but obscure program, yet I’ve never known anyone who used it, and I’m just curious if there are any major problems or limitations in CintaNotes itself.


Posted by tightbeam
Aug 29, 2016 at 04:46 PM


I was also concerned about CintaNotes’ limitations. The developer addressed the issue here:



Posted by WSP
Aug 30, 2016 at 07:10 AM


Thanks for the reminder. I had a dim memory of some comment by the developer in the CintaNotes forum, but I had forgotten the details. This is reassuring, because my list of bibliographical references certainly won’t run to more than a few thousand entries.

Though I’m aware daily of CintaNotes’s constraints, I find it refreshing to work with a program that is so lean and efficient. It’s a very different experience from dealing with bloated monsters like Evernote and OneNote.


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