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Posted by Jeffery Smith
Oct 2, 2019 at 04:27 PM


I have a lot of checklists in my workflow. An outliner list of faculty applying for promotion (heading of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor. The children of those headings are the faculty names added as I receive applications. The list can be sorted by last name (sorts on the last word) And I put a checkmark to the left of their name if their application was approved. Later in the process, I copy that entire outline to a new outline for which faculty followed up by the deadline date with a packet. That outline is copied to a third with which faculty made it through the first committee, and so on.
I create flow charts in Omnigraffle for each curriculum in Nursing and Allied Health (about 30 flow charts). I check off which ones are completed, then a second copy allows me to check off which charts were approved by the 30 program directors, and so on.
The name of my Notetaker file is “Checklist Manifesto.ntx”.
My biggest project to date was the implementation of web-based part-time teaching contracts. Learning the product, with its arcane screen names and arcane codes that go into arcane fields was only manageable by making numerous lists and searching them globally in NT. I have a few dozen web URLs that are clickable. The file is indexed (you create an index section), and that index has grouping for each word (listed by first letter), dates, tags, files, and priorities)
I’ll never use all of the features. The only feature I would like them to consider is being able to define my outlining labels. I came up with a system of labels in GrandView. Omnioutliner can do that, but formatting in Omnioutline is a nightmare.


Posted by satis
Oct 4, 2019 at 09:24 PM


Jeffery Smith wrote:
>Omnioutliner can do that, but
>formatting in Omnioutline is a nightmare.

Agreed. But what, if anything are you doing outside the Mac? A Mac-only silo doesn’t sit right in 2019 for most users. At least OO is cross-platform (even if it seems to be in maintenance mode now, purposefully slotted in an an unaffordable price for new users).


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Oct 5, 2019 at 08:45 PM


The only time I use windows is when making a Windows app via Filemaker Pro. I made the switch to Mac at the college when they put so many restrictions on the end-users that using Windows became a chore. Virtually every day, I would get a message that XXXX needed updating, but when I would try to update the app, I would get an error message that I don’t have the permissions to do so. I was actually using both, side by side, for a while, but when my favorite windows outliner was killed off (that one for lawyers….can’t remember the name), I just put the PC under the desk.


Posted by satis
Oct 6, 2019 at 03:23 AM


I see. Unfortunately, I find more and more that I want to access and edit my files with my iPhone or iPad, which is why I made the comparison to OmniOutliner. At this point most of my writing files apps are iOS/macOS cross-platform (Apple Notes, Ulysses, Scrivener, Notebooks), and that’s the way most apps are going. In fact, with the announced Catalyst framework being put into place in the upcoming macOS Catalina, we’re going to see lots of iPad apps being ported to the Mac beginning next year. (In fact this summer, Gameloft, Twitter and Atlassian already ported proof-of-concept apps to macOS.)


This seems to be a short-to-medium-term method for porting to macOS (building new apps from the ground up with SwiftUI is the next-gen paradigm being promoted for new apps to be run on any Apple hardware), but it means that the much larger base of developers for iOS will be able to migrate apps with *relative* ease to macOS sooner than later, giving cross-platform apps even more of a boost.

I like the idea behind NoteTaker, and I liked it going back decades, but I don’t know if I want to put my info inside a silo that cannot be gotten to on my iOS devices in any way.


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