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Posted by Franz Grieser
Feb 7, 2019 at 09:37 AM


1. Brainstorming - index cards (paper), piece of paper for clustering or doodling, Scapple, Mindmanager (Windows), Xmind Zen (MacOS), Textmaker (Windows/Mac)
2a. Random Notetaking - Simplenote for capturing notes on the road and syncing between Windows/MacOS/iOS, Cintanotes Pro for pre-sorting notes from Simplenote before they go into Evernote or NotebooksApp or are processed in Textmaker/Word
2b. Intentional notetaking - NotebooksApp (Windows/MacOS/iOS)
2c. Saving web clips - Evernote, Devonthink Pro
3. Scheduling - Outlook calendar
4. Task Management - Excel file
5. Thought Processing - Textmaker, iaWriter (Windows), Ulysses, NotebooksApp (Win/Mac), Mindmanager
6. Knowledge Archive - Evernote, Devonthink Pro, file system
7. Project Knowledge (=project journal) - NotebooksApp

8. Structuring large writing projects/books - Scrivener 3 (MacOS)

I plan to look into InfoQube again when vs 9.112 is released - the Card View looks interesting and might replace Scapple (which I find a bit too clumsy). If I get to grips with IQ, I might also use it for (2) and (6), maybe also (5).



Posted by Dr Andus
Feb 7, 2019 at 09:47 AM


Beck wrote:
>* Anyone else wish CMapTools wasn’t so darn… pixelated? Darn retina

No such problem on my aging FHD laptop monitor but I always preferred VUE to CMapTools anyway for the simple reason that I find it annoying that CMapTools forces the user to label arrows. They really should have an option to be able to turn that off.


Posted by Beck
Feb 7, 2019 at 02:00 PM


Dr Andus wrote:
>CMapTools forces the user to label arrows.

That’s the very thing I love about it! I wish every concept mapping software had an option to turn this on.

Also, I found its keybindings intuitive.



Posted by Hugh
Feb 7, 2019 at 02:11 PM


1. Brainstorming :: Tinderbox and MindNode
2. Notetaking :: Notability (for iOS) and Keep It (because Keep It works with the macOS file system better than some others)
3. Scheduling :: Fantastical
4. Task Management :: OmniFocus and Fantastical
5. Thought Processing :: MindNode and OmniOutliner
6. Knowledge Archive :: DevonThink Pro Office and DevonThink To Go, plus in the macOS file system: Yep (for tagging), and Hazel (for renaming and filing)
7. Project Knowledge :: DevonThink Pro Office and Scrivener 3
8. Writing :: Ulysses 3 (for shorter long-form), Scrivener 3 (for longer long-form), and Nisus Writer Pro as an MS Word surrogate (for short-form, and for smartening up the long-form output of Scrivener and Ulysses)

Plus pen or pencil and paper or index cards.


Posted by Beck
Feb 7, 2019 at 02:23 PM


Paul Korm wrote:
>3. Scheduling :: Fantastical 2 and DropTask (feeds Google ->
>4. Task Management :: OmniFocus 3 and DropTask

Paul, have you written (or can you say more) about how you use Drop Task in combo w/Fantastical & Omnifocus?


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