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How Do You Edit Text on the iPhone and iPad?

Editing text on your Apple mobile device is now even simpler and better with PlainText. The app has an uncluttered and uncomplicated paper-like UI. Unlike the default Notes app, PlainText allows you to create and organize documents in folders. You can then choose to quickly sync everything with your DropBox account.

Folders keeps your documents perfectly organized while the paper-like interface keeps the focus on your text. Having your documents always available via your DropBox account is a peace of mind that money cannot buy.

App creator Jesse Grosjean has one goal: “to create simple applications that do what you need without getting in your way.” He’s hit the nail on the head with PlainText. It doesn’t get in the way. It doesn’t have fancy bells and whistles you don’t need. It simply works. At the end of the day, that’s what every app should do.

TypeWith.me is for You

For the most part, I’m addicted to software, hardware, and the Internet. Every so often, I learn about something that I want to share with the world – that’s why Lockergnome was created (way back when). I like having fun – like with http://funicode.com/ – but I also like being productive with my time.

A while ago, someone sent me a link to a service called “EtherPad.” Essentially, it’s an ad hoc document collaboration tool that’s easy to use (without requiring user registration). Google soon acquired the company to better integrate their ideas into Wave – and the future of EtherPad was questionable. They were allowed to release the source code for anybody to use, and so I asked my friends to help get this going…


Go ahead. Try it. Start a new document:


You’ll be whisked away to a unique URL which you can then share with friends, colleagues, co-workers, or anybody else who you might wish to collaborate with on-the-spot. It’s perfect for meetings, classes, lectures, conferences, or any scenario which might require you to journal thoughts and ideas with others without hassle.


Are You Organized?

Recently, I posted a video about Evernote. Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere. It’s an excellent way to keep yourself and your data organized. Here’s what some of my friends had to say about Evernote.

Chris I would also like to hear what you to say about the security of these services. If everything is moving up to the cloud so to speak. How can I really trust services like Evernote to keep my data secure from data loss or even data theft? This is something I’ve been really thinking about for a while. And in this case is why I went to a desktop app like Together. – Chris Rodgers

Skitch, skitch, skitch…heck Skitch has got to be the baddest desktop app of the year. – Zee from WeDoCreative

I find that Gmail works just as well, though with less organization. The upside is significantly more space, great search capes and offline client via IMAP. – Steve Rubel

most of my notes are in regards to what I am doing at the moment, so I just jot them down in quickbooks online, which I use to keep track of my billing. Other than that, I regret to say my company has a sharepoint site. – Tim Wright

I use a personal wiki called TiddlyWiki. It’s a self-contained wiki in a single html file that I carry around on a USB stick (with backups to my main system frequently). I allows a lot of tagging and has decent search capability. I also use this as my todo journal for work so I can always go back in time to see what I was doing at a given point in time. – Bryan Hunter via twhirl

A Moleskine and a black Pilot G2 pen. – Cecily Walker

Agreed, I am a big fan of Evernote. Together is nice, but I like that i can sync Evernote against both my Mac and PC. – Scott Watermasysk

A Moleskine and a black Pilot G2 pen you are speaking my language, those are my exact tools. – Kyle Hebert

anyone experienced with google notebooks? – Trixie Ferguson Gray

I use MS OneNote. I like the folders and notebooks and the pages are whatever size you need them to be. I like being able to put notes anywhere on the page. I use the clipping tool to catch a shot of anything that pops up on the screen that I may need later. I just started trying out Zotero, a FF add-on, for research notes. – Maggie Longshore via twhirl

OneNote w/ UMPC. I have my OneNote files synced w/ laptop and desktop with FolderShare. Works nice. – Rodfather

I use ballpoint pens and several notebooks or just plain paper with it. Since I also like to draw it is good thing to have those around everywhere. This reminds me of that I should start to take more notes of things in life. Also, I have found out that digital camera is great tool to make notes since you can take photo of item or store so you could remember it later when you view what you have taken. – Daniel Schildt

Currently alternating between Evernote and OneNote on a Tablet PC – Warner Crocker

I use onenote on my 2 laptops and my desktop, files stored on my Dlink Nas device. Evernote on my MB Proand windows machine. Then Foldershare to access everything from each machine. – Stephen Kennedy via twhirl

In a text editor, using Textile for markup. I also always carry a moleskine with me – Deepak

When using computer, I mostly just write notes to Gmail message and sent it to myself or save as draft. Could use Google Docs more but it’s too slow compared to basic text mode of Gmail. – Daniel Schildt

Evernote is my new brain. The old one, she no work so good no more. – Marci Maleski

The irony of looking up notes in his spiral pad notebook to describe an online note taking app… – Ricardo Vidal

I use my Livescribe Pulse Smartpen (http://livescribe.com) most of the time, and Evernote if I’m near a computer. The Pulse pen is awesome, I highly recommend it to anyone that needs to take notes on a regular basis. – Donato

the idea of writing on a computer, a tablet pc, is so appealing to me… – edythe

I just discovered Zotero while looking for something to highlight and annotate webpages. It does much more than that, and I’m looking forward to working with it. – Tom Landini

Index cards, Evernote and iPhone notes. Together looks REALLY nice, I’m truly impressed. However, the ability to get to my notes on my Mac, my iPhone and on my PC at work has me hooked on Evernote. Still waiting for MS to release OneNote for Mac. OneNote just can’t be beat. It would be nice to see Evernote develop a richer feature set, something closer what Together has. – Jack Collins

I used to carry around a pad or notebook. But now I just e-mail myself, that way I don’t have to re-transcribe. – clarke thomas via fftogo

On the iPhone – the notes app, though I can’t stand Comic Sans. On the comp, (at the moment) Todoist as a to do list. – (steve isaacs)

I use my Livescribe Pulse Smartpen (http://livescribe.com) most of the time, and Evernote if I’m near a computer. The Pulse pen is awesome, I highly recommend it to anyone that needs to take notes on a regular basis. – Donato

Poorly. I usually scribble whatever down on paper or I just use the old "C n’ P" (Copy and Paste) method in Notepad – Outsanity

I usually take notes by hand too and then publish using Google Docs. – Larry Kless

How do you take and organize your notes? Are you still writing them out by hand and then typing them into a text editor later? Do you type them into a laptop as you take them? Or are you some super-genius who doesn’t need any notes at all?

How do you Take and Organize Notes?

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We all have to take notes at one point in our lives. Whether you’re in school or doing some sort of research for work or home, you’ll find yourself needing to organize information. In the ‘old days’, you just had paper to organize your notes in. What can you do these days? Luckily, there’s a free service that is tied into a free online account that will help you keep track of all of your data, research and notes. Evernote is available for both Mac and Windows.

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.

How do you get your stuff into Evernote?

  • Create Create new notes using desktop, web, and mobile versions of Evernote
  • Snap Take a snapshot using your camera phone or webcam. We’ll even recognize the text in the image.
  • Clip Clip entire webpages, screenshots, and just about anything else you can copy
  • Drag-n-drop Drag and drop content into the desktop clients for Mac and Windows
  • Email Email notes directly into your account using your personalized email address
  • Scan Scan receipts, recipes, tags, brochures, and anything else into Evernote
  • Record Record audio wherever you are and listen to it whenever you want

You should definitely give this a try. The future is keeping things online… not in a single notebook.

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Take Notes at School

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High school and college aren’t easy for most people to fly through. Here are some tips sent in by regular community member Snakeyes. He is a college student, and wants to share his tips for study and information retention.

  • Go to class and be prepared, don’t show up with nothing to write with. What I see a lot, is students go to class with no paper or pen/pencil. It may also help to bring more than one writing utensil. You may want to bring a highlighter and some extra pens. If you use a laptop to take notes make sure the battery is fully charged, or find the closet outlet. Be sure to save previous notes and study them every day. You never know when there be a pop quiz or a test. Don’t save your homework till the last minute. Read your assignment and do your work before it’s due.
  • Have a conscious effort to listen and be attentive. Sometimes students will ask off topic questions and you get bored and you fall off topic. So always be prepared and stay attentive. Be prepared to be Adapt to whatever direction a lecture takes. When a lecture takes an unexpected detour, say a student asks a question you aren’t particularly interested in, students have a tendency to “zone out.” Before you know it, the lecture got back on track five minutes ago, and you missed crucial information that should have been noted. It’s very easy to get off topic, If YOU do miss anything that day in class ask a friend or someone else for notes. If you were sick one day are you come back to class to then realize your having a test, don’t blame the instructor for planning the test on that day, always ask someone for notes when you were sick so you can write them down.
  • Use a method that works for you. If you are a big fan of two column notes than use that method. Be sure to also start each lecture on a different page and make sure you date and label all your notes. Don’t use the same notebook for each class. Use a different notebook for each one. You don’t want to be writing notes for your history class in your math binder. Make sure you always keep your notes dated and put them in order, this will help you study for tests and final exams. It’s always important to Develop a system of abbreviations and symbols you can use wherever possible.
  • Pay close attention to content. if something is written down on the overhead or the chalkboard write down, even if you think it’s not important. Write down definitions to words that are listed. Make sure you write down anything that is repeated or spelled out, Usually when my teacher writes something down multiple times I know it’s going to be on a test later on.
  • Last step, Review your notes. Re-read/study at least 24 hours later to make sure it’s still fresh in your mind. Be sure to Edit for words and phrases that are illegible or don’t make sense. Write out abbreviated words that might be unclear, so that you have a better meaning of the word. If you need to make corrections or would like to edit your notes, choose another color to determine what u actually wrote in class and what you just edited. If key words and questions are still unclear to you look go back and re-read the chapter and fill in the definition in the left column. If you are still unclear circle it or underline it and ask the professor or teacher. Fill in anything you may have left from the textbook as well make sure the textbook and your notes match.

Kat was on the Ventrilo server with me during this video, and wanted to add a tip she used in college.

When taking notes, I wrote absolutely everything down. I began college at the age of 29, as a single mom who worked full time. Since I had been out of school so long, I was concerned about information retention and studying. After class, I would then go through all of my notes, and highlight the important areas. Then, I would get fresh paper, and make myself an outline for that day’s class. Once I found how easy this made it for me to remember things, I made it a practice for every course through my entire college career. It certainly helped me to graduate Summa Cum Laude, with dual degrees.


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