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[liberationtech] Research Writing Software

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Sun Dec 21 20:08:33 PST 2008


Dear friends,

Here is a list I assembled of software programs designed to assist in the
process of organizing information and/or writing research papers.

Most are information management software programs (e.g., note taking,
outliners, etc.) and some do so much that they aspire to be universal
personal information managers (PIMs).  People seem to agree that Apple Macs
have better options in this area, while the options on the PC side are so
bad that users have come up with the term "CRIMP," which stands for a
make-believe malady called "compulsive-reactive information management
purchasing." Symptoms include:

   - Never being satisfied with your current system of information
   management
   - Continuously being on the look-out for something newer and better
   - Purchasing every new PIM program you learn about
   - And secretly hoping you won't find the perfect PIM, because then you'd
   have to stop looking for a better one

As one of the users says:  "So, when someone speaks of succumbing to his or
her CRIMP, it means acknowledging that they've purchased another PIM program
even though they really don't think they need it.  There must be a 12-step
program for over-coming CRIMP, but who really wants to? It's too much fun."
Anyway, a good review of information management programs conducted by coders
can be found here:
http://www.donationcoder.com/Reviews/Archive/NoteTakers1/index.php

Wikipedia offers a long list of them here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_personal_information_managers

Here's a great article on how different tools can be used together
powerfully:  http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200706/digital-judgment

The ones that really drew my attention, however, are those that have
information management capabilities and the ability to assist in writing
research papers (i.e., research writing software), so I have listed those
first.  I excluded:

   - All the ones that are made primarily for fiction writers and focused on
   storyline development and character tracking, which I believe are
   unnecessary for most scientific scholars
   - Mindmapping software, which is not of much interest to me
   - Software programs that run on Linux
   - Citation software programs such as EndNote or Zotero

If you have any other suggestions to the list that I may have missed, please
let me know.  I hope the list is useful.

Best,

Yosem

PS  So which one did I get?  None yet, though I am leaning towards Idea
Mason or Biblioscape.  Either that, or I will use different applications
together to provide the best solution, as James Fallows suggests in his
article above.  Everyone seems to agree that Scrivener is the best, but alas
I am a Windows guy...  :-)



   - Research writing software:
      - Scrivener:  http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html
         - Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool created
         specifically for writers of long texts such as novels and
research papers.
         It won't try to tell you how to write - it just makes all the
tools you have
         scattered around your desk available in one application.
         - $39.95 for download on Mac OS X
      - Nota Bene:  http://www.notabene.com/
         - Nota Bene: a word processor for scholars ... a bibliographic
         manager for those who are tired of typing/formatting their
own citations and
         bibliographies ... a personal search engine for those who want to find
         anything they've ever written in seconds ... a database
manager for those
         who have things to keep track of ... a Hebrew, Greek,
Cyrillic, IPA and
         (new!) Arabic word processor for those who want more than
just fonts ... an
         Internet search tool for those who need to find and capture
bibliographic
         data ... a set of tools for scholars who want to focus on
their writing and
         research ... a work of art for scholars who appreciate the
finer things in
         life ... a community of scholars.
         - Considered the leading program in this area, but very complex and
         old school
         - $349 for Scholars, $249 for Students for download on Windows
      - Idea Mason:
      - IdeaMason brings together the database elements of both a
         bibliographical and information management tool in combination with a
         virtual writing platform. Store and categorize ideas and
research in one
         comprehensive portfolio. Collect and manage sources in a
virtual library.
         Then use IdeaMason's revolutionary Composition tool to
organize your ideas
         and manage referenced sources in a single efficient step.
When you are ready
         IdeaMason exports your work into a fully-formatted document
complete with
         footnotes and citations. IdeaMason automatically generates a complete
         bibliography (including annotations) in your choice of the
following major
         styles APA, MLA, Harvard Citations *(UK & Austrialian variations
         supported)*, Chicago Notes-Bibliography, & Chicago Author-Date.
         - Rave reviews by users, especially for its most recent version
         - Standard ($69), Educational ($59) for Windows
         - WhizFolders:  http://www.whizfolders.com/
      - WhizFolders is outlining software that encourages list based
         outlining instead of the editor based outlining that you
might have seen in
         other outliners. An outline containing just the titles in a
list is easier
         to manage and needs less scrolling.  You can insert wiki-like
cross-links
         going to other notes, web sites and other files on your
computer. What is
         more, the newer version gives you universal links back to
WhizFolder notes
         from other applications like Microsoft Word.
         - Unlike Idea Mason, it lacks a reference system
         - The Deluxe Edition costs $80 and Pro Edition costs $39 only, both
         with free updates for 2 years.  Runs on Windows.
      - SuperNoteCard:  http://www.mindola.com/snc/index.html
         - SuperNotecard is an intuitive tool that uses notecards to capture
         and organize your ideas. These virtual notecards can be moved
into decks,
         arranged on the screen, or grouped and categorized with ease.
Researchers
         use SuperNotecard to gather facts, manage sources and finally
stitch it all
         together in a way that is significantly more visual and capable than a
         traditional outlining tool.
         - $29 and available for use on the web or the iphone or for
         download on Windows, Mac OS X
      - Writer's Blocks:  http://www.writersblocks.com/wb3quicklook.htm
         - Writer's Blocks 3 is software for writers who plan, organize, and
         research their writing projects.
         - $149 for download on Windows
      - Biblioscape:  http://www.biblioscape.com/biblioscape.htm
         - Bibliographic software to help researchers  organize reference
         collections, research notes, generate citations and a bibliography for
         publication, compile notes into outline to generate a final
draft with table
         of contents, search and capture references on the web, etc.
         - Biblioscape 7 has introduced two new modules: Categories and
         Compositions. You can now tag records and write a thesis
using Biblioscape.
         Version 7 also organizes all research information in a single tree
         structure.
         - Three versions for PC/Windows:
            - Lite:  It includes the references (limited features) and notes
            modules. In the references module, users cannot convert
temporary citations
            in a document into formatted citations and a bibliography.
Global editing is
            not available.  $79.
            - Standard:  It includes the references and notes module. Users
            can add notes to a reference inside the reference window.
References can
            also be dragged and dropped into a note without leaving
the note window. It
            can open a remote database through BiblioRemote server.  $139.
            - Professional:  All the features in the Standard Edition plus
            the tasks, charts, categories, and composition modules. It
can be used to
            write a book and thesis using the composition module. The
Pro edition also
            includes one concurrent license for BiblioRemote and
BiblioWeb for single
            user remote access.  $299.
            - Purely information management software, both PC and Mac:
      - OneNote:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/default.aspx
      - Office OneNote 2007 is a digital notebook that provides people one
         place to gather their notes and information, powerful search
to find what
         they are looking for quickly, and easy-to-use shared
notebooks so that they
         can manage information overload and work together more effectively.
         - $99 for download on Windows; part of MSFT Office Suite Package
      - Jot+ Notes Student and Teacher Edition:
      http://www.kingstairs.com/jot/jot4school.html
         - For reports and thesis papers, Jot+ Notes cannot be beat! Record
         research notes, references, quotations, citations, useful
website URL's all
         in one place. Use Jot+ Notes' powerful search facilities to
locate the facts
         you need quickly. Then use Jot+ Notes to outline your paper
and even write
         the final draft.
         - $29.95 for download on Windows
      - Evernote:  http://www.evernote.com/about/what_is_en/
      - 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.
         - Seems to have become very popular among users of notebook /
         organizing software over the last year or so
         - Free for basic, $5 per month or $45 per year for premium on the
         web or for download on iphone or Windows/Windows Mobile or Mac OS X
      - Diigo:  http://www.diigo.com/
         - Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing
         community
         - Free on the web for IE, Firefox, etc.
         - Keynote:  http://sourceforge.net/projects/keynote-newfeat/
         - Tabbed notebook with RichText editor, multi-level notes and
         strong encryption. Added new features to Marek's KeyNote:
checkboxes on
         children of selected nodes, hidden nodes, alarms on nodes.
         - Open source forge
         - Rightnote:  http://bauerapps.com/RightNote.html
         - RightNote is a multi-page notebook that allows you store and
         organise all your  notes in a single place.
         - $24.95, award winning software for Windows
      - ConnectedText:  http://www.connectedtext.com/
         - *ConnectedText* is a powerful but simple information management
         system, a free-form note-taking and note-management
application that allows
         you to keep an unlimited number of notes in one file (or many files),
         instantly accessible by sophisticated full-text searches that
can span all
         open files; and navigating between topics is a breeze: it's
like a notebook
         with an unlimited number of pages (which can be linked to one another
         easily)
         - $29.95 for download on Windows
      - WikiPad:  http://wikidpad.sourceforge.net/
         - WikiPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas,
         todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down.
         - For download on Windows; open source, relies on donations
      - ZuluPad:  http://gersic.com/zulupad/
      - ZuluPad is a notepad on crack. It's a place to jot down class notes,
         appointments, to-do lists, favorite websites, annotated
bookmarks, pretty
         much anything you can think of. The great thing about ZuluPad
is that it
         combines the best parts of a notepad with the best parts of a wiki, a
         concept made popular by Wikipedia <http://wikipedia.org/>. The
         basic idea has been called a personal wiki or a desktop wiki.
         - Open source for download on Windows; Premium version is $15
      - NoteTab:  http://www.notetab.com/index.php
      - *NoteTab* is a leading-edge text and HTML editor. Winner of software
         industry awards since 1998, this application does it all: it
easily handles
         a stack of huge files; lets you format text to your heart's
content; does
         system-wide searches, and multi-line global replacements. It
even corrects
         your spelling mistakes.  3 Formats:
            - NoteTabLight:  The ultimate free Notepad replacement and a
            handy HTML editor. Handle a heap of files with a simple
tabbed interface.
            Search files, strip HTML tags and format text quickly.
Build libraries of
            text macros to speed up your work. Formerly called "Super
NoteTab". 100%
            freeware -- no ads and no nags.
            - NoteTabStd:  Similar to NoteTab Light, but adds several useful
            features like a thesaurus, a multilingual spell checker,
text-outline
            editing, EBCDIC file editing, customizable menu shortcuts,
Clipbars, etc.
            All this extra functionality for only $19.95 US! There is no
            trial version, but you can install NoteTab Light to see
what it's like.
            - For those who want the best. NoteTab Pro offers all the
            features HTML authors, programmers, and other demanding
users need to speed
            up their work. Best of all, it's programmable! The full
version adds a
            thesaurus and a multilingual spell checker.  There's a lot
more to NoteTab
            Pro -- and it's unbeatable value at US$29.95.
         - Award winning software; people seem to like it because the
         scripting and export capabilities are very powerful.
         - TreeDBNotes:  http://www.mytreedb.com/treedbnotes_free.html
      - *TreeDBNotes* stores and represents your information in a
         comfortable and clear tree-structured form. Each node in such 'tree'
         represents associated note, so you can store a lot of mostly
independent
         notes in one notebook. With any note you can perform main Wordpad-like
         text-formatting functions (font and paragraph styles):
            - TreeDBNotes Pro
            - Home Use $34.95
               - Home and Business Use $44.95
            - TreeDBNotes Free
               - Personal License $19.95
               - Business License $24.95
               - Zoot:  http://www.zootsoftware.com/
         - Zoot is a personal information manager used by writers,
         researchers, students, scholars, and maybe you!  Zoot offers a highly
         efficient process for collecting, classifying and
prioritizing information
         so that it can be viewed in meaningful timeframes and contexts.
         - Extremely popular among users of notebook / organizing software;
         endorsed by PC Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly's James Fallow:
         http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/97aug/zoot.htm and
         http://jamesfallows.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/03/new_version_of_zoot_goes_up.php
         - Runs on Windows for $99.
      - Ecco Pro:  http://www.compusol.org/ecco/
      - ECCO PRO, the Personal Information Manager with the most awards in
         history, brings together your contacts, calendar,
appointments, tasks and
         projects in one integrated, customizable application. Even in todays
         operating environments of Windows XP or Vista, this amazing piece of
         software, with a development stop in 1997, still shows it
strength compared
         to todays PIM's. With ECCO PRO you always have the
information you need at
         your fingertips!
         - Supported by donations and runs on Windows.
      - TreePad:  http://www.treepad.com/
         - TreePad™ is an award
<http://www.treepad.com/awards/>-winning *Personal
         Information Manager*, Organizer, *Database*, and *Word Processor*.
         Portability and compactness are smoothly blended into
TreePad™ with its
         other distinctive features <http://www.treepad.com/featurechart/>:
         versatility and power, as well as simplicity and intuitiveness of use.
         - Comes in Plus ($29.95) or Safe ($34.95) versions that run on
         Windows.
      - UltraRecall:  http://www.kinook.com/UltraRecall/index.html
         - Ultra Recall is personal information / knowledge / document
         management software for Microsoft Windows.  It helps you
easily capture,
         organize, and recall all of your electronic documents and
information across
         all the applications that you use.
         - Seems popular among information management users
         - Pro ($99) and Standard ($49) versions for Windows.
      - TaoNotes:  http://actitrend.fre3.com/
         - *TaoNotes 2007 Pro* manages your tasks and notes organized
as *outline
         structure* suppoting some additional dimensions for ranging notes
         (statuses, flags, priorities).
         - Price not available; for Windows only.
      - NoteMap (Supported by LexisNexis):
      http://www.casesoft.com/notemap/index.asp
         - Our NoteMap outliner makes it super easy to create, edit and use
         outlines — far easier than creating outlines with
word-processing software.
         - Award winning software for Windows
         - Trial version available but no price listed
      - MyBase:  http://www.wjjsoft.com/mybase.html
         - myBase is a versatile free-form database system that allows entry
         of unstructured text, webpages, images, documents, emails and
even arbitrary
         files without regard to length or format. All information is
compressed with
         the integrated zip utility and stored in the tree structured
outline form.
         Unlike traditional database programs, myBase accepts text
input like a word
         processor, and provides better methods for capturing,
editing, organizing,
         retrieving, searching and sharing information.
         - $59 with a variety of additional plugins for collecting web data
         available for $29 more; Windows & Windows Mobile
      - InfoSelect:  http://www.miclog.com/is/2007/index.shtml
         - *Info Select 2007 *is the award-winning Personal Information
         Manager that organizes Internet data, notes, to-do's,
schedules, contacts,
         addresses, forms, ideas, images, and much more.
         <http://www.miclog.com/is/index.shtml>
         - $249.95 for Windows
      - SmartOutline:  http://secure.smartoutline.com/default.asp
         - SmartOutline is professional free-form information management
         software that allows you to organize, secure, collaborate and
work with
         information in new and innovative ways. SmartOutline operates from a
         tree-like or Explorer style interface. After adding
information to your
         outline, you can save it to an ".OUT" outline document
format. From there,
         export to many popular office file formats and share with
others. You can
         write notes, add calendar events, reference articles or even
annotate any
         web page using shapes, clip art and text highlighting tools.
Two versions:
         - Standard (individual)
            - Professional (collaborative shareware)
         - Pricing information not available (website was down); for Windows
      - Ariadne:  http://www.open-sft.com/ariadne/
         - Ariadne is a tabbed browser IE overlay, with a built in pop-up
         window manager, that permits the user to harvest any data
type from the
         internet & local server - to tabulate, sort, outline or
shuffle it into any
         order or form that is convenient.  The user can search
locally & on the
         internet by several means - store, group, highlight, link and
bookmark any
         of it. In addition, Ariadne also has a working calendar, todo
lists, popup
         alarms, usage history & more.
         - $29.95 (license) for Windows
      - Opal:  http://a-sharp.com/
      - Opal lets you organize just about anything — ideas, reports, lists,
         notes, projects, graphics — in the form of an outline.
Opal's elegant,
         uncluttered interface stays out of your way so you can capture notes
         efficiently. You're free to organize — and reorganize —
however you like.
         You can always find information later, using fast filtering
or Spotlight. Or
         keep it out of your way by shrinking long topics or focusing
on part of a
         document. Prioritize lists with flexible sorting. Track
projects with smart
         checkboxes. Multiple selection lets you work faster. Streamlined and
         responsive, Opal is truly your digital notepad. Opal will be
familiar to
         anyone who ever used the popular and reliable
Acta<http://a-sharp.com/opal/acta.html>outliner. However, it's
completely rewritten for Mac OS X.
         - $32 license for Mac OS X
      - Google Notebook:  http://www.google.com/notebook/
         - Research the web, take notes, then manage & share your notes
         online
         - One user says:  "Google has a notebook feature, but it's very
         rudimentary.  It acts like a large bin into which you can
throw your notes.
         It's hardly more than what your browser's bookmarking feature
offers with
         the ability to write in or paste in notes.  I'm not that
impressed with it,
         however it does allow sharing if you set up a public notebook."
         - Free; web-based for IE, Firefox, Opera, etc.
      - ListPro:  http://www.iliumsoft.com/site/lp/listpro.php
         - Create shopping lists, to do lists, checklists, or any list you
         need! ListPro makes it easy to *organize and use your information
         however you want*. Manage your time, remember all your errands,
         stay on track - and take your lists everywhere you go.
         - Award winning software
         - Get ListPro<http://store.iliumsoft.com/shopper.php?multipreadd=action&keys=LP30PKO,LP30SPO,LP30PLO,LP30DTO&template=NewTpls/MultiItem1.html>on
your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone, Palm OS Handheld, or
Windows
         PC for only $19.95; Get ListPro (Professional
Edition)<http://store.iliumsoft.com/shopper.php?multipreadd=action&keys=LP30PEK,LP30PES,LP30PEL&template=NewTpls/MultiItem1.html>and
run ListPro on your desktop and one Windows Mobile or Palm OS device.
         Synchronize or share lists quickly and easily for only $29.95
      - ndxCards:  http://www.ndxcards.com/
         - ndxCards is a powerful electronic note taking software that helps
         record, retrieve and recap all your knowledge in whichever
form you choose.
         Anything you read, hear, some boiler plate text or a code
snippet - enter it
         as note cards and ndxCards can manage it all. In three easy
steps:  First, you
         can record your freeform notes - text, pictures, data,
charts, interviews
         using subjects and keywords, sources, authors, picture cards
etc.. You can
         tag them, archive them, classify them and share them with teammates to
         collaborate.  Second, you can flip through your notes using
         keywords and filters. Retrieve your note cards as outlines,
citations,and
         flashcards.  Third, ndxCards™ gives your thoughts shape, color and
         life. Recap your notes as presentations, print index cards -
and so much
         more! All these and additional features like annotating,
setting reminders,
         classifying, and analyzing notes give you the edge you always
wanted to
         succeed.
         - Award winning software
         - Professional and Academic ($49), Superset ($69), Portable USB
         ($89) for Windows.
      - NoteLens:  http://www.windsorinterfaces.com/notelens.shtml
         - NoteLens is a note-taking tool that is so fast, it lets you
         concentrate on your notes - not on the interface.  NoteLens
is designed to
         help you stay in the flow. You never spend time deciding
where to store
         notes, save them, or even give them names.  NoteLens takes
care of that for
         you.  With a lightning fast *full text indexing system*, you can
         quickly find any note just by typing any word - all of the
notes containing
         that word will be pulled up *as you type.  *NoteLens integrates
         with *Microsoft Outlook*.  You can import notes from Outlook, and
         then keep NoteLens and Outlook synced.  (Although you don't
need Outlook to
         take advantage of NoteLens.) With Microsoft ActiveSync, your
notes will be
         synced with your Microsoft Pocket PC.  NoteLens even syncs
contacts and
         email, so you can have integrated super fast access to all of
your critical
         information.  And you can rely on NoteLens with confidence,
knowing that
         they are backed up in Outlook - and also stored in a simple
text format so
         you'll never be locked in.
         - Its main advantage is a lightning fast search tool
         - NY Times featured:
         http://www.windsorinterfaces.com/press/notelens-nytimes-jan-22-2004.htm
         - Free for Windows (accepts donations)
      - AskSam:  http://www.asksam.com/
         - askSam is a flexible and powerful way to organize information and
         create searchable databases from Web pages, Email, PDF files,
texts, and
         Word documents. For over 20 years askSam has been the choice
of researchers
         and other information professionals. See why over 350,000 businesses,
         organizations, and individuals rely on askSam.  askSam Pro includes
         all the great features of askSam plus full text indexing to give you
         lightning-fast searches.
         - Standard ($149.95), Professional ($395.00)
      - iOutliner:  http://www.ioutliner.com/
         - iOutliner is a powerful way to manage your tasks, ideas, and
         projects in structured lists. Simple to use and customizable
to the way you
         work and best of all its completely FREE
         - Web-based outliner
      - Sproutliner:  http://www.sproutliner.com/
         - Sproutliner is a free web service that helps you manage your
         projects and ideas (think of it as a supercharged structured
to-do list). It
         uses some rather smashing client-side technology to make
things as quick and
         easy as possible, without forcing you to worry about hitting
'submit' to
         save your precious data.
         - Free and open source
      - MySmartFolders:  http://www.castlepeaksoftware.com/Products.html
         - My SmartFolders introduces a new way to organize your data! My
         SmartFolders organizes your files, web links and Outlook
items, grouping
         them based on their relationships.  Attach tags to your
files, web sites and
         Outlook items and then they appear in your SmartFolders based
on those tags,
         according to your specifications.  It's simple, yet very
powerful. You can
         apply this concept to any aspect of your work, for any
business and for any
         kind of data that you store on your computer or over the network.  My
         SmartFolders benefits you and your company in three ways.
First, you can
         organize your data according to tags. Second, you can pull together
         files/data stored in separate locations, on your hard disk
and over the
         network. Third, web sites and Outlook items are treated like
files, so you
         can use one organizational tool, My SmartFolders, to organize
your work.
         Put this all together and you have a very intuitive way to
organize your
         data.  Pull together files scattered in various folders on
your harddisk,
         your home or company network, and on removable drives with My
SmartFolders.
         Without moving a single file from its current location, you
can organize
         your view of these files in any folder configuration. In
fact, you can set
         up multiple folder configurations simultaneously!  Not only
can you organize
         files and folders, but My SmartFolders is also integrated
with Outlook and
         Internet Explorer. This allows you to collect varied forms of data all
         within Windows Explorer, in your SmartFolders.  Join the
growing number of
         My SmartFolders aficionados and find out how your computer
time can be more
         organized and more efficient.
         - $29 for Windows
      - Tinderbox:  http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/
         - Tinderbox stores and organizes your notes, plans, and ideas. It
         can help you analyze and understand them. And Tinderbox helps
you share
         ideas through Web journals and web logs.
         - $229 for Mac OS X
      - Omea Pro:  http://www.jetbrains.com/omea/
         - *Bring all your information together* -- your email, contacts,
         documents, files, blogs, transcripts, newsgroups, RSS feeds,
pics, webpage
         bookmarks, tasks, and instant messages are all in the same
place, so you
         don't need to look through a slew of programs and applications anymore
         - Free award winning software for Windows
      - Aquaminds Notetaker:  http://www.aquaminds.com/product.jsp
         - Sister product to Circus Ponies Notebook (they shared the same
         code base for OS X's predecessor, NeXT OS, and have a similar
feel, though
         they have diverged). Uses a notebook metaphor which will be initially
         confusing to pure single-pane outliner users, but it definitely is a
         single-pane outliner (basically it adds the ability to split
your single
         outline into sections). Tab views. Live indexes (for
instance, you might use
         it to jump to any page of your outline that mentions a client's name).
         Rudimentary database functionality. Has workgroup features
for notebook
         sharing.
         - Come in Standard ($69.95) and Academic ($39.95) versions for Mac
         OS X
         - Circus Ponies Notebook:  http://www.circusponies.com/
         - Similar user interface to Aquaminds Notetaker. Closest thing to
         Microsoft OneNote on OS X, but designed with an outliner
structure as the
         fundamental building block (which in my view, makes a huge
difference in
         usability; OneNote is not really usable as a single pane
outliner for power
         users and writers except in a crude sense). Most of the same
features as
         Notetaker, with a few aimed at closer integration to other OS
X programs.
         - Award winning software
         - Comes in Standard ($49.95) and Academic ($29.95) versions for Mac
         OS X
      - OmniOutliner:   http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/
         - Probably the strongest combination of features and usability.
         Very good support for columns (can be used as a hierarchical
spreadsheet
         like Ecco, but with auto-recalculating math), rich support
for styles (can
         be used directly as a word processor to generate print
output), hoisting,
         adjunct sections view (depth controllable by section), line
comments and
         auto-hiding, fully programmable through AppleScript
         - Recommended by the Atlantic Monthly's James Fallows:
         http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200706/digital-judgment
         - Comes in Professional ($69.95) and Standard ($39.95) versions for
         Mac OS X
      - TAO (no relation to TAO Notes for Windows):
      http://artec-software.com/products/neo/en_index.html
         - Most features of any single-pane outliner I've seen in current
         production. Cloning! Hoisting, filtering. A little less
Mac-like than the
         others (lots of square buttons, Windows-style interface).
Graphical document
         map sidebar. Not programmable yet.
         - $30-34 depending on where you buy it for Mac OS X
      - DevonThink:  http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/devonthink/
         - Meet DEVONthink — designed to manage and keep in order all those
         disparate pieces of information so important to your work or
studies. As you
         become more experienced with DEVONthink and its easy,
intuitive interface
         you will quickly find more exciting ways of using your data.
DEVONthink
         comes in a number of flavors tailored to different needs and
user types:
            - DEVONthink Personal: Home and small office ($49.95)
            - DEVONthink Pro: Advanced functionality, office use ($79.95)
            - DEVONthink Pro Office: Plus paperless office functionality
            ($149.95)
            - DEVONnote: Basic note taking and organizing ($24.95)
            - Award winning, by MacWorld
         - Mac OS X only
      - Debrief:  http://debriefnotes.com/
      - Debrief(R) is software for notes relating to experience, ideas,
         activities, contacts, and more. Where do you keep your notes
today? Spiral
         binders, legal pads, composition books, scraps of paper? How
fast can you
         find an idea you jotted down last week, last month, or last
year? Imagine
         keeping your notes in one place, and not misplacing them
again.  Notes are
         the core purpose of Debrief notes software. Make a note one
time, and view
         it in many different contexts - by date, like a journal, log,
or diary. Or
         by subject folder, like files in a drawer. And they can be
viewed within
         additional contexts of the features mentioned below. Notes
are searchable
         too.
         - Comes in Standard ($29.95) and Professional ($39.95) versions for
         Windows
      - InfoHandler:  http://www.download3000.com/download_30755.html
         - *MDE InfoHandler* is a multipurpose information manager for your
         PC and Pocket PC that you can use to organize notes,
documents, web links,
         e-mail and news messages, dates, programs, and more, using a
         uniform and sophisticated interface. It features a very powerful
         categorization method including hierarchical organization of
categories,
         master-slave relationships, text and number type categories,
and efficient
         automatic categorization based on analyzing the text of an info item
         (InfoItem) or of linked documents. Another special features are two
         universal time stamps which you can set freely and use for sorting or
         filtering the item list. The InfoItems are stored in special databases
         called InfoBases and you can have several different windows
for the same
         InfoBase simultaneously open side by side. You can view the
InfoItems either
         as a table sorted by three of its columns or as a set of
trees formed by
         hierarchically structured category groups - possibly
constrained by set-up
         filters for categories or time. Many kinds of drag & drop
include dragging
         web links and documents from browsers, emails from MS Outlook
(Express),
         creating InfoItems as a result. You can also drag InfoItems between
         InfoBases copying or moving them. Active links to external
objects include
         those to web pages and documents as well as between InfoItems
in the same or
         in different InfoBases. The text of an InfoItem can be richly
formatted and
         you can store paragraph and/or character formats for later
re-application -
         manually or automatically using a find-replace dialog. Other features
         include several methods for text search, alarms bound to
InfoItems, flexible
         print options, customizable toolbars, various data export and import
         including with the Pocket PC companion, and the InfoShooter
which lets you
         create new InfoItems on the fly. InfoHandler can be of help
if you are using
         your PC on a daily basis to assist you with your professional
or hobbyist
         requirements to master a flood of information.
         - $73.90 for Windows
         - GoBinder:  http://www.gobinder.com/Default.aspx
         - Collect.  Schedule.  Find.  Compile Print-Free Research -- GoBinder
         can turn web pages, PDF's, Word documents, PowerPoint
presentations, class
         handouts, and more into digital paper, which you can
highlight and annotate
         just like printed paper.  Annotate Digitally --  Take notes
         directly on your professor's presentation or class handout
using a keyboard
         or Tablet stylus. Sketch charts, diagrams, add tables or shapes right
         alongside your typed notes.  Take Faster Notes with Auto-Outliner --
         Quickly record lecture notes in auto-outline mode. Use bullets or
         numbers and quickly navigate up to six level deep with tabs
and back tabs.  Personal
         Learning Archive -- Store all your downloaded, typed, even
         handwritten school stuff in a personal learning archive.
Easily create tabs
         for each of your courses, than organize class materials by
date, by lecture,
         or whatever makes sense to you.  Power Find -- Search every typed,
         downloaded, even handwritten word from one place. Refine
searches by course,
         category, type and/or folders. Use it to quickly outline
papers or study for
         exams.  Answer Flags --  Flag key concepts, questions, and to-do's.
         Even create custom flags so you can immediately locate important
         information. Use flags to quickly create your own flash
cards, answer keys,
         or crib sheets.  See the Whole Picture -- See a single snapshot of
         all your classes' due dates, tests, and assignments with day, week and
         month-view calendars.  Easily Categorize -- Color code your courses
         and personal life and their associated appointments, tasks,
and contacts.
         Link individual items like team meetings, team members, and assignment
         details together.  Prioritize -- Prioritize tasks with user-defined
         color codes. Set alarms and reminders for important due dates.  Share
         Data with Outlook & your Palm
         Sync appointments, tasks, and contacts in Microsoft Outlook or a
         Palm with GoBinder.
         - Standard for $99.95 and Education for $49.95 for Windows
         - ActionOutline:  http://www.actionoutline.com/
      - ActionOutline - store and arrange all your information in a tree
         outline form! Build outlined freeform storage for your
thoughts, ideas and
         information in an intuitive way! You come up with this
brilliant thought, or
         maybe your mother just sent you a recipe for her new chicken
casserole. What
         do you do with this information? With ActionOutline you now
have a place to
         put all your info and thoughts!  A simple yet useful organizer,
         ActionOutline consists of an Explorer-like interface where
you can store and
         arrange all your information in a tree outline form. Arrange
items using
         your keyboard or mouse, cut and paste branches, place checks
or tags next to
         listed items, search information, print data, export to the
external file,
         or link to web or local files.  ActionOutline can be your
be-all, end-all
         solution to organizing your life. When you want it out of sight simply
         minimize it to your system tray where it's available for your
next fleeting
         thought or item.  The possibilities for its use are
practically endless:
         to-do lists, recipes, project notes, personal contacts,
bookmark lists,
         reports, term papers and more.  ActionOutline 3 lets you
handle multiple
         outlines with ease, thanks to the new tabbed multi-document
interface. And
         with Network Edition of ActionOutline you can share your
outlines on the
         network!
         - Standard ($39.95) and Network ($79.95) versions for Windows
         - Surfulater:  http://www.surfulater.com/
      - With Surfulater you can permanently save anything you find on the
         web, in other applications and on your hard drive, and
organize it in ways
         you haven't dreamt of yet. For starters you can categorize,
cross reference
         and do full text searches. Plus tag, annotate and edit
whatever you have
         saved to make it all the more valuable. And of course you can
find anything
         in a flash.  Surfulater - the super smart way to build a
permanent, personal
         digital reference library, one you can even carry around with you.
         - $79 on Windows PC.
         - Backpack:  http://www.backpackit.com/
         - Organize your business and share information with your team.  An
         Intranet in 30 Seconds. Over 350,000 Accounts! To-dos,
Announcements, Ideas,
         Files. Easily centralize & share information across your
organization.  Keep
         a Group Calendar Online.  Keep everyone's schedule online
with a color-coded
         calendar.
         - Award winning software with accolades from PC Magazine, NY Times,
         Business Week and PC World
         - Three tiers:
            - Basic:  $24/mo.
            - Plus:  $49/mo.
            - Pro:  $99/mo.
            - LessonsLearnedServer:  LessonsLearnedServer.com
         - To circumvent that, *LessonsLearnedServer* provides a
         knowledgebase central for an organization to quickly collect and store
         unstructured information - in the form of textual content, answered
         questions, documented techniques, resolved problems,
articles, documents,
         white papers, images, etc. - and intelligently exploring and
retrieving that
         information. LessonsLearnedServer streamlines those tasks through a
         sophisticated yet simple and intuitive web-interface that provides
         hierarchical information storage along with powerful extraction and
         retrieval features. All that available through a smart
background service
         for handling the lengthy tasks of data extraction, indexing
and retrieval.
         - 5 accounts for $129
         - MyInfo:  http://www.milenix.com/
         - MyInfo is a personal information manager for Windows. It will
         help you capture, organize, edit and share ideas, documents,
tasks, and web
         pages.
         - Standard version for $49 for PC Windows.
         - Chandler:  http://chandlerproject.org/
      - Chandler is an open source Note-to-Self Organizer. It features
         calendaring, task and note management and consists of a
desktop application,
         web application and a free sharing and back-up service called Chandler
         Hub.Our goal is to serve the way people actually work,
independently and
         together, particularly in small groups, a market segment we believe is
         underserved. Our belief is that personal and collaborative
information work
         is by nature iterative and that the existing binary *Done/Not-Done,
         Read/Unread, Flagged/Unflagged* paradigm in productivity software
         poorly accommodates the reality of how people work.We are
also committed to
         breaking down technological barriers that prevent effective
collaboration.
         Chandler Desktop and Chandler Server are cross-platform and
standards-based
         because we realize that collaboration can't and shouldn't be
trapped within
         a single system. Chandler Server provides web access to
shared information
         that makes it easy for collaborators to hook into Chandler
workflows without
         having to download the Desktop application.
         - Free for Windows, Mac OS, Linux
         - Do-organizer:  http://www.gemx.com/?page_id=1884
      - do-Organizer includes useful tools to improve your experience and
         qualify you as an achiever. Store valuable information with a
versatile,
         elegant, and customizable data manager. Creatively highlight
information
         with a huge library of quality clipart, icons, and pictures that will
         enhance every presentation.
         - $49.95 for download, $59.95 on CD for Windows
      - TexNotes Pro:  http://www.gemx.com/?page_id=1885
         - Keeping all your valuable notes and information can't get any
         better than with TexNotes. Each day we are confronted with
enormous amounts
         of data. Organizing, memorizing, and utilizing this vast amount of
         information is often overwhelming. Short-term solutions like writing
         everything down on scattered pieces of paper is both ineffective and
         ultimately fruitless.
         - $19.95 for download, $29.95 on CD for Windows
      - TotalNotes:
      http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/TotalNotes.shtml
         - An application that will turn your storage device into another
         brain, and carry it to work on any PC. Searching for a piece
of information
         on your hard disk can be very time comsuming and also quite
dispiriting if
         you can not find what you want. As more and more information from the
         internet, email, office working files, digital cameras etc.
accumulates,
         knowledge workers need an integrated, robust office suite with
         filing/document management capabilities to improve their
daily work flow.
         TotalNotes does the job for you. TotalNotes lets you turn your storage
         device into another brain, and carry it to work on any PC. Although
         TotalNotes performs great installed on a PC or Notebook, it
is completely
         portable. You can also install it onto any usb hard disk or
flash drive and
         start it directly from the removable drive, letting you use
it on computers
         that will not allow user installed software. This 100%
portability makes
         TotalNotes an excellent integrated knowledge management
solution for mobile
         workers who need to work on multiple computers, whether at
home, at school,
         at the office (with administrative rights) or at a client's
office, even at
         hotel business centers, airport lounges and internet cafes.
         - $49.95 on Windows PC
         - TaskMerlin: http://www.taskmerlin.com/
      - A simple but very powerful project and task manager that allows you
         to add notes to projects, link each item to other items or to
websites and
         to files, create your own filter and sort criterias using a powerful
         designer or SQL and reminders
         - No Outlook integration/link
         - Accolades from PCWorld
         - Personal ($49) and Professional ($99) on Windows PC
         - uOrganized:  http://www.veetosoft.com/uOrganized.html
         - uOrganized unique approach let users decide what's the most
         appropiate and productive configuration for their needs. Just
take a look at
         these layouts, they look different but it's the same program,
at the same
         price with the same number of features organized in a
different way. You can
         choose any of them when program starts (you can also
customize and create
         your own interface).
         - $29.95 for Windows PC
         - NoteFinder:  http://notefinder.co.cc
         - The main concept of it is notebook. You can create as much
         notebooks as you want. Each notebook has its backend. The
following backends
         are provided now: FileSystem (stores entries as organized
plain text files,
         features tagging), Files (stores entries as non-organized
plain text files),
         DokuWiki (uses DokuWiki powered website to store entries),
RSS (NoteFinder
         isn't RSS reader, but this backend may be useful for some
people), iPod (you
         can use notes on your player), iCalendar (uses vCalendar
Journals), Mail (if
         you have no access to your computer, you can mail your notes
to specified
         email address from mobile phone or another computer and then
view them and
         maybe copy into local notebooks with NoteFinder), Zim (uses
Zim's files and
         directories tree) and Wixi.  Wiki Creole or HTML markups are
available for
         rich text editing.  Plugins system is presented.  NoteFinder requires
         Python, Qt 4, PyQt 4, setuptools and, optionally,
python-feedparser (for RSS
         backend).
         - NoteFinder is licensed under the terms of BSD Revised License.
      - EagleFiler:  http://c-command.com/eaglefiler/
      - EagleFiler files are stored in directories and subdirectories in
         their native formats. What EagleFiler provides are ways of
organizing those
         files: such as an indexed, hierarchical overview of the files
in a folder
         ("library"), searches, and smart folders that find all files
that match
         specified criteria.
         - $40 for Mac OS X
         - Leap:  http://www.ironicsoftware.com/leap/
         - Information management software that works by means of a tagging
         system
         - $59 for Mac OS X
         - Together:  http://reinventedsoftware.com/together/
         - Together lets you keep everything in one place. Text, documents,
         images, movies, sounds, web pages and bookmarks can all be dragged to
         Together for safe keeping, tagged, previewed, collected together in
         different ways and found again instantly.
         - $39 for Mac OS X
         - NoteCase Outliner:  http://notecase.sourceforge.net
         - NoteCase outliner helps you to organize your text notes into a
         document, with individual notes placed in the tree-like
structure. To ensure
         your privacy, encrypted document format is supported.
         - Project is multi-platform and open source (BSD license).
         Win/Linux/OSX/FreeBSD/Zaurus/Nokia N800
      - NoteCase Pro:   http://www.virtual-sky.com
         - NoteCase Pro is an advanced commercial version of Notecase
         project. It's an outliner that helps you to organize your
text notes into a
         document, with individual notes placed in the tree-like structure,
         supporting encrypted document format.
         - Win/Linux/OSX/Zaurus/Nokia N800
      - TKoutline:  http://tkoutline.sourceforge.net/wiki/
         - Tkoutline is a single pane, cross-platform outline editor written
         in Tcl/Tk . With this editor, information can be structured
hierarchically
         in an outline and outlines can be hyperlinked together to
create a web of
         outlines.
         - Free for PC Windows
         - InfoQube:  http://sites.google.com/site/infoqube/Home
         - *InfoQube* is a Windows application to manage *your* information
         (text, numbers, lists, web, contacts, tasks, notes) in outline format.
         - $49.95 for license
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