« on: December 27, 2006, 10:52 PM »
I just came across this and would like to add some comments. I use ndxCards regularly now and own a few other note taking programs as well. I have settled on ndxCards ( I do use OneNote when I want to keep my scribbles as scribbles ) for the most part & would like to share why I settled on it.
Note taking programs should not constrain a person while taking notes as to how they organize the note - when I take a note, I want to do just that. I may want to tag that note with some keywords - but then again, I may not know how to tag it at that time & will come back to it later. Most tree-based programs fail in this regard - while I can 'park' the note in some general category, somehow, the note does not seem to stand alone as it should. After all, I used to note cards & post-its in the paper medium & not note-books with subject tabs that forced you to flip to the right page before I can take the note.
Often I want to know where my note came from - I want to be able to jot down the magazine or book which was the source of my thought/note & perhaps go to it later, or even give the reference to someone. I like the Source card in ndxCards, though I don't need all the reference citation formats that the software offers.
Not all of my notes stand-alone, nor do they fit in only one category. So I want it to be part of a structure as well. ndxCards allows me to use both the keyword system and the tree-structure system. I have several outlines which are just tree-structures for my notes. As you said in the previous post, the tree structure offers benefits of seeing a visual collection of a set of notes.
I take notes because I want to use it later. I like that fact that I can just drag drop notes from ndxCards into my Visio diagram, or create a quick PowerPoint presentation directly from my outline. Even with my OneNote, I am left with copy/pasting from various part of my 'notebook'.
None of this is to try and change your review - just thought I would share my view of 'note-taking' programs.