I've been using OneNote more and more lately. it's a really great program. Nice interface, and fast to work with. I guess the three programs I am using for notetaking now are InfoQube, OneNote, and EverNote (v2).
Evernote is still great for just jotting random bits of stuff down and forgetting about it. because it will be super easy to find. But I use Evernote very little overall.
Onenote is taking the place of Evernote. I'll stick any clips, any random information in it. And the way you can freely place stuff all over the place is the best.
Infoqube is what I use in the most formal manner. Meaning I know for sure I want to keep this information and it's important. The problem with Infoqube right now for me is that I use it a bit too seriously. Like I said for Evernote and Onenote, I use those two programs to just slap in information. I never do that with Infoqube. With IQ, I always think a little more about where to put it. It has to do with the interface. IQ is much more business like and hardcore than the other two. It makes me feel like I don't want to make a mistake. I almost treat it like this: I'll stick some info in Evernote or Onenote quickly, and when I'm really ready to store it for good, i'll transfer it to IQ somehow. IQ is my true information database. I wouldn't call the other two my "database". They are more like post-its. But that's good and bad for IQ. But Pierre is continually adding features to IQ. I wouldn't be surprised if he eventually adds a Onenote-like feature where you can just freely insert notes in a whiteboard-like space.
Interesting. I think I understand what you mean... But I also suspect you feel that way because you might have not tried "enough" to achieve the same efficiency with IQ. I'm speculating here.
What I can say is that I now use IQ exclusively -- for notes and/or day to day complex data management** -- and I find it ideal to jot random notes, and stick random clips of info into it (that's why I have a pretty big DB...). (**Well, I still use outlook for contacts, calendar and e-mail... for the moment. I'm waiting for syncing capabilities before switching to IQ completely -- well e-mails are going to remain in Outlook, or maybe I'll switch to something else like thunderbird)
So... For clipping and random notes, I actually use IQ almost exactly like Evernote. Clipping is as easy as Evernote (select --> win-c, or select something in ie or firefox --> right click and choose "InfoQube: copy content"), but more precise as you can assign all kinds of data to the clip almost right away. You could decide to have the "inbox" field checked for all these random notes, or choose something else in the "other fields" drop down menu, or whatever you decide (due date, . It's pretty straightforward, and once it's set you can either leave it like that or change it depending on the content of the note/clip. (I work very fast with IQ, so I tend to assign specific fields and use the "wikitags" text box to enter tags each time I clip something...but then, I don't use the WikiTag text box for WikiTags but for personnal tags...that's the beauty of IQ... everything is very flexible... IMO).
It's very quick... I can retrieve Data as easily now with the quick search dialog (ctrl-f) which syntax is similar to google's. There are also many options as to how to display the search results (in which grid, etc.), which is fantastic.
IQ's main disadvantage is mostly the beta factor. One needs to be willing to put up with all the upgrades, updates, broken features for a couple days...
But I find it's worth it.
But I digress..
So... What is it that don't find as quick with IQ (thinking EverNote here)?
As for the "OneNote" white board... Yes, you can't really "draw" in IQ insert pieces of text anywhere on a white page, and move some text boxes around. But since I never really found a use for that I don't miss it -- I prefer to jot notes in an outline and insert details in the HTML pane if I need pictures etc. Mind mapping functionalities will be developed (there are some already, but embryonic)
[BTW : what could I say about my affiliation to IQ so that people don't raise any eyebrows here ? I actually don't really know how to qualify my function now -- let's say... Debugger and strong supporter ?
What I mean is that I'm not formally working for Pierre and don't make any money out of IQ. We were eventually supposed to collaborate formally
, but it's been postponed.]