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Five more apps for better note taking and organization

Five more feature-rich and proper note taking apps to help you better organize your thoughts and words.

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Earlier this month, I gave a five app round up on some note taking applications for Windows that I felt were well designed and helpful for staying organized throughout the day at the workplace. Due to the excellent feedback I received on that entry, filled with plenty of excellent alternatives listed in the comments area, I opted to push out another five apps round for my readers on this topic, since there were so many other gems that deserved to shine in the spotlight.

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Five Apps

1. Google Keep

As part of the Google Drive package, Google Keep is a basic service for cloud-based notes and lists. I was able to cobble a sample piece together, complete with embedded images as well. Lists of items can also be made for tracking parts of an agenda or whatever else using the handy checkmark boxes to strike out completed steps.

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2. Notepad++

If you are looking for a tool that takes Windows Notepad out to pasture, Notepad++ is definitely worth a good look. With a tabbed window mode and additional text editing functions that can also double up as a multi-programming language editor in a pinch, including full on syntax recognition, this free utility is quite flexible for most anyone's needs.

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3. Zim Desktop Wiki

Jotting down notes doesn't have to be limited to a single document. If you prefer a web-like structure for spanning out your content, Zim Desktop Wiki can offer this and more. You can create pages that can be further developed in layers using sub-pages, which can be easily navigated through the side pane or via the back and forward buttons, much like browsing the web.

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4. NoteTab

If you truly wanted to have it all in an editor app, simply look no further than to NoteTab. I have never seen a text editor software package with so many features before. In addition to creating your notes in the form TXT files, you can also create OTL text outline files for keeping tabs on sections of content, utilize a wide variety of web services to help you craft more thoughtful prose, use a clipbook to keep commonly used snippets of text saved for future use, and so much more.

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5. NoteCase Pro

Just like NoteTab, another truly diverse and well-featured text editor suited for note taking with added flexibility is NoteCase Pro. Not only can you create notes at your leisure, but you can create Lua-based automation scripts and sync all of your saved files to a service like Dropbox or Box. Simply set your sync server settings and you can rest assured that your musings won't be lost forever in the unfortunate event of disk failure.

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5 comments
RB1955
RB1955

++ Might be double-posted++

I like the Personal Brain program for Remember & Recall things.

The free version is highly functional.  I liked it so much I signed up for the Pro version.

scotth
scotth

I've used Notepad ++ for years.  It 's great for editing text files because you can record macros.  It's one drawback for me is it will not load very large text files. I have used it on over 500mb files, so it useful.

I downloaded the free version of NoteTab and opened a file Notepad ++ can't open.  It's 960mb and has almost 13 million lines in it.  This is great that I now have a good text editor that will also open very large files.

apotres
apotres

I use very much NoteTab Plus since DOS era for editing text files. I still rely on it mainly for working on html files when I have many to edit. You can load them all in and jump from one file to another, replace text or codes, (also even without opening them). It's a VERY STRONG program. 

But IMHO THE VERY BEST under the theme "note taking and organization" is without doubt "All My Notes Organizer" from vladonai.com - they even offer a free version. Please check it out. I have tried several over the years, and this is by far, my FAVORITE!

puppy249
puppy249

no but more apps would be approved and appreciated . Cool apps anyway!


Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

This makes 10 note taking apps we've looked at - is your favorite note-taking app still missing from our list?

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