I am constantly writing notes. Whether it be for my blog, work, meeting, new ideas, or just basic notes, I am always jotting something down. So I started thinking about all the services I’ve used for taking notes and thought it would be a good idea to share them with you and while I’m at it, to make a list of any others that I find. Now, when it comes to note taking, I personally look for quick and simple. If I have something on my mind, I don’t want to go through some advanced system and climb a mountain just to save a note for myself. There won’t be all the note taking tools out there on my list, but ones that I feel get the job done well.

Quick Public Pages
Using a quick public page service, as I call it, is my favorite method of saving notes on the go. Some are simply a text field on a page that you fill and in click save, others allow you to record notes to a service directly through Instant Messaging with AIM, and some are full planners for creating well outlined documents.

  • ShortText – Fill in your text, click save, and you’ve got yourself a permanent url to a text note. Includes private pages as well.
  • YourDraft – Create and share content using a rich text editor (WYSIWYG) instantly without registration.
  • Cl1p.net – The Internet Clipboard. Copy and paste between computers.
  • Sabifoo – (Personal favorite) Simply use an Instant Message client (ie: AIM), message “sabifoo”, and your message is recorded online to a permanent link and RSS feed.
  • Deusto – A new service for the creation of small web pages (digital books) in a simple and fast manner.
  • Backpack – Organize to do lists, notes, images, photos and share.
  • BareWiki – Build your own website and easily allow others to edit it.
  • Infogami – Build good-looking, easily-editable web sites.
  • Zoho Planner – An online organizer to Plan & Organize yourself.
  • Change To Link – Easily create a page of information to bookmark or share with friends.
  • PasteHere – Make pastes from screenshots of your desktop, code from your clipboard, or any other image/text. Pages last for 15 days unregistered user / 30 days registered user.

Basic Note Taking
Quick public pages aren’t really made for note-taking, although they work really well for it. Here are a few services and applications that are meant for note taking.

  • Pianist – Simple memo manager helping you save your ideas.
  • JotCloud – Jot down notes in a cloud of sticky notes online.
  • Web Note – Quickly takes notes with an online post-it like interface.
  • Performancing Firefox – Meant for blogging, although it has a section for saving notes and drafts that works rather well.
  • Forty Internet Notebook – (Note: Service sadly may not be live much longer) Simple and categorized place for you to keep notes saved hierarchically.
  • Backpack – Organize to do lists, notes, images, photos and share.
  • JotSpot Live – JotSpot Live allows you, your colleagues or clients to take notes together on the same web page at the same time.
  • TaskToy – More for to-do lists, but also features searchable notes and memos.
  • Zoho Planner – An online organizer to Plan & Organize yourself.
  • Campfire – Although meant for chatting, Campfire also works great for taking notes! Read this How-To.
  • SyncNotes – “Your notes. Anywhere. Anyhow.”
  • Yahoo! Notepad – Yahoo! Notepad is very simple, especially when using this handy Notepad Bookmarklet.
  • Google Desktop Scratch Pad – Although Scratch Pad requires the Google Desktop software, I find myself using this little plugin all the time. Just type and it saves automatically.

Development
I’m a programmer and when I’ve got an idea on my mind for a script or code snippet, I want to get it down ASAP. I find that collaborative programming services, like Pastebin, or just a service that lets you save a script and share works perfectly. These are like quick public pages, but for programmers.

  • Pastebin – Collaborate on debugging code snippets and receive permanent links to code snippets.
  • TNX – “Simple web service for temporary text storage. A unique URL is generated, that can be easily pasted in a message, but is hard to guess.”
  • TextSnippets – Public source code repository in that you can tag and categorize code. You may also set snippets as private.
  • PasteHere – Make pastes from screenshots of your desktop, code from your clipboard, or any other image/text. Pages last for 15 days unregistered user / 30 days registered user.
  • Nopaste – Pastebin with Syntax Highlighting for PHP Programming.

Online Documents
I found that there are times that simple text notes just don’t always fit my needs. There may be a note or part of a document that I need to save with text formatting, colors, and headings, but most note-taking services are text-only. In time, I started using services like Writeboard more and more because I can just down notes with it during a conference adding headings and lists making reading my notes a lot more organized. Makes sense, so I decided to make a list of a few.

  • Writeboard – (I find I use this often because of Basecamp integration for work) Collaborative writing software online. Write, share, revise, compare. You can share by email invitation only.
  • Writely – Writely allows you to edit documents online with whomever you choose, and then publish and blog them online.
  • Rallypoint – (I use this for project notes often) Rallypoint combines the powerful features of your favorite desktop word processor with the collaborative abilities of a secure hosted wiki, giving you the best of both worlds.
  • Zoho Writer – Online tool to create a document, edit in your way, and share with anyone.
  • WideWord – Write and share documents easily, quickly and privately!
  • YourDraft – Create and share content instantly without registration. The WYSIWYG editor allows fast and flexible drafting.
  • gOffice Word Processing – gOffice has a nice Word Processor that I’ve only used once before, but worked well then. (Update: Just tested again and it seemed to have made an error when exporting, but works for saving still. Seems to work fine now)

Voice Recording
Don’t think your stuck with typing all your notes on a computer when it comes to note taking. Sometimes it’s just simpler to speak something out loud rather then writing and although the following services aren’t meant for taking notes specifically, they seem to work quite well. Sure, they are for emailing and podcasting, but that’s not stopping me!

  • Evoca – Evoca is excellent for recording podcasts, but it also seems to work for notes as well because when you record, it simply saves it to a list in that you can listen to at any time. They are private until published.
  • Odeo – For podcasting as well, but as does Evoca, Odeo’s podcast recorder also works well and saves your recordings as podcasts which you can easily listen to at any time. They are also private until published.
  • Springdoo – Springdoo allows you to send voice email, as does Slawesome. When you make a recording with Springdoo, it will allow you to preview the recording and send the address to others. Simple bookmark the address or send it to yourself.
  • Slawesome – Meant for emailing voice recordings, but I simply email myself and mark it in my email client as an important note in my memo folder. (Update: Voice recording does not appear to be working as of now, although the emails still send along with your note. It will save, but won’t play it seems.)

Start Pages
What better place to write notes then a start page that opens every time you open your web browser? As I mentioned the other day, I now have Netvibes as my homepage for my browser and I found that I use the Webnote module quite often. Most start pages include note functionality, but I’ll list a few favorites with note modules.

  • Netvibes – My start page of choice which has a simple Webnote module with auto-saving and multi-color selection.
  • PageFlakes – Personalized start page with notes and many “flakes” bringing the web to your fingertips.
  • Protopage – A very neat start page allowing for notes and drag and drop containers for just about anything. Also allows for making multiple pages and setting pages public.
  • Fold – Allows for adding of multiple Notepad Containers which you can drag and drop any where in your Fold Start Page.
  • Google Personalized – Google’s Personalized start page works great for notes when using the Google Notes Module that saves your notes automatically.

Online Databases
Online database services can also be used for managing notes. I’ve made a system in Dabble DB and Zoho Creator for notes which I have made to my liking because I choose what is recorded. Any of the following will allow you to create your own database application for recording your notes.

  • Dabble DB – (Private Beta) Dabble DB is the most powerful service of the bunch with large customization options and application flexibility. Can’t wait for it to go public so everyone can experience it’s power.
  • TracksLife – “Your Friendly, Personal, Online Spread-abase.” Very simple system that works very well. Also allows for public tracks and rss feeds.
  • Zoho Creator – Free online service to create and share web applications with just a few mouse clicks. Very customizable.
  • FlexLists – Create your own online sharable lists with this database like service allowing for custom fields and values.
  • Lazybase – Lazybase allows anyone to design, create and share a database of whatever they like.

That about wraps it up! I hope this list was of help for anyone looking for simple solutions on taking notes. As always when I make a list, if you know of any other services, feel free to share with us in the comments. And for those of you curious as to what solutions I use most often, I tend to use Google Scratch Pad, Netvibes, and Writeboard the most and have recently become addicted to Sabifoo. What ones do you use?

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236 Comments on “Fifty Ways to Take Notes”

  1. truetech » Blog Archive » 50 Ways to Take Notes says:

    [...] Solution Watch has a new article: 50 Ways to Take Notes. Very cool stuff. I’ve tried some of these before, but I have to say that I was intrigued with Sabifoo. Create and edit a web page (including RSS feeds!) via instant messenger. That’s pretty nifty. Posted by Brad Filed in Miscellaneous [...]

  2. Alex says:

    A very good list, but you should also check out http://www.mynoteit.com which has tons of other utilities besides note taking for students to use.

    http://www.mynoteit.com

  3. Solo Technology » Blog Archive » Sabifoo - a novel way of tracking notes says:

    [...] Earlier tonight I saw the Solution Watch article on Fifty Ways to Take Notes. He has quite a list there and I’ve seen many of them. However, there were some I hadn’t even heard of before so I of course did some idly clicking around. Which is how I found Sabifoo and quickly became enamored of the concept. [...]

  4. YOZI » Blog Archive » Taking Notes says:

  5. Godfrey Daniel says:

    Once again I’m seeing Slawesome listed in a “W2.0″ list, this for a site that hasn’t functioned for me for quite a while. It’s a great site when working, and I used to use it a lot. Have you used it successfully recently? I contacted the site creators awhile back and was told that they had moved on to other projects and didn’t have the time or interest in fixing and maintaining it.
    I just checked it again after seeing it in your list, and still cant get it to work.

  6. Brian Benzinger says:

    Thanks, Godfrey for giving me the update on it. I had used Slawesome not too long ago and seemed to work fine, but I just ran a test now and your right. It doesn’t seem to save the recording, although does send and save your notes. That’s too bad. I’ll keep an eye out for other voice recording services.

    I have updated the article, leaving it there in case it is to work again, but with an update saying it may not work.

    Thanks!

  7. staul says:

    actually i am really looking for a web based solution for making mindmap. mindmap is good for you to organize your ideas, notes, or whatever. there is local app called freemind in java. looking forward to any web implementation on that.

  8. Brian Benzinger says:

    Staul – Thanks for the comment. I hadn’t thought about mind mapping for quick notes. I usually use them more for outlining.. but I can definitely see it being handy and will try it sometime.

    So, to answer your question:
    http://www.mayomi.com/

    You may want to check this free flash based mind mapping tool. Works very well and has a unique and simple system. (SW Review)

    You may also want to keep an eye of Gliffy:
    http://www.gliffy.com

    However, Gliffy is more more then just mind mapping. It’s mainly built for diagrams and flow charts. Works great, although it is in private beta still. (SW Review)

    Thanks. Hope that is of some help. Maybe I should add these to the article?

  9. Saurier says:

    You should share your secret of how you keep track on where you took your notes Brian ;)

    Gmail btw. is also a pretty nice tool for taking notes, especially if you come up with some naming conventions for the subject line – then you can use filters to automagically label and organize them and so on.

  10. staul says:

    thanks, Brian. i checked mayomi the other day, the problem is that it does’t provide *private* storage of personal stuffs. everything created on it is public to all.

    gliffy is promising, but no luck to have chance to try it out yet. after all, i doubt its goal of being a general diagram drawing tool can lead to a really full fledged mindmapping tool like freemind. i mean, drawing stuffs in freemind is optimized for organizing ideas rather than giving you the feeling of drawing circles, rectangles, texts and lines connecting one another.

    sure, gmail, and drawing tools are nice to be on your list:) thanks for your effort!

    to Saurier, gmail is simply great for almost anything. but to me, taking notes really should be fast. gmail is almost the fastest among webmails, but not yet fast enough :)

  11. cg says:

    great resource

  12. Patrick Cormier says:

    Note taking software – great list! For an offline, “later publishable to the web” option; check this: object-oriented, non linear personal wikis – entirely editable and self-contained HTML files – more info at http://tinyurl.com/gmtla and example at:

    http://www.gov20.info/files/jag.html

  13. Fifty Ways to Take Notes » LifeParticles.com says:

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  14. John says:

    That’s a great list…I always had trouble taking notes in college!
    http://www.FreeTrialOfferGuide.com

  15. www.DCguide.com says:

    I prefer a pen and paper.

  16. James says:

    I don’t know if this list is just for online services, but OneNote isn’t on the list and probably should be listed.

  17. John says:

    Excellent List! My current issue is reducing the number of different places that I keep notes.

    For now, I’ll use your list for checking out the alternatives.

    Thanks,
    John

  18. Esteban says:

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  20. Dhiraj Gupta says:

    First of all let me thank you for talking about another Cynapse (www.cynapse.com) service, Brian. We’re not really pushing SyncNotes very hard at the moment, but the free service has its share of new people signing up every day. :)

    Let me first say that SyncNotes is *very* different from all the other services in the list. I guess that’s what they all say, but the key difference in SyncNotes that is not present in any other service (as far as I know) is:

    Synchronization.

    SyncNotes doesn’t really stop at making “the note taking application that will allow me to quickly take down notes and let me refer to them whenever I want”.

    SyncNotes takes your notes and *synchronizes* this information with the notes that are present on the central SyncNotes server. This lets the SyncNotes service provide you your notes, literally, any where you want to. SyncNotes will let you manage your notes from any Windows desktop machine. Your notes are available directly on the website as well. What if you don’t / can’t lug around your laptop? SyncNotes will even let you manage your notes on any Windows Mobile PDA. Don’t have / can’t afford a Windows Mobile PDA? SyncNotes even provides a full-fledge WAP interface to manage the notes.

    Another functionality that’s often missed out by most reviewers is that SyncNotes lets you directly send a note to anyone on the Internet! If the recipient has a SyncNotes account it get’s directly displayed on their desktop! Otherwise it lands in their email Inbox. Now is that cool or what?

    Anyways, I’ve not even touched on the different ways that SyncNotes enables me to have my information available anywhere I need it. The SyncNotes forums (only visible to signed in users) is a community activity place. Do check it out when you have the time – and share your experiences, as well.

    YES, this comment was first typed out on a SyncNote. :)

    Check out my user review on http://www.neobinaries.com/apps/syncnotes.aspx
    for more goodies.

  21. Brian Benzinger says:

    :-x Maybe it’s just me, but I find applications like OneNote and EverNote more troublesome, cluttered, and consisting of way to many features for my liking. Keep things nice and simple. 37signals does a great job at it, and that is probably why I use their products so much. Believe me, EverNote and OneNote are nice applications, they just don’t grab me like the ones I have listed.

  22. Brian Benzinger says:

    Haha, thanks for the writeup, Dhiraj. SyncNotes certainly is great and it certainly is different from the flock. I saw its potential and felt it very much so deserved a place in my list. I’ll be poking around with SyncNotes more this week. Thanks!

  23. Ian says:

    Nice. We just launched iFaves.com which, while primarily a boomark manager, also lets you add and tag (and share with contacts!) simple notes.

  24. 50 ways to take notes at teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk says:

    [...] 50 ways to take notes Published 0 minutes ago Tags: Microblog. I came across this list of fifty ways of note-taking. They’re divded into the following sections: Quick Public Pages, Basic Note Taking, Development, Online Documents, Voice Recording, Start Pages, and Online Databases. This might be useful for yourself (my personal wiki is proving useful for my Ed.D. research) or to stimulate student collaboration/involvement! [...]

  25. Otis Gospodnetic says:

    There is Simpy, which lets you take notes, tag them, keep them private, do tag or full-text searches on them, in addition to doing all the social bookmarking and group stuff.

  26. Andûr says:

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  28. steve says:

    another ajax related website at http://www.ajaxchat.com

  29. Craig says:

    For note-taking nothing beats my Palm T|X…it’s always in my pocket, is instant-on, and I’ve been using it long enough to be able to do 40-60 wpm with the built-in Graffiti text entry. If you don’t want to deal with Graffiti check out CalenNotes from Pennovate at http://www.pennovate.com … full page handwritten notes using an innovative interface.

  30. SJain says:

    Obviously, you took pain to collect all this information. However, I don’t know if this information is really useful unless one has 50 hours to test out each of these applications. It would be much valuable to me if you had given the applications some kind of rating or at least mentioned the ones you liked most.

  31. Brian Benzinger says:

    SJain, Thanks for the input and you are right. It would have been better for me to rate them, but the way I see it is I can’t really rate them because user preference is different. I prefer as simple as it gets, while others that commented like advanced systems.

    You did say that I should have mentioned what ones I like the most. Throughout the descriptions of services, I mention on some of them if I use it often or like them in parenthesis. Also, the last paragraph states:

    And for those of you curious as to what solutions I use most often, I tend to use Google Scratch Pad, Netvibes, and Writeboard the most and have recently become addicted to Sabifoo.

    Thanks, SJain. Next time I make a roundup, I will try to use some better method of pointing out the ones I feel are best, possibly with some type of rating system or rank of 1-10. I can definitely see the value in that.

  32. heiko says:

    sabifoo is awesome. Thanks a lot for presenting this.

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  35. fjr says:

    I use Neomem ( http://www.neomem.org ) to record various bits of information everyday.

  36. fullfilth says:

    for simple notes, i always compose Gmail and save as draft because my Gmail is always on mood.

    for url/bookmark i’m using http://del.icio.us and http://www.google.com/bookmarks/

  37. Perpetually Thinking » links for 2006-04-19 says:

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  38. Wiggly says:

    I use UltraEdit. I have customized the shortcut in the Start Menu to add a shortcut key, [Ctrl-Alt-N]. Then, whenever I need a note, I’m just one keystroke away. It loads quickly enough that I can even use it to take impromptu notes while on the phone.

    If I didn’t have UltraEdit, I’d do the same with Notepad.

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  41. Frank says:

    Have you checked out Cebase? I have checked out almost every online database service and find it the most powerful I’ve seen so far.

    It has a fully featured database at the backend so you can setup relationships and build some very complex applications. Ofcourse you can also manage your notes in it with ease.

    Check it out!

    http://www.cebase.com

  42. bob says:

    can anyone suggest some apps that work for Mac OSX?

  43. Nelson Medina says:

    Thank you, Brian. It’s a great list! Perhaps Firefox’s Scrapbook could be added. May be it’s just my ignorance, but what is Google Scratch Pad?

  44. Richard says:

    Great list, Brian. I read about Sabifoo earlier today – certainly an interesting way of making a note.

    I still prefer to just make notes on a paper pad though, personally. :)

  45. Tdot says:

    Interesting broad overview. But I miss one powerful solution: TiddlyWiki. May be all its benefits are not obvious when you see it the first time. But give it a try and you’ll see.

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  48. John says:

    I like to take notes on paper and then type them.
    http://www.DCguide.com

  49. Erki Esken says:

    I have Opera browser open all day and its Notes sidebar is also good for quick notes.

    Also you can’t beat the simplicity of just selecting text, right clicking, and selecting “Copy to note” (or Ctrl+Shift+C). That also preserves the URL of the page you copied from, for cases when you don’t remember anymore where that snippet of text was from. Just double-click on the note and that URL opens.

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  51. Tom Morris says:

    Check out iJot.net. It’s a neat service for those who like writing outliners.

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  55. BigZaphod (sean) says:

    Just thought I’d post here and mention that I’ve been doing a lot of work on Sabifoo over the last couple of days. There are two very notable features: 1) now supports unicode! 2) addition of a customizable gateway API allowing you to relay posts to Sabifoo to a custom web service of your own making. I think that has great potential for interfacing with custom blogging software via Sabifoo (and other fun things like that).

    Thanks everyone who’s tried it out! And thanks Solution Watch for spreading the word. :-)

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  57. Brandsearch says:

    With so many options listed on the web site, one could hardly choose the right one. In my opinion, the best way of annotation of your thoughts is the methods used by Winston Churchill, who was strolling around his room with microphone when he was dictating texts for his books. There are many people who need this way of dictating and annotation when they are writing something.

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  60. Joel says:

    THANK YOU so much for collecting so many great resources. I work in education, and have found some links that I can share with teachers…RIGHT AWAY!

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  67. David says:

    Excellent list!

    There are two other services that you might be interested in:

    Remember the Milk – an online todo list manager
    http://www.rememberthemilk.com

    Thinkfree Office Online
    http://online.thinkfree.com

    Thinkfree Office has been around a while, and is cross-platform, Microsoft Office-compatible software suite developed in Java – and it now has this online counterpart.

    There is also goowy, an online “desktop”:
    http://www.goowy.com

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  69. The Distant Librarian says:

    50 Ways to Take Notes…

  70. Hinz says:

    51 : My-eNotes.com
    http://www.my-enotes.com/

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  72. JD McMillan says:

    This is awesome – thanks for taking the time to compile this.

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  76. Arvind says:

    Great list, Brian! Thanks for mentioning Zoho :)

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  79. Rob Olliges says:

    A small notebook and my favorite pen or pencil does a terrific job.

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    Web 2.0 – Now What?…

    There have been several posts chronicling the abundance of Web 2.0 clutter companies. Rich Ziade had a great post showing the 15 minutes of fame that new Web 2.0 companies have as they circulate in the blogosphere for a week…

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  83. Mark Bernstein says:

    A very powerful high-end note-taking tool: TINDERBOX (http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox). It’s a full-fledged hypertext system, so you’ve got internal and external links. You can build _agents_ that help organize your work as you write and extend it. You can choose notes to act as _prototypes_ and inherit data and metadata — which saves you typing and gives you lots of knowledge management power when you need it.

  84. Chrono Cr@cker says:

    Love it Brian!! Excellent, just what I needed. But I failed to see a bottomline in the end telling which according to you is the best!!

    Cheers!

    ~ CC

  85. Sam says:

    You forgot about Dvorak’s Start Page!

  86. Endless Float says:

    The Fastest Way To Take Notes On Your Mac…

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  87. eConsultant » Blog Archive » eConsultant’s Bookmarks says:

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  90. The DIP Shtick » Blog Archive » Note takers unite… says:

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  92. Steve says:

    great list something I can’t seem to find much of in a search one more is http://www.sunnynotes.com

  93. Giwrgos says:

    i prefer Stickies for my notes. I think its an all time classic!

  94. Gene & Tesha » Blog Archive » links for 2006-05-10 says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take Notes (tags: notes notetaking) [...]

  95. nidraj says:

    Should be “51″ ways to take notes. Web based post it note application called posticky. This site is cool and very productivity. lets you create sticky notes from anywhere, anytime.

    check it out http://www.posticky.com .. curious to know what other folks think.

    -n

  96. Darren Hoyt says:

    For basic note-taking and list-making, Ta-Da Lists (37 Signals) are pretty indispensable.

  97. blogdriverswaltz.com » Blog Archive » links for 2006-05-17 says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take Notes An interesting blog and a handy list of online ools. (tags: productivity GTD web2.0 notetaking tools) [...]

  98. Library clips says:

    Google Notebook for blog posts…

    Google Notebook is a way of saving snippets of text, and being able to share it.
    It’s got similar features to many services…
    Bookmarking
    - you could use it to save bookmarks (but there is a lack of tagging, and social tagging)
    Clipping
    -…

  99. ?????? :: Fifty Ways to Take Notes :: May :: 2006 says:

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  100. ?????? » Fifty Ways to Take Notes says:

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  101. Peter says:

    Thanks for the list. I got to know about a lot of new note taking tools, that I hadn’t heard of before.

    I wonder if any tool exist that allows for combination of voice recording, written notes and tagging, that would let me record audio notes on a MP3 recorder, tag it simply by saying the tag, and then uploading the mp3 files to an online service. On the service I should be able to create tags and attach a voice labeling of each tag, so that it through voice recognition could place the voice notes under the correct categories/tags. Do you know if a thing similar to this exist, or something that comes near it?

  102. Brian Benzinger says:

    That’s quite the idea, Peter. Unfortunately, I have not come across such a service or application before but I will keep my eye open for it.

  103. 24Things » 50 Ways to Take Notes says:

  104. Library Views ????? :: ????? :: May :: 2006 says:

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  105. Cincuenta formas de tomar notas… y alguna más » gabinetedeinformatica.net says:

    [...] Escrito por Fernando S. con la categoría Aplicaciones Web, notas Este post es una traducción adaptada de un post de Solutionwatch a cargo de Brian Benzinger que, con 19 añitos, tiene un curriculum que muchos querríamos para nosotros. Añado alguna forma porque desde la fecha del post citado han aparecido nuevas herramientas para tomar notas, algunas de las cuáles sirven para el mismo propósito. Naturalmente, tengo el beneplácito del autor para usar su información. En un primer momento se me pasó por la cabeza añadir alguna imagen para darle colorido al post, pero opté por mantener la “austeridad” del post de origen de Brian. [...]

  106. eConsultant » Blog Archive » eConsultant’s Bookmarks says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take NotesTags: 2do, notes [...]

  107. English Education Professor » Blog Archive » Two Ways to Send Voice Emails says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take Notes [...]

  108. English Education Professor » Blog Archive » Online Databases says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take Notes [...]

  109. The eLearners News Blog : Take Note of These 50 Cool Note-Taking Tools says:

    [...] Take Note of These 50 Cool Note-Taking Tools Just came across this great website that I wanted to share with y’all: SolutionWatch. Written by Brian Benzinger, SolutionWatch’s aim is to survey “the new generation of the web, reviewing and providing in-depth walkthroughs of today’s best products and services.” This particular post is a comprehensive list of note-taking tools. Brian writes, “I am constantly writing notes. Whether it be for my blog, work, meeting, new ideas, or just basic notes, I am always jotting something down. So I started thinking about all the services I’ve used for taking notes and thought it would be a good idea to share them with you and while I’m at it, to make a list of any others that I find.” He breaks out these note-taking solutions into several categories: [...]

  110. Klim says:

    Syncnotes sounds like something to check out when I have time.

    Personally, I find a desktop solution that is fast to launch with a shortcut-key the best. I love Evernote because it never asks me to give my notes names/save locations and searching is easy.
    Open, make note, close. Works for me!

    / But what I’m looking for right now is a solution for managing/searching voice notes that I take with my MP3 player, along the lines of what #53 posted (except the I don’t need the online feature).
    How do people organize their voice recordings/notes?

  111. Fifty Ways to Take Notes - lifehack.org says:

    [...] You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Share and Enjoy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers canshare and discover new web pages. [...]

  112. Patrick Greer says:

    It’s great you have this list of useful tools but I think where I fall short in “note taking” is in the low tech realm. For instance at my church note taking is encouraged during the sermons. An outline is usually provided to write on but despite that I find myself still having a hard time grasping the key points to write down because I will get all caught up in what the speaker is saying to actually write the notes down. In school I struggled with either just listening or or trying to write down everything. Sometimes these applications are useless if you have had hard time getting in the habit to begin with. How can we transfter some of these software ideas to the low-tech realm?

  113. links for 2006-06-21 | Musings by Steve Miller says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take Notes (tags: tools productivity notes notetaking web2.0 gtd web) [...]

  114. Student Life Hack » Blog Archive » Fifty Ways to Take Notes says:

    [...] Taking notes is an essential skill for students, this post on SolutionWatch.com details some of the most effective. Fifty Ways to Take Notes: I am constantly writing notes. Whether it be for my blog, work, meeting, new ideas, or just basic notes, I am always jotting something down. So I started thinking about all the services I’ve used for taking notes and thought it would be a good idea to share them with you and while I’m at it, to make a list of any others that I find. Now, when it comes to note taking, I personally look for quick and simple. If I have something on my mind, I don’t want to go through some advanced system and climb a mountain just to save a note for myself. There won’t be all the note taking tools out there on my list, but ones that I feel get the job done well. [...]

  115. peachbelle says:

    I’ve been using TREEPAD for the past year which is an expandable outline format, but am very disappointed with the results of anything I printout… it cuts off the bottom portion of alot of the wordletters, and numbers.
    Thank you so much for compiling this list, you just don’t know how much I needed this. ♥KUDOS

  116. 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive says:

    [...] I come across many services a day while researching for Solution Watch, and as many of you know, I take a lot of notes to organize my thoughts about them. Until recently, the only method that I used to keep organized with the services I wanted to write about was by reviewing my notes and email, then selecting one from the list. Now, I’ve learned to review all my notes at the end of the day and add each service that I would like to review to an organized to do list. [...]

  117. No 8 Blog » Blog Archive » Cool Tools… says:

    [...] Another great list of Web2.0 productivity applications. Well worth a look. I also liked Giffy and Mayomi. [...]

  118. IT|Redux » Looking for a Better To Do List says:

    [...] Brian Benzinger at SolutionWatch made another of his incredible posts, this time listing 25 To Do Lists to help you stay productive, and following his truly amazing Fifty Ways to Take Notes. I personally use Salesforce.com to manage my tasks, mainly because it lets me link tasks to any object such as marketing campaigns or sales opportunities. Nevertheless, going through Brian’s list made me think about a couple of areas where to-do lists need to be improved. [...]

  119. Never Tell… » Blog Archive » links for 2006-06-29 says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take Notes some useful looking apps here (tags: tech notes) [...]

  120. English Education Professor » Blog Archive » Fifty Ways to Take Notes says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take Notes [...]

  121. links for 2006-07-06 | BiZwiKi.CN - ?? PK ?? says:

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  122. 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive - Web 2.0 Squared Magazine says:

    [...] June bam11:02 pmAdd comment I come across many services a day while researching for Solution Watch, and as many of you know, I take a lot of notes to organize my thoughts about them. Until recently, the only method that I used to keep organized with the services I wanted to write about was by reviewing my notes and email, then selecting one from the list. Now, I’ve learned to review all my notes at the end of the day and add each service that I would like to review to an organized to do list. [...]

  123. Sean says:

    Hi, I left a comment early this afternoon about RallyPoint, which is a fantastic Online Collaboration Tool I’ve been using for a few months now. My account wasn’t working and I asked if anyone might have any suggestions. Please disregard that message, as everything is back to normal.

  124. larry says:

    Most people seem to work mostly with a desktop, a standard keyboard and broadband.
    I am mostly on the go, so SyncNotes wil be my first try.
    But, if you read all the comments, you can also see what should be created : a fast mobile one hand bluetooth keyboard which is always on as should be the smartmobile to which it is connected, and the microphone and the earphone (through a Body Area Network), with which (the keyboard) you can either type alphanumerical signs and commands for the mobile, the microphone, the earphone and the local note-taker client on the mobile… which would of course synch with the on line web repository. To answer 2 questions above, when you type while the microphone or the earphone is working (recording or playing), the text “index” the recording … so that you can call that exact segment later…
    I have the keyboard … (good enough to displace the pencil and for some of us, the standard keyboard), Who wants to create the application for windows mobile, symbian or Linux smart mobiles ?

  125. Nicolai Hel says:

    The web 2.0 homepage Fold.com is no longer. Shame. I liked the service, it was more useful and better than Netvibs or Pakeflags.Seems they are now a company that sells Barcode Software.

  126. LS says:

    Remember WikidPad:
    http://jhorman.org/wikidPad/

  127. Hung says:

    If you haven’t already checked it out, could I suggest my own note taking site? It’s called Notecentric.

    Notecentric is more university based, though, and automatically links you with your classmates, so you don’t have to actively find them. There’s also a demo account login if you don’t have a university email address.

  128. Sam Davyson says:

    How about the new service: Stud.icio.us ?

    http://stud.icio.us/

    It has a great UI and is really simple to use.

  129. geekman.com says:

    Fifty Ways to Take Notes…

    Brian Benzinger shares Fifty Ways to Take Notes, including websites and stand-alone applications.

    ……

  130. Tech Industry » Fifty Ways to Take Notes says:

    [...] Like the title says, 50 simple ways of taking notes on the computer: Quick Public Pages, Basic Note Taking, Development, Online Documents, Voice Recording, Start Pages, and Online Databases.read more | digg story [...]

  131. Stu says:

    Awesome! Was just getting frustrated with the lack of ability within apps like Writely to let me process my thoughts like i do with a pen and paper.

    Good thing I googled before actually trying to write something myself .. this post is the help I needed ..

    Thankyou!

    Now I gotta work through and see which one is going to suit best.

  132. Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog » Ask our readers: How do you take reading notes? says:

    [...] UPDATE: Fifty ways to take notes online.   [...]

  133. darin says:

    bookmarked!!
    i just found good resources, thanks for the article and also all the comment, couse they also provide another good resources… no need to googling again..
    thank’s again

  134. Robert in Hawaii says:

    Check Out NoteStudio at: http://www.dogmelon.com.au/NoteStudio.shtml

    NoteStudio resides on your computer for fast access.

    It syncs. with any Palm Device.

    Exports to HTML.

    Easy to use.

    Enjoy,

    Robert in Hawaii
    Robert@POBox.Com

  135. voobie » Blog Archive » Fifty Ways to Take Notes says:

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  136. links for 2006-10-22 » BlogRodent says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take Notes (SolutionWatch) From Brian Benzinger comes a comprehensive list of 50 websites that will help you write, take notes, and organize your life. Some real gems here, check them out. I used a couple of these plus a timeline tool to create an easy-to-update task-reporting tool (tags: BlogRodent blogging lifehacks productivity reading study tools usability notetaking notes writing web2.0) [...]

  137. 15 Ways to Collect and Organize Ideas « LearningNerd says:

    [...] Or, if you need to access your notes from any computer, use one of the many online note-taking services out there. See Fifty Ways to Take Notes for a great list of these. [...]

  138. rottensteiner’s blog » Blog Archive » Fifty ways to take notes says:

    [...] Fifty ways to take notes – Einfach dann, wenn einem etwas einfällt schnell eine Notiz zu machen, das ist nicht immer möglich. Mal sitzt man im Internet-Cafe auf einer einsamen Urlaubsinsel (naja – wird wohl eher nicht so oft der Fall sein), dann sitzt man beim Kunden vor einem PC (wird schon etwas öfter passieren) oder man verwendet mal irgend einen anderen Rechner, auf dem man kurz mal auf seine Notizen zugreifen möchte. Diese Problematik behandelt dieser Artikel mit einer Vorstellung einer Unzahl nützlicher Programme und Services, mit denen man seine Notizen elegant im Web speichern kann. Das geht bis zu Collaboration-Services, mit denen es möglich ist, Dokumente im Team zu bearbeiten oder Voice-Recording, wenn das geschriebene Wort nicht mehr genügt. Ein vorzüglicher Artikel von Brian Benzinger auf solutionwatch.com. [...]

  139. ANDREAS’ BLOG OF JUST EVERYTHING » Blog Archive » Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1 (reblogged) says:

    [...] Note: I did not list all of the note taking solutions I am aware of as I’ve already made a roundup of 50 notetaking tools here at Solution Watch, but I will add a few new student specific ones that I have recently come across. [...]

  140. Ls Magazine says:

    Dave…

    Interesting topic… I’m working in this industry myself and I don’t agree about this in 100%, but I added your page to my bookmarks and hope to see more interesting articles in the future…

  141. Lawsagna says:

    A few notes on note-taking…

    I wish my office clutter would disappear with the same consistency as my post- it notes do. Seriously, how often do you lose your notes? Have you ever lost phone numbers, to-do lists, brainstormed ideas? I sure have. Even my…

  142. ?????? » ?????web2.0???????? says:

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  143. Aly says:

    Thanks for the list! The only thing I’d be worried about is my note site disappearing….with all my notes.

  144. Library clips :: Splice in updates into your blog feed :: December :: 2006 says:

    [...] NOTE: Another option is to use a note tagger like Simpy notes, TagFacts, TextSnippets, Notetagger, Markaboo, etc…as long as they output in RSS. [...]

  145. Autour du Web at Prise de notes sans prise de tête says:

    [...]         •        Via Blog à Ollie : Cinquante façons différentes de prendre des notes. [...]

  146. Notefish « As the Story Goes says:

    [...] I should mention first that Solution Watch has a comprehensive list of notetaking sites on the web (and desktop ones as well). The Comments section contains several more suggestions. [...]

  147. Arkandis-E-dentity » Prendre des notes says:

    [...] Différentes méthodes pour organiser la prise de notes sur LifeHacker et sur SolutionWatch. [...]

  148. Kali says:

    Protopage is the most fun way to create a homepage ever! I’ve been looking for a more creative version of a Google personalize home, and now I’ve found it. Thank you so much!

  149. Organise! « the river says:

    [...] Well I did a google, and was stunned, really by what’s out there. All kinds of internet ingenuity designed to keep us organised. Here http://www.solutionwatch.com/368/fifty-ways-to-take-notes/  I found a well informed list of some of the stuff available. [...]

  150. Alex says:

    Thanks for the list! Just what I was searching for.
    I’m worried only about if the site with my notes vanish.
    I guess I’ll have to make back-ups from time to time.

  151. Library clips :: Catch up on web tools :: January :: 2007 says:

    [...] Scrybe – there are so many of these PIM tools, the sharable all-in-one calendar, tasks, to-do, notes, etc… The difference here is that you can use it offline without installing anything, and next time you on the net it will synch…see more. [...]

  152. Anonomous says:

    Even after reading all of your ideas I still can’t take notes
    The only way I pass courses is by listening in class but if I take notes I fail

    Is there anyway I can take notes

  153. Fifty Ways to Take Notes « Ian’s Messy Desk says:

    [...] Brian Benzinger has compiled a list of Fifty Ways to Take Notes. He has broken down the list into seven categories of note software. [...]

  154. Elexu says:

    Cool

  155. ???????! ??????? « How To …take Note? says:

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  156. Gabrielle says:

    First, the caveat: I am ALL about Web 2.0 apps; can’t get enough. That said, I have searched high and I have searched low, but I just haven’t been able to find anything that can remotely compare to… Oh God, here we go… MS OneNote. Has anyone here used it? I really would like to find a comparable Web 2.0 substitute. MS OneNote really worked for me because I do a lot of research from various sources on various topics; I also have multiple projects going at once, in addition to journal entries and personal writing, and it made for a great way to store it all. The app had to be widely functional across various fields of interest and purpose, from professional to personal.

    The features that made the difference:
    * Notebook has multiple customizable tabs on top for headings or subject matter.
    *Under each tab, there are side-facing tabs for the running along the side for the pages. Can also do sub-tabs.
    *Very visually oriented, like a real notebook, but also well organized in a linear sense.
    *Full formatting capability: fonts, backgrounds, image, templates, clips, embedding, etc. Can even draw.

    So… any suggestions?

  157. ToolBlog » Notizen, zum Zweiten says:

    [...] Schon wieder eine Seite, die sich mit Notizen beschäftigt: “Fifty Ways to Take Notes“. Brian Benzinger hat 50 verschiedene Möglichkeiten beschrieben, wie Sie sich auf elektronische Weise Notizen machen können. Alle Hinweise sind verlinkt, Sie können also gleich loslegen. Brian hat die Notizensoftware wie folgt eingeteilt: [...]

  158. ANTH1110.06-07 » Blog Archive » How to take notes says:

  159. Bart says:

    Tanks for the list! I’d like to ad 2 open source projects that I like
    http://www.neomem.org
    and http://www.seonote.info/
    both are outliners for windows.

  160. Mike Renteria says:

    Hello Brian, I was hoping you could help me. At 42, I’m going back to College after getting laid off. I’m looking for anything that will help me be successful and thought about note taking/study software. I looked at a product called RecallPlus, and was wondering if you have any comments or suggestions. Thanks, Mike

  161. Lavanda says:

    Looking for something similar to EverNote (www.evernote.com), but that can be used online – I had too many notes in Evernote now and it is very slow…
    Can anybody recommend something?
    Thank you.

  162. Lavanda says:

    Forgot to mention: I tried to use Google Notepad. It does allow clipping from any webpage. However, it does not allow to organize in a tree-like format by several subcategories and it does not allow to assign several categories to one note.

  163. Notetaking Tools « Librarian With Glasses says:

    [...] Mar 21st, 2007 by jcornell808 I just registered for a Butterfly account.  One of the features allows you to browse the saved pages of other users.  I found this one and thought it would make a good post.  Its from Solution Watch and has links and descriptions of several different online note-taking tools.  I doubt I will have time to try out all of them but its good to know I have options. [...]

  164. V. Michael says:

    i’ve been using a tag-based online notes resource called CribNote at
    http://www.cribnote.net
    It’s kind of like del.icio.us, except private notes (not public links). Just a very simple app. Two paws up.

  165. the bigjuan says:

    I am looking for a note taking program in which I can assign tags to each individual note, and then search for notes based on their tags. I also want to be able to make a tag heirarchy to make it easier to navigate the tags. I am an amateur stand up comedian and such a system would help me store jokes. Are there any sites or programs that work like this?

  166. triny says:

    -I prefer a pencil just in case you make a mistake

  167. V. Michael says:

    big juan: check out cribnote.net. It has note tagging.

  168. randomosity » Blog Archive » On Notetaking says:

    [...] Caught this article today on Solution Watch wherein the author explores the panoply of ways to manage your personal information. A wonderful collection, but more importanltly a good discussion of the way in which we gather, maintain and retrieve knowledge. I am rather bullish on having mediaWiki running locally on the ThinkPad as a repository. Installation is a snap and the performance is ideal without putting a drain on other processes. [...]

  169. Note it « Then again, I might be wrong says:

    [...] Yes it might be a bit of an obsession right now, but I’m presently looking into various ways of organizing notes/information/to dos. Fifty Ways to Take Notes has some interesting links. GTDTiddlyWiki is a client-side wiki – there’s a nice introduction over at Lifehacker. [...]

  170. Juxtaprose - Notetaking resources says:

    [...] I saw this link today: Fifty Ways to Take Notes (via Rebecca Blood). It’s an excellent resource for all kinds of online resources / software you can use to take notes (both words and audio). I might just try one of these at my next meeting. I do love TextEdit though, or just a plain old piece of paper (no lines). [...]

  171. Cordelya says:

    With Jott (jott.com), you call Jott’s number (it’s toll-free) from any phone you register and you record your note. Jott then takes your recording and turns it into text, which it then emails to the address you’ve specified. Very useful for sending myself reminders about stuff I think of while driving.

  172. 25 To Do Lists to Stay Productive | Crossroads of Learning Journal says:

    [...] I come across many services a day while researching for Solution Watch, and as many of you know, I take a lot of notes to organize my thoughts about them. Until recently, the only method that I used to keep organized with the services I wanted to write about was by reviewing my notes and email, then selecting one from the list. Now, I’ve learned to review all my notes at the end of the day and add each service that I would like to review to an organized to do list. [...]

  173. Zia says:

    Great, thanks!

    Zia
    http://www.ziarezvi.com

  174. yPen says:

    Why use another complex app with another username and password?
    Try yPen instead, this is what simplicity is. Do you want to figure out how all the stuff works and register for an account, or do you want to just open a page and write down a vital couple of lines?

  175. Amanita.net » Blog Archive » Quicklinks for 2007-06-12 says:

    [...] Fifty Ways to Take NotesPlaces that offer quick public pages, basic note taking, note taking for developers, online document creation, voice recording, start pages, and online databases.Tags: education tools [...]

  176. Taking Note « Noisy Palette says:

    [...] 2.Solutionwatch  presents a collection of  50 note-taking tools suited for various purposes from around the web.                                                                                                                                                             Published in: [...]

  177. Library clips :: Sticky Pages, Annotate, and Mark-up the web :: June :: 2007 says:

    [...] NOTE: This post is attempting to focus on annotating and leaving notes on webpages, for the many web note services check out, Fifty Ways to Take Notes by Solution Watch. But since web note service that have a sticky feel are so cute like webnote, Jotcloud and the peculiarly named Firedoodle, I have included many, especially the productive stikkit…and let’s not forget to mention fancy sidebar wiki notes. [...]

  178. Playing with Lego » Notetaking - and other excellent resources says:

    [...] Mostly online services. This blogger has done us all the favour of looking at various online softwares for notetaking. This posting is from April 2006, so it’s out of date, but still lots of clickable opportunities. [...]

  179. violet says:

    Guys and Gals,

    There is a cool online note taking tool now. Check out http://www.fruitnotes.com
    This is a real cool site. You can even record your voice notes here … A very powerful tool… you must see it.

    enjoy,

  180. Nitin says:

    I found http://www.fruitnotes.com very interesting, thought
    to share it with you guys here.

    they have cool ways of storing notes online

    1) call a number and record your notes! (I found this very useful, I can record anything at anytime from my bed, from bus or car whenever anything pops up in my head, I sometime use it to record conferences or meeting minutes)

    2) Write text notes – this is wonderful to search my notes later at anytime and share my stories with friends.

    3) Attach video, audio and images to your notes.

    And its all for FREE!.

  181. Baby First Year says:

    Godfrey, Very great checklists. I really like to use Short Text to make my Long URL to become short and easy to read. I will check the other list here. thanks

    goonie

  182. Shameless Reviews says:

    [...] Now if you want more NoteTaking resources, you must check this out. [...]

  183. Persuasion says:

    hey! You guys forgot the one notetaking tool that launched startups into Fortune 500:

    the napkin.

  184. » 30 Productivity Tips for Designers says:

    [...] Solution Watch – 50 Ways to take notes [...]

  185. lost node » Blog Archive » 30 Productivity Tips for Designers says:

    [...] Solution Watch – 50 Ways to take notes [...]

  186. Artem says:

    well? I think after learning all of these resources, it time to start freelancing in designers niche

  187. k-net says:

    My favorite is Infogami. Thanks for the great resource.

  188. NoteSake says:

    http://www.notesake.com

    the 51st (and best) way to write, edit, save, pass, and collaborate notes online.

    Ian Smith
    co-founder of NoteSake

  189. fifty-ways-to-take-notes « Dreamwalkn in Vermont says:

    [...] Aug 29th, 2007 by dreamwalkn An interesting article (http://www.solutionwatch.com/368/fifty-ways-to-take-notes/) [...]

  190. zauberer geburtstag says:

    Always a good thing the read some information on your web – site , thanks

  191. Marc says:

    That’s a great online ressource list…I always have trouble taking notes in college and at home.
    Cheers,
    Marc
    http://www.audiolab.de

  192. Philippine Jobs says:

    That would come in very handy, especially for folks trying to recall lists of things for a job interview!

  193. CHESSNOID says:

    Good site for becoming more efficient. Thanks. ;)

  194. Christopher says:

    My little webapp isn’t in the list. Notezz! that is, you can find it att http://www.notezz.com/

  195. Toma control de tus cosas por hacer | POWERPYMES says:

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  196. I miss the sound of a music much like that of Regina Spektor « shk.blog says:

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  197. Dj Tiesto says:

    That’s a great online ressource list…I always have trouble taking notes in college and at home.

  198. fundraising ideas says:

    im using zoho writer. its the easiest to use.

  199. Katalog Stron says:

    I had too many notes in Evernote now and it is very slow…
    http://www.hifonics.pl

  200. Callisto says:

    http://audiocar.wordpress.com/
    Thank you, Brian. It’s a great list! Perhaps Firefox’s Scrapbook could be added. May be it’s just my ignorance

  201. Munim says:

    Good list.
    I have been looking for a good note app.. but i still haven’t found one.
    I am looking for something which will save the notes in the VNote format so that I can easily transfer it to/from my phone. I think VNote is the format which some calender/PIM apps use.
    Anyone has any good suggestions?

  202. Adriana says:

    Be my friend

  203. 30 Productivity Tips for Designers | ::: Ayiva ::: says:

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  204. Travis says:

    wow, thanks so much. i have been looking for a few apps myself and from going here, i have found one….

  205. Opções para anotar « Blog do Johnny Bright says:

    [...] 5, 2007 Opções para anotar Posted by dojohnny under escrever   E já que o assunto é escrever notas, encontrei estaótima lista de opções, em inglês, com alternativas para tomar notas de diversas maneiras: Fifty Ways to Take Notes [...]

  206. xzhong says:

    If you want to store important stuff in your note such as passwords, account numbers, you need one with security. Try NoteHere Explorer

  207. 50 Ways to Take Notes | My Ramblings & Musings says:

    [...] 50 Ways to Take Notes One of the things that we do when we read a book or browse an article is to take notes. This excellent article explains how to take notes easily. He categorizes it to the following categories: [...]

  208. How to take notes-50 tools « Xntric pundits says:

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  209. Bob says:

    I’ve got a neat little notepad in my pocket with a carbon transfer unit to input onto it, quick and easy

  210. Withlarge.Com » By: Randy Alexander says:

    [...] Heard about SF from here:. http://www.solutionwatch.com/368/fifty-ways-to-take-notes/. But looking at SF’s front page, it’s not clear at all what SF is supposed to do. Even this “getting started” page doesn’t say. … [...]

  211. Jim says:

    http://www.jjot.com
    It’s OK but not without faults

  212. magazin says:

    Let me first say that SyncNotes is *very* different from all the other services in the list.

  213. dan says:

    pencil & paper, and notepad. about as basic as you can get

  214. Jonathan says:

    Awasome post, but need a update

  215. Pages says:

    That’s a great online ressource list…

  216. Blog Directory says:

    This is indeed a great resource article. It lists down all the useful resources one could use. It will help you to do things easily without having the need to go search everywhere in the net. Thumbs up!

  217. OracleTube.com says:

    a very neat list. thanks. Praveen.

  218. Sane Press » Blog Archive » links for 2008-02-23 says:

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  219. Orchestrate - the simple things in life need organising « The thing about useful stuff is says:

    [...] For more ideas you should also check out Solution Watch and the article 50 Ways to Take Notes [...]

  220. Jake says:

    Try NoteScribe:

    http://www.notescribe.net

  221. Londi says:

    Thank you for the good articles have helped me a lot.

  222. johnbasa says:

    useless side waste one please close this side

  223. The Paper Trail » Blog Archive » Google Notebook says:

    [...] Alrighty… Now I’ve got the perfect solution.  Google Notebook.  Fantastic resource to store and share notes across all computers!!  You can clip web pages, type notes, categorize and organize searchable notes… It slices, dices and works quite well…  So what is this??  As a Mac user, I love Safari 3    Unfortunately Google hasn’t found a way to allow Safari to work with it.  Or maybe its the other way around.  Apple has  built Safari to speak properly with Google Notebook.  Either way it creates a problem for me.  I can switch to Firefox, or I can use one of the many OTHER tools online for notetaking, such as Zoho, Zotero and Webnotes.  Check out this site for 50 ways to take notes online. The problem is… I don’t have a laptop remember?  I have no way of taking notes DURING the meetings. This entry was posted on Friday, March 28th, 2008 at 11:20 am and is filed under Digital Paper. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. [...]

  224. Dan says:

    Yet another great notetaking applications is Luminotes. It’s a personal wiki designed for making connections between your notes quickly and easily.

    Check it out at http://luminotes.com/

    Luminotes is web-based so you can access it from any computer.

  225. Office Clearance London says:

    Wow, wow wow! 120 comments! It seems it’s good article!

  226. HTC Touch Diamond Review says:

    As for me, I’m just satisfied using the Post-it Software found here: http://www.3m.com/us/office/postit/digital/digital_notes.html

    However, since Vista, no longer needed this.

  227. Webdesigner says:

    I personally prefer to jot down notes on a piece of paper, but the ways you suggested aren’t bad either!

  228. Chinese School says:

    Thanks for the list! The only thing I’d be worried about is my note site disappearing….with all my notes.

  229. TechBlogy | BlogSphere of Technology says:

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  230. 50 ways to… « The Land of Fernieville says:

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  231. ????? says:

    good

  232. Matt Markson says:

    This fellow is a great programmer. I used him to create a to-do list website for me and he did a great jobl

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  234. Friseur says:

    Nice article. I never knew there were 50 (!) ways to take notes! Thanks for telling me!

  235. Internet Website Design says:

    what do you think about the notepad widget on Vista?

  236. Greg Kim says:

    The issue with Evernote is that it is really just a high end clipping solution. If you’re out in the field and you want to jot down pure information: either writing something to yourself or transcribing (like taking notes in class or a meeting) – this tools doesn’t solve that any better than a text editor or word processor. It’s great for copy/paste jobs but it doesn’t help you get information down fast or accurately…

    I finally found something that actually helped me transcribe notes online.

    If you want a pure text note taking solution that is absurdly quick, barebones, and focuses on data entry check out http://www.ayenotes.com for taking notes online.

    AyeNotes was wired for text only notes – sort of the use you describe in your article. Its key feature is that it provides clips for frequently used strings. These can be templates you type, terms you use (action items, research, etc.), or it can be programmer-esque things like HTML and Markdown.

    The site also autosaves work and provides keystroke commands. If you have the site remember your login, everytime you go to http://www.ayenotes.com to take notes online you are dropped right into the new note screen. To get your data out, you can email or download the note in multimarkdown format.