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Use Tech to Get Organized: The 100 Best Tools, Websites, Apps and More

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Use Tech to Get Organized: The 100 Best Tools, Websites, Apps and More

February 13, 2012

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ConquAs an IT Director, I can personally appreciate how hard it can be to stay organized in today’s world. Fortunately, I’ve been able to find and utilize some incredibly helpful technology to keep my life in order. Since I’m always looking for good services and products to recommend to my coworkers, I decided to create a master list of the best organizational tools, websites, apps and more to pass around my office and post here on DailyTekk.

I think different people will use these tools in different ways. Some people want lots of bells and whistles and will jump at a do-it-all application like Evernote (read more about why I’m a huge Evernote fan). Others may just want a simple to-do list that they can manage on their phone. Still others are looking for ways to organize their team, their finances, their passwords and their money. If you fit into any of the above categories, you’ll find something new to love here on this post.

Make sure to check out the miscellaneous section near the end of the post where I’ve stashed some of the coolest and most unique organizational tools. As comprehensive as this list is, I did leave many tools out because they didn’t seem up to par with the rest of the tools listed here, but, if I did happen to miss something great, please leave me a comment to let me know!

Notebooks / Journals / Clipping

  1. Evernote - Remember anything.
  2. Catch – App for capturing, discovering and sharing.
  3. Springpad – Really, really smart notebooks.
  4. Diigo – Web highlighter, bookmarking and annotation tool.
  5. Springnote – Online notebook based on a wiki.
  6. Awesome Note – Combine notes with to-dos in one app.
  7. Marro.ws – Clipping tool for intellectual people.
  8. Xinote – Take notes in the cloud.
  9. Pear Note – Records keystrokes, audio, video and slides (Mac).
  10. LifeTopix – A personal organization app.
  11. Bento – Personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPad.
  12. Mémoires – Simple and secure diary (Mac).
  13. Jottinx – Simple and clean online note taking.
  14. reQall – Remember what’s important to you here and now.
  15. Yojimbo – Effortless, reliable information manager  (Mac).
  16. Together – Keep your stuff together, find it again easily (Mac).
  17. Memonic – A collaborative online notebook.
  18. Simplenote – Keep notes, lists, ideas and more.
  19. TheBrain – Mindmapping, brainstorming and GTD software.
  20. Shovebox – Capture notes, web archives and more for Mac.
  21. RedNotebook – A modern journal.
  22. Mindspace – Encrypted notes and file storage (coming soon).
  23. Notability – Unleash your note taking ability.
  24. Notebooks – An iOS app for taking notes.
  25. Note Taker HD – Take notes with a stylus on your iPad.

To-Do Lists / Task Management

  1. Workflowy – Easy, powerful and non-overwhelming list maker.
  2. Taskforce – Converts emails into tasks.
  3. Coolender – A whole new planning experience (Web/Android/iOS).
  4. Pagico – PIM + GTD + CRM.
  5. Any.DO – Make things happen with friends. Android/iPhone/Web.
  6. Conqu – Powerful multi-platform task management.
  7. Things – Awesome to-do list for Mac/iPhone/iPad.
  8. Wunderlist – Organize and share lists. Use them anywhere.
  9. Omnifocus – Professional-grade task management (Mac/iOS).
  10. Flow – Get things done with anyone.
  11. Taskos – To-do for Android with speech-to-text.
  12. Tuex Duex – A simple, designy, free web-based to-do app.
  13. TaskPaper – Ultra-simple to-do list for Mac and iPhone.
  14. SimpleTask – No-frills to do list for Mac and iPhone.
  15. Dropkick – Simple, elegant to-do for Mac/iOS.
  16. Todo – Task manager for iPhone/iPod.
  17. Remember The Milk – Online to-do list and task management.
  18. Astrid – Personal organization and group collaboration.
  19. Todoist – Personal task manager.
  20. Tasskr – Dead-simple web-based task manager.
  21. Dooity – Light and simple web-based list manager.
  22. TaskMate – The to-do list made simple again (Mac).
  23. bTodo – Online to-do and task management for you or a team.
  24. Todo Brew – Free to-do app for iPhone/iPad.
  25. Sandglaz – Personal and team online to-dos.

Mind Mapping / Vision Boarding

  1. MindMeister – Online and mobile mind mapping (Web/iOS/Android).
  2. Gliffy – Online diagram and flowchart software.
  3. Poplet – Idea collection, curation, sharing and inspiration.
  4. MindNode – Easy mind mapping for iOS or Mac.
  5. Idea Sketch – Visualize, create, share ideas.
  6. Mindomo – Online brainstorming and mind mapping.
  7. Corkulous – iOS app for collecting, organizing and sharing ideas.
  8. SpiderScribe – Online mind mapping and brainstorming.
  9. Maptini – iPad app for collaboratively building mind maps.
  10. iThoughts – Mindmapping app for iPhone/iPad.
  11. iBlueSky – Mind mapping for iPhone/iPod.
  12. Mindo – Mind mapping for iPad.
  13. iMindMap – Mind mapping for Mac/iPhone/iPod.
  14. TheBrain – Mind mapping for Mac/PC/Linux.
  15. MindHD – Mind mapping and diagramming for iPad/iPhone.

People & Project Management / Team Collaboration

  1. Rule – Rule your work, enjoy your life.
  2. Huddle – Enterprise collaboration software used by HTC and KIA.
  3. Thymer – Easy project management for people who hate project management.
  4. Basecamp - The leading, most well-known project management software.
  5. Skylight – All-in-one productivity tool for projects, billing, tasks, files, invoicing.
  6. Projecturf – Manage projects, people and tasks.
  7. Wiggio – Collaboration software used by over 100,000 groups.
  8. Wrike – Fast, easy, enjoyable project collaboration.
  9. Teambox – Team productivity software used by Lego, Samsung, and Groupon.
  10. Asana – A shared task list for your team.
  11. Checkvist – Manage complex tasks together.
  12. Nirvana – Getting things done web 2.0 style.
  13. AtTask – Team collaboration software used by Adobe, HBO, NASA.
  14. WorkMate – Simple, agile project management.
  15. Gantter – Web-based project scheduling made easy.
  16. Mindjet – Turn ideas into action.
  17. LiquidPlanner – Collaboration software used by Citrix, Yahoo and Honeywell.
  18. Clarizen – Collaboration software used by NBC Universal and Frito Lay.
  19. GoPlan – Flexible, reliable, secure project management.
  20. 5pm – Project management, tasks, team collaboration and time tracking.
  21. HiTask – Team task management, virtual offices, collaboration.
  22. Upvise – The mobile cloud for smart businesses.
  23. Nozbe – Web-based time and project management for teams.
  24. GroupTable – Manage, store, share, plan, track.
  25. Pelotonics – Group collaboration software.

Miscellaneous / Other

  1. Thoughtback – Randomly sends you important stuff from the past.
  2. Shelfster – The best research tool for writers.
  3. Pageonce - Automatically track and pay money and bills in one app.
  4. 1Password – Account and password management (Mac/iOS).
  5. Mint – Personal money manager, budgeting and online banking.
  6. Yarny – Organize and write a novel in the cloud.
  7. Grocify – Shopping list for groups.
  8. Labels that Talk - The audio annotation company.
  9. Livescribe Smartpens - Record digital notes on real paper.
  10. Dragon Dictation – Speech to text software for Mac/PC/iOS.
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Memonic Review « Justin Outlaw

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A while back I was contacted by an employee of Memonic about doing a review for them. I have checked them out and all I can say is, wow! Memonic basically lets you to take your notes and pictures with you where ever you are. You have access to all your notes through any computer with internet access, your personal computer (Mac & Windows), your iPhone, your iPad, and your Android device!

Memonic is very similar to Evernote, but after using Memonic for just a few minutes you will notice immediately how much more user friendly it is. I have been very impressed by the iPhone app and desktop client for Mac. I did download the Android app as well, but I do think the iPhone app looks a bit clearer. (Note: I am not sure if it is the android app or just the phone I am using that causes the difference in look) The program is great for people who are OCD about organizing things in folders and tagging notes. You can type up a quick note about something on your phone, sync it wirelessly, and go home later and pull up that same note on your computer.

If you want the complete Memonic experience you need to download their clipper tool. You install it on your web browser and anytime you see something you want to be able to access quickly offline; just click the Memonic “M” button and it opens up a small menu in the corner of your browser. Click “Clip Content” and Memonic automatically divides the page up into clickable boxes that copies the box into your Memonic Account.

If you want to help organize your things into one easily accessed spot, download Memonic now! If you want a note taking app that is beautifully designed and extremely easy to use, download Memonic now! Actually, even if you don’t need those things, still download Memonic now! It makes your life easier.

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Memonic Captures Web Content & More

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Memonic Captures Web Content & More

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There are no shortage of web clipping applications, including Evernote, Zoho Notebook, and the read-it later apps, like Instapaper. But the newest solution, Memonic, might well be the all-in-one solution for capturing web content and sharing it between mobile devices, social networks, and your personal online account.

The free web and mobile app and online services is the first product produced a company called Nektoon, founded and incorporated in January 2009. With a free Memonic account, you can save and share up to 100 free notes. While this limitation can’t compete with the unlimited, 60MB/month note upload of Evernote, it does offer some handy features not available to in other web capturing services and apps.

Let’s check them out.

Platforms

Similar to Evernote, Memonic is a cross platform application and service. In addition to being a web application supported by major browsers—Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE—Memonic also includes client apps for the Mac, PC, iOS devices (including iPad optimization), and Android. Your web account client, archives and keeps all your Memonic web clippings and screen shots in sync between these platforms.
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The dashboard user interface of Memonic is similar in each platform, and its sections—Inbox, Notes, Folders, Tags, Groups, Search, and Settings—are represented by clean icons for quick access.
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The default corkboard background design can be customized, except in the mobile apps.

Web Content Features

Depending on which platform you’re working in, the features work differently in Memonic. In the web platform, you use a browser plug-in to bookmark pages, clip selected parts of a page, or save the entire page for “Read Later.”
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The clipping features selects individual parts of a web page; there’s no free-hand option for selecting content, like you do when taking desktop screen captures.
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In the desktop client, you get options for adding written notes, image files (including screen shots), and links to content in your computer. Image files must be imported into the application; they cannot be dragged and dropped into it. All content can be sorted into folders, tagged, and shared, and set to private.

Another drawback in the free version of Memonic is that you can’t use the “Gathering Mode,” which allows you to save all your clips and notes directly into a preselected folder. It’s a bit of a hassle to select a folder each time you want to save a clip.
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The note taking features of Memonic is pretty much like a traditional text editor, including basic tools that you find in Microsoft Word. One little bug that I noticed in text editor is that keyboard shortcut for pasting copied text doesn’t work; instead, I have to click the paste icon in the toolbar.
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Notes and image files can be added in the mobile versions of Memonic, but there’s no plug-in for exporting clippings from mobile browsers into the app. As with the other Memonic clients, you can also share your notes and other content directly on Facebook, Twitter, and by email.

All or selected content can be synchronized between each Memonic client, and you get the option for syncing by network or Wi-Fi to save on mobile charges.

Memonic is not quite as robust as Evernote, though it does have potential. While you probably wouldn’t want to switch from Evernote to Memonic, the latter’s app and service could come in handy for specific types of clippings and files that you want to archive and share.

Memonic is worth giving a try. Let us know what you think about it.

Der Goldene Computer: Das sind die Gewinner

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Der Goldene Computer: Das sind die Gewinner

Rund 100.000 Nutzer gaben ihre Stimme bei der Wahl des „Goldenen Computers“ ab und kürten damit die Hersteller und Anbieter 2011. COMPUTER BILD präsentiert Ihnen die Preisträger des Jahres.

Der Goldene Computer

Die besten Hersteller und Anbieter des Jahres bekommen die Auszeichnung „Goldener Computer“ verliehen.

Als „Bester Hardware-Hersteller“ räumte in diesem Jahr Apple den ersten Preis ab. In der Kategorie Software setzte sich TuneUp durch. Zum zweiten Mal in Folge erwies sich das Online-Versandhaus Amazon als „Bester Internetanbieter“. In der Kategorie „Telekommunikation“ hatte Samsung die Nase vorn. Den von Otto und COMPUTER BILD erstmals in diesem Jahr vergebenen Innovationspreis erhielt Toshiba für seine 3D-Technik ohne Brille. Weitere Infos zu den besten Herstellern finden Sie in der bebilderten Infostrecke.

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Thanks to all who attended #AppQuest '11 and congrats to our winner @bunchball. Honorable mention goes to @parx #Memonic clipper. #df11

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Memonic: A (Not So) Quiet Rival to Evernote and Springpad [App of the Week]

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Memonic: A (Not So) Quiet Rival to Evernote and Springpad [App of the Week]

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There’s been a lot of discussion on 40Tech about which is the best note-taking app. While the battle is generally between Springpad and Evernote, occasionally a new option steps in for a punch or two. This week’s contender has been watching, learning, and in many cases even improving upon the competition. I’d like to introduce you all to Memonic — there’s a reason it made App of the Week.

When it comes to note-taking apps, there are five key things to look for: how easy it is to get information into the app, organization and sharing features, overall usability, cross-platform possibilities, and personal preference. That last is a huge factor in user adoption. Depending on what you need your notes app to do, one or another may work better for you.

Evernote, for example, is well suited to those who just need a straight ahead, highly searchable portable filing cabinet. It can do many other things, true, such as be used for a GTD system, but portable (and searchable!) filing cabinet is what it does best. Springpad, on the other hand, is great for taking notes, but has this fantastic capacity for making certain types of notes “smart.” If you like to comparison shop, find good deals, or get value from what the people in your network are interested in, Springpad’s note-alerts system offers you something no other note-taking app can match.

Memonic doesn’t have the budget that Springpad or Evernote has. They’ve been bootstrapping their system for a while now, and when you consider that and then see what they’ve put together, I have no doubt you’ll be impressed. I was — and am. Just as Evernote and Springpad differ in their approach and target markets, Memonic has brought its own angle to the field: research and collaboration. Now, before the Evernote lovers start touting shared notebooks, and the Springpad-enamoured bring up the oh-so-very-cool Board, hear me out. Those are all excellent features — but if you want an app that makes it easy to share and organize notes on a project (or projects), easy to be notified when new notes and research snippets have arrived or been commented on, and ridiculously simple to gather information in the first place, then Memonic is the clear choice. Here’s why:

 

Groups

Memonic can be used as a central collaboration notebook for research, planning, and discussions on projects. You can create a group, invite a few people, and then get to work. The group gets its own page with its own activity feed, too, which makes it simple to be notified and to keep an eye on progress.

If you run into the ever-present problem of working with someone who doesn’t want to use the service, sharing notes with people outside of Memonic is easy, too. You can share via Facebook, Twitter, email, or a link, RSS feeds, and you can even embed notes on web pages — which is a nice touch.

Share Memonic Notes on Facebook, Twitter, Email, or Embed in a Web Page | 40Tech

 

The Dashboard

Memonic’s group and contacts features are fully realized with the feed-like Dashboard. The Dashboard not only shows you a quick clip of everything you’ve posted recently, but it also shows the public posts of your contacts — which can be opened and read in full right from the dashboard itself. See something you like? Copy it to your own collection of notes, or share it with others via email, link, Facebook, or Twitter (or even copy it to Word) with just a few clicks.

Memonic Dashboard | One of the Best Note Taking Apps | 40Tech

 

The Best Clipper I’ve Come Across

I love the Evernote Web Clipper, and I like the Springpad Clipper even better, but both can get a bit irritating if you’re in a hurry. Memonic’s clipper does away with the click and drag highlighting and breaks each section of content on a page into regions that can be selected with a single click. You can do multiple parts of the page, or even the entire page in one go. When you’re doing a lot of web research, this speeds up the process immensely.

Memonic Clipper is the Best Web Clipper in the Business | 40Tech

Quick content selection isn’t the only reason the Memonic clipper stands out over the others. The other big one is Gathering Mode, which is a little toggle switch that allows you to lock in your settings for where you want to put your notes — folder, privacy level — and save you the trouble of having to re-establish those settings for every single clipping. It’s awesome — and I have no idea why other clippers don’t do the same. The only thing I would like to see added to Gathering Mode is the ability to lock in tags, as well.

Finally, the Memonic clipper has a variety of other useful modes that can replace a number of other services with just this one:

  • Read Later mode that allows you to grab entire pages
  • Bookmark mode (which provides a nice snippet description as well)
  • Screenshot mode that attaches an image of the visible browser area
  • Write a note (to get to the note taking without even opening the service)

Memonic Web Clipper Can Replace Read It Later, Bookmarking Apps | 40Tech

The web clipper works with all major browsers — and even works by bookmarklet with Safari for iPad. If that isn’t enough, there is also a clipper for Windows that allows you to clip content outside of the browser.

 

Clean and Simple Design — Across all Platforms

Memonic focuses on the minimal. The way notes are displayed in expandable windows that are neatly separated from one another is easy on the eyes and easy to use. The look and feel is distinctly uncluttered, and is fairly persistent across all versions of the app. And you can get Memonic pretty much anywhere: Windows and Mac desktop apps, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and the web app for everything else. Mobile versions don’t have the Dashboard, unfortunately, but everything else you could want is there, both online and off.

 

Crazy Integrations

For a small operation, Memonic is throwing around some important integrations, especially for the business set. Here’s just a few: Salesforce, Confluence, Sharepoint — and guess what… they are planning to integrate with Evernote! That may seem a bit weird, but soon, all those who can’t bear to walk away from Evernote, but love the power of the Memonic clipper, will be able to use the super-awesome clipper to save content directly to their Evernote accounts. A nice, tidy little bit of genius on the part of Memonic, if you ask me.

Memonic Clipper Integrates with Evernote | 40Tech

If, for some strange reason, you need more than the promise of Evernote integration, well, Memonic also integrates a save button into Facebook so you can save your favourite photos, status updates, and wall posts. Want more? How about Google Reader integration so you can clip your favourite posts while reading your feeds? How’s that tickle you?

More ways to Use Memonic | Save Facebook, Google Reader Posts | 40Tech

 

Memonic’s co-founder, Dorian Selz, and the rest of the team have worked their butts off on a bootstrap budget to put together one of the most robust note-taking apps I’ve ever come across — a definite rival for Evernote and Springpad if it gets the notice it deserves. The only issue I personally have with Memonic is that their free version is limited to only 100 notes and doesn’t have Gathering Mode. To get the full service, though, only costs $28/year — which isn’t bad considering Evernote premium is $45/per year — and Memonic doesn’t have any advertising to clutter up your experience. If you do a lot of research on your own, or as part of a student or business team, give Memonic a try — you just might love it. And there are discounts for students, too.

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Memonic – Collaborate With Classmates or Coworkers « AppVita

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Memonic – Collaborate With Classmates or Coworkers

Now that more people are working from home offices and remote workspaces, collaboration among coworkers is becoming increasingly difficult. Memonic is an application that can help. With Memonic, people can share notes and web content online. For teams and groups, Memonic is like a notebook or a binder of material that can be passed around and shared. The only difference is that Memonic can be passed around and shared in a virtual environment and people don’t have to be sitting in the same room to work together as a team.

In order to capture content and really start using Memonic, you’ll need to use the web clipper tool. Click and drag the Memonic button to the toolbar on whichever browser you use most often, and you’re ready to clip. Click on the button whenever you see an article worth saving or a webpage worth sharing. Unlike basic bookmarking tools, Memonic gives you options. In addition to being able to bookmark a page, you can also clip certain portions of the content, save the page to read later, or write a note about the content that your colleagues can view. If you’re working on an extensive research project with a team, then you can use the “Gathering Mode” feature. Start a new session and name your session, then get to work gathering content for whatever project you’re focused on. When your group uses the Memonic dashboard, you can see what content each person has collected and add notes to explain why a particular webpage was saved or what it adds to the project you’re working on.

Organization is a key part of the Memonic system. Rather than letting bookmarked pages pile up, Memonic encourages people to use its tags, labels, and folders to keep all the content they’re saving organized. Even the notes feature is useful in this regard, since it allows users to add information about why, exactly, they saved a particular page. Memonic sets can be public or private, and they work great for groups of schoolmates, workmates, or teammates who’ve been tasked with collaborating or virtually any type of assignment.

Practical Uses:

  • Collaborate with classmates on a group research paper
  • Help colleagues gather information for an upcoming presentation
  • Organize an upcoming vacation with family members
  • Create a public set and list all your favorite brunch spots in town for people to see

Insider Tips:

  • Individual sets can be made public or private
  • iPhone, iPad, and Android users can download the mobile app
  • Memonic offers integration with Salesforce
  • Users can see what content their friends have collected by visiting the dashboard

What we liked:

  • Tools like tags, labels, and folders help keep saved content organized
  • Memonic’s dashboard setup is unique among bookmarking apps and facilitates collaboration
  • Users can save any must-read articles they come across to read at a later time
  • People can add notes to add context to any of the content they clip

What we didn’t like:

  • Users with free accounts are limited in the number of groups they can have and notes they can write

Alternatives:

Company Info:

  • Launched: November 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Founded by: Dorian Selz, Felix Hürlimann, Patrice Neff, Christoph Hauzenberger, and Toni Birrer
  • Web site: http://www.memonic.com

Costs:

  • Free plan
  • Premium plan is $28/year

 

The Daily App: Memonic For iPad

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By Edward F. Moltzen, CRN July 12, 2011

Memonic for iPad, note taking app

For the past three years, we’ve wondered if anyone would step forward to provide a service or app that would compete with Evernote – a leader in cross-platform, cross-device note-taking and organization.

Other apps or services would appear from time to time, but none has come close to Evernote. Until now.

Memonic is a multi-platform service that is about as elegant a note-taking, note-sharing and productivity app that you’ll find available on any platform today. Memonic’s credo is “Note-taking made easy,” and it certainly lives up to that.

A free download from the Apple iTunes App Store, Memonic allows for simple note-taking, organization (by folders, tags and groups), and for sharing via email, Facebook, Twitter or through the Memonic Web-based service which allows for creation of sharing groups – or for making notes public or private.

The app is free, and a free account on Memonic, which includes the Web-based portal and support or other platforms like Salesforce.com, allows for storing up to 100 notes, supporting three collaboration groups and file uploads of as large as 2 MB. A $28-per-year subscription includes unlimited note storage, unlimited collaboration groups and 20 MB file uploads.

Memonic also supports iPhone, Android, Windows and Mac OS X with apps for each of those platforms. Everything is protected with SSL encryption.

Memonic is simply one of the best collaboration and note-taking apps we’ve seen to date.




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Syncing your thoughts with Memonic

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Prior to getting my iPad, I didn’t have much use for notebook apps. After my computing life went mobile, however, I found myself needing to write things down without having a notepad within reach. And so I got Evernote, the same notebook app used by so many of the bloggers I followed. After a few days, however, I wasn’t happy. Evernote could do all the things I wanted it to, but it didn’t…feel right.

My editor suggested I take a look at Memonic, a notebook app developed by a Swiss startup named Nektoon AG. I said to him the same thing I say to everybody else: if something doesn’t feel right, then it can’t hurt to try the Swiss.

 

The Memonic Dashboard

As a collaborative online notebook, Memonic lets you keep notes to yourself or share them with the world. It syncs your data between the Web, Windows and OS X desktops, iOS, and Android. It’s the whole kit and kaboodle for saving your kits and kaboodles.

Memonic is free to use, but they also offer a premium option. The free version limits you to 100 notes, 3 groups, and 2MB file attachments. For $28/year, you can upgrade to unlimited notes and groups, plus 20MB file attachments, plus “Gathering Mode” (more on that below). It’s a decent price for a powerful and user-friendly app.

After signing up for the service with your email and password, Memonic takes you to your dashboard, where you’ll find a welcome message with helpful instructions and a short video on how to get started.

Memonic’s first advice is to install their Web Clipper, which is an extension or bookmarklet for your browser. Next, they suggest you download their desktop and mobile apps to sync your notes to wherever you go. After that, they advise you to sign up for their premium service. But hold on, little doggies, we’re not quite ready for that.

The Memonic Web Clipper installs as an extension for Safari, FireFox, and Chrome, or as a bookmarklet for Internet Explorer, Opera, and Mobile Safari. And truth be told, it’s one of the coolest web clippers I’ve tried.

It's cooler than it looks.

When you’re on a webpage and you see something you want to save, the Web Clipper gives you a variety of ways to save it. You can add a Bookmark, which copies the page’s URL into Memonic; Read Later, which copies the page’s content into Memonic; and Write A Note, which brings up a blank note for you to write in.

But the more advanced way to use the Web Clipper is to select “Clip Content,” which will let you clip just those parts of the page you want to save. The web clipper uses the page’s CSS to decide what’s clippable, so when you clip, you clip by sections of the page, not just by the text or images.

Clip just the sections you want.

What’s even cooler is that you can choose more than one section at a time. If you want to clip an image, plus the headline that accompanies the image, plus the opening paragraph of the story, but you don’t want to clip the stuff that comes between them (such as the author’s name, the date of publication, and the tags for the story), you can select just those sections you want and then save them all in the same note. It’s really very cool.

How the clipped content looks in Memonic.

The final way to use the Web Clipper is in “Gathering Mode,” which is restricted to premium members. Gathering Mode lets you “name a session and do your research aimed at just one folder. Once this is done, all new items from the clipper will automatically be saved into the folder.” You can get the same result from just clipping everything into your inbox and organizing them later, but for a price, Memonic will save you a step (they have to make money somehow, right?).

After installing the Web Clipper, I followed their advice and snagged Memonic for iPad and OS X (both free). They work pretty much the same way as the website, so I won’t go into too many details, but I will say this about the desktop version.

Memonic on the desktop.

The desktop app (for OS X, anyways) runs on Titanium, which is like Adobe Air, without the sluggishness. While it feels like a window onto the web app, it’s actually a “real” desktop application; it’s just that it runs on Web technologies, not Mac technologies.

The syncing between the various versions of Memonic worked well enough for me. I took notes for this review on all three version, sometimes starting a note on the desktop, moving my process to the web, and then concluding on the iPad. I had some issues when deleting notes (a time-stamp thing, I believe), but sooner or later, everything looked the same.

But this is a website about Web apps, not desktop or mobile apps, so back to the web for us.

Memonic’s note editor defaults to rich-text. If you’ve ever used a rich-text editor, you’ll be familiar with the controls: undo and redo buttons; basic HTML styles; character formatting for bold, italic, underline, and strikethrough; color choices for text and highlights; options to paste styled text, plain text, or text from Microsoft Word; list styles; indents; and text alignment. You can also insert images, links, tables, and horizontal lines.

Creating a note in Memonic.

You can also maximize Memonic’s note editor so it takes up the entirety of your browser window. I haven’t seen this option in an online note-editor before, so I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked on the icon and saw it expand.

Finally, if rich-text editors aren’t your thing, you can click on “Plain Text” to edit your note in…you know…plain text. If you’re a bit more nerdy, you can edit your note right in its source code, editing HTML tags to your delight.

My one critique of the rich-text editor is that the built-in spell checker (with its red squigglies and all) only finds your misspellings; it doesn’t suggest correct spelling in return. The result is that it creates a horribly-frustrating guessing game. I mean, seriously, just tell me how to spell “itinerary” already!

Memonic’s organizational structure is built around folders and tags. There’s nothing too tricky about that. Folders are for organizing notes around a particular project, such as a research paper, or a trip itinerary, or a collection of items you want people to buy you for Christmas.

Tags, on the other hand, allow you to collect related notes from various folders. For example, clicking on your tag for “books,” would allow you to browse through all the book-related notes you’ve ever added to Memonic, regardless of the project.

You can also organize your notes by groups, which means you can share it with friends, family, or coworkers (more on that in a second).

Another cool feature of the Web app is that you can drag and drop your notes from one folder to another. I’d expect this kind of functionality on the desktop, but to see it in a Web app was a nice surprise.

If you’re the type of person who can’t be bothered to organize your notes, never fear: you can leave your notes in chaos and find what you need with Memonic’s built-in search tool.

How Memonic displays its search results.

Memonic gives you multiple ways to share your notes with the wider world. You can create a group on Memonic to share your notes with other Memonic users (friends, coworkers, etc.), but if you can’t convince your buddies to sign up for Memonic, you can get them your notes in other ways. You can send it via email, post it to Facebook, tweet it out to the Twitterverse, or send it as a direct link (click here to see an example).

I enjoyed using Memonic more than I ever enjoyed using Evernote. It feels smoother somehow. Maybe it’s because everything takes place in one window, with notes expanding and collapsing right in place. Or maybe it’s because you can customize the background color of your notebook in Memonic. Or maybe it’s just something else, something that was too subtle for me to notice.

But here’s the thing. I’m not sure I’ll stick with Memonic. I know I like it better than Evernote, but I don’t know if I like it enough to not pursue other options. One thing I do know is that if you’re in the market for a notebook app, Memonic deserves a look.

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Memonic is a collaborative online notebook for capturing, organizing, and sharing notes, webpages, text snippets, images, and almost anything you might choose.

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Memonic Reviewed by Kyle Callahan on Jun 27 . Memonic is a collaborative online notebook for capturing, organizing, and sharing notes, webpages, text snippets, images, and almost anything you might choose. Rating: 9 out of 10

 

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Beim Surfen im Internet stösst man immer wieder auf Informationen, für die man gerade keine Zeit hat, die man aber gerne behalten möchte. Statt in solchen Fällen einfach nur ein Lesezeichen zu setzen, sammelt die Software Memonic einzelne Inhalte wie Texte, Bilder oder Videos und archiviert diese im Online-Notizbuch, um sie später jederzeit wiederzufinden – dank des Offline-Modus sogar ohne Internetverbindung.

Weitere Funktionen: Gesammelte Informationen werden mit jedem PC, Tablet oder Smartphone des gleichen Benutzers synchronisiert oder können via Facebook, Twitter oder E-Mail ausgetauscht werden. Zudem können mehrere Personen gemeinsame Web-Recherchen durchführen. Eine Software-Installation braucht es nicht, Memonic wird als Browser-Plug-in für alle gängigen Browser genutzt.

Ähnlich funktioniert das «Online-Gedächtnis» Ever­note. Die Software, die es für Windows, Mac und Smartphones gibt, ist eigentlich ein virtueller Notizblock, der sich ebenfalls synchronisiert und mit dem Web-Inhalte gesammelt werden können. Allerdings sind die Sammlungen in der Gratisversion offline nicht verfügbar, was unterwegs mit dem Smartphone ein Nachteil sein kann. Neben Web-Inhalten werden auch Texte, Aufnahmen oder Notizen gespeichert und per App synchronisiert.

www.memonic.ch, www.evernote.com

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