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NoteTaker Reviews4.1.2

29 July 2020

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OhEssex
31 October 2019
Version: 4.0.5

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I've been using this software a lot since it's rise from the ashes and I gotta say that it's still very buggy. Lots of beach-balling and unforgivable loss of data (of mostly pasted in images/files). Frankly I just don't think I can trust it for big projects until it stabilizes. I suggest waiting a few months until the killer bugs are tracked down and squashed. Maybe you think my 2-star review is harsh, but I've lost dozens of hours dealing with files that suddenly lost 10's of megabytes of data after mindlessly editing a sentence of text. Maybe it's OK for text-only notebooks, but if you're pasting in images and files you're definitely at risk data loss (I've seen this using OS X Sierra and Mojave). I have many NoteTaker files that exceed 100MB and I just hate knowing that all the work I poured into them is full of random lost data.
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OhEssex
31 October 2019
Version: 4.0.5
I've been using this software a lot since it's rise from the ashes and I gotta say that it's still very buggy. Lots of beach-balling and unforgivable loss of data (of mostly pasted in images/files). Frankly I just don't think I can trust it for big projects until it stabilizes. I suggest waiting a few months until the killer bugs are tracked down and squashed. Maybe you think my 2-star review is harsh, but I've lost dozens of hours dealing with files that suddenly lost 10's of megabytes of data after mindlessly editing a sentence of text. Maybe it's OK for text-only notebooks, but if you're pasting in images and files you're definitely at risk data loss (I've seen this using OS X Sierra and Mojave). I have many NoteTaker files that exceed 100MB and I just hate knowing that all the work I poured into them is full of random lost data.
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Sampler
08 October 2019
Version: 4.0.4
. In the last four or five years before the recent update, I searched far and wide for a replacement. OmniOutliner was simply too rigid-one couldn't mix pictures into the outline scheme. Growly Notes looked promising, but had no outline feature and the linking functions were unrefined. Version 4 is solid. With version 4, I've expanded my use; I create template pages for project worksheets that incorporate the table function that's part of the OS. This used to be flaky, but now works smoothly. I also use NT for personal use-to keep notes and links to music. In 2009 I dinged NT one star because I couldn't work on two pages at once. But I rarely do that: I just want to work on one page while looking at a second. Now, I just copy the second page to a blank TexEdit page or even to a Sticky. And I found that the the Voice Memo function is ideal for recording conference calls while I write notes about the calls. For those interested in NT's design, see Ted Goranson's overview as NT stood in 2004. http://www.atpm.com/10.05/atpo.shtml Highly recommended
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Nuthinnew
06 October 2019
Version: 4.0.4
NoteTaker is more powerful than all other outline programs I've used. I'm thrilled to have the recent update! Its primary strength is its ability to combine multiple outlines in one notebook, in one file. Multiple related but distinct projects can thus be combined, between which notes and attachments can be moved or copied. With its over 20 (!) commands for navigating about each page—not just from entry to entry but from section to section—one can quickly get a sense of the various layers of the project(s) one is outlining. For myself, being a researcher, this is exceptionally valuable. Other inestimable features are automatic date/time stamping and being able to see, and organize, by such time/date stamps, and the means to mark an entry as an "action" or "priority" item, by which one can again sort entries. And being able to highlight entries and group those that have been highlighted. And the index of all terms used. And the word count not just for the whole document but for any section, page, or selection. And the ability to delimit what is printed or converted to PDF. And, and, and. Is there any other program out there that can do all this, for this price, without the threat of invasive data-mining or an on-going fee? If so, I haven't found it. The developers are working to refine it but the program is, for my purposes and money, the best on the market. I'm very glad 4.0 is here!
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OhEssex
03 October 2019
Version: 4.0.4
I'm delighted to see a viable alternative to the sadly abandoned Circus Ponies Notebook - the developer of that software closed shop after Microsoft OneNote was made available for free (where "free" means you can only store your notebooks in Microsoft's cloud where they data mine everything for profit). I have indeed purchased NoteTaker, but this software is very much in second place to what Circus Ponies Notebook was. It has all the same basics I guess, but the fit and finish of everything is quite lacking in comparison. You can't have more than 1 level of hierarchy on the contents page, you can't resize images (e.g. screenshots) you've copied in, you can't colorize or scroll tabs, tab names truncate even though there is ample room to display everything, far fewer page background choices, copy and paste of images isn't intuitive, rearranging toolbar items is horribly implemented etc. There's just a lot of work remaining in the cleaning things up department, but it certainly is a good start. My main concern is that there's about a years work to get this software to the point where it's as beautiful and functional as Circus Ponies Notebook was, and then the developer will be at the same place that developer was when he decided to close up shop because he couldn't compete and make a living in the face of "free" alternatives. Additionally, this developer had already aggravated his user base by previously abandoning them for several years without updates until NoteTaker resurfaced again just now. I'm optimistic at this point, but cautiously so.
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Fariborz
13 September 2019
Version: 4.0.0
This is not a new software and I dare to say it was an excellent one. However, for years on end it was abandoned with many users left to their own devices. Who will guarantee it won’t happen with the new version as well? Once bitten twice shy!!
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Sampler
12 September 2019
Version: 3.2.1
MU admins: NoteTaker 4 is now on the app store!
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Sampler
13 January 2019
Version: 3.2.1
Notetaker 4 has been in beta since June of a last year, with a release candidate expected next month. For details, go to aquaminds.com and check out the blog. In the meantime, I'm using 3.21 with High Sierra on my projects. It occasionally closes without warning, but I've never lost any data. Sometimes there is some graphic weirdness, if I copy a large note entry over a smaller one, but closing and opening resolves the problem. In the mean time, I've tried easily a half dozen Notes apps but found nothing as good. I especially like the linking functionality of NT: I link code, datasets, and results, just by copying and pasting in to the NB , with annotations added. At the end of a project, one can bring all the linked objects *into* the Notebook, thus protecting against dependence on folder organization. I've tried easily a half-dozen replacements for NT, but nothing does the trick.
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Nuthinnew
12 January 2017
Version: 3.2.1
I'm afraid that at last I have to admit there may not be a new version arriving in the near future. OmniOutliner, with version 5, is becoming a more workable alternative, though still not as powerful yet as NoteTaker is. I have a heavy heart in making this admission.
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Nuthinnew
27 January 2016
Version: 3.2.1
No, it has not been abandoned. Now that Circus Ponies is out of business, if you want a truly powerful note-taking program, with a great indexing feature, and, in fact, more preferences than NoteBook offered, this is it. It hasn't been updated in a while (since Dec. 2013), but its programmers are still at it, working on a number of things, this included. They are quick to respond to e-mail. OmniOutliner costs more and does less. Omnigroup has a slick website but its OmniOutliner program can't compete, not yet.
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Zx81
21 January 2016
Version: 3.2.1
Maybe this should be noted as abandoned?
No update since 2013.
NoteTaker, NoteBook, they're all leaving ship...
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Meitnik
04 September 2013
Version: 3.1.0
For many years I have been testing how robust your opml is. I am trying to move on from Notebook, but Notetaker locks up or crashs on import of the opml file. I would think you want to make sure importing of opml files works correctly. Yes, I have sent in bug reports and emails. I am using lastest trial version from your website. Testing more soon and feedback. Btw, your verisign stuff is outdated, revoked, or screwed up; which gives pause to visit your support pages. Yep, even import of rtfd file locks up. FAIL
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Shidong
06 November 2011
Version: 2.6.0
i have tried this to see wether i can use it to take physics note or not. It tired out that this is perfect. however, during the demo, i have a problem about latex. when i embed latex in note, it displays good. but when i open later, so many equations are just gone. I guess this is because notetaker handle the equations as attachment. and when i quit latexit, attachment names change and notetaker can not find it. i hope the next update can fix this problem
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Merrimac
25 February 2010
Version: 2.4
Requires 10.5, not 10.4 as currently listed above.
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Mistersquid
16 June 2009
Version: 2.3.1
A Java-based freehand sketch tool that cannot mark up other items, presenting disconnected freehand "notes"? 1998 called and they want their widget back. You also sorely need arbitrarily assignable due dates. Seriously, a "To Do" page that appears every day a file is opened as opposed to one that can be constructed in advance? Silly me, wanting to plan my days in advance of their arrival!
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Sampler
11 June 2009
Version: 2.2.4
I've used Notetaker for over five years, and every year I try out the latest edition of Circus Ponies NB. The functionality is nearly identical, as they share a common origin. I've never found a reason to switch to NB. I use NT to manage large scientific projects, and link folders, programs, output logs, contact information, web sites, and Fetch droplets which link to remote Unix workstations. So, linking is important to me, and NT's linking capabilities are far superior to those of NB. For example, in NT one can link files by copying (ctrl-c) in the Finder and pasting (ctrl-v) onto a page. This is measurably faster than dragging and dropping, which is NB's only way. In NT one can insert multiple links on the same line and mix them with text; one can drag an attachment to any spot on a page. NB did not have these capabilities the last time I looked at it. NB now has the ability to tear off one page so that one can write in two portions of the notebook at one time; NT cannot do this--I wish it did (one can keep a copy open). Thus I give it four stars. Over the years I've had a number of questions and suggestions for NT support; they've always answered promptly and helpfully. I would guess that one reason that AquaMinds chose not to have a forum is that their audience is very wide --ranging from school children who used shared notebooks (via the NoteShare product) to single-users like me. Also, I've seen small companies overwhelmed by trying to maintain their forums. I'd rather they spent time on improving their products.
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Vivian
21 September 2008
Version: 2.2.3
I have used this program for a little over a year. It is a feature rich program--the clipping and annotation feature is excellent and I really like the toolbar. Like others there are features that I would really like to see included in future updates--ical integration is high on the list as is a better table features. I use this along with circus ponies notebook. I use notetaker for teaching, it is offers far superior website and slideshow possibilities than notebook. But for my research, I use notebook, it is far easier to use when you are in an archive and taking 6-8 hours worth of notes at a time. I too agree that outliner features would be improved if it were more like omnioutliner. One major drawback is the absence of a user forum. I find it an annoyance to have rely on contacting the company every time there is a problem or I have a question. That approach seems wrong for a mac product.
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Mabelle
19 September 2008
Version: 2.2.3
I've been using NoteTaker for quite a while now, and although it could use some improvement, I haven't found anything that does all that this app does. I teach, so I especially love the slideshow feature and the ability to post my notebooks to my website. It's clumsy on features (styles, fonts, multi-line), it needs tagging instead of (or in addition to) categories, but it's still very useful. I store documents so they're together with notes, thoughts, to-dos, mail (which i paste in). I've looked at Circus Ponies' Notebook. It's so much a clone of NoteTaker (which came first?) that I wonder why they don't marry their efforts. CP is marketing more aggressively and their website is better looking. Their product has a few features I like (more options in text features, different wallpapers) but not enough to make me switch away from Notetaker. Here's what's missing in both these programs: (1) better outlining - they should match some of the features of Omni Outliner (columns, notes) but leave off the complicated styling features, (2) calendar integration, (3) email integration. %80 of what comes across my desk is in email form. Why do I have to copy and paste emails between programs to keep mail, docs, notes, and calendar item in the same place. Yes, yes, I know: Entourage project. Hate it.
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Joi
28 April 2008
Version: 2.1
I agree the price point is a bit high...
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Jump420
10 October 2006
Version: 1.9.11
Great to keep track of all my speeches and notes. Good app. Chris Wolfe
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4.5
Tomem
25 September 2006
Version: 1.9.11
I've been looking at NoteTaker, NoteBook, VoodooPad, Journler, viJournal. NoteTaker could use some tweaks, but if you want all these things in one tool, it can't be beat: * Daily Journaling (not in Notebook, VoodooPad) * Daily To Do list management (not in VoodooPad, viJournal, Journler) * Light database note storage, categorizatoin, hyperlinking, report generaton. (not in Journler, viJournal) * A clipping service for gathering notes from other apps. (not in VoodooPad, Journler, viJournal) The tweaks I would like to see are a switch to Apple's toolbar configuration tool, a way to generate non-ToDos in a ToDo section (journal entries), and a link interface that defaults to generating a new page titled according to the link text.
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Pokonyan
29 April 2006
Version: 1.9.11
I now try this lovely NoteTaker. This includes almost all what I expected. However, one problem I face now. I have some outliner documents. All of them include some copies of images from PDF files. When I try to copy and paste the documents, the pages become messy, because the whole page (not only an image, but the whole page!) of the PDF pages showed up, If it works well, I'll get the license key. Does somebody tell me the resolution?
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Anonymous
11 May 2005
Version: 1.9.6
I've used NT, not terribly extensively, and it I've been happy with it. It seems to fit the way I think. It's not infinitely flexible and I'm not using to design websites. It is nice that your work can become a website. That's not the same thing really. I like it.
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Anonymous
09 January 2005
Version: 1.9.1
Had a glitch with using an old license and tech support responded effectively within 12 hours! ANd on a weekend. Excellent! One limitation: 1.9 still does not seem to have the ability to add more than two levels (e.g Section and Page) on the Contents Page. NoteBook by Circus Ponies does. This matters greatly if you hope to output your notebook to a website or for longer documents.
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Anonymous
09 January 2005
Version: 1.9.1
The first line of the NoteTaker Product Description mentioned organizing your information lifestyle, your digital workstyle. It is a bit of hyperbole to claim that any one application can do this. It would even be hyperbole to claim that any existing computer system on the planet can do this or even comes close, but that's another story. I have relevant MAC OS X licenses for: NoteTaker, Circus Ponies NoteBook, Hog Bay Notebook, Alepin, DEVONthink, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, Inspiration 7.5, NovaMind, BBEdit, CopyPaste, QuicKeys, Microsoft Word, iBlog plus OS 9 licenses for MORE, IN CONTROL, InfoDepot and others SO I can choose the application that fits what I need to do. Over a period of time users acquire "experience" with what they do and don't do. All work-people have a toolbox containing multiple tools that should somehow relate to some desired end result or purpose. See http://homepage.mac.com/bobembry/studio/biz/life_areas/computer_ideas/writing_tools.html or Google: bobembry "writing tools" with the quotes MY APPLICATION USES: ORGANIZING THOUGHT FRAGMENTS: I use Hog Bay Notebook. Best overview. Easiest reorganization. A replacement for post-its, notes, legal pads. Still use plain copy paper for thinking canvases which are sometimes harvested to Hog Bay Notebook. Haven't had the time to figure out which application could be used for keeping track of the structure of these canvases but maybe NovaMind visual with its document linking or Circus Ponies NoteBook. Individual thinking canvases could be either scanned or voice recognition could be used to recreate the illustration in OmniGraffle or NovaMind. CLIPPING WEB ARTICLES: URL clipped to CopyPaste-X clip set palette. Locate print page link. Select ALL. Copy and paste in BBEdit. Run an AppleScript to clean up page. Remove excess lines. Copy into DEVONthink. I can't see any of the "notebooks" or outliners being used for large (thousands) page collections. Moving text fragments from a source document to another document for further manipulation: QuicKeys toolbar for sending Clipping Service Keystrokes to NoteTaker or Circus Ponies NoteBook. MANAGING DAILY WORK PLAN: Still using OS 9 IN CONTROL for master action list. Items with today's date are exported to either OmniOutliner or Hog Bay Notebook LIFE DESIGN IDEAS: Right now I'm using Circus Ponies NoteBook may move to Hog Bay Notebook. Depending on what version 2 of Circus Ponies NoteBook adds. WEBSITE DESIGN AND CREATION: Inspiration 7 (initial structure) and Circus Ponies NoteBook. Notebook is structured to match the site directory structure. One notebook page for each page on the site. http://homepage.mac.com/bobembry/studio/biz/site_map_studio.html or Google: "bobembry studio html files" with the quotes Other pages are added for a to do list, overall design thoughts etc NoteTaker's section and page structure cannot be easily used here. Also its limited category system doesn't allow multiple tags. However I have used NoteTaker for site concept analysis. Copy the text for site page to a NoteTaker page then find repeated use of words or phrases. Since this a project, Circus Ponies NoteBook works well as a project notebook. BBEdit, Dreamweaver, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner (for a few web pages) etc were also used. QUICK WEB PUBLICATIONS: I have exported a couple of Circus Ponies NoteBooks to my .Mac account successfully. Tried once with an early version of NoteTaker and it didn't work, but I assume it now works. WEBSITE EXPLORATION AND DOCUMENTATION: I've used NoteTaker for a major state university and a state's economic and community development efforts. NT worked well in this situation. CONCEPT ANALYSIS AND CALENDARIZING: For me this initially involved typing notes into MORE and then exporting to InfoDepot for action identification. OmniOutliner could be used here. Example: The Essential Drucker homepage.mac.com/bobembry/studio/biz/ conceptual_resources/authors/peter_drucker/essential/ted.pdf or Google: bobembry "the essential drucker" with quotes In later years I've scanned some books into text documents then imported individual chapters into Circus Ponies NoteBook for searching purposes. I read that Google is scanning 5 entire libraries and Amazon has search within. ------------------------------------------ In deciding which tools to use, the question of notebook vs. individual documents stored in an appropriate folder structure is worth considering. Since almost all of mentioned applications have demos, why not give them a test drive FOR YOUR INFO RADAR: Google: drucker "information challenges" with quotes Adventures in time: http://homepage.mac.com/bobembry/free/
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1.75
Anonymous
27 December 2004
Version: 1.8.9
I've been using NoteTaker on and off for about a year and half, and have finally retired it - probably for good. With every version it resembles a Microsoft program, in that it's bloated with features that are not terribly well implemented/integrated, and the program simply looks ugly - from the UI to the way pages are laid out. I thought it was going to be great, but as time went on I felt it was just too time-consuming to be efficient. As more features were added, it just got more unwieldy. A UI overhaul and greater focus would make me reconsider using the program, but I doubt that will happen.
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Anonymous
05 October 2004
Version: 1.8.9
I have talked to the dev team about plug-ins for NoteTaker in the form of 'special pages' - simple spreadsheet functions for quickly pricing projects, simple calendar for scheduling your week/month etc, gantt charts for project management. Nothing too fancy, just simple little enhancements to make this product a more complete solution. I use it every day to run my business and these little additions would save jumping into Excel, etc.
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Anonymous
21 June 2004
Version: 1.8.9
It's the best one i've ever used....... but it still sucks. Crashes when i try to playback voice memos. Scaling down images doesnt work right (instead it only displays a smaller piece of the same sized original)... quits other times too.
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Anonymous
19 March 2004
Version: 1.8
love the product BUT was quite disappointed and frustrated when I kept on not being able to make the notebook work in Explorer. Turns out there is a bug. "We have found a bug that causes web notebook display to break in Internet Explorer. We have fixed the bug and will be releasing a bug fix update very soon. Until then we appreciate your patience." it would have been nice to know prior to purchasing and using the software. Can't wait for the fix update...it is a great product...
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David C. Menges
12 March 2004
Version: 1.8
NoteTaker is my favorite outliner. It is better than OmniOutliner, which I used to use on Mac. It is better than NoteMap on Windows, which I'm using at work until NoteTaker for Windows ships. It is better than Microsoft's OneNote on Windows, if they are even competitors (I have no use for whatever OneNote does).
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Anonymous
05 March 2004
Version: 1.8
This new release is the best yet. A number of things had been addressed that make the usability even more fluid then previous versions, such as the automatic page titles when adding clippings, backups to a specific folder, automatic index compacting, to name a few. On of the most notable things, is that text editing is superfast now. A lot of operations have obviously been optimized, because NT is faster in almost every area. There are also several new features that are really useful, like the X-Ray "vision" (try option-shift over the drawer or library or index items - wow). Webkit (safari) integration is really smooth. I really like being able to add html to an entry and render it in the webkit container. Adding multiple webkit containers on different entries is a really handy feature that lets you put information in context with your notes. I integrate my web based tasks and ticket tracking right into my notes. There is now a useful web search that works with many engines. And the web publishing aspect has gotten even better. I can go to clients, and publish my notebooks on my laptop so they have instant access to my notes. I also like the ability to import and export word documents. Notetaker is one of the most useful applications I use.
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4.25
Anonymous
11 December 2003
Version: 1.6.6
Notetaker is the best organizational app to come along in a long time. I'm a teacher and researcher and I use notebooks for just about everything these days. After giving up on that monster Powerpoint, I now write my quizzes and lectures on it and use the slideshow feature to project in class. I love this app!
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Bobrsta1
09 December 2003
Version: 1.6.6
this program is just way too sloooooow to be useful. I have been using this on my 800 mhz iBook G3 for 6 months or so and it is unusable to me. too bad, too, as it has so many features that would be cool to use if i didn't just get the spinning beach ball all of the time
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Anonymous
02 November 2003
Version: 1.6.6
I've been using the latest 1.6 series for a few weeks now and it's been working very well, The latest version is the best yet and I haven't had any problems using NT with Panther. One of my favorite new features is the built in scanner support and I like some of the refined features for creating entries in the outliner. The integration of WebKit (Safari) is great. This version of NT is faster then prior versions. Great update!
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4.75
Anonymous
28 October 2003
Version: 1.6.2
I bought NoteTaker to help me with thesis research. It has been more helpful than I could have imagined. Using the template feature, I was able to create electronic notecards and then arrange them by subject on each page. Overall this program has greatly enhanced my research and has made writing my thesis much easier. This program is great for anyone dealing with research.
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4.75
01 October 2003
Version: 1.6.1
This is a great program for a consultant or researcher trying to run a business from his powerbook. I keep notebooks for each of my clients, another for general company info, another for background/research info relating to projects. They are easy to use and update. The indexing feature is extremely powerful. It can help you find anything, which can be very important as your notebooks become quite large. I am using this program more every day.
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Jchryss
17 September 2003
Version: 1.5.4
This is by far the best way to organize your thoughts and present them. The look of the program is great, the way it all works is intuitive and the list of high powered features and customizable attributes is voluminous. You can put anything in here and organize it. You can easily output to a webpage. Etc Etc great program. How can it get better?
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Anonymous
14 June 2003
Version: 1.5
Fabulous program that can be be configured to perform a wide variety of functions that include storing, accessing, sharing and presenting data -- as text, multimedia, outlines, and lists. Chances are, there are several other capabilities I haven't yet discovered yet. The trial period has been considerably extended over the relatively short span at the program's introduction. Don't take my word for how great and useful it is; try it out yourself!
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4.75
Anonymous
05 May 2003
Version: 1.1.3
I really like this program. It's become part of my daily life and helps keep all kinds of information together. I have notebooks to keep technical notes, project and client notes, home information and even an aquarium log. The metaphor works really well. Some people compare NoteTaker to programs that are what I call Scrapbook programs such as DevonThink or MacJournal (which I also use for miscellanous things), but this is beyond what those programs do. A great way to keep projects organized.
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