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Church leader and journalist in Reading area, central southern UK
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on 30 May 2013
This is difficult to fault. I rely on Simplenote and Evernote for working in different locations and on different platforms. Metanota just works. And the interface is nice and clean. Recommended without reservation.
on 10 Mar 2012
Some unique features e.g. very good implementation on word and character count and ability to keep window on top. Good for blog/twitter writers in particular.
It's very minimal but that's the intention and it has a niche.
on 11 May 2011
I use Curio to bring together structure for talks and articles. I typically have a mindmap in the centre with blocks of text, quotations etc above and below, and on occasions, this is my 'speaker's notes'.
This is an excellent, mature app and probably one of two worthy equivalents to MS OneNote. My experience of Zengobi's support has been red hot -- quick, helpful and friendly. The help resources are comprehensive, but I did need some help with more advanced features – that I found was readily provided.
I have no connection with Zengobi, but I have been really helped by this app and appreciate its steady development -- and felt I needed to communicate this.
on 03 May 2011
I have used Together since it was called KIT -- indispensable ready-reference for files I am working on. Offers a preview read of everything except my mindmaps (which is asking a bit much!). Word preview is editable for highlighting, etc. Stable. Haven't found a downside. I don't know the dev but I commend him for frequent enhancements.
on 07 Apr 2011
The licence fee of $20 does seem a lot when substantially the same app, Notational Velocity, is free and open source, and an excellent fork of it, NVAlt, which uses a very good implementation of Markdown and Preview, is also free.
I would get the latter
and think about giving the developer, Brett Terpstra, a voluntary donation if you think it's as good as I do
on 06 Apr 2011
Set up collections of apps, docs, images etc for work practices or individual projects e.g. I have one labelled "Comms" that has a couple of browsers, Mail, a diary app and MacJournal where I log what happens day to day, and I can set up one for each project with the relevant apps and folders. Good interface, easy to use, hot key brings up the window – it all just works. OK, there's no demo but advantage of app store is that the price point and therefore value is exceptional. My advice (no connection with developer!) – buy it.
on 26 Feb 2011
This is designed for web authoring but I use a lot for rough drafts of structured text which I can do really quickly with Markdown. Better than some other similar apps because you can see what happening to the structure almost in real time. You can use Textile if you prefer. It all just works. I think it will be great for blogging, I just haven't got around to that using MMW yet.
on 10 Dec 2010
Nodes are auto-positioned and repositioning (using arrow keys!) is limited. Furthermore, does not follow convention of starting at 1300hr and working round clockwise.
This is a "cannot use" dealbreaker for me.
Can live without hoist facility but cannot work with inflexible interface.
The thing I really like about Freemind is that it is cross-platform, but as it stands, I cannot use it
on 30 Sep 2010
I tried the free version earlier. Major drawbacks were, no SpamSieve integration coupled with poor internal spam handling, poor integration with Max OSX, lack of cogent connection with developers, who I found less-than-straightforward.
The SpamSieve thing is a deal-breaker and evidently this hasn't been addressed in v.2
If I wanted to use Thunderbird, I would just use that. Why pay $40?
With multiple accounts to handle, I find Mail better in all respects, especially integration.
on 13 May 2010
Some good ideas, versatile
++Like rich text facility, would be better with some simple formatting on menubar
-- needs word count. Basic essential for anything that makes words.
-- Logo doesn't do it for me. Prefer clean, simple designs. This looks a bit spooky.
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