Thanks to our readers, we managed to learn about a few more alternatives to Microsoft OneNote, our former favorite note-taking application before we switched to a Mac. Microsoft OneNote is currently available on Windows PCs only, and it's a shame because this application works extremely well to take all sorts of notes on your computer. Here are the others that might fill-in for your note taking tasks.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by some of these apps. After testing, we include DevonThink and OmniOutliner in this since they are complex to use, but they can have very promising results once you spend time with them and the learning curve becomes less steep. Curio works somewhat like DevonThink, but it's straightforward to use. While some of the features of these apps can be replicated with Microsoft Office, it's good to have alternatives. Currently, we use DevonThinkPro and viJournal daily as our OneNote alternatives.
1. Memoir: This is another simple app to get started with notes in OS X. It's currently on sale in the Mac App Store for $10.
2. Yojimbo: This is another way of organizing and collating information. Contrary to OmniOutliner and DevonThinkPro, this is much easier to use. If you need a way of collating large amounts of information, from images to text files, this is what you'll need. It costs $39 at the App Store.
3. Simplenote: This app is cloud-based, but there are versions of it for your smartphone and your computer, so it's easy to keep them organized and accessible. Simplenote is free.
4. Curio: From mindmaps to index cards, Curio does a lot of things. Curio costs $90-170 for its different editions.
5. Google Documents: Some people love the simplicity of Google Docs, others would like something more polished. Whatever your opinion is of Google Docs, it's a clear option for those wanting an easy and free solution.
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