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Lost notes

I lost a lot of documents from the Notes app on my mid-2012 Macbook Air. Is there ANY way they are recoverable? [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock on Oct 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Note-taking setup

I need to be able to efficiently take notes digitally that involve both figures (think simple geometric drawings) and typeset equations interspersed and interwoven together. What's the best setup for this? [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Oct 6, 2016 - 12 answers

Help this old lady learn how all you hip young kids take notes in class.

Starting grad school in a few weeks and need some suggestions for note taking "apps" or software. I'm more of a pen and paper kind of girl but I know that, realistically, it might be best if I learned to take lecture notes on my laptop or iPad. What do you use for notes? [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Sep 3, 2016 - 38 answers

How do you research?

I work in public health and have worked on a number of different qualitative and quantitative research projects. I feel like my method of managing and taking notes on background research is sub-optimal and I could dramatically improve my strategy. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Aug 10, 2016 - 8 answers

Let's start at the very beginning: sight reading

I've depended on my ear all my life to play music. I learn new pieces by listening, playing back what I've heard, and then slowly correcting my errors in listening by reading the notes in spots I think I'm unclear on. In the past it was a cool party trick, but I want to stop using this approach because it slows down the rate at which I pick up new pieces, it's sloppy, and without a teacher these days, it's difficult to pick up my numerous errors. I am also awful at sight reading. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Aug 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Keep track of my life. My WHOLE life.

How do you organize your tasks, thoughts, and notes in a way that (a) helps you prioritize and focus and (b) makes them accessible long-term? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on May 23, 2016 - 38 answers

eReading + eResearch refresher

I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Software for speaking slowly

I'm looking for teleprompter or speaking notes software that offer some particular features. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Feb 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Dear Copious Notetakers: Organize my notes

Help me develop a system to organize my hard copy and electronic notes. I am forgetful and need to be able to find my notes! [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Jan 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Dictation App for iPhone?

I've been doing a lot of hands-on failure analysis and inspection for my work, and I need a good way to dictate inspection notes using my iphone. You know in TV when the coroner describes the autopsy as he's doing it? Like that. I'd really prefer it to be an iOS app, but some kind of laptop app would be vaguely acceptable. Specific Required features inside. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Nov 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me migrate away from Evernote

I have been a heavy user of Evernote for several years, but increasingly I find it is unreliable and performs poorly. I need to handle notes which include different media formats, which I don't have to explicitly organize, and which can be large. I don't want to interact with the file system directly. I would prefer an open solution that does these things well and doesn't do other stuff. Help me find a substitute with the features I need -- and migrate my data. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Oct 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Where did we go last? And do you remember who paid?

What's the best iOS app for a couple to share their restaurant experiences with each other? [more inside]
posted by komara on Sep 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Why did I want to read this?

Will LibraryThing allow me to maintain a list of books to read with comments about why I want to read them? Is there another book/media management site that will let me do that? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 31, 2015 - 6 answers

nvAlt-ernative? I want to take WYSIWYG notes

Is there any good note taking/note management software like nvAlt but with real WYSIWYG and command keys for formatting? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Aug 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Does a service exist that will scan and digitize notebook pages?

I have a LOT of hand-written notebooks. I want to move my note-taking habits into the 21st century as I've written on in the past. Future note-taking devices aside, I would like to ideally have a way of digitizing my existing handwritten notebooks. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Aug 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Wanted: Dependable cross platform (Mac/iOS/Android) text note syncing.

I'm a huge fan Notational Velocity (Actually NValt), and store bunches of stuff in it, as plain .txt files. I'd like to be able to access them on iOS and Android devices, without losing or duplicating data, but have trouble keeping up with the ongoing saga of sync backends. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Jul 28, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I get my notes back?

So, I have a standard Notes app on my iPhone and iPad. Lots of problems lately with reading/deleting mail on both, particularly with Yahoo!, so I deleted my Yahoo! and Gmail accounts and downloaded the particular apps for each instead. Then I made a note in the Notes app and to my dismay saw that most of my notes had disappeared. I googled this and learned that the Notes app may have assigned my notes to the email accounts I deleted (why?) but searching those online email accounts has only uncovered some, not all, my missing notes. iCloud doesn't have them either. Are they gone forever, hive mind? Can you think of something I've missed?
posted by bearwife on May 20, 2015 - 9 answers

What are the rules for explanatory notes?

I was reading a book of petry by T.S. Eliot with notes in the back half by Frank Kermode explaining the references, which got me wondering—what's the style for writing these kinds of footnotes? [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Apr 4, 2015 - 5 answers

To-do / notes app with export, simple design?

I like to journal using lists / task applications - right now I'm using GoogleTasks which with over 1k lines is getting clunky and hard to use, e.g. I'll copy from one list and paste to another the cursor'll jump up to the top of the list just before I hit paste - drives me bonkers! [more inside]
posted by ethel on Mar 14, 2015 - 3 answers

how do you Connect and Understand Stuff you've read?

ok, this is kind of a complicated question and I'm not even sure how to ask it. But I do feel like something is Wrong about how I read. Details below. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Mar 14, 2015 - 23 answers

Tablet for handwritten notes?

I am considering getting a tablet computer mainly for two tasks: reading ebooks/magazines (with Nook/Kindle apps) and writing notes/sketching outlines for my personal projects. Reading I know would be pretty straight forward, but I'm having a hard time figuring out if tablets are the right thing for my note taking needs. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Mar 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Is there such a thing as an information management counselor or coach?

I'm not talking about "information management" in terms of corporate IT, which is all you find when you search on Google. I'm talking about someone to help me develop a sustainable plan to process the absurd amount of information that constantly bombards me. I figure I need someone who can help my develop reliable, efficient systems and also probably the mental toughness to keep doing it. I've looked at so many books, but my situation is beyond any one of them. I feel like I need someone who understands the psychology, systematizing , and technology of the matter. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Feb 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me ring my bell

Help pick out the notes used in an automated chime [more inside]
posted by plinth on Jan 24, 2015 - 4 answers

What to do with my grad school notes and readings after grad school?

New grad student here, back from 10 years in the private sector to get my masters (and if I'm lucky, a doctorate) in counseling/psychology. My question in brief: Should I hold onto my class notes and readings? Did yours come in handy after you left yon ivory tower? [more inside]
posted by aaxelrod on Jan 19, 2015 - 21 answers

iPad app to sign forms.

What iPad app should I use for meeting sign-in sheets? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Nov 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Where can I find a diary or journal like the one Anne Frank had?

My daughter would like a diary or journal like Anne Frank had. It is red plaid, with a lock and she would preferably like the pages lined. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Nov 10, 2014 - 6 answers

paper to grunting

HAve you switched from paper notes and reminders to using some sort of dictation? How did it go and was it easier to handle volume? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Sep 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Modern Day Commonplace Notebook

I'm looking for ideas to improve creating and organizing notes efficiently. Including analog and digital devices. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Aug 6, 2014 - 11 answers

What is the most effective way to study in law school?

I've been given lots of conflicting advice about how one should approach the study of law. While I know the hoary old advice that one should do whatever works best for oneself holds true, I hope that the collective wisdom of former law students has more insight to offer than that! [more inside]
posted by AtavisticApple on May 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Mr. Bâ™®

In recent years, I've grown uncomfortable with sight-reading lots of flats and naturals, especially in chords, and with reading notes above and below the staves. This is limiting my ability to sit down and play anything on the piano. What are some good pieces and exercises that help a person regain general mastery in this area?
posted by michaelh on May 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there an app for that?

I have an urgent need for a way to share a daily journal + notes among multiple people, that is searchable by date and term. Bonus difficulty: it needs to have a very low learning curve. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2014 - 9 answers

How to take scientific notes efficiently?

What is the best way to take grad level notes that feature tons of text, math equations and diagrams, during class, while reading books, and while reading research? Ability to search and organize a huge plus! Digital or non-digital solutions considered. [more inside]
posted by Riton on Mar 18, 2014 - 13 answers

Add sketches/drawing in real-time to my typed notes?

Lately I've found myself taking a lot of notes. To my surprise, I find that I can type a lot faster than I can write, and this seems to be working very well, because I have the added benefit of being able to quickly search my notes later. Now here is my problem: I often want to include rough drawings like I used to when I took notes on paper. Just a few quick lines to capture the essence of a part or a plan. It would be best if I could add these in "real time" to the same document, but I'm willing to experiment with other methods. What I have: A MacBook Air, running Windows 7, but I still have the original Mac OS partition as well. I have been using google docs to take notes, but I am willing to change. Somewhere I have a several years-old Wacom bamboo tablet which I could probably get to work again (this is a stylus/input device tablet, not a tablet computer). I also have acccess to MS Office (2010, I think?) and I'm pretty sure that includes One-Note. Does anyone have advice on how I could add quick drawings to my laptop-typed notes? I am willing to change software or processes. Thank you for any advice you might have.
posted by seasparrow on Feb 27, 2014 - 4 answers

[academic/reading-geek filter] how to take notes on books within books?

My apologies for this very convoluted question...tl;dr: I guess I'm asking how people deal with taking notes from books, not just on the book's content and structure etc, but mapping bodies of literatures mentioned in those books. I would love to hear if you have a system that works for you. More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

What is the best calendar, to do, and notes app for my situation?

I have macs, and several iOS devices (including iPads) What would be the best setup for using a calendar function, to do function, and notes? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Dec 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Can I take notes during a job interview? (I'm the one applying.)

Hi! Quick question for people who conduct employment interviews. I have a job interview in two days. I would like to take a small notepad with me and jot down the pertinent things discussed that I will need to consider should I be offered the position, and make a move from my current job. I am afraid I will not remember accurately the important aspects, such as salary, benefit details, and other kind of crucial stuff I will need to consider. [more inside]
posted by Savannah on Nov 26, 2013 - 19 answers

Sending an instant play audio file to a Lotus Notes e-mail address?

I need to e-mail a small audio file to my office in such a way that it automatically plays as soon as the e-mail is opened by the recipient. Can this be done and, if so, how? I can embed the audio into a graphic if necessary or create it in any format. The file wouldn't be larger than maybe 1MB. My office uses Lotus Notes v8.5 mostly on PCs but also a few Macs. Thanks in advance.
posted by Jamesonian on Nov 6, 2013 - 4 answers

145:110... 132:114... 114:101... what does this page of numbers mean?

At the local dog park, someone apparently found two Post-it notes, covered in strange number pairs, and pinned them to the lost&found board because, well, they look like they might be important! Since then, there's been much speculation about what these numbers might be for, what they might mean. Rather then type it all out, I have an image of the notes themselves, here. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 3, 2013 - 86 answers

a free web service I've come to rely on shuts down, part 47

On Sunday morning I discovered with a shock that Catch.com had shut down. So now I suddenly need a replacement for taking simple notes. A complete list is inside, but in short I want to A) create and edit plain text notes on my Android device, B) create and edit plain text notes on a web service and C) have those two stay synchronized. Some more needs are inside. Help me find a new solution! And before suggesting Evernote, see ... [more inside]
posted by intermod on Sep 2, 2013 - 10 answers

i want my evernote!

How do you organize your work notes when your company security is really tight? I cannot use Evernote or any web-based tool. I cannot install any programs on my laptop or run anything from a USB drive (I can't even plug in my iphone to charge it). I have Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and LotusNotes (which I HATE). Bonus: this is a new position for me and I'm a bit lost. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Speedy, no-frills notes to email from Android?

Is there a free or cheap android app that will let me touch an icon, type in text, and touch another icon to have the text automatically sent via email to myself, preferably with a predetermined subject line? [more inside]
posted by moira on Apr 21, 2013 - 12 answers

iPhone notes app that shows number of notes on icon?

When I have email on my iPhone, the Mail app displays the number of unread emails on the Mail icon on the home screen. I want an app like Notes that does this with the number of notes - and not through emailing my notes to me. No other fancy features desired, just something that gives me an easy visual reminder that I have notes to check.
posted by capricorn on Mar 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Basic PowerPoint question re: speaker's notes

How does the speaker's notes function work in PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Feb 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for software to catalog work notes

I write a lot of notes for my work, which I type up to keep for my records. My current way to organize these notes is as separate files per day, labeled with the date and a descriptive title. This is decent, but doesn't allow me to easily reference old notes by topic, especially when there are numerous individual references under a single broader topic. Are there programs to help catalog notes and journals by themes, or cross-reference topics, in a vague database format? I'm working in Windows.
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 12, 2013 - 12 answers

How to take notes in CS classes?

I find taking notes in my Computer Science classes challenging. Can you share with me your techniques for taking useful notes that are specifically helpful for CS courses? [more inside]
posted by estlin on Feb 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Sending myself a message

I'm trying to send notes from my iDevice to my Mac, and I'm wondering if such software exists. I don't mean 'Note'-notes. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Dec 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Cross-platform (Android and iOS/iPad) annotation of ebooks

Do you have a workflow for cross-platform annotation (Android and iOS/iPad) of ebooks? Is there a particular note-taking app that will work with DRMed ebooks AND sync my notes across tablets? [more inside]
posted by lillygog on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows [more inside]
posted by Capa on Sep 24, 2012 - 14 answers

Transparent notes on your desktop

I'm a big fan of Mac OS X's native application, Stickies. Screenshot here: Stickies on overkill. You can make them translucent -- but is there a way/application to make them totally transparent, so that you'd only see the text, floating on top of your wallpaper?
posted by demagogue on Sep 22, 2012 - 3 answers

How to be a better note taker for meetings?

What do you do before, during, and after a meeting to end up with concise, but accurate and useful notes? Technical/practical and framing advice welcome. [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Sep 12, 2012 - 7 answers

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