The notebook structure uses word searches, folders and even tags. It is very useful in finding stored information. Unfortunately, it does not feel like a notebook to me if it I don’t have the freedom to write or draw – like int he use of pen and paper. The downside to pen and paper is that it is not as searchable because I do not know of an OCR that is able to recognise my writing and hence it also makes it difficult to edit. This is not to say that I am not excited about Evernote. I am keen to explore it but I doubt it will satisfy my needs.
Currently I use iWork’s Numbers which gives me an advantage of tables as well as allowing me a mindmap kind of space to move the tables around. When I put it in tables they serve sort of like folders and if I really needed tags (which might happen when I have done enough literature review), I could simply add another column to ‘tag’ it.
In fact, I think this planner may be more useful to uncomplicate my already simple life 🙂
I had started with Reforks because the University subscribed to it. This led to me trying out Flow which is also by Proquest. It is new and they slowly adding features to it e.g the latest has been highlighting the PDF file within Flow. Actually I was very excited by Readcube when I saw their product feature. It is so cool but I stuck with Flow because it felt safer since UoA subscribes to it.
But I don’t think I use it as efficiently as I should because I have witnessed how my PhD mate in the office uses it. He adds references, cites, highlights and continues with his proposal seamlessly. You can constantly hear him typing away without much pauses because he uses his reference manager so well that the information is literally on his fingertips.
For me, I am just glad now that I have a spot to place my references and the PDF files back up into my Dropbox. But as I labour over my thesis proposal, I find myself just typing out the citations without using the tool. At moments, I think an Excel File might be sufficient for me to collect my references. Would that also constitute me keeping up with the digital world?
Thing 16 has something about Quickcite. I will check it out soon (after completing the proposal. Ironic).
It took longer than expected because the audio recording function on Keynote kept stopping after 2 minutes or so. I only realise this after recording the whole presentation and replaying it. Did a few recordings before giving up. Others have faced the same problem too.
In the end, I imported the presentation to iMovie and then added the audio recording clip by clip. The quality of the video is not that good though but hope it suffices.