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  1. PeteCress

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    Looks tempting to me - mainly the auto-synch feature.

    Besides the proprietary format and the lack of hierarchical lists, does anybody have reservations about the product?
     

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    Its popularity seems to have waned from its peak over the past couple of years but as far as I know it is still considered an excellent note taking solution.

    That said I've never cared for it. I never really understood it metaphorically. By that I mean OneNote is like a digital notebook or Keep is a bunch virtual sticky notes. To this day I don't know what Evernote is an analog for and thus it has never worked well for me.

    Personally I prefer OneNote for project type notes like a cook book, home inventory, and basically things you may want to keep for the long term or have divided up into sub-categories and individual pages. I like Keep for quick notes like what you might put down on sticky note.
     
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    I used Evernote until Keep was released, and switched to that.
     
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    I use GNotes with occasional forays into OneNote.
     
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    Better Android app than OneNote, but the latter is more powerful and flexible on a desktop. Evernote also has more restrictions. Personally would choose OneNote.

    The main gripe about either for quick note taking though is they are a bit complex in terms of layout (OneNote moreso than Evernote). Basically I use Keep for quick notes, and OneNote as a more permanent electronic notebook. I migrated to it from Evernote.
     
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    I have used Evernote for 15 years at least.
    I love the AutoSync feature, and just never looked for anything else.
    I do NOT create notes within it normally, I do that on my desktop editors. Much safer, easier to make changes, MS Word has AutoCorrect for my dyslexic fingers :eek:

    I won't use any note app unless it has a PC desktop version to sync with...
    none of you posted a link to the apps you referred to, so what do the other apps sync to, and do they have a PC version?
     
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    OneNote is a Microsoft product. It has all the power of MS Word, with capability to embed Powerpoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets into the notes themselves. It also has deeper nesting than Evernote. About two levels deeper I think if I remember correctly. AFAIK there is no character limit. I encountered a character limit in Evernote some years back. You can draw, and basically use it as a notebook. It can do everything Evernote can do and more, on the desktop side at least. Evernote used to be ahead in terms of the mobile app, but I can't be sure now since I decided to migrate to OneNote some years back.
     
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    OneNote is a part of MS Office and is also available as a stand-alone application for free at http://www.onenote.com. You can also access the web version (which is almost identical to the application) and notebooks sync'd to Onedrive at http://live.com (or other Microsoft account sites).

    Keep does not have a desktop client but is accessible at http://keep.google.com.
     
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    I have MS Office 2003 and just now looked, OneNote is not part of it.

    I hate the later versions of Office, that damn ruler ruined the whole thing.
    Screwed up my macros something terrible...

    I am just going to keep my Win7/Office 2003 locked in stone forever...

    this ole reprobate refuses to join the Win10Lost generation.
     
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    I'm sure MS got rid of VBA(Visual Basic for Applications) macros in Office because it was so often used for malicious documents, attached to emails or whatever. Franky I just can't see a need to have executable code buried inside a Word document.
     
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    The code is not buried inside the document, just the results of what my macros do.

    ie, underline everything that is 'highlighted' w/o me having to go thru the full menu crap trying to find just where they hid the 'underline' or the 'strike thru',

    I also use Alt-B to turn the text to Blue, Alt-R to turn the text to Red.
    I used Alt-D to print out the Date/Time at the top of each page I write.

    I use the Footer/Header macros to track the filenames and page numbers....
    Have you ever tried to find where you stuffed that file with the info on it? I have 100s of folders and sometimes, where I stuffed a document don't make sense to me a year later. but, if I look at the bottom of the document, it has the filename/path in tiny print.

    of course, letters going out of my home, do not have the filename/path on them :)
     
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    Yep, you need later versions of Office to get Onenote BUT, and you'd have to check it out yourself, you may be able to download a standalone version depending on your Windows version. Not sure though with all the changes to Office though.

    As for being an 'ole reprobate' I can empathise with this. I was too until recently, running Win XP Pro on a 12 year old PC (but with Office 2010 - student version as my son is at school). The PC went to that old pc scrapyeard in the sky (MB gave up) so I managed to blag a 3 year old quad-core, 16GB (yes, sixteen ... :) ) tower from my f-in-l. Installed W10 and played with some setup (personalisation) options and now don't miss XP at all.

    I was thinking I'd have 2 issues. 1) lack of a start menu and b) old programs wouldn't install/work. The latter is a non-issue as everything I've installed has just worked. As for the start menu, I've set it (in W10) to go full screen and I've then added/removed tiles according to how I want the PC set up. Frequently used apps plus shortcuts to folders mainly. To my mind it works faster this way than with the old-style start menu. But that's still there to access apps you don't use that often. Oh, it's a non-touch screen pc as well. Oh, and I've trawled the web a couple of times for articles on how to turn off the 'phone home' capabilities.

    Your mileage may vary but it works for this ole reprobate ... ;-)
     
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    You are not alone.

    When I was developing applications for bond traders at a major financial outfit - where the app would create "Reports" in the form of Excel spreadsheets - I was told "If this is going to involve forcing me to use the new version of Excel, forget it."

    And those traders/managerslived and died by Excel.
     
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    Yes I do actually, most days when making lessons. especially when other teachers are sending me their docs and PPTs to look at via bulk download. I use OS X Spotlight on my Mac, fully indexes any office documents, .doc, ppt, xls, etc. Windows search and indexing sucks! believe me.
     
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    I use Google Desktop Search, the Windows version as you said, is the pits.
     

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