In particular, I heard a lot about Evernote, a very intriguing solution that allows multi-platform access to one’s data. Evernote comes in several flavors: browser, desktop and iPhone; all of your snippets are synchronized via the net so that they are available from any of those clients. It’s a great idea, and I’ve just downloaded it to start playing with it. At first blush, it looks more complicated and less elegant than I’m looking for, but I have to admit its comprehensive synching approach is extremely appealing.
Sync It Over
In fact, the idea of synchronization seems popular with lots of folks: being able to use a desktop application to access your data from multiple computers thanks to a net-based service like .Mac is a compelling compromise that has a lot of currency as we wait for a generation of solutions that truly integrates the best of desktop and online software. Which sort of goes to show you how powerful the synchronization concept is; in my opinion, .Mac’s ability to keep application data on multiple computers in sync — like most synching software today — is buggy, unreliable and inelegant. And yet, people still find it compelling. I know I do; I use .Mac’s for this service constantly, and as much as I hate it, I’d be lost without it.
Above: Sync you got all that? Absolute gibberish helpfully provided by .Mac’s synching services.
Which probably makes it no accident that for now I’ve decided to go with a desktop application that, yes, uses .Mac to synchronize my notes across computers: Bare Bones Software’s excellently named Yojimbo. It’s pretty much everything I want in that it lets me take notes very simply in a TextEdit-like environment, assign tags to those notes (and hints at pre-existing tags) and uses .Mac’s synching seamlessly. Or as seamlessly as that service will allow anyway. It doesn’t allow a Web-based view of that data in the way that Evernote does, unfortunately, but I’m pretty sure I don’t really need that.
And that’s all I have to say about note-keeping software for today.