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#1 luoar

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:37 PM

Is there a way to add notes to a Tool? I am reading through Calvin's commentaries at present and would like to add my own notes at points in the commentary.

 



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:00 PM

That has been requested before...


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:10 AM

As I've worked out my Note taking system, I've realized that there is much to be appreciated in having one's information in 1) a synthesized environment and 2) easily searchable.



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:35 AM

James, what is your system?



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:09 AM

James, I want to know your system, too.  

 

And being able to add a notes file for a specific tool would be great.  The Kindle app for iOS and Mac lets you do it.  If we put notes for a specific module in a User Tool, they would not scroll with the module the way User Notes do with a Bible text.


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 11:23 AM

To summarize my system of note taking in terms of Apps, I would say this:

 

  1. Accordance is my premier research tool for researching the text
  2. DEVONthink Office Pro is my premier Organization Tool (even Accordance Workspaces and Note Files)
  3. Omnioutliner Pro is my premier note taking tool
  4. Bookends is my premier citation manager
  5. Mellel is my premier word processor (Nisus Writer was, but it doesn't handle the seyame diacritic correctly)

In terms of notes in Tools and even User Notes, I would like to see Accordance adopt a rich text format structure. Taking notes on Tools used to be of high interest to me. It still is, but only on the iPad. DEVONthink Pro Office is, what I often tell people, what OS X Finder should be.

 

I can answer more specific questions if you have any.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:52 PM

I may be asking the wrong question but doesn't this system seem to complicated? I just wish that the accordance developers would consider opening up the functionality of the user notes section of the software and then tie it into like for instance Evernote.  As I use the user notes function of Accordance I feel limited because it is function. These limitations hurt the great appreciation I have for accordance.  Personally I feel it is the premier bible study software out there and I love all of its functionality.  I am a pastor I have to constantly prepare sermons, lectures, and studies.

 

It would be great if the Notes were opened up so that one could type whatever they want and connect information from any tool to their notes section.  Once there study is complete they could transfer it to Evernote and save it there or transfer it to a word document to organize it however they will.  Am I way off in thinking this can be done, could be done or should be done.

 

We need to open it up and simplify it at the same time. 



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:57 AM

I may be asking the wrong question but doesn't this system seem to complicated? I just wish that the accordance developers would consider opening up the functionality of the user notes section of the software and then tie it into like for instance Evernote.  As I use the user notes function of Accordance I feel limited because it is function. These limitations hurt the great appreciation I have for accordance.  Personally I feel it is the premier bible study software out there and I love all of its functionality.  I am a pastor I have to constantly prepare sermons, lectures, and studies.

 

It would be great if the Notes were opened up so that one could type whatever they want and connect information from any tool to their notes section.  Once there study is complete they could transfer it to Evernote and save it there or transfer it to a word document to organize it however they will.  Am I way off in thinking this can be done, could be done or should be done.

 

We need to open it up and simplify it at the same time. 

 

This feature has been requested many times as Michael alluded to. James' personal workflow may very well be too complicated for others. His statement was just a personal interjection into the conversation, not our response as a company as to why this feature isn't supported.

 

I don't know when this might be supported in Accordance with the other items that need to be addressed, but all requests are read, and oft repeated ones are almost always implemented at some point. 


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:48 AM

Yes. Rick was correct. My comment was personal—as are all my comments on these forums. I have no special knowledge of where Accordance plans to go on these fronts. I comment on this forum from my own perspective as a researcher in the field of biblical studies, in general, and Qumran Scrolls and Hebrew in particular, and how Accordance is part of my workflow.

 

The process I have adopted seems complicated above, but it's not in use. DEVONthink Pro is, what I often tell folks, what Finder Application should be. It's the hub through which all my data is organized—including Accordance Work spaces, Accordance Notes, Omnioutliner Files, etc.

 

Here is a Screen Shot of how I might set up a Database in DEVONthink Pro Office. Within each folder, there are pdf, rtf, Accordance workspaces, notes, email, etc.

 

 

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 04:06 PM

The process I have adopted seems complicated above, but it's not in use. DEVONthink Pro is, what I often tell folks, what Finder Application should be. It's the hub through which all my data is organized—including Accordance Work spaces, Accordance Notes, Omnioutliner Files, etc.

 

To summarize my system of note taking in terms of Apps, I would say this:

  1. Accordance is my premier research tool for researching the text
  2. DEVONthink Office Pro is my premier Organization Tool (even Accordance Workspaces and Note Files)
  3. Omnioutliner Pro is my premier note taking tool
  4. Bookends is my premier citation manager
  5. Mellel is my premier word processor

 

James,

I installed DTP based on your comments here. I use Zotero for my PDF Library; and Scrivener for my WP and note taker. My workflow has been begging for an aggregator like DTP.

 

1. Besides clipping to DTP, do you setup your RSS feeds in DTP? I currently use Reeder, but with GoogleReader going away :angry: I've got to make a decision. It makes sense to me for DTP to capture the 'starred' feeds I select. I'm not sure how DTP would 'feel' about handling a lot of feeds I don't care to index

2. About Accordance, are you just collecting screen shots in DTP or are you actually working with Accordance within DTP?

3. How do you interface OO? Because Scrivener works like an outliner, I've let it do double duty.

4. What about annotations in your PDF books? How to you handle those?

4. Last, do you really run your mail through DTP?

Thanks.






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