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How do Mellel users take notes?

Post by Icelander » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:36 am

How do Mellel users take notes? And how do they keep track of their notes?

We all know, Bookends is rather inconvenient when it comes to taking notes (using the so called 'note streams'.) DEVONthink 3 (the successor of DEVONthink Pro Office) is not really compatible with Mellel, and Mellel itself has no document manager (like Nisus.)

So, I would like to ask the 3314 registrated Mellel forum members: how is your workflow when you take notes? : -)

Anyone using Tinderbox? Or perhaps FileMaker Pro for note taking? FileMaker is versatile, but it can't be linked to Mellel with scripts.
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Re: How do Mellel users take notes?

Post by timofcanberra » Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:14 pm

For complex papers I tend to use Scrivener for notes and original drafting and then export to Mellel for finishing. I used to use Circus Ponies Notebook but that is no longer supported.

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Re: How do Mellel users take notes?

Post by rwg » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:01 am

This is a rather large topic, but you might find Hook interesting, especially if you want to take notes on Mellel files:

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Re: How do Mellel users take notes?

Post by vinesy » Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:49 am

I sometimes have two Mellel docs side by side: one for notes, one for writing.

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Re: How do Mellel users take notes?

Post by laup » Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:22 pm

When writing a paper or book in Mellel, I create a separate note stream called "Author notes" in red font. These notes may be reminders, discussion of subtleties, and even "tricks" used for figures, formats, exports, Word compatibility, etc. I delete such notes as the manuscript matures, although sometimes sharing some of them with co-authors along the way.

For miscellaneous note-taking I use Evernote, although I may switch to Notes because of the Apple pencil. I used Devon Think in earlier years but concluded that it didn't really live up to its AI-related promises except (as I recall) for very short materials. Many of my resources are books or reports.

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Re: How do Mellel users take notes?

Post by DavidH » Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:57 pm

When notes come in discrete well-defined chunks and are not directly tied to a particular piece of writing already under way, whether they’re very permanent (journal entries, contacts, memoranda) or very temporary (brainstorming), I like Tinderbox. But I don’t find it easy to compare the text of multiple notes side by side, or to split or combine existing notes, and exporting large amounts of data from Tinderbox takes careful planning.

When it comes to experimental writing that may or may not find its way into a working draft, and for detailed research notes directly tied to a particular piece of writing, I like Scrivener. Its facility with split views, filtering, and the chopping and fusing of individual notes is impressive and intuitive. The binder organization is straightforward yet flexible, everything gets creation and modification dates as a matter of course, I don’t feel any pressure to give everything a title, and I can keep important source material ready to hand in the Research folder. Often I’ll start drafting a paper in Mellel and support it with a Scrivener project whose official Draft folder stays more or less empty.

For the simple brainstorming I used to do on legal pads I use Scapple.

For handwritten notes I’ve been experimenting with the ReMarkable tablet, but it’s not part of anything resembling a workflow (yet).

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