I will have to confess, as I head toward the end of my 90 days of Apple free tech support, I still have problems. Unfortunately, they’re not the mechanical kind that Macintosh can help me with. It’s sort of like when the department store clerk asks “May I help you?” and all you can really say is “Yes, help me make up my mind if I really need (sought item) and should I pay this much for it and should get it here and get it now.”
Apple can’t help me get my blogging and web research mojo back. I just have to settle down and catch the rhythm, but I am having the devil of a time doing it.
When I realized how much of my 2 Gb of RAM gets called on simply by calling up Parallels to run a single PC program (almost always either OneNote, EccoPro or Quicken) I’ve started trying even harder to stay inside the Mac environment. And I’ve met with partial but not complete success–some coin spent, some freebies tried and discarded, a few kept. But the search goes on.
Issue du jour: OmniOutliner (trial download) allows the quick and flexible brainstorming of EccoPro. But it does not allow alarms to be set. ReminderFox extension, IWantSandy, BackPackit, Remember the Milk, and/or ToDoist have alarms, some only in paid versions. (I haven’t settled on a program for this function, either). These apps don’t speak to OO which doesn’t speak to iCal or Google Calendar so there is duplication of effort using it for task creation.
For text storage and searching and inter-doc relevancy linkage DevonThink Pro is great and paid for. However, it doesn’t do a very easy job of recording clips from FireFox (and I’m unwilling to give up Diigo, InterClue and a few other FFx add-ons and go to Safari or Camino). Plus, I don’t want to trash DTP’s text database with a lot of temporary or trivial blather associated with blogging and my random thoughts. Enter Evernote.
The recently released (still beta) Mac version of Evernote is far superior to the “endless tape” approach in the PC version I tried to love but never did. It will capture from any app and store it is such a way I can access it from the desktop or from the synced web version of my notes. I’m writing this post in Evernote and have a “blogging” notebook whose entries I can sort and search and transfer to DTP if it seems worthwhile. OmniOutliner I think could work well for daily writing, and I like being able to collapse “levels” of my work and quickly resort paragraphs by idea line. But the free Google Notebooks does most of this, and captures live links and the url of clipped pages. Hmmm.
Meanwhile, there are persistent rumors (that might just be wishful thinking) that OneNote for Mac will happen, perhaps this year. So I’m reluctant to spend $70 for OmniOutliner Pro and will grudingly open Parallels once or twice a day until I get my Mac mojo workin’.