I have recently tried a couple of proposed equivalents of Microsoft Onenote and found the Mac offering pretty disappointing. Would Devon Technologies ever consider going down this path. It’s a category of product which would work wonderfully in conjunction with Devonthink. While there is some overlap in purpose and function, a notebook app differs from a more database style app by allowing you to manipulate elements such as text, images etc… in a much more in-depth way, and when presented in a feature rich way, can become an indispensable tool in which to record and make notes for lectures, write documents, and build on the sorts of information that might be stored in a database. While DT has a really handy rich text editor, it’s not uber powerful the way that Onenote is, with multiple tabs and pages, open notepages (where you can write anywhere) and a clear visual analogue of the notebooks we are used to using in the real world.
While there are unique aspects of such programs, there are functions which overlap with DT, such as using these programs as a way to store and collate masses of information. Onenote notebooks are similar to a database in the same way that DT databases are similar to notebooks. However, the important visual and functional differences leave room for BOTH of these categories of programs to be used together in a very dynamic and powerful way.
For my part, I have been using DT to pull in and organise huge amounts of data, including pdfs, webpages, images, and rich text. However, when I really want to get into an area, I like to open an notebook so that I can bring together all this information and play with it in a rich and powerful way. At the moment I have been using Circus Ponies Notebook. I have been collecting clippings and rich text notes in a hierarchy of groups, and am using some of this information to really link all these disparate parts in a semi-liniar notebook. It’s a little bit tricky to do this with Notebook. It’s a really nice program; particularly the “multidex” feature, but you can’t access at all of your notebooks through the same interface, as you can with onenote, and there is no way to imbed links to finder-based files or folders as you can in onenote. This means that if I add for example a PDF from DT, these is now a separate copy in DT and Notebook- it makes it very clumsy to work with my clippings!
Having a notebook app which interfaces completely with DT would be such a terrific boon! Especially if the UI, for example, allowed you to replicate or duplicated groups of files from DT to your notebooks with ease, or allow you to apply DTs AI to all of your notebook. What do others think?