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    Over the years I've collected thousands of txt-notes in several folders and subfolders.
    I used to edit them with notesy and dropbox-sync between my iphone and ipad.

    But now I'm looking for a more sophisticated option since the huge amount of notes is starting to get a little bit confusing
    A tree view like Meteor notes would be perfect, but the app doesnt do auto sync which I need.
    So I guess I have to find a way to migrate my folder-structure into opml or microsoft onenote, and find an app that can import my notes, has an ipad and iphone version and does dropbox auto sync.
    The only thing I need is basic text editing and the possibility to view the notes in a tree-like structure, the more options to sort and categorize, the better. Anything else like addig pictures and handwriting would be nice, but is not neccessary.
    Anyone an idea?
    Any help will be much appreciated!
    Last edited by jfhey; 08-12-2012 at 07:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfhey
    Over the years I've collected thousands of txt-notes in several folders and subfolders.
    I used to edit them with notesy and dropbox-sync between my iphone and ipad.

    But now I'm looking for a more sophisticated option since the huge amount of notes is starting to get a little bit confusing
    A tree view like Meteor notes would be perfect, but the app doesnt do auto sync which I need.
    So I guess I have to find a way to migrate my folder-structure into opml or microsoft onenote, and find an app that can import my notes, has an ipad and iphone version and does dropbox auto sync.
    The only thing I need is basic text editing and the possibility to view the notes in a tree-like structure, the more options to sort and categorize, the better. Anything else like addig pictures and handwriting would be nice, but is not neccessary.
    Anyone an idea?
    Any help will be much appreciated!
    You mention Microsoft OneNote, I use this on the pc and I use Outline+ on the iPad which uses Dropbox synch and works really well with complex notes , tested the MS OneNote for iPad but found the synch tedious at best.
    There is a freebie Outline you can try first

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    Thanks for your reply!
    Glad to hear that Outline+ works great with Onenote since I really liked the feel of Outline+.

    The only drawbacks are that there's no Outline+ for iphone, so I would have ro use Microsoft Onenote for iphone.. don't know how this would play together with Outline+.
    Besides, there's no Onenote for mac - I'm still using windows, but plan to switch back to an old macbook that I still have.
    The good thing is, though, that There's a Microsoft Powertool to import files hidden in folders and subfolders into Onenote - exactly what I need.

    Do you have experience with exporting from onenote into an opml-file, editing it in a mindmap, and importing it back into onenote? Does that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfhey
    Thanks for your reply!
    Glad to hear that Outline+ works great with Onenote since I really liked the feel of Outline+.

    The only drawbacks are that there's no Outline+ for iphone, so I would have ro use Microsoft Onenote for iphone.. don't know how this would play together with Outline+.
    Besides, there's no Onenote for mac - I'm still using windows, but plan to switch back to an old macbook that I still have.
    The good thing is, though, that There's a Microsoft Powertool to import files hidden in folders and subfolders into Onenote - exactly what I need.

    Do you have experience with exporting from onenote into an opml-file, editing it in a mindmap, and importing it back into onenote? Does that work?
    I think the iPhone screen is too small for outline and it's menus, they might developed something if there is enough interest.
    Sorry no experience with your Opml file question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosvaark View Post
    I think the iPhone screen is too small for outline and it's menus, they might developed something if there is enough interest.
    Sorry no experience with your Opml file question.
    It might be too small to really work with it, but for me its about being able to simply read and edit the notes when I dont carry the ipad with me. I hope onenote for ipad can do it, although microsoft probably doesnt support dropbox and wants everything to be done over their skydrive

    The only issue I noticed in Outline+: you can not select more than 1 line to copy!! You have to copy a block of text line by line! Very bad for a note-app...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfhey


    The only issue I noticed in Outline+: you can not select more than 1 line to copy!! You have to copy a block of text line by line! Very bad for a note-app...
    No issue , just got to know how, Tap once selects the text block, tap twice selects a word and then from there you can select a line. See pic below


    Best note taking app for iPad-image-1508878039.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosvaark View Post
    you can select a line. See pic below


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    that's exactly it: you can only select one line of text, not the whole textblock or sentence. But it seems that the developers are planning to implement ii in a future update.

    I'm still not sure if I should migrate to OneNote or OmniOutliner. I love the look & feel of onenote, and the creative potential. Also, Outline+ is fantastic and very promising about the future development.
    But maybe an outliner would provide a more clear structure (because of the unlimited subfolders and because you can hide the notes within a subfolder), and it has a good working iphone-ipad-sync, so I'd be able to take notes anywhere, fast.

    Do you have any thoughts on this?

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    Best note taking app for iPad

    I use OmniOutliner for my note taking (after using a lot of other note taking apps). I like the fact that I can use outlines and then export them as OPML into iThoughtsHD as a mindmap. I can also import mindmaps into OmniOutliner, and they appear as an outline.

    In short, OmniOutliner gives me the freedom to take my notes in any of two ways, as an outline or as a mindmap.

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
    Last edited by sn4ke; 08-14-2012 at 10:04 PM.

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    hmm, seems I'll definately have to try out OmniOutliner too. Do you sync your files between iPhone and iPad (if you have both) usind iCloud?
    Do I get it right that OmniOutliner does not use an opml file, but you can export to and import from opml?

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    I use Note Taker HD, after you get used with the commands, is the best i used so far. I just started my graduate class, and needed something for all related notes in class, and this one has it all.
    - Handwrite
    - Keyboard imput
    - Shapes imput (flowchart, arrows, charts, etc)
    - Pictures
    - PDF documents
    And i can write over pictures and documents, email them and more.


    Tested Upad, very good too, but lacked on flowchart forms, and many others, free, $0,99, $1,99 and so on....
    Im sure that is a way to create templates, but im taking notes on the go as the teacher speaks or put them on the black board, and Note Taker has everything in hand.


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