While going through the MacHeist nanoBundle 2 purchase, that one of the items was MacJournal. I already own it, so I gifted it. But it caused me to take a peek again at the application—the last time I used it was back when it was freeware and had a taco.
It occurs to me that it might make a useful reading notebook to complement my Kindle (and my iPad next month). I haven’t been keeping track of the copious clippings and notes I take with it. Here is my first attempt:
Here is the process I am trying to use:
- Create a journal in MacJournal called “Reading Notebook.”
- Import all the Kindle Clippings I’ve not clipped up as entries
- Create an entry for a book I am reading, tag it with some search terms in the inspector.
- Search and cut the related Kindle Clippings out of the various notes, and paste it to the bottom of the book entry.
- organize, summarize, and delete as I go.
- Import kindle clippings often and delete often.
We’ll see how it goes. I made out some stubs for other ideas for journals.
- Organizing Journal – keep a record of my failed attempts at self-help.
- The Woodwork – I’ve stored unfinished drafts for blog posts in a myriad of places: Things, folders with the title, TextEdit RTF documents, and drafts on the blog. I plan to consolidate them here. Note that MacJournal has a “publish to WordPress” feature, but I don’t think it’s robust enough for me. I’ll continue to use the website, and maybe ecto, if I have the wherewithal.
- Things to Buy – Things is getting too cluttered with a lot of stuff that I don’t plan on buying for years. Delicious is in the same state. (I’ll still use TaskPaper for last-minute organizing before a major purchase and other maintenance purchases.)
For most notetaking, I’m still happy with opening an RTF, dropping it into a folder, and using Spotlight (via Leap) to find things. This just formalizes a fraction of it.