As a student, I’m forever taking notes on a whole host of various topics. Whether I’m in class, or reading up on things in my off time, I can never have too much paper. The only problem with this is that no matter how much I try, everything seems to become completely disorganised and near impossible to manage.
What’s the answer to my complete lack of organisation? Well, as it happens, there’s an application that handles everything I need pretty well, called NoteBook 3.0.
Made by a software development company called Circus Ponies (I know, don’t worry, the application is better than the company name), NoteBook 3.0 offers a completely digital way for you to take, and keep, extensive notes on whatever you happen to be busy working on.
Most students who make notes on their laptop are probably familiar with Microsoft Word, Apple’s iWork or even Evernote, but NoteBook couldn’t be further from the un-tailored environment of a word processor. The interface of the application tries to be as much of a notebook as is possible on a computer, and is very successful at doing it.
When you open NoteBook for the first time, you’ll be presented with the ‘NoteBook Starting Point’, which offers you an abundance of pre-defined template settings for you notebook depending on what you need it for. You can take on any project, from writing a novel to simply taking some notes. You can also choose not to show this window at start-up, if you’d rather get going with a blank notebook each time you open the application. If you don’t want to choose from any of the templates on offer, you can click cancel to close this window and set up a default notebook. This could be quite misleading to new users, as in most cases, clicking cancel will simply close the window, so it may be better to have an option for a ‘blank notebook’ here.
The other really great, unique feature included with NoteBook 3.0 is the multidex that I touched on earlier. The multidex is a really powerful indexing tool in NoteBook which allows you to find various attributes of your entire notebook in a heartbeat. It can run queries for all internet addresses used, attachments, capitalised words, and more, presenting them in a really easy to view, custom created page. Finding aspects of your project with the multidex is a fantastic feature to have, and really sets NoteBook 3.0 apart from other software on the net.