(NOTE: This page is a work in progress.)
I can’t remember all the tools I tried for a while and abandoned, but I’ll include those that I can remember. NOTE: The tools on this page may be great tools that simply didn’t work the best my workflow, writing methodology, and research methodologies. Alternatively, they may not have “played well” with Windows 8.1+ or work inefficiently compared to different tools. None of that means that these tools should necessarily be avoided: They may turn out to work WONDERS for your workflow needs, desires, style, and strategy, you never know.
Abandoned Only Because I Used It Satisfactorily and Thus No Longer Needed the Functionality of the Tool
Abandoned Because of Some Type of Unresolved Incompatibility with My Windows Laptop (Windows 8.2+) for Some Reason
Abandoned But I Got Much Out of It (Reason Abandoned Provided, If Any)
I really, REALLY liked the coherence between SuperNotecard and my actual, physical note card making on colored note cards and white note cards. The less robust citation features led me to explore Citavi. SuperNotecard has the same advantage that Scrivener has over MS Word.
BOTTOM LINE: SuperNotecard is well worth a trial, IMO, especially if:
- you don’t like note-taking in Scrivener and kind of like note-taking in a mind map but would like a little more paper writing and vertical feel/structure to note-taking than a mind map can always afford you
- you want to get your handwritten notecard work into digital form and having a mirror digital form would be great
XMind and Docear and FreeMind can yield basically the same output and surpass Scapple for my needs because they import and export widely, work with scripts, functions, etc. Also, there’s not much you can add to Scapple items, but you can add a lot to XMind items, such as voice annotation, notes, icons, etc.
On the other hand, Scapple plays nicely with Scrivener, so heavy Scrivener users might enjoy Scapple immensely.
Abandoned Because I Never Found Myself Using It
An associate noted a few bugs that I never experienced, and I started to feel like it was creating duplicate work (of Mendeley) since I could not abandon all of my organizational and tagging work done in Mendeley.
. . . but I really like it. It’s fun to set and do those timed writing challenges. I’ll likely use it to do timed word count writing challenges fun in the future
They just wouldn’t honor the many requests to add a timer. Had to let it go.
Abandoned Because It Made My Workflow LESS Efficient
I love it and would use it if I hadn’t came up with a better, “homemade” way of doing my qualitative analysis and synthesis that is just way more efficient because I can tailor it precisely to my methodology.
From years ago. Usurped by better tools that don’t lock up your work if you don’t paying the subscription, as Noodletools did at the time. I have no idea what Noodletools does now.