I finally gave up on all the tree based organizers like treepad and notecase. Both work well but I have decided to use the lowest common denominator to save my notes – plain text files and for rare exceptions odt documents (LibreOffice/OpenOffice/LotusSymphony).
These are the features I wanted in a note taker:
- Must be easy to use
- Must work on all my computers (home, work, netbook, vmware images, etc)
- Must be easy to transfer from one location to another
- Must be easy to encrypt just those notes that contain private information
- Must be searchable with Google Desktop
- Nice to have: formatting
- Nice to have: attachments (but that also creates a searchablity problem)
I used Treepad for a while and them switched to NoteCase. Both are good. But Google Desktop didn’t find me the node in the tree – it just found me the entire ncd file.
My system now is just to take notes using plain text files with simple Markdown formating. I title each file with a date (mm.dd.yy) and a topic (like personal) and a title (like something personal) so the file would be named
mm.dd.yy – personal – something personal.txt
I keep files organized into folders on the file system. Most of the time my folder system saves me from searching but search still works to turn up results when I use Google Desktop Search to find something.