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    Nov 28, 2007
    Looking for note-taking application (similar to OneNote)
    I'm looking for the best mac alternative to OneNote.
    The only 2 things i really need are:
    - multi-level tabs. Like in OneNote, it has horizontal maintabs and vertical subtabs. I need something similar to that, i don't care exactly how it looks.
    - some sort of drawing-tool. In OneNote I can easily make squares, strokes, arrows and stuff like that. That would be nice to have too.

    Does anyone know a mac application which has both or one of theese features?


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    Jun 16, 2007
    The usual suggestions for users looking to replace OneNote on their macs are:

    Circus Ponies has some sort of tab function, as does Journler.. but I'm not sure if they're similar to what you're looking for.

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    Mar 30, 2004
    Word for Mac. Use the Notebook view.

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    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Hi thanks for you replies.

    I've checked out the suggested applications. Many of them are pretty similar i think. They are a bit to complicated for me, and I can't really find a decent way to format text, insert images etc.

    The only purpose of the application I'm looking for is taking notes in class.
    I would like to give each class a specific tab. And for each class I would like some sort of subfanes for dividing the class into main subjects.
    And when I take notes I like using arrows and squares to point out important stuff, visualizing connections etc.

    Using word:mac's notebook view is very close to what I need. But I don't have the option of making subfanes for each fane, and because the fanes are vertical they are hard to read. A solution could be to make a word-file for each class, but I like having it all together. And when the document is in notebook view I can't draw stuff :-)

    Please feel free to post other applications.


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    Jan 03, 2008
    Download the 30-day trial for Circus Ponies Notebook. I just did that today and transcribed a few day's worth of notes. I have to say it is very simple to use after only a few minutes of getting used to it. You can have a separate notebook for each class, and tabs in that notebook for different things. The program automatically creates and updates a table of contents and searchable index for each notebook as you work.

    I just worked with outlines tonight, but I'm pretty much already sold on the program and plan on buying a permanent key for it. I'm anxious to learn more of the ins and outs in order to get the most out of it. There is a message board on their website where you can get more in-depth help and info, too.

    (Another cool feature is that it will translate your work into HTML so you can post it online and share/let others view your work in the exact same format. This would be great for online study groups.)

    EDIT: Look Here for a LOT more info on this type of thing. I just found this site, but this guy offers a wealth of information regarding using your Mac as a student, law or otherwise. Check out his main page, too. I have it bookmarked and check up on it daily.
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