ClipCube is a clip/clipboard manager (download link) as well as a note-taker, runs well in Windows, and can be run from a flash (thumb) drive. In fact, I’m drafting this post in ClipCube, and I’m going to paste it into the WordPress New Post/Edit Post window. http://zodcode.com/clipcube/download It’s not an HTML editor – but, sitting at the ready in the task bar, it’s readily accessible, and doesn’t have any problems copying and pasting code snippets or a URL. Having a clipboard with memory can free up time – and reduce errors – in repetitive tasks. In the context of blogging, it could be shortcodes, URLs, or HTML snippets; for attorneys, case citations, privilege or confidentiality notices; for academic writing, bibliographic references for footnotes, and for anyone who uses or writes about code – enormously intolerant of the slightest typing error, ClipCube is likely to be a keeper. Just in drafting this review, I’ve found it invaluable and its interface entirely intuitive. Here’s one screenshot:
Fusion Desk comes in three flavors:
We haven’t started testing yet, but we’re impressed with what we’ve seen so far, and some glowing reviews which were published before several revisions which added features. From NoteTalkers (“Note-taking software from a user’s perspective”) 2006 review:
Tabbed Projects and Tree Hierarchy with sub-folders.
Clean interface and easy navigation. Ribbon style menu.
Reports that are both functional and print ready.
Multiple Export formats.
Built-in timer and ability to track/expense time.
The NoteTalkers review included some suggestions for improving FusionDesk, and at some point after the review, all of those features, and others, made it into subsequent releases.
Even the super-bargain priced “Lite” edition ($30) includes a time-tracking, hours-and-expenses for billing purposes functionality, and that’s not its only valuable feature.PN and smart phones, directly to a second PC, via FTP, over a VPN, and OneNote or with MyInfo.
What’s more, FusionDesk has an API to make it possible for developers to integrate other applications with FusionDesk.
We hope to have some testing – and some results – in the near future.
I’ve been using DeBrief Notes for a few months now, and have decided that it’s definitely a keeper.
I know a number of attorneys who won’t mix notes from more than one case on the same legal pad
- the entire pad can be put in the case file;
- there’s no risk of a client, witness, or adverse counsel seeing any confidential information;
- and, if you use a fresh pad when meeting outsiders, i.e. anyone outside the “Cone of Privilege,” 1
Continuing the comparison to legal pads – With DeBrief Notes
- there’s no worrying about misplacing pads;
- many pads, many pages can be searched at once;
- the portable (flash drive) version runs and saves fast as your USB port;
And here are some of the other features of DeBrief Notes. I haven’t mastered all of these yet, but those that I’ve experimented with seem promising.
Notes can be displayed in a similar fashion to index cards, arranging notes in different orders to produce drafts for whitepapers, articles, or books.
Mark notes as favorites, work in progress, attention required. Refer to them later with only one or two mouse clicks.
An index can be maintained for topics that span across subject areas, like an index in a book.
Reading List and Library
A reading list may be maintained, which builds a library for which research notes may be taken and end notes managed.
To-Dos, Assignments, Discussions
To-Dos, Assignments, and Discussions can be managed in Debrief. While the task features are robust, notes may also be taken with each task and later viewed within different contexts.
Issues, Changes, Risks, Decisions, Milestones
The Case feature supports a “systems management” approach for man-aging work like: issues, changes, risks, decisions, milestones, and so on. Notes and tasks can be included with each case.
Contact information can be collected, for very quick access to phone numbers and such, and notes can be associated to individuals and companies.
Display a view of notes, tasks, and cases, for input into status reports.
Create outlines for use in brainstorming, or organization.
Materials can be exported in various formats, e.g. word processing and spreadsheets, based on context.
Gentle popup reminders each day.
Pricing: there’s a Basic version, which is free, a Standard version for $30, and a Professional version, on which my reiews have been based, and which I think is a bargain for $40.
- Fans of the Buck Henty/Mel Brooks television espionage satire Get Smart are likely to recognise this reference to the “Cone of Silence,” the first use of which, according to Wikipedia, may have been on a 1955 episode of the television series Science Fiction Theater. I was introduced to the “Cone of Privilege” by the outstanding trial attorneys Richard Berne and Wesley Serra, now of Irom, Wittels, Freund, Berne & Serra, P.C. [↩]
Debrief Notes (available in Basic/free, Standard/$29.95, and Professional/$39.95 versions) is a note-taking application that makes it easy to search notes, assign them to categories (cases, clients, projects). From Idealign Software. An easily navigable hierarchy of
|Debrief Hierarchy||Readily apparent use|
|Notebook||Top hierarchy, so lends itself to Client, Matter or Client.Matter|
|Folder||either Matter, or Issue/Project|
|Note||For an individual event, telephone conversation, idea, document, document or data set|
Absent the limitations infra – it’s got a well-featured WYSIWYG editor – text controls include
- text size
- bold, italic, underline
- strikethrough (for many of us, important, particularly when sharing drafts, etc.
- font color
- bulleted lists
- change case (toggles through ALL UPPER, all lower, and Initial Capital Format (I think in MS-Word land, that’s “Title Case”
- Loads rapidly
- has a daily notepad which I find myself using for unexpected incoming phone calls and short-term to-do lists
Limitations of the free version (which I’m using, having not gotten around to using Debrief during the thirty-day trial period):
- Not (apparently) possible to use html (external link) in a note
- Or to internally link notes
- No numbered (or lettered, or other sequential outlining or listing software)
However, I believe that some of these limitations are resolved in the paid versions. Features comparison here.
The Basic edition – reviewed here – is free – the Standard is $29.95, and the Professional Version $39.95. Substantial price breaks for bulk purchases at 10, 100, 500, 1000. I haven’t tested this yet – but my suspicion is that it would work well for collaboration, using a network, VPN, or service like DropBox to synchronize files.
Idealign has, I think, made something very useful here; when we’ve had a chance to ante up for the Standard and Pro versions we’ll review them. Debrief may well catch on and become widely used.