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    Note Programs to organize PDFs

    Here we go topic, new thread, new posts....but a topic that was brought up before. MP has a lot of resources available as PDFs: recitations, quizzes, tests, etc. How do you keep yours organized?

    Folks have mentioned OneNote, which is Microsoft; looking up a review of that mentioned Evernote, which is a more independent program (might work better on android products). Who has used what, and what do folks like? I like this idea of keeping these things together in one spot, so I would love to hear from experienced users.

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    I've been using Evernote for several years, but it is not as useful to me as Onenote. I dump notes, or pictures, or clips from websites, with tags, and then search the tags when I am looking for something. You can take a picture of a business card and file it there. I love not having scraps of paper everywhere. I do this mostly for household things like random website passwords or scraps of paper with crazy notes that my kids drew during school. We are building a house and I've been using Evernote to file all of the product pictures/specs I snap when visiting a showroom.

    I just started using Onenote (Mac version) and love it. From a homeschool planning perspective, it does all that I need. I just took the pdfs of Kinder, First and Second grades recitation and put them in my "notebook." You can copy the entire PDF or just copy a link to the file. I chose to put the entire document on my page. I haven't figured out how I want to do Latin, since there isn't a pdf of recitation for each Form. I am wondering if I want to make my own and put it there, I just don't know. I would like to have the drill from Christian Studies too, and was thinking about using my scanner app in the iPad to get a rough copy in there.

    I read an article online (and can't remember what site) where the author said he used Evernote for research and Onenote for organization and planning. That seems like where I am going - I haven't figured out how to easily clip material from websites right into Onenote, whereas Evernote's clipper is excellent. If you don't save a lot of information from the web you might not ever need it. I only use Evernote about once a week, but I do love it as a filing cabinet/dumping ground for odds and ends.


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      I agree with Michelle. I've downloaded the free versions of both Evernote and Onenote for Mac, and after researching reviews and youtube tutorials, I am finding that I prefer Onenote for homeschooling, and Evernote for everything else. It's difficult for me to transition into digital organization, and creativity is not one of my strengths. So it helps to see examples of what other people do, like Lemonade's examples for Classical Composition. I never would have thought of that on my own.


        I just store everything in the Adobe document cloud. It's free (or, for extra storage, $0.99 a month) and you can create folders for different subjects. With my Epson printer app, I can save any PDF into the Adobe cloud, send it to the Epson app and then print it from my iPad. Easy peasy. I don't use a desktop PC for anything. Use iPad for everything. The cloud holds more data than I will ever use.
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