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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby existenz » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:36 pm

Word. I used to use Notebook layout but decided it looked too sloppy. Now I just do Print layout and keep it all in an outline format.

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby mac.empress » Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:10 pm

thickfreakness wrote:
keg411 wrote:I use Word in Notebook format. Works fine.


+1


This.

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby angiej » Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:50 pm

Judge Philip Banks wrote:Wow. Thanks for all of your replies!

I don't see the use in using Notebook mode in MS Word for Mac in comparison to just using "normal mode" MS Word for Mac. Can anyone elaborate on the use/advantages of Notebook mode?

I never had a laptop in undergrad, so I always took notes by hand. Law school this upcoming fall will be my first experience taking notes on the computer during lecture... If it helps any, I have a 2009 MBPro.

The Stig wrote:helpful thread!

I typically use MS Word for notes (as a 0L) simply for the notebook view and Pages for everything else. That said, I just got the new '11 Office for Mac, and while it boots up way faster (within 5 seconds instead of 25), the find function seems to have degraded significantly from the last version.

I really want to upgrade to OneNote, but Parallels/VM Ware are somewhat laggy for me (on a MBP from '08). Looking at this thread: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=127496 made me drool over how organized it was!

Thanks for this link. This does make me want OneNote, too. But I am hesitant to put bootcamp or something similar on my laptop to run Windows in parallel with Snow Leopard. As far as I know, there is no other way... :(


I have been using Word for Mac '11 in notebook mode when I want to audio record lectures as I type (and have the audio recording linked to the text). I can't seem to begin or end the recording in the other views/modes but interestingly, when I start to record in notebook mode, I can continue recording in other modes and switch back to notebook mode to end the recording and it all seems to work just fine for me.

I LOVE OneNote, but I have been tinkering with Word for Mac and found that when I create a clickable table of contents, most of the reasons for using OneNote are sufficed in Word for Mac '11. So at this point, I may not decide to run parallels just for the sake of using OneNote.

I did try the free trial of circus ponies and I definitely liked it but I had issues converting it to word. If I ever wanted to share my notes with a PC user, it seemed near impossible. I do like the sticky note function and the auto-indexing, though.

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby BlakcMajikc » Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:10 pm

So far on the table we have:
MS Word
Google Docs
Circus Ponies
Pages
Growly Notes (LinkRemoved) (free "One Note" for Mac)
Various software options (ie OneNote) via Bootcamp

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby Helmholtz » Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:17 pm

BlakcMajikc wrote:Various software options (ie OneNote) via Bootcamp


Or via programs like VMWare or Parallels (bootcamp is nice to have, but too much of a hassle if you're going to use it on a regular basis IMO)

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby angiej » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:17 pm

BlakcMajikc wrote:So far on the table we have:
MS Word
Google Docs
Circus Ponies
Pages
Growly Notes (LinkRemoved) (free "One Note" for Mac)
Various software options (ie OneNote) via Bootcamp


Ooooh, I like the Growly Notes! This is very similar to OneNote. Is there a way to convert Growly notes to Word in the event I would ever need to share anything with my PC-user friends?

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby 03121202698008 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:18 pm

I started with circusponies first semester and switched back to Word this semester. I found free form was much less useful than easily converting notes into outline.

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby 2807 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:47 am

Is there a style of note taking in law school that is vastly different than note taking in UG?

I used Pages for years in UG as a History major, and all my notes were in outlined template form I created. It is so easy, with different shapes/colored bullets to tell me different things, and is fully searchable by using "command-F".

Very basic, but very functional.

Is this too elementary for law school lectures? What is the big concern here?

Is it flow chart needs? Or more visual "connect the dots" note taking that One Note or something can do?

Thanks

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby oreo3405 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:53 am

keg411 wrote:I use Word in Notebook format. Works fine.


+1

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby 03121202698008 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:28 pm

2807 wrote:Is there a style of note taking in law school that is vastly different than note taking in UG?

I used Pages for years in UG as a History major, and all my notes were in outlined template form I created. It is so easy, with different shapes/colored bullets to tell me different things, and is fully searchable by using "command-F".

Very basic, but very functional.

Is this too elementary for law school lectures? What is the big concern here?

Is it flow chart needs? Or more visual "connect the dots" note taking that One Note or something can do?

Thanks


I take in essentially outline form. I make a flow-chart type attack outline of topics to cover but only at the very end.

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby MissLucky » Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:47 pm

can someone please help me out with regards to properly downloading Growly Notes? Everytime I download it, I basically get a blank "scratchpad" page...that's all...and there's got to be more to growly notes than that: --LinkRemoved--



any help here would be really appreciated!

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby JazzOne » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:33 pm

Mac user here. I stopped taking notes and outlining after 1L. hth

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby Helmholtz » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:39 pm

JazzOne wrote:Mac user here. I stopped taking notes and outlining after 1L. hth


There is still more law school after 1L?!?!?!?!?!?!

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby merc280 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:53 pm

so basically note taking in law school boils down to taking notes in class, while reading during self study and then making outlines using a combination of those notes?

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby JazzOne » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:45 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
JazzOne wrote:Mac user here. I stopped taking notes and outlining after 1L. hth


There is still more law school after 1L?!?!?!?!?!?!

Thank God. 3L is going to be the best year of my life. I can feel it.

Helloooooo ladies.

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby dudders » Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:34 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
JazzOne wrote:Mac user here. I stopped taking notes and outlining after 1L. hth


There is still more law school after 1L?!?!?!?!?!?!


Crap.

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby blurped » Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:46 pm

The Stig wrote:
I did try the free trial of circus ponies and I definitely liked it but I had issues converting it to word. If I ever wanted to share my notes with a PC user, it seemed near impossible. I do like the sticky note function and the auto-indexing, though.


I had problems exporting to word, especially with tables, but if you export to .rtf , then open the .rtf file in word, it works much better. I generally have to resize the font & there are some quirky things that don't transfer (such as highlighted text). CP says the ability to export highlighted text should be coming soon in the next version(s).

Also, I had some trouble with formatting an outline on the writing pages. If I indented text using the ruler, it would apply to the rest of the document thereafter, but appear normal in CP. This was easily resolvable though

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby 3|ink » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:23 am

The Stig wrote:
luckyme wrote:
The Stig wrote:helpful thread!

I typically use MS Word for notes (as a 0L) simply for the notebook view and Pages for everything else. That said, I just got the new '11 Office for Mac, and while it boots up way faster (within 5 seconds instead of 25), the find function seems to have degraded significantly from the last version.

I really want to upgrade to OneNote, but Parallels/VM Ware are somewhat laggy for me (on a MBP from '08). Looking at this thread: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=127496 made me drool over how organized it was!


An '08 MBP can't handle it? Specs?


At the time, I had 2GB of RAM (2.4ghz, pre-unibody) and was at one of my previous jobs, with probably too many applications running at the same time. I can't remember what exact program I was using on the windows side, but I think it might have been more resource intensive? I'm sure that if I were just using OneNote it would be fine... (esp. now with 4gb)...

Also, Keynote makes powerpoints look like 5th grade presentations :lol:

The problem is that you're using parallels when you should be using bootcamp. Parallels does not utilize all of your system's resources to run windows. Bootcamp does. Solution: use bootcamp and OneNote from there.

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby IAFG » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:24 am

Scrivener.

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby MissLucky » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:09 pm

i am so confused and flustered trying to figure out these programs - working on growly notes right now but it's actually taking me a lot of effort to figure this stuff out. is it really necessary to have one of these note programs or can I fly by with just Pages? why is there so much hype in law school about note programs?

also anyone who has experience with growly notes, i would love to hear your experiences...i just want something that will allow me to export my notes so that i can print them fine

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby quadsixm » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:17 pm

dudders wrote:I take class/reading notes in Evernote. I usually end up outlining in Word (altho I'm still hanging on to the 2004 edition of Word for Mac - i had installation codes left from undergrad, and it doesn't have nearly as many issues as some of the more recent incarnations)


TITCR Evernote is $$$ and automatically syncs w/ iPhone/iPad

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby BlakcMajikc » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:53 pm

So far on the table we have:
MS Word
Google Docs
Circus Ponies
Pages
Evernote
Scrivener
Growly Notes (free "One Note" for Mac)
Various software options (ie OneNote) via Bootcamp/Parallels etc

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby JDO » Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:52 pm

Can someone post a screen shot of Evernote and Circus Ponies in action? I would like to combine PDFs and word processing in a single document. What program would be good for this?

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Re: Mac Users: What Do You Use to Take Notes and Write Outlines?

Postby quadsixm » Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:04 am

JDO wrote:Can someone post a screen shot of Evernote and Circus Ponies in action? I would like to combine PDFs and word processing in a single document. What program would be good for this?


Can't post a screenshot without outing myself (I name all my notebooks by professor), but Evernote does allow for PDFs and word processing.




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