SOHO Notes and Notelife

I’ve been trying out the new version of SOHO Notes and the new iPhone app, Notelife, that goes with it. I had to pay $5 for the iPhone but the Mac program, SOHO Notes, has a free 30-day trial. It’ll cost me $25 to upgrade if I decide to keep it.

So far I’m pretty happy. It’s a solid note taking and organizing program with rather more bells and whistles than I’ll ever use. It doesn’t sync with my iPhone quite as effortlessly as OmniFocus does, but it’s still easier than with any other app I’ve used. (I’m not sure why Omni hasn’t created a perfect and efficient note taking program just by stripping everything away from OmniFocus except for its notes function.)

I’ve adopted and dropped a number of such programs over the years. My first one was iOrganize, which may still be my favorite in terms of simplicity and speed. You could only use it for text notes, but I can work with that. A version of iOrganize that worked with rich text files, just so I can boldface headings, would be ideal, but I can live with all caps.

However, for my work routine at the time, I really needed to be able to use the program on both my laptop and desktop machines, so that I could pass my notebook file from one machine to the other. So I paid for a second license online, but I was sent the same license number a second time. Useless — I couldn’t use the software on one machine without going through the hassle of uninstalling it on the other. Despite sending repeated email messages to the creator over a period of months, I never got a single response, never got the second license number (I mean, how hard would it be to fix that? it’s not like I was asking for tech support on some mysterious problem), never got the refund I asked for if they were unable to give me a second license number. Not like it was a huge amount of money, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. And I really needed a way to transfer my notes easily between machines or the program wouldn’t work for me.

Another early favorite was Sticky Brain. It had more bells and whistles than I needed, but I could not only use it on both machines but it would keep itself syncked via my .Mac account without my having to think about it. I could create or edit a note on my laptop and find the change made to my desktop notes 15 minutes later, without my having had to do anything (other than have the laptop be somewhere it would connect with the Internet, of course). I would have been happy to keep using it, but Sticky Brain morphed into the first version of SOHO Notes, which was a more complicated program with a lot of great features but frustratingly slow and buggy once you got a lot of notes into it. The main advantage of a program like this over, say, storing my notes in hundreds of separate files in a Finder folder called “Notes”, is that I can open, create, take, edit, and reorganize my notes at top speed. So if the program is going to pause and spin the cursor for anywhere from 15 seconds to a few minutes at unpredictable times, well, it sort of defeats the purpose.

SOHO Notes couldn’t really get its act together through a number of upgrades, so I eventually gave up on them, and in fact I’m trying this new version out with some wariness. However, reports are good. Some people are reporting problems with importing notes from an earlier version, but others are saying everything is smooth and very zippy. We’ll see how things are working for me after I’ve imported some folders full of text files.

I tried Yojimbo for a while, and I really liked it for a year or so. The problem with Yojimbo, though, is that it’s really for people who are collecting bits of information that have no strong and obvious organization, and not so much for people who are creating notes in the process of planning discreet projects so that each note goes with one and only one project. I make both kinds of notes, though, and Yojimbo is only first-rate for one of those kinds.

Yojimbo doesn’t allow you to nest folders. You can have any number of folders, mind you, but only on a single level; you can’t create even one extra level of hierarchy. You’re supposed to organize everything with tags. So I’d create a folder for a project and keep all my notes in it, and I’d start another folder for another project and keep all my notes for that project in there, and I like to keep my notes for all my past projects handy so I just precede the folder name with a symbol (I use omega, Ω, which is option-Z on the Mac) that drops it to the bottom of the list of folders so I don’t have to keep scrolling past it. And after a year or so I ended up with this ridiculously long list of folders.

If I could have had just one level of subfolders, I could have put all my completed projects into a folder called, you know, “Completed projects”, so that the only folders at the top level of my hierarchy would be that one, one folder for each current project, and my “Reference” folder for all non-project notes.

But I couldn’t do that. Nesting folders is not possible. I asked for advice on the Yojimbo forum on how to manage this, and was mocked by some Yojimbo chauvinists for wanting anything as old-fashioned and hierarchical and downright linear as a subfolder. Devoted Yojimbo users explained to me that the really modern and efficient way would be to add a tag to each of these notes with the name of its associated project. Then I could dump all these notes into a single folder. When I wanted to pick out the files associated with a completed project, I just had to search on the tag that was associated with it. Which meant keeping a new note with a list of the names of all those tags. I never could see why this was supposed to be easier than dragging a folder into a “Completed projects” folder and letting the names of the subfolders themselves take the place of the separate list of past projects.

I can see that organizing with tags can make more sense when many of your notes could have uses in many different contexts. And it was explained to me how much time I would save in the long run by setting up this tagging system whenever I had a note that was relevant to two or more projects. But in close to ten years of working on my projects in this way, I could remember only one such situation, and I handled it quickly by cutting and pasting the information from the old project note into the new project note.

So what is so wrong about a (horrors!) linear system of organization if you have data that fall naturally and clearly into groups?

Another suggestion, and a better one, was that I export my completed project notes into folders of text files and archive them in a folder in the Finder. A sensible approach, I suppose, though it irks me not to be able to use a note organizing program to keep all the old project notes at hand that I want to. I do look back at them when a new project comes up that is similar to an old one.

One genuinely great thing about Yojimbo is how effortlessly it syncs between my laptop and desktop via my MobileMe account. But at the same time, my routine has changed in the last several years, and it’s no longer particularly important if I can sync my notes between my laptop and my desktop. My current laptop is a lot more powerful than my old one used to be, and I bought a powerful one precisely so that I could use it for a lot of things I used to do only on the desktop, because I have a long commute now and want to make use of that time. So I rarely transfer project files back and forth; I use the the two machines for mostly nonoverlapping kinds of projects.

However, now that I have my iPhone, it’s very desirable to me to be able to keep my notes on both the laptop and the phone and to be edit them in either place and sync them. Over the last six months or so, I’ve been using the iPhone app Notebooks, which syncs the notes on your phone with a folder of text and RTF files that you keep on your main computer. Want to keep your notes in a hierarchy of folders and subfolders? Notebooks has no philosophical objection to your doing so. I’ve been using TextWrangler to open and edit note files on my desktop, because TW lets you have multiple text files open in one window, and makes it easy to switch among them quickly.

That’s been working well enough, and if I decide against SOHO Notes, that’s what I’ll go back to doing. However, syncking between Notebooks and the folder of notes on my desktop is still not as smooth and easy as syncking between SOHO Notes and Notelife. So that’s a point in SOHO’s favor. Another point is that in SOHO, creating and manipulating and jumping around among notes is faster and easier than using TextWrangler and the Finder, which is the whole reason I want such a program in the first place.

Anyway, I’m giving SOHO a spin for a month and we’ll see how it holds up when I start piling it up with notes.

Examining It Is Good for the Anxious Person

The description of the iPhone app “iRevolution” on the iTunes store reads:

It is card game popular in Japan.

The card game is called “Multi millionaire” in Japan.

It is not possible to introduce it here because there are a lot of rules.

Examining it is good for the anxious person.

No, Not That Kind of Chinese Radical

There are a whole bunch of good Chinese-English dictionaries for the iPhone, but as far as I know we don’t have one with a decent way of looking for a character by its radical. (A radical is a component of the character.) I can look up a character on any of my iPhone Chinese dictionaries by its English meaning, or by its pinyin transliteration, or I can draw it. But if I see an unfamiliar character on a sign, say, then I don’t know what it means or how to say it, and when I draw it I’m such a beginner that it can take me several tries to get the right stroke order, and that’s crucial to the recognition software.

So it would be great if I could look it up on the iPhone by radical and number of strokes, as I can in most of the dictionaries I have at home.

But so far the only iPhone Chinese dictionary that has that feature is the Oxford Beginner’s, and that one is very poorly implemented and has a limited number of characters anyway, being meant for beginners.

Three Favorite iPhone Applications

Some of my favorite iPhone apps lately:

OmniFocus. Very possibly my most-used third-party iPhone app now, though that’s with the addition of the desktop version, which it syncs with. It’s a tool for implementing the Getting Things Done system of task management, which I’ve been using for two or three years now. I bought the desktop version of OmniFocus a few months ago, partly because I liked the demo and partly because they’d announced they were working on an iPhone version that would sync with the desktop version.

OmniFocus rocks. The syncking rocks. I can add or modify a to-do item on my laptop and find it on my iPhone (not just downloadable from a website) ten minutes or so later, or vice versa. So far I like the interface on both my computer screen and my iPhone.

I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t recommend OmniFocus for someone who is just starting out with GTD. In fact, I know darned well I wouldn’t. I think it’s best to learn the GTD method staying as close to the ground as possible, just making the lists with pen and paper or in a text editor. Once you’re in the habit of making the lists, and you understand how the process works, and if and only if you’re starting to get a little impatient with the bookkeeping part of things, then you’re ready for something like OmniFocus. But the whole point of GTD is to keep the bookkeeping simple, and you don’t need OmniFocus or anything like it to help you; it’s just a timesaver.

And psychologically it’s important that you understand the GTD process well enough that you know you aren’t letting anything fall through the cracks. Jumping into a program like OmniFocus before you’ve gone through the process by hand for a while could get in the way of getting really grounded in it.

OmniFocus’s ability to use the iPhone’s GPS and show you to-do lists for places nearby is a catchy gimmick and it’s attracted a lot of attention in the reviews, but it seems to me add nothing at all to the program’s usefulness in actual practice. I don’t have any trouble looking over a list of errands and realizing that as long as I’m going to the supermarket I should stop at the post office, too.

OmniFocus has a rep for being a difficult program to learn, which I don’t get. I was using it in five or ten minutes. It does have maybe just a few too many features for my taste, since the whole point of GTD is to keep it simple. There are sections of the user’s manual I still haven’t more than glanced at. But it’s not so complicated that I find it overwhelming or hard to find whatever feature it is that I actually want. Once you understand the GTD process, OmniFocus seems a pretty intuitive way of carrying it out, and a nice timesaver.

FileMagnet. Lets me put docs from my laptop on my iPhone. It’s not the note-taking program that syncs between laptop and iPhone that I want (and that will finally turn the iPhone into the Mac-friendly PDA I’ve wanted for many, many years), but I can put notes on my iPhone for reference. It doesn’t let me edit them on the iPhone but it’s very easy to edit them on the laptop and then replace them, so that’s the next best thing I guess.

I was under the impression from the description that I was going to have to be at home to transfer files, because the iPhone and the laptop (or desktop) computer have to be on the same wireless network, but on their website I discovered that a computer-to-computer network set up on the laptop will work fine. So I bought it, and I have found that indeed I can transfer files from laptop to iPhone wherever I am.

You need to download and install a free program for the Mac, too. When you run it, it opens a window on your Mac screen. When the Mac program isn’t connected to your iPhone via the peer-to-peer network, you can drag and drop files from your Mac onto the window, to be syncked later when you’re connected. When the connection is made, the window divides into two panes; the top pane works the same as before except that files you drag and drop here are now syncked instantly, while the bottom half shows the folders and files you have on your iPhone, much like a Finder window, and you can rearrange them or delete them here. (There doesn’t seem to be any way to rearrange them on the iPhone, though you can delete them there.)

As a first test, to see how it would handle nested folders, I took my Yijing (I Ching in pre-pinyin spelling) files that I used to keep on my PDA, and I put them on my iPhone. This is a text file of Part I of the Wilhelm/Baynes translation that I split up into 64 files, one per hexagram. The files have titles like “17 Lake thunder”, meaning hexagram 17, lake over thunder. The eight hexagrams with lake trigram on top are in a folder called “Lake upper”, and there are seven other folders called “Earth upper” and “Fire upper” and so on. Then these eight folders are in a top-level folder called “Yijing”. If I toss the coins and get, say, mountain over wind, I open up the folder “Yijing”, look at the eight folders inside and open up “Mountain upper”, and then look at the eight files inside and open up “18 Mountain wind”. The arrangement of nested folders makes for a handy way of looking up a hexagram when I don’t have the book nearby, and I thought it would be a good first test of how the software worked.

Well, once I figured out how to get the network going, all I had to do was drag and drop the whole “Yijing” folder onto the window on my Mac screen and an instant later the same folder was showing up on my iPhone. I opened up the folder and found all the subfolders and files inside as they should be. Very easy. The only downside was that I found the text files (in Monaco font) a bit unpleasant to read, so I took a little time later to change the text files to RTF files and changed the font to 11-point Palatino, which looked like a good compromise between compactness and readability. I also abbreviated some of the file names to fit in the FileMagnet display. So now I can carry the Wilhelm/Baynes Yijing around with me on my iPhone, like I used to with my PDA, and I can toss the coins anywhere. Very neat.

I’ve done the same with a couple dozen favorite poems that I used to like to have on my PDA, and that’s working fine, too. FileMagnet is supposed to handle lots of other kinds of files like PDFs and stuff, too. The only problem so far is that I sometimes when I open a file I get a message that FileMagnet is running out of memory, which is silly because these are small RTF files, but this is a known problem so hopefully they’ll figure out how to make it go away.

FireWords. A simple game of finding words snaking through an array of letters that all start out yellow. Every time you make a word, its letters go away and are replaced with random new letters. With every word you find, the last three letters of the word are turned pure yellow again (if they weren’t already), any other letters in the word become silver (“ice”), and the rest of the letters in the array that are not already turned to ice turn a shade more orange. If a letter goes enough turns without being used, it will turn more and more orange and eventually start to smolder. Once it does, you have three more turns to go and then if you still haven’t used the letter, the game is over.

Instead of finding a word, you can shuffle all the letters in the array, but this turns all the non-iced letters another shade of orange so doing this too many times could lead to having more smoldering letters than you can use in three more words. But you can’t avoid shuffling now and then, because sometimes you’ll get an intractable clump of consonants that you can’t break into, so all there is to do is shuffle and hope they mix it up with the vowels.

The business about letters turning to ice is what makes the game interesting, though it also makes it too easy. Interesting because some strategy comes into play as you try to choose words that will create large patches of ice that you then don’t have to worry about until you want. I like to try to ice out the letters in the corners of the array first and then work my way into the center, so that the active letters, the ones that are still turning orange, are confined to a smaller and smaller area. Sometimes I can get so much of the array turned to ice that there are just three active letters, which is the minimum possible.

After playing this for a while, I’ve gotten to the point where I begin to wonder if the game ever really needs to end. It’s easy enough to make four-letter and longer words and turn letters into ice, easy enough to shrink the active area to an easily managed size, so that one isn’t trying to put out smoldering letters in three or four widely separated parts of the board. My latest game has been going on for a good while and I don’t see why it shouldn’t go on for a good while longer. The game could be improved by some mechanism to make the play grow gradually more challenging as your score increases. That, and perhaps something to encourage or force you to break open the iced-up areas now and then.

The only thing that has put my latest game in danger a couple of times has been the occasional stretch where I get few vowels. At times I’ve gotten to where there are only two or three vowels in the entire array, and when that happens any active consonants that are located far from a vowel are in danger of starting to smolder before you can get a vowel near them. You have to make a word that uses a vowel and also uses a consonant or two nearer to the letter you’re trying to get to, and then hope that one of those nearer consonants is replaced by a vowel, and then you use that vowel to use up some consonants even nearer, and so on. And of course there’s no guarantee that you’ll get vowels where you need them. Those are times when it may be better to shuffle all the letters, even at the price of pushing everything one step closer to smoldering, and hope that the vowels end up in more useful places. But there’s no guarantee of that, either.

The closest I’ve come so far in this game was at one point getting to where I had no vowels at all in the array, including no Ys. My own hope was to be able to make one of those rare words with no vowels. I had one N, two Ts, and several Hs, so I shuffled the letters several times in the chance that they would fall so as to make nth possible. I got to where a couple of letters were smoldering and the game would be over in three more turns, so I stopped and made yet another last-ditch search of the board for other words. Not really expecting it to work, but figuring what the hell, I tried making shh. The game accepted it as a word, and two of the three new letters were vowels, which was enough for me to be able to put out the smoldering letters in a couple more turns. The vowel/consonant ratio gradually righted itself and I got the board back under control. Well, if there are a few more short vowelless words like shh in the game’s list of valid words, and one can figure out what they are, then even a brief but severe shortage of vowels could usually be overcome.

(Later: Now I know that it accepts DVD. Sheesh!)

I Can Totally Understand the Charm of Collecting Obsolete Technology, But My Little Box of Slide Rules Takes Up a Whole Lot Less Space

An Apple IIc, still in the original packaging, recently sold on eBay for $2553:

“When this auction came along, I knew I had to have it,” [Dan] Budiac said in an interview. “The prospect of unboxing a mint, 20-year-old computer was simply too good to pass up.”

And he did unbox it, even though that undoubtedly sent the value to collectors plummeting:

“Ultimately, I decided that I didn’t buy it as a financial investment. I bought it so I could stay up until 4 o’clock in the morning playing Oregon Trail.”

I had an Apple IIc myself in the mid-1980s, and I gave it away eight or nine years ago, finally convincing myself I really wasn’t ever going to go back and play the old Infocom text adventure games again, which was about the only thing I could think of that I might want to do with it. Never seemed enough of a reason to take precious desk space away from my current equipment.

It was a great computer, though, very elegantly designed, and I got a lot of writing done on it, including the book and lyrics to All’s Fair, my second completed musical and my first real (if very small) production. The IIc was my main personal computer for four or five years, till I scraped together the cash for a Mac SE in ’89.

Cryptic Clue: It Could Make One Hip! (6)

Last week I went and bought myself an iPhone. It’s been a really exhausting couple of months and it’s going to be another month or so before it’s over, and I wanted to give myself a treat. I’ve been saying since the iPhone came out that if it didn’t do the one thing I really want a PDA for, then it wasn’t worth the money to me, and if it did, it was; so far the iPhone doesn’t do it, but Apple is releasing the software developer’s kit next month (rumor has it that some developers already have advance copies), so I’m sure that it will be coming fairly soon and I bought it anyway.

The most important software I have on my laptop is my note-taking and -organizing software. I am a constant note-taker and it would be a huge boon to me to be able to quickly access and even add to my collection of notes without having to take out my laptop and open it up — if I’m in a used book store and I want to get out the list of books I’d like to find, say, or if I’m in the midst of whatever project I’ve been compiling notes for and need to look something up ASAP. Now, if I’m out for a walk and I suddenly want to jot a few ideas down, I carry around a little notebook with me and then later when I’m at my laptop or my desktop I’ll enter my notes into my software; it’s an extra step that it would be convenient to eliminate, but it works and it isn’t all that much of a hassle. But not having access to all my notes unless I’m at my home computer or I’m carrying my laptop is more of a nuisance and it’d be great to find a way to fix that that really works.

I’ve tried all sorts of note-organizing software. My favorite used to be iOrganize, but I encountered some problems with the license number and could never get any response to my repeated emails, so that turned out not to be usable. Then I switched to Sticky Brain, which I liked a lot, and when it was updated and turned into SOHO Notes I gave it a try and continued liking it at first, but then it got sluggish as the database increased, and worse, one day it suddenly stopped recognizing my password to unlock my encrypted notes and so I lost all my organized notes on personal information and had to recompile them, so I don’t feel right trying that again. (Not just me — there are quite a few similar tales of woe with SOHO Notes out there on the Internet.)

I’ve tried MacNoteTaker, which lets you put all your notes in one folder on your computer, which it then syncs with your Palm. You can nest folders all you want and the hierarchy is preserved on your Palm. That’s a pretty handy setup and I was using it for quite a while. I would use TextWrangler to manage the text files on my computers. I like the simplicity of it and I could see myself going back to MacNoteTaker contentedly. But I’ve grown frustrated with the limitations of syncing between the Mac and the Palm in other ways.

One program that I do really love is NoteBook by Circus Ponies Software — it actually looks like a spiral-bound notebook on your screen, and it’s fun to use and has a lot of nice features. I used it for about a year and I still use it for particular things. But over time I became unsatisfied with not being able to open more than one note at once — it’s possible to switch very quickly back and forth among several notes, but still I often wanted to be able to see two or three notes on the screen at the same time. So I looked around some more and found Yojimbo, which is what I use now — I’m typing this entry into it right now, in fact, to be cut and pasted into my blog later. I can open any number of notes at once in separate windows in Yojimbo if I want to, which is very useful sometimes. There are several easy ways to cut and paste something quickly from a website or email message into my notes. I can, for example, just select and drag a URL onto the list of folders and it’ll download and save a copy of the webpage. All very cool and very convenient.

Yojimbo has a few drawbacks, the biggest one for me being that you can’t nest folders of notes within other folders. I’ve got a workaround for it, but it’s still a bit of a nuisance. I like to have all my notes for a project together in a folder, and I don’t like to throw away my notes when the project is complete, because they’re very handy if I start up a similar project later. I would prefer to be able to move all these folders into another folder called “Completed projects”, but I can’t because I can’t nest folders. What I do instead is rename the folder so that it starts with an omega and a date, like “Ω 2006-05 May Day gathering”, and the omega causes it to fall to the end of the list of folders. So I have a very long list of folders overall, but the important, active ones are all up at the top of the list. The completed project folders are gathered at the bottom of the list, sorted by the month and year I finished them, which for me has turned out to be the most useful way to look for them again.

(Omega, which is option-Z on the Mac, is my general symbol for “something I don’t want to get rid of but don’t want to look at, either, so I’m shoving it down at the bottom of the alphabetized list”. I started using it in iTunes as a way to label playlists that I created only to make other more complicated playlists possible, but which I’m never going to play so I don’t want to have to scroll past them over and over again. It proved to be a very useful gimmick and I’ve used it in other contexts like this one.)

I keep hoping that Yojimbo will add nested folders to its functionality in some future update. In the meanwhile, I make do with this workaround. And I do like the program a lot otherwise. One of the coolest features is that my notes sync between my laptop and my desktop at home by way of my .Mac account, so I can add to my notes in either place and the note will soon show up in the other place without my ever having to remember to do anything about it. Sweet.

I also use a terrific little program called Jreepad for my work notes. It’s a Java-based version of Treepad. Jreepad is limited in a lot of ways but the plus for me is that it was created so that a database of notes could open on both Mac and Windows computers. There’s a Windows version of the program and there’s a Mac version, but the notes themselves live in a separate file that you can move around and open in either program. My work notes live on my work computer most of the time, where I can cut and paste into them from email messages and work documents. But if I’m going into a department meeting I can email the file to my .Mac address, take my laptop into the meeting, and be able to refer to my notes and add to them during the meeting. Then after the meeting is over, instead of having to transcribe a lot of handwritten notes onto my computer (which is what I used to do after every meeting), now I can just email the modified file back to my work address and it’s back on my work computer. I also email a copy to my laptop at the end of each workday. The files are small because the notes can only be in plain text, so I just keep the old mail messages for a while and that serves as an easy daily backup.

What I’m hoping for is that as soon as the software developer’s kit for the iPhone is released, Yojimbo will start working on a way to sync notes with the iPhone. That would fulfill what I’ve wanted most from a PDA for a long time now, and my figuring that it has just got to be happening soon now is a big part of why I jumped the gun a bit and bought me an iPhone when it doesn’t currently have that functionality. I have a Palm PDA, and I have The Missing Sync, which does try to sync Yojimbo folders with the Notes function on the Palm. But my experience has been that the sync function is frequently buggy and kind of a nuisance. I’ve just about given up on using my Palm, in fact, because The Missing Sync, though tons better and easier to use than the Palm software for syncing with the Mac, didn’t really clear up all the issues I’d been having with repeated entries showing up in my address book and my calendar, notes not getting synced correctly, and so on. The iPhone is more limited (at least so far) in what it’ll sync — address book, email, and browser bookmarks, mostly, plus things like photos and music that are not very important to me — but it syncs those things effortlessly, and it seems a sure thing that greater functionality will come soon.

There is a program called Webjimbo that lets you keep your Yojimbo notes on a computer that is always connected to the Internet, and then access them or add to them over the ‘Net from other computers, which can include the iPhone. I tried to set it up but Dave and I weren’t all that comfortable with the modifications I would have had to make to the firewall on our home network. There are also free services that let you keep notes online, where any of my computers could access them as long as I’m hooked up to the Internet, but even with a USB modem on my laptop and my iPhone, I’m not always hooked up to the Internet — I spend a lot of time working on my laptop while commuting on BART, for example, and I don’t want to have my access to my notes interrupted every time the train goes underground. So I’m holding out for something that will really put a copy of my notes on my iPhone.

All in all I’m very pleased with the iPhone, which is the best-thought-out cell phone I’ve had by far. I have my wish list like everyone: Faster connection speed seems like a necessity since so many of its functions are web-based (though I do have to remember that it wasn’t so long ago something like this would have seemed very zippy). Personally I’d like the ability to flag and unflag email messages. The impossibility of copying and pasting anything from one application to another is not only frustrating but inexplicable, since cutting and copying and pasting was the foundation of the Mac interface from the beginning. How much more fundamentally unMaclike can you get than not to be able to cut and paste? But rumor is that Apple is working to add that functionality, and the developer’s kit is almost out, and Yojimbo is actively supporting and updating its software all the time. So I’m hopeful that a few months from now I will have the ability to make a note on my iPhone and have it automatically sync to my laptop and vice versa.

Later: After writing all that out, it suddenly occurs to me that a better way of dealing with old project notes may be to export them as text files and clear them out of Yojimbo, as it’s easy enough to import them again when I want to.