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8 Best Apps To Capture Your Inspiration

8 Best Apps To Capture Your Inspiration

Inspiration is critical to completing new projects, but we never know when it is going to hit us. Remember that time you were in the bathroom and you discovered the perfect way to reorganize your laundry room? Everything was looking great until you got to the laundry room and realized you had completely forgotten your brilliant plan. With these apps, you will never waste time trying to recall your awesome plans again.

1. Todoist

This app is great for listing all that stuff you’ve got to do. If you think of a great solution to the laundry room chaos, you can whip out this little sucker and list out all of the tasks needed to accomplish your vision. This app allows you to assign a priority level to the task, schedule it for a specific completion date, and add notes to any one task. Take that burst of energy from your moment of inspiration and immediately translate it into actionable steps.

Todoist

    2. Evernote

    Evernote is a note taking program. This app enables you to quickly write down, either in handwriting or traditional typing, whatever ideas strike you. Just open up a new note, throw those award winning ideas down, pop the note in the most relevant notebook and BAM inspiration captured. You can add tags to your notes to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for later on. This program also comes with handwriting recognition technology. So, all of your handwritten notes instantly become searchable. Additionally, you can snap pics, add links, and set reminders to notes.

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    Evernote

      3. Feedly

      This RSS reader is a great way to organize all your online reading. Rather than traveling to the website to each of your favorite blogs, you can collect them all in RSS format on your Feedly account. The interface is simple and you can easily share and save articles you find particularly inspirational. Combine this information collection tool with Evernote and you can tag those inspirational articles and connect them up to your relevant work.

      Feedly

        4. Pocket

        This Google chrome browser extension and mobile app allows users to grab any online content and save it for later. This is an awesome feature if you are browsing the web at work and you just don’t have time to check out that interesting video, like the most inspirational TED talks found here, at this precise moment. Just throw it into your Pocket and you can check it out when you’ve got more time.

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        Pocket

          5. SimpleMind

          This Android app is a great way to map out your most inspirational ideas. If you are a visual learner, this is a great way to easily see your web of ideas and exactly how they connect together. You can customize the experience with various connection and node designs.

          Simple Mind

            6. Ember

            This tool allows you to save screenshots, snap webpages, draw directly onto images, and it even syncs with Dropbox. One advantage Ember has over Evernote is its drawing tools. As you draw directly onto images, the program automatically detects the presence of any basic shapes such as boxes or circles. The program than converts your hand drawing to the computer generated shape.

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            Ember

              7. A Novel Idea

              Perfect for those who love telling stories, this app allows the user to plot your story and record your inspiration anywhere. You can play around with rearranging scenes, developing characters, and quickly see key elements of your story. This little app is fantastic for everyone from professional writers to those composing a creative piece for their teachers.

              A Novel Idea

                8. Autodesk Sketchbook

                This professional grade drawing app is great for both generating and capturing inspiration. Sometimes the best way to loosen up our minds is through a little creative expression. With this app you can easily unleash your creativity. The excellent range of tools and color options allows you to create whatever your heart desires. Even if your artistic skills remain at stick figure expert, you can express your most recent inspiration visually.

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                Autodesk Scketchbook

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                  Last Updated on May 14, 2019

                  8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                  8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                  Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                  1. Zoho Notebook
                    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                  2. Evernote
                    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                  3. Net Notes
                    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                  4. i-Lighter
                    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                  5. Clipmarks
                    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                  6. UberNote
                    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                  7. iLeonardo
                    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                  8. Zotero
                    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                  I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                  In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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