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How to Put a Wiki On Your iPad

How to Put a Wiki On Your iPad


    Wikis just aren’t for Wikipedia anymore. In fact, you can now bring a fully functional wiki with you on your iPad. While note-taking apps like Evernote and SimpleNoteApp have their charm (especially on the iPad) but a wiki has some power and flexibility those apps just can’t muster at this time.

    Wiki apps like what I profile in this post are great for technical documentation, glossaries, and other online documents that need a lot of links and media.

    If you are looking for a bit more power under the hood in your note-taking application, here are some wiki apps for the iPad to check out:

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    WikiTouch

      WikiTouch

      is another wiki app that made the jump from the iPhone to the iPad. It offers many of the features you’ll find in a traditional wiki that is offline/online friendly with the capability to synchronize your notes across multiples PCs, iPhones, and iPads. It has flexible management tools you can access from any computer using a standard web browser. You can also share notes with other people from either the web browser or your iPad

      If you supplement your note taking with other media like photos, documents, video, and audio clips, WikiTouch has got you covered. You can attach media to your notes and link between notes residing in your Wiki. All of your notes and media are available to you offline or online.

      WikiTouch has its own Internet server (in the cloud, not on the iPad like WikiServerPro) where the files and media you upload reside for storage and sharing.

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      Lastly, Wikitouch lets you password protect your important notes.

      WikiServerPro

        WikiServerPro

        puts a fully functional wiki residing on its own Internet Protocol (IP)-based web server on your iPad. I first came across this app on the iPhone and thought it was a great concept that got even better when it came to the iPad’s larger screen real estate.

        The developer likes to position WikiServerPro as more than a wiki because it can accommodate multiple formats including formatted text, ordered/unordered lists, tables, images, JavaScript, and audio/video. It also includes HTML and style sheets if you want to design and create complex pages for your iPad-based wiki

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        WikiServerPro also includes an integrated Twitter client, blogging, JavaScript controlled slide show viewer and other enhancements like tag clouds and RSS feeds just like you enjoy on a traditional wiki or website.

        All of these features together enable you to host content on your iPad for sharing across WiFi networks with the people around you for business or personal uses.

        Trunk Notes

          Trunk Notes

          is another Wiki app that does a wonderful job of bringing legacy wiki features like markup language to the iPad. The markup language is simple to learn and use but still might intimidate people who didn’t grow up having to write markup language for their supper. It has a robust search tool for an app in its class. You have the option to create links between pages and to web sites or documents just as you would in a traditional wiki. You can browse your notes as you can on any other full-blown wiki via a web browser.

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          It has full DropBox support for syncing Trunk Notes between iOS devices. This is a break from the other wiki apps for that use a web server for synchronizing data between devices and PCs.

          When a Wiki meets IPad

          While I am a diehard Evernote guy, it is hard for me even to deny that the wiki apps in this post have some power and options that set then apart from many of the other iPad note taking apps available out there right now.

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            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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            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.
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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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