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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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            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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