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Simple note taking

Writing must be simple. In the quest to find a good writing program I realized two things are important to me. First, whether I’m saving a quick thought on my iPod Touch, or writing a full article on my laptop, my notes need to be captured ubiquitously online or offline. Second, it has to be dead simple.

I use simplenote, a free cloud based application that syncs wirelessly between my laptop and iPod Touch. Setup an account at simplenoteapp.com and you can download various applications for your devices. I downloaded Notational Velocity to sync simplenote with my Mac. It’s simple, loads quickly, and stays out of my way while I write. Only basic formatting is available, but that’s perfect for me. When I’m writing I don’t want to be distracted, I just want to have a blank page in front of me. It’s extremely simple and keeps all my notes in one place.

For iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch you can download simplenote from the App Store. Checkout this post from lifehacker if you want to learn how to have all your notes synced wirelessly between your devices.

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  1. I can see that My Writing Nook dont have an effortless sync. I have been liookng for a perfect writing app for a long time and so far i haven’t found one. The main criteria for me is that my documents are well protected. I dont see dropbox as a good way to keep secret’ docs (mainly my novels). Since i use my macbook and ipad in school every day a lot of people are using them and dropbox is just an open folder on my drive. I like to keep my docs secret and therefor i always place them in an encrypted folder.PlainText is a good app but again it doesn’t have a password, which is needed for me.Copying my text from my writing nooks website into scrivener is not hard and gives me the best protection.I am really liookng forward to scrivener 2.0, but im sure i wont be using the sync option.I also found an annoying thing with Notebooks for ipad today. The word count is not easily accessed which is a problem since i will be doing NaNoWriMo.I hope that one day i will find the perfect writing app for ipad =D

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