What do people here use to store all the clippings they make from the web? It needs to be quick, unobtrusive, so that I can just press a hotkey in the browser, and to allow tagging and later sorting by date; also to be easy to synchonise between two Windows computers. I’m not going to get a Mac laptop just for this. So far, the following have failed me:
- Opera’s notes facility is quick and unobtrusive. But it doesn’t allow tagging, doesn’t easily let me sort date ranges, and won’t synchronise between computers.
- The scrapbook extension for Firefox is comprehensive and may allow tagging, if I misuse the comments field. But it won’t synchronise between computers.
- Ecco is old, and growing buggy. I know that other people can get the shooter working properly. I can’t, is all I can say. It would be perfect if it did work, because then I could slice, dice, and classify everything I put into it and integrate this with other information. I’ve just wasted an hour proving that there is a bug in its date folder handling.
- OneNote? Won’t tag very flexibly, and
won’t interact with non IE browsershas a powertoy to work with Firefox. May or may not synchonise; I can’t remember.
- EverNote: I found the UI irritating and the web clipper wouldn’t work with Opera. I might have another look though; I’ve paid for it. It does synch without fuss.
- Zotero looks great, but won’t synch at all: they suggest putting a special firefox installation on a usb drive, and carrying that between computers. Seems sensible for students but I need a solution that works at the breakfast table, when I am half asleep.
First rough conclusions: none of these will work properly with Opera, which I went back to using a few months ago, for two reasons: I adore the single key ‘z’ shortcut for going back; and I was hoping that improved IMAP would deliver me from bloody odious Thunderbird. Still, it looks as if I will have to return to Firefox.
What else? I know there was some bibliographic-ish program that I lusted after which was a competitor to EndNote. Can’t immediately remember the name, though. Ah. Biblioscape. Wants you to use its own web browser. No thanks, I already have three.
I don’t want an online solution because then it’s not around when I am offline. But I can see I might be driven to one.