Best of Research Tools


  • Quiver

    Commercial Mac Website

    Quiver is a notebook built for programmers. It lets you easily mix text, code and Markdown within one note, edit code with an awesome code editor, live preview Markdown and LaTeX cells, and find any note instantly via the full-text search.

    Mix Text, Code and Markdown

    A note in Quiver is comprised of cells --- snippets of text, code, Markdown or LaTeX. You can freely mix different cell types within one note. You can set different languages for different code cells, too.

    Edit In Place

    Whether you are writing code or text, editing is always made in-place. There is no mode switching in Quiver. You just click inside the editor and start typing.

    An Awesome Code Editor

    The programmer's notebook should make code editing effortless. Quiver packs the awesome ACE code editor in code cells, with syntax highlighting support for more than 110 languages, over 20 themes, automatic indent and outdent, and much more.

    Markdown Support

    Quiver lets you write in Markdown with inline formatting and custom CSS options. A live preview window renders Markdown as you type.

    LaTeX Support

    Quiver has built-in LaTeX support (thanks to MathJax), so it’s easy to include beautifully typeset mathematical equations in your notes.

    Images, Files and Links

    Drag an image into a text cell and it will be saved locally with the note. Drag a file into a text cell and it will become a clickable file link. URLs in text cells are automatically detected.

    Instant Full-Text Search

    Notes are only useful if you can find them quickly. Quiver's full-text search is based on Search Kit, the same technology used to power Spotlight on your mac. That's how Quiver can search through thousands of notes in a blink of an eye.

    Two Beautiful UI Themes

    Quiver comes with two beautifully designed UI themes: a light theme and a dark theme.

    Live Preview

    Quiver supports live preview of Markdown and LaTeX cells.

     

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  • Alternote

    Commercial Mac Website

    Gorgeous note-taking app for Mac with Small Evernote iconEvernote integration. Alternote has pixel-perfect interface, robust search, distraction-free mode and lots more. It is designed to be the most convenient and natural way to make notes, collect information, write down your ideas, feelings and memories

     

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  • OmniOutliner

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad Website

    OmniOutliner is a start-to-finish writing app. Perfect for collecting information, outlining Big Ideas, adding structure to any sort of writing, and much more. From grocery lists to email drafts to long-form composition.

    Write
    OmniOutliner is feature-rich enough to see a novel from start to finish. You’ll have more flexibility by putting sentences or paragraphs in easily referenceable nodes, and with iPad Pro and keyboard support it’s even easier to write quickly.

    Structure
    Use OmniOutliner to add structure to your information — something beneficial to more than just outlines. Expand or collapse what you need, when you need it, and zoom in or focus to move everything else out of the way. Reference other apps—like OmniGraffle!—using Split Screen.

    Style
    Perfect for meetings, classes, or keying in need-to-know terms during a sailing lesson. OmniOutliner gets completely out of the way so you can type, return, and type some more. Start new documents with a template to keep everything uniform and expeditious. You’ll find yourself starting all future work here.

    Sync
    Edit all of your outlines on any Mac, iPad, or iPhone using OmniPresence. It’s free, reliable, and open. Your files are always intact and available—they’ll even be waiting for you with Background App Refresh in iOS.

     

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  • ONLYOFFICE

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloudron Website

    Open source productivity suite for managing documents, collaborative projects, and CRM.

     

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  • Outline+

    Commercial Mac iPad Website

    Note-taking becomes
    intuitive again Organize your personal, work and class notes.
    View and edit Microsoft OneNote on iPad and Mac.

    Your OneNote companion on iPad
    Note-taking becomes intuitive again. Organize your personal, work and class notes. View and edit Small Microsoft OneNote iconMicrosoft OneNote on iPad.

    Now you can sync all content in OneNote between your PC and iPad.
    Sync two iPads with each other without OneNote nor PC.
    Sync using iTunes via USB or Dropbox,Box and Skydrive.
    Text formatting, layout, tables, links, images and inks from OneNote are synced 100% to iPad. We will support all of those crazy math symbols soon!
    Use built-in viewer to view attached files or open them in a compatible app.
    Open 2010 and 2007 OneNote formats.
    You notebooks are always up to date. Works like magic.
    Unbelievably fast. Open your notebook after just a few seconds after the sync is started, good chance your data is already synced.
    Reliable. No data loss, no errors. It just works.
    Seamlessly integrated, fully automatic synchronization. Set and forget, your data is in sync now.

     

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  • Notebooks

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad Website

    Notebooks allows you to create as many books as you need. Notebooks stores and displays almost any type of document: plain text and formatted text, PDF, web pages, MS Office or iWork documents, photos, videos, music and much more.

     

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  • Microsoft OneNote

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire Website

    A digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information. .

     

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  • Growly Notes

    Commercial Mac Website

    Growly Notes is a note-taking app somewhat like Small Microsoft OneNote iconMicrosoft OneNote . Gather text, images, links and anything else you can think of in free-form pages organized into sections.

    Organize your information
    Growly Notes lets you capture everything you’re interested in, all in one place. Organize research projects, trips, to-do lists, or journals. Scrapbook your images, web links, and video clips. Your imagination is the only limitation.

    Pages can contain almost anything: formatted text, images, movies, audio clips, PDF files, tables, lists, web and file links, and drawings you create in Notes. There are no rules for where things have to go: put an image beside text, or under it. Draw shapes on top of other notes. Put two snippets of text right next to each other. Click anywhere and start typing.

    Notebooks are organized into sections (the larger tabs on the left in the image above), each of which contains as many pages as you like. All the open notebooks are shown in one window, for easy navigation and quick jumps.

    Appearances are (almost) everything
    With Notes you can change the appearance of everything on the page, from the color and font of text to the background color of the page and whether it has rule lines -- even put a picture behind all the notes like a watermark.

    But you can also change the look of the Notes program itself! We prefer the colorful tabs shown above, but if you find them distracting you can change the tab colors, remove the tab colors, or just give up on the tabs altogether and use a traditional Mac interface.

    Creating a notebook is one thing. Finding a specific note a week later is another. Notes lets you search all open notebooks for any text, and shows you the results in context. A single click on a result takes you to that note.

    You can also tag notes using built-in categories and search for tagged notes with one click. For pinpoint searches, look for tagged notes that contain specific text.

     

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  • Inkdrop

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Website

    The note-taking app with robust Markdown editor, supporting macOS, Windows, and Linux. This app is designed to be the most convenient way to make notes in Markdown for your daily hacking.

     

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  • Boostnote

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Website

    An intuitive and stylish markdown note app for developers. It's fully open-source.

     

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  • Joplin

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Chrome Termux Firefox Website

    An open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities.

     

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  • Curio

    Commercial Mac Website

    Curio is an innovative and visual application for brainstorming, notetaking, and project management.

     

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  • Flamory

    Free Personal Windows Internet Explorer Chrome Microsoft Office Powerpoint Microsoft Office Word ... Adobe Reader Notepad++ Firefox Adobe Acrobat Website

    Flamory remembers things, so you don't have to. Make snapshots of web pages, files and desktop apps. You can find snapshots later using full-text search and thumbnails. Paste them anywhere as links or screenshots.

    When history recording is enabled, snapshots will be created automatically. Here is how this will speed up your web research:

    Step 1 - Keep focused on the research, let Flamory take notes.
    Flamory saves a copy of every web page you visit. If you find something interesting, tell Flamory to make a snapshot, and it will save a screenshot and selected text. It will also remember the exact position on the page, so you can get back there later.

    Step 2 - Share results.
    Share your finding in any form you like - email, blog post or a document. Use the snapshots that Flamory saved. You can paste them as links, edited screenshots or text highlights.

    Step 3 - Find things later.
    Find any page or document you saw by words from its text. You don't even have to open Flamory for that - every time you do a Google search, the app will also search your snapshots. When something is found, blue stripe will appear on the right of the screen.

    Feature highlights:
    • Full-text search in all saved content (page text, window titles, urls)
    • Thumbnails for snapshots
    • Instant preview - hover over snapshot and see large screenshot, whole web page or file text.
    • Built-in screenshot editor that saves original image and lets you re-edit it later.
    • Multiple snapshots per page. You can use them as bookmarks to navigate in a large document.
    • Integration with popular browsers and document editors. Flamory works the same way with web pages, emails, local files, pdf books, and other documents.
    • When you make a snapshot of unsupported application, Flamory will still save a screenshot and searchable window title.

    History and all the snapshots stay on your computer. They are never uploaded to the cloud. Flamory will ignore private browsing sessions and hidden files.

     

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  • SnippetsLab

    Commercial Mac Website

    SnippetsLab is an easy-to-use snippets manager. It helps you to collect and organize valuable code snippets, and makes sure that you have easy access to them whenever you want.

     

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  • DEVONthink

    Commercial Mac Website

    DEVONthink is a solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files.

     

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  • Manuskript

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Open-source tool for writers. With outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

     

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  • calibre

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application made by users, for users. Many languages, designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.

    Calibre can sort the books in your library by title, author, date added, date published, size, rating, or series, along with extra metadata such as tags and personal comments. You can easily search your book collection for a particular book, based on any of this information. Calibre can also go onto the internet to find online books based on existing title/author or ISBN information.

    In addition, Calibre also:
    -syncs to your ebook reader
    -downloads news from the internet and converts it into ebook form
    -offers a ebook viewer that can display all major ebook formats

    Features:

    Library Management
    E-book conversion
    Syncing to e-book reader devices
    Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
    Built-in e-book viewer
    Content server for online access to your book collection
    E-book editor for the major e-book formats

     

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  • Circus Ponies NoteBook

    Commercial Mac iPad Website

    Is your desktop cluttered with files? Are you drowning in sticky notes? Boxes of note cards? 3-ring binders? Do you remember where to find that important web clipping? The briliiant idea or crucial instruction you scribbled on a piece of paper? Circus Ponies NoteBook is the award-winning application that helps Mac users manage all those bits of information that lack a good home. Whether it's the notes, clippings, and to dos of your life, or the e-mails, diagrams and spreadsheets of that important project, NoteBook helps you keep it all organized and accessible.

    With NoteBook, you organize your information naturally, using a familiar notebook interface, complete with pages and tabs, sections and subsections. Add notes and other text. Drag in files and folders. Even "clip" web research, mail messages and other content into your Notebooks without leaving the application you're working in. Annotate your information with diagrams and sketches, highlighting and keywords. Take voice-annotated notes that you can download to your iPod. And protect private thoughts with passwords, covers, and encryption.

    Find anything instantly using NoteBook's patented Multidex™, that locates information based on what you remember about it: a name or number, the date you entered it, a keyword you assigned, even any combination. Then share it all by creating PDFs or publishing your Notebooks to the web, including direct web export to your MobileMe account.

     

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  • Growly Write

    Free Mac Website

    It’s a word processor, not a nuclear reactor
    Perhaps the word processor you’ve been using has 100 times more features than you need. Or it won’t work the way you want it to — too many views or too few, and nothing makes any sense.

     

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  • Gem for OneNote

    Commercial Windows Website

    Gem is a toolkit ( add-in ) combining 400+ features in 6 tabs for OneNote 2016, 2013, 2010.

     

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  • (Un)colored

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Next generation desktop rich content editor that saves documents with themes. HTML & Markdown compatible.

     

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  • MWeb

    Commercial Mac Website

    MWeb can handle professional-level markdown with support for markdown extensions. It provides publishing to various social networks and blogging formats, as well as various preview themes.

     

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  • Ulysses

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad Website

    Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the world, it offers an integrated environment to brainstorm, draft, revise and even submit text on a professional level.

    Based around the concept of non-linear, semantic text editing, Ulysses provides a truly distraction-free and fully focused experience, without sacrificing any advanced features.

    It’s got everything you expect from a modern text editor – and then some:

    • Tabbed, single-window interface
    • Semantic text editing
    • True separation of presentation and content
    • Console mode (aka “distraction-free writing environment”)
    • Extensible export (PDF, DOC, RTF, TXT, HTML, ePub)
    • Project-wide, term-centric search & replace
    • Multiple document and project notes
    • Excerpts
    • Counters for characters, words & pages
    • Configurable metadata (Status, Label, Dates)
    • Integrated backup
    • Filters, groups and document collections
    • Coherent document previews
    • Text trash
    • Typewriter scrolling
    • Bookmarks and style-jumpers
    • Project templates
    • English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Hungarian and Czech localizations

     

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  • PDF Search

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad Website

    PDF Search is an app to search multiple documents insanely fast. It enables you to find any information in seconds within lots of documents. It uses its AI-powered algorithm to detect the best related pages. Just search your documents, reference books or notes using PDF Search. You will see the difference right after. It will make you shine in meetings, classes or at work using your Mac, iPad or iPhone.

    WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT
    PDF Search makes intelligent search. Instead of checking the only existence, It analyses all pages separately and makes a relevancy check for each of them according to given keywords. This check is similar to how a human checks documents. For example, a human is more interested in a page if it has a title containing keywords. PDF Search combines all these kind of checks into a brand new algorithm. Using this algorithm, it finds the most relevant pages instantly among thousands of documents.

    FEATURES

    • Ultra-fast search
    • Synchronization between iOS and macOS app.
    • Page ranking system
    • Word distance algorithm
    • Keyword placement analyze
    • Ability to understand what you mean when you mistype a keyword
    • Export search results as a new PDF document which is containing all best pages from most relevant documents. So you can share results as one document.
    • Wild-char search ability to search words starting or ending with other words.
    • Export current page as PDF easily to share with others
    • Folder based navigation
    • iCloud folder support
    • Tag support
    • Bookmark support
    • Empower search with similar keywords
    • Emphasize? power ranking (Header, title, paragraph detection)
    • PDF Converter : Convert office documents to PDF
    • Export as PDF
    • Support for Word, Powerpoint, Pages, Keynote and RTF documents with the integration of PDF Converter app.
    • Ability to run as a window app or menu bar app.
    • Quick navigation between pages in different documents
    • Insert annotates to pages (Highlight, Underline, Strikethrough)

     

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