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  • 4.0 stars

    "Finally, the All-in-One Information Manager"

    October 26, 2010  |   By jlfelder

    Pros

    All my information is in one place

    Cons

    A picture is worth a thousand words, but I can't cut & paste of images into notes.
    Would be nice to have a footnote type link in a note to a publication in the library.

    Summary

    [Note: I have the Pro version] I can finally keep all my notes and tasks all together on one single place in a coordinated, integrated and organized way. The tasks can be associated with a note so I can take notes as I work to complete a task. Folders and subfolders allow me to keep notes for separate projects organized, yet the calendar view lets me see a summary of all my notes for a given day regardless of what folder they are in. I can even flag a note as being ?highlight? worthy, and then generate a list of notes so flagged for a given range of dates, making my progress reports a snap to put together. One feature I have started to use a lot is the ability to highlight text in one note and drag and drop it on a folder and have it a new note automatically created in the folder that contains the dropped text. This has allowed me to just take notes for the day for all the different projects or other activities all together in a single ?journal? note. Then at the end of the day I just distribute the day?s notes to their proper folders. Clicking on a given day in the calendar view displays all the notes created on that day in a continuous list, so I can still, with a couple clicks, see everything I did on a particular day.
    One thing I wish that Debrief had, or if it does, I haven?t figured out how to use it, is an ability to put a document (book, article, technical paper, presentation) into the library and then put a hot linked ?footnote? within a note pointing to a particular document. I need to keep track of and document where I get the information and data I use to perform my analysis. It would be very handy to put all my sources in the library and then when I use a value from one of them, to be able to put a link next to the value, or even make the value itself a hyperlink that I could right click on and be able to see which document it came from and open that document if I need to. And then when it came time to write my report/paper I would like the ability to generate a list of all the documents referenced by any note in a given folder or group of folders in common citation format that I could just copy into the references section of my report.
    Overall, I can?t recommend Debrief more highly.

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