Paper writing/productivity software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Caffereine, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. Caffereine macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2006
    Hello. I recently just fixed my Powerbook and will now be again using it to write my papers, most of which are research in nature.

    My problem is that Microsoft Word doesn't really do what I want it to do, though it's a fine word processor. I need to be able to track chunks of text that will be cited, quoted, or used to provoke my own thoughts, as well as keep track of an outline of what I am doing within the paper. Perhaps this is a bit idealistic, but does anything like that exist? Or are there several programs I might use together?
  2. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    You might like this, it's called Mellel - .
  3. Caffereine thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2006
    Thank you for the suggestion, I just took a look at the demo but it doesn't seem to quite handle chunks of text all that intuitively.
  4. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2004
    Have you looked at Note Taker or NoteBook?
    Or the Scrapbook in Word?
  5. stevietheb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2004
    Our writing processes sound very different—but I use a combination of DevonThink, OmniOutliner, and Mellel for my papers.

    DevonThink provides an interesting way to store and search chunks of text.

    OmniOutliner is a heavy-duty outliner.

    Mellel is a great word processor that is especially geared toward folks who need to work in multiple languages.
  6. calebjohnston macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    pen and paper is a great way to keep thoughts permanently written down.
  7. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    OmniOutliner is included with recent PowerBook models. It's much more than an outline-generator.

    If you really need to hold info for citations, get a copy of EndNote.
  8. enckwanzer macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2005
    Charleston, IL, USA
    I second the recommendation for Endnote. Not only is it a powerful citation application, but it can now store figures, tables, and notes (e.g., chunks of text) with every citation. Oh ... and it's searchable. As a Ph.D. candidate completing my dissertation, I couldn't work without it.
  9. stevietheb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2004
    For me, Endnote was too buggy and slow. Using Endnote with Word was always creating beachballs on my iBook. I was also a little annoyed when upgrading to MS Office 2004 was going to require me to spend $100 (that's with a student discount) to upgrade Endnote (v. 8 I think).

    SO, I now use similar product called Bookends (available from Sonny Software). Bookends is not as full featured as Endnote, but I haven't run across a missing feature that bothers me.
  10. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Is that compatible with OS X 10.3.9 ?


  11. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Personally, the best thing for my writing has been blogs. Blogs allow you to place items in categories, to easily search among many different "documents," and to link to online resources. Cognitive Daily started as a research blog, where we could keep track of journal articles we'd read by writing synopses of the articles. The grand plan is to write a book based on all these blog posts (the book is in the proposal phase now). It works quite well -- just search for the posts you want, then copy and paste them into word for final drafting.

    And, best of all, Cognitive Daily is itself a money maker!

    Greta uses endnote to track the sources, but I just use MS Word to create one big bibliography listing.

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