One of the most popular queries that brings searchers to JLog is Evernote. The sub-text is often ‘software like evernote’, which makes me wonder why anyone is looking for an Evernote replacement. I have my theories.
While this had me thinking about Evernote replacements, ActionOutline popped into my mind. I used to use the free version until I decided that having one notes program would be simpler and decided that would be EverNote 2. During the time I’ve been gone ActionOutline has updated to v.3.2, a long way from where I left it. It’s still as stable and useful as it ever was and even more so now with some new additions. If Evernote is not your thing, I can highly recommend ActionOutline.
If you’re looking for something portable, ActionOutline can handle this just fine as long as you have it installed on the different computers you’re using.
ActionOutline saves your work as outlines. Hence, the name. You can have just one outline or as many as you want, specify a folder to save them in and there’s your portability built in. All you need to do is carry the outlines on a flash-drive.
An outline is really just a file-tree that you create yourself with the content on the other side of the screen. It’s fast and easy and better, by far, than a text document or a word processor if you have a lot of notes and categories and want to some place to organize them. One of the things that’s been added is tabbed browsing, so you can have several outlines open at once and rifle through them. It doesn’t look all scrunched up like this but just to make the screenshot small enough to show you.
If it has a down-side I would say it’s the inability to search across multiple outlines. The Search function only works on the outline that’s on deck at the moment.
It creates hyperlinks automatically (very handy if you’ve ever used anything that doesn’t) and you can drag and drop local text files and open them from inside ActionOutline. I did not have luck dragging and dropping a large video file. It gave a warning about lack of memory and terminated the application. And it doesn’t handle local photos either. So, it’s good but not perfect.
Update: Version 3.4 now includes the option to add photos. Photos can be added from your computer or web browser by copy & paste or drag & drop. Huge improvement that moves this software up a serious notch.
It doesn’t have anything like Evernote’s clipper button, but copy and paste still works. So does drag and drop. Try highlighting text or images on the web and then dragging and dropping them into ActionOutline. It works fine. F5 will insert a date and time-stamp if you want it.
Give ActionOutline a try. It’s a worthy piece of software.