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Switching from Evernote (part 1) 

Is there life after Evernote? Yes. And I have a lot to tell you guys. As a matter of fact, there's too much to fit into one post, so I hope I will be able to finish what I started with this post. 

This post goes a bit beyond just what app does what. As I learned, Evernote's problem is that it's tying to do ALL the things. Dumping everything into one database was not very helpful for me long-term. 

What do you guys think? Questions are welcome!! 

+Art Gelwicks, I thought you'd be interested in this one :)
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Micro Posts on a Personal Blog

These days, when most of my written material is either on G+ or Medium and other websites, it doesn't make sense to direct traffic to a personal website. Still, I can't just let someone else make a domain from my name, right? 

I wasn't sure what to put on my personal website. My current solutions are "micro posts" which give a short run down of my week, more or less, with links to different posts and some extra material. After all, if you follow me to my personal website, I assume you'd like to know a few more details about me, right? 

So let me know what you think about the idea and the layout. Ideas and feedback welcome! 
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Markdown and Writing Category Levels

(wasn't there a "tools" or a similar thread here before? Or am I just imagining things)

I caved in yesterday and purchased a copy of Ulysses. The app looks amazing for my writing needs, the difficult part was to find and talk to people who use it. I notice there's a similar case for many writing tools out there.

Anyway.

Ulysses charm, for me, is in the promise of writing more using Markdown. I won't explain what it is here (easy enough to Google if you haven't heard of it yet) but it's not so much how "amazing" markdown is, it's more about being able to use one writing protocol, if you wish. Writing is too broad, too much of something we do with our computers, to be simple just divided to apps or tasks. Writing is not just about emails or short stories or posts or discussions like this one. Writing is also formatting, style, information and communication, and sometimes these two levels of categories are not mutually exclusive. 

What do you guys think about Markdown, and if not Markdown specifically, a certain writing protocol or technical style? Do you use one or not? Why? 

And hey, if anyone here  uses Ulysses, let me know... I have many questions. 

Thanks! 
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I'm old school - Word and pen/paper. Not as fussed about any formatting because much of that I change when editing.

I've always debated using writing tools but have never found one that makes my life easier instead of more complicated. 
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Help?

I know I posted a link to a draft (Draft...) and this is the wrong community for that. I also posted it in the critique community. 

The reason I'm posting a draft here as well is for the following reasons: 

1. This is not a Google Document (even though a rather easy to use app that doesn't require an account or installation from anyone), so it doesn't follow the strict guide lines of the critique community 

2. The topic is writing software. The post is one page long (500 words) and promotes a question I wanted to ask the community anyway: if anyone uses the software I mention (Ulysses 3, iA Writer, Byline) and can comment on it

3. The topic is also obsession, and I hope someone can maybe relate to that because man, I need to take a shower already. 

If it is determined that this post is against the Community rules, I apologize in advance. I'm just not sure where it does fit. 

Thank you! 
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Shay, if you want to ask the community a question ask it in your post, and not via another website.

The idea in this community is that people don't have to click oinks to have a discussion.

So it's still getting removed, sorry.
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What's your setup?

How does your desk look like? How do you use your computer, and where is it located? Desktop/Laptop? Notebook? Where do you Keep it? What kind of pens do you use? 

Tell me about your writing setup, if you have one. 

I would love it if people who respond could take pictures and upload and maybe paste the link to the photo in the comments (or does anyone have a better idea?)

Keep it visual. Submit pictures with explanations if you can. Can we do this? 

Many thanks in advance! 
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I am currently writing on a train travelling from London to Manchester.
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Looking for Skitch replacement

I used to be a big Evernote fan, but I slowly stopped using it and at this point it has almost nothing going for it in my books besides Skitch, which is an addon anyway. 

I can't seem to find any app that does what Skitch does: annotate images OR  pdfs on Android. 

I ideally, the app will include cropping, arrows, blurring and automatic contrast options that will allow me to "scan" papers. I also want to work with screenshots and general images which is why it's important that it's not just a "scanner" app that saves PDFs. 

Any suggestions? 
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Hello everyone... I'm trying to use Scrivener again after years of not doing so. I'm sharing a post from the writers community which is were I original wrote it. Anyone using Scrivener from an external hard drive?
 
Scrivener Question

Assuming at least some of you use Scrivener..

I'm considering using it for a project, and I think I will have Scrivener installed on two computers as the license says it's OK to do. Can I save my work to an external hard drive and open it from there, no matter what computer I use? Or do I have to use the same computer?
 
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thanks James. That makes it a lot easier
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The Switch from Evernote

I got a lot of comments about my last post about the breakup with Evernote, and I posted a follow up. This is part one of, I hope, a few chapters of what I use instead of Evernote. 

This is not just about other apps that compete with Evernote. I will be the first to go ahead and say that one of the very first things I learned is that replacing Evernote with another app is difficult and also a bad idea. 
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+Troy Christmas I will take a look.  Always looking to improve my workflow.  Thanks 
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+Mark Feenstra 

I deleted my original post. I did so because:

1. I didn't realize Draft requires people to register before they edit someone else's work. I was under the impression the link is all you need. I jumped in too soon as I sometime do when I get excited (and forget I need to take the time to explain things to others who are not as excited as me). 

2. I feel that my post itself is not the kind of material this community is about. While I'm sure there's room to talk about other writing-related things, people here are looking for feedback mostly about their fiction, not tips about tools and blog posts with the writer as the center (the story is the center). 

3. I should have known better as a long time user of the Writer's Discussion Group (even though under my other account). 

I apologize. All I can say is (this is not an excuse) that I got excited about new writing apps (I get excited about writing and productivity apps quite often) and I wanted to see a new app in action. 

Thanks for not deleting it right away and giving me the chance to understand things myself. 
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I think it was worth a shot. Our Docs only rule is basically a way to keep community spam down. Most days we have to delete a few posts where people aren't looking for feedback, but rather to get clicks through to their blog.

I'd always thought that there had to be a reasonable Docs alternative though, and I was just waiting for someone to post something that was going to "break" the rule, but still be completely okay. Draftin fits that description, but since our active community base is pretty small, I wasn't sure how many people would want to take the time to sign up for an account there.

Basically, nothing to apologize for on your end. It was a worthwhile experiment, and if you want to use Draftin in the future, that's fine with me. The only caveat is that you will be alienating a bunch of possible critiquers who don't want to sign up for an account there.
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Not that I was having a bad day or anything, but this made it way better. There's a lot of stuff here that I can relate to. 
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How to Disable Signing into Chrome Browser via Mac?

Hi all, 
I'm trying to figure out how to disable Chrome browser sign  ins so students can't sign into the browser on a Mac. We also have Chromebooks, and I don't want that change to affect the Chromebooks. 

Any ideas? 
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The policies can be applied on 2 levels. Machine policy over rides cloud policy.
There is no cloud policy to restrict logging into Chrome Browser (you would have to be logged in for it to apply. The work around is to apply the restrict login to pattern on the machine policy. 
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Scrivener Question

Assuming at least some of you use Scrivener..

I'm considering using it for a project, and I think I will have Scrivener installed on two computers as the license says it's OK to do. Can I save my work to an external hard drive and open it from there, no matter what computer I use? Or do I have to use the same computer?
 
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Yup what +Mark Feenstra said. You often get people whining about how bad it is that Scrivener lost their data - and it's always because they had the application open in two different places simultaneously.

Just don't do that.
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