I’m old school. I cut my research teeth on 3×5 notecards and a plastic recipe box. Cards are useful, elegant, timeless.
They’re easy and inexpensive to set up and use, easier to re-arrange, but tedious to create. Digital notecards are totally 21st century. For writers, researchers, reporters, biographers, notecards on the Mac is where it’s at. If you write or research or both, try this Mac notecard app.
Organizing The Disorganized
I find it interesting that we take specific analog functions—desktop, files, folders, notecards—and bring them to our digital world. Writers and researchers need tools that bring organization to creative chaos.
Lowly 3×5 index cards do it. So does SuperNotecard.
What is it? It’s not a way to take notes. It’s a way to organize notes. All research and writing is made up of elements, blocks of characters and actions and events along a series of timelines.
SuperNotecard uses simple onscreen notecards to capture those elements. Fill out a notecard—idea, event, character, action, detail, reference, profile. Then, move the cards into decks, arrange them on your Mac’s (or Windows PC) screen, group and categorize however you require.
Without even looking at a manual you’ll be able to figure out the basics of SuperNotecard. Start with a Project. Give it a Title and Description. Then add appropriate elements.
Define scenes, flesh out ideas, add characters, refine profiles, adjust the story line. Use cards to set the action, build the dialog, and manage all the elements of writing—whether creative, non-fiction, or research.
Drag and drop to reorganize the cards into the flow. Track characters, details, and references. Every element can be defined with keywords, category, and source for instant search and retrieval.
SuperNotecard can be used for fiction, non-fiction, any type of research, even bibliographic information. If you’re working on an academic paper, a lecture or speech, the next great novel, or even television scripts, SuperNotecard’s quickly understandable card metaphor makes the process instantly familiar and useful, with a bare minimum learning curve.
Did I mention scripts?
SuperNotecard for Scriptwriting carries the note card tradition to scene focus with an understanding of narrative. Both versions auto spell check and feature auto backups. The scriptwriting version ($5 more than the standard version) is organized for screenplay, has a built-in screen timer, and can export to the popular Final Draft.
The best aspect of SuperNotecard is the note card metaphor on digital steroids. It takes no time to figure out the basics and doesn’t force writers to put their creative juices into a jar with a lid—it’s totally fluid.