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Evernote: Using Markdown

There are many benefits to using plain text, but why would you use plain text in an app like Evernote, which has a rich text editor? Maybe you want to avoid odd quirks that you occasionally encounter in the app.…

iPad: Secure Note-Taking

Limitations built into iOS on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod make it quite difficult to move data in and out of the devices in a secure manner, because we often have to rely on a third party somewhere in the…

Textifying Your PDFs

There are several reasons why you might want to textify your PDFs. For example, if you textify everything (including your emails), you can have all of your data available at a tiny fraction of the original size. The process of…

Plain Text for Students and Researchers

I write in plain text whenever I can for several reasons, but you might wonder how this actually works for something like a paper for class, a journal article, or a dissertation. Can You Write a Dissertation in Plain Text?…

Formatting Unformatted Text

I’ve posted before about how I prefer to take my notes in plain, unformatted text. This might seem a little extreme, but in fact, using plain text doesn’t mean you have to give up formatting altogether. Markdown A few years…

The Case for Plain Text

When I take notes, I like to write them in plain, unformatted text. Tech luminaries on the Web have been advocating plain text for a while now (David Sparks, Brett Terpstra, and Merlin Mann to name a few). I’ve also…