Important to Get Data Out and Well as In

A while back I wrote about my Knowledge Management process and my choice for DevonThink on the Mac. A few people asked why I didn’t use Evernote.

There are two reasons. One, I think Evernote isn’t a well developed app in that the look and feel is all wrong to me. But hey, it’s free and it works OK so I could overlook that part.

The second and most important reason I don’t use Evernote is that my data gets locked in. Once I start capturing data inside of Evernote there is no way out. And while Evernote gives you some good methods to capture data there is no way to get it out in the future.

Check this screenshot showing the TWO export formats allowed for Evernote. Neither of which are remotely practical.

Check out this screenshot showing the export options for DevonThink:

 

That’s what you want in an “anything box”. Many ways to capture data, organise it, write. But most importantly, export the data.

Other Posts in A Series On The Same Topic

  1. Screencast: Knowledge Management in Technology - Part 3 (9th January 2013)
  2. Screencast: Knowledge Management in Technology - Part 2 (3rd January 2013)
  3. Screencast: Knowledge Management in Technology - Part 1 (30th December 2012)
  4. Important to Get Data Out and Well as In (21st May 2012)
  5. My Knowledge Management Process with PDF Files - Part 2 (13th March 2012)
  6. My Knowledge Management Process with PDF Files - Part 1 (12th March 2012)