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MonaLeigh
12-09-2007, 01:45 AM
Does anyone use a program with index cards that can be easily moved around?

kuwisdelu
12-09-2007, 04:14 AM
If you use a mac, you can use stickies like this.

You can also download a stickies widget to make them better.

And if you don't use a mac, you probably should.

DamaNegra
12-09-2007, 05:42 AM
What's wrong with old-fashioned paper index cards? I love them!

maestrowork
12-09-2007, 07:01 AM
I use iWork/Pages. I can write as long as a page's worth and move those pages around. Then I can export the whole thing into one Word file. I like it.

kristie911
12-09-2007, 07:06 AM
What's wrong with old-fashioned paper index cards? I love them!

Me too! Me too! :D

maestrowork
12-09-2007, 07:09 AM
Me too! Me too! :D

I hate index cards. I tried to use them and it was a big a mess. I need software!!!

MonaLeigh
12-09-2007, 08:12 AM
What's wrong with old-fashioned paper index cards? I love them!
I like them, I just don't have any room to spread them anywhere. My desk is in our bedroom and our 2 year old would destroy anything I laid out:)

MonaLeigh
12-09-2007, 08:14 AM
I use iWork/Pages. I can write as long as a page's worth and move those pages around. Then I can export the whole thing into one Word file. I like it.
I don't have a Mac. :(

DamaNegra
12-09-2007, 10:48 AM
I like them, I just don't have any room to spread them anywhere. My desk is in our bedroom and our 2 year old would destroy anything I laid out:)
How about taping them to the wall high enough so that your child won't be able to reach it?

MonaLeigh
12-09-2007, 07:22 PM
How about taping them to the wall high enough so that your child won't be able to reach it?
I could try that. I just hate having my office in my bedroom. Thanks:) I just bought some of these index cards (http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?level=SK&id=243912).

DamaNegra
12-09-2007, 09:23 PM
Well, it can be any wall in the house, really, as long as you stick them high enough for them to be safe from your toddler :)

Dawno
12-09-2007, 09:39 PM
Does anyone use a program with index cards that can be easily moved around?

You can download a trial version of ndx cards (http://www.ndxcards.com/overview.asp) for free, but after the trial period the program costs $49. It's a pretty nifty application.

Knoesis (http://www.sharewareconnection.com/knoesis-index-card-lite.htm) is a free shareware program - just found it by Googling, don't know if it would work for you, it's
An academic software tool for managing projects, Knoesis helps you research, organize, and write your research and term papers, lectures, and other academic projects through an electronic file card system.

There's a program called "Note Studio (http://www.dogmelon.com.au/ns/index.shtml)" also found via Google, and it appears to be a wiki style organizational tool - I went to the "buy now" page and it says it's been discontinued, so I downloaded the demo which you can still get - haven't tried it yet.

One more I may look at soon Text Block Writer (http://softwarebybrian.com/cms/content/view/20/2/) - the developer claims to have written a book using it.

FennelGiraffe
12-10-2007, 12:09 AM
Some of the electronic sticky note programs might have the features you want. I haven't tried any of them, but it looks like there are a lot of free ones.

ETA: I've recently been trying Freemind (http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page). It's not index cards, but it is a way to organize and rearrange snippets of information.

jenngreenleaf
12-10-2007, 12:42 AM
This one has been my favorite since 2002 or so: http://www.mycorkboard.com/ It's not index cards, but the sticky notes feature is similar (and the rest is really fun, too).

tjwriter
12-10-2007, 08:38 PM
http://www.writerscafe.co.uk/

Writer's cafe features drag and drop cards. There's the free version and the paid for version. I downloaded it once and never really used it much.

Rowdymama
12-10-2007, 11:37 PM
I don't really understand the need for this. What can sticky notes do for you that simply moving text around in your WP program won't do? I had a question on allexperts.com the other day from a fellow who wanted to know what software he should use to write a book. My reaction was, "Huh?" He mentioned blurb.com. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but it all puzzles me no end :Shrug:

tjwriter
12-11-2007, 01:31 AM
I don't really understand the need for this. What can sticky notes do for you that simply moving text around in your WP program won't do? I had a question on allexperts.com the other day from a fellow who wanted to know what software he should use to write a book. My reaction was, "Huh?" He mentioned blurb.com. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but it all puzzles me no end :Shrug:

I've read of several writers who like to write out scenes (like a summary of each scene) and lay them out for a visual to check scenes or rearrange the layout. There are a variety of reasons index or note cards are used. It's something I've heard of many times.

Part of that mantra about how each person processes information differently. Note cards don't do a thing for me, but seems to help many writers.

truelyana
12-11-2007, 03:17 AM
What's wrong with old-fashioned paper index cards? I love them!

Me three, I can get quite creative with them. It's fun. :D