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Science Class Notes and Evernote

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#1 Uryupinsk


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:38 AM

Hi to everyone,


First I'm sorry about my english, I'm French.


I'm using Evernote for about 2 years when I was in med school (switched this year to biology). In 2 years my workflow has changed many times because I want to go totally paperless. In some classes there are some math and chemical formulas and I like to type them instead of using a sheet of paper when this is not exceding a certain size. But I'm a bit perfectionist and I like to have beautiful formulas but writing them easily and in plain text. So here's my workflow :


I'm using Emacs org-mode (which is similar to Markdown in term of markup language) and write my formulas in LaTeX. Org-mode can export the org file into multiple formats, like HTML, PDF or even ODT. So when I have a new lesson :


  1. I create a new org file that I put into a new Evernote note.
  2. I edit this file in Emacs, and changes are saved directly into Evernote.
  3. I write misc notes inside that Evernote note.
  4. At the end of each course I export it in PDF then put it in my note, so it's easily searchable.
  5. I put other docs, like lecture slides and scanned diagrams, into separate notes, then put links into the first one.

I use this method too to write my WordPress blog articles and by exporting the org file in HTML...


This method is convenient because the writing process during lecture is very, very fast, and produces great looking PDF with beautiful formulas.


But it lacks of flexibility because to make my edits to the note searchable in Evernote I have to edit the org file, then export to PDF, then put it into Evernote. So I only use this method for lecture notes; for small notes I type them diretly into Evernote.


Why I don't use Pandoc ? Pandoc is great but, on Windows, there is no editor that can export a file using it, and I don't want to use cmd every time I have to export a file. Also there's a pandoc-mode on Emacs but it doesn't like Windows paths...


I hope my workflow will be helpful and I'd love to share thoughts with you on this topic.

#2 Amie Harpe Longstreet

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 01:33 AM

Dear Uryupinsk,


I am not familiar with any of the programs you mentioned.  I use the Microsoft Mathematics plugin for Microsoft Word for this purpose.  It is good for documenting scientific formulas.  I use it to show statistics formulas in the correct scientific notation in my papers.  Below is a link to the Microsoft webpage about the plugin.  I hope this information is helpful.





#3 Hackademic


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:39 PM

If you were interested in writing in Markdown or MultiMarkdown, but want the HTML to reside in Evernote, the Markdown2Evernote service by Brett Terpstra and Martin Kopischke is great. I've also updated it to add wiki functionality. If your interested, my most recent blog post discusses my update, has a download of my version, and links to Martin's most up-to-date version as well: http://bit.ly/17eSfGg 

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