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I am a time management speaker, trainer and consultant.  I would like to be able to share resources with my customers/members. I have written several ebooks, but they are difficult to keep up to date and distribute. I was thinking it might be better to have an online resource/knowledge database they could access instead. This way, everyone could access it and I could update just one place.

 

I am trying to decide what system to create it in. I have access to web designers and could do it in something like Wordpress, but I was thinking there might be a better way.

 

I use and love Evernote and do share some notes with people that way. Evernote has the advantage that I use it everyday and I really love how the notebooks look. And I want to have lots of checklists and Evernote really shines with checklists.

 

But I have two concerns with using Evernote this way.

 

1. Note Order:  I am concerned that there is no way to properly order the notes within a shared notebook

2. Membership Controls: The membership controls seem too basic for my useage. You can invite people but I can't see where I could remove people's access easily.

 

Am I missing ways this could be done or would something like a Wiki might be a better solution in this case?

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I have found EN to be very poorly designed for sharing information, and even worse for actual collaboration.  There is no control over naming of folders, no sharing of tags, no control of the organization of shared folders by the author, etc. etc.

 

I'd love to see EN address these problems, but they continue to put their efforts elsewhere.

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I really think Evernote has great potential as a publishing platform. I would rather have seen them fix the order sorting of notebooks that we share rather than add reminders.To me, better sharing and collaboration are more important than turning Evernote into a second rate todo list when there are so many great todo list programs out there.

 

But there is a lack of easy ways to create and share knowledge online. Evernote could be a big player in that market with a few tweaks.

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This would seem to be a specialised application similar to the requests posted here from authors who want better version control and chapter links.  There are apps out there that do all of the above and it would seem unwise of Evernote to put a lot of very expensive R&D into something that won't generate enough income to cover its costs.

 

On the other hand they have made the development APK available - shouldn't be hard to specify the sort of management tools you need and employ a developer to build it on an Evernote backbone..

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This would seem to be a specialised application similar to the requests posted here from authors who want better version control and chapter links.  There are apps out there that do all of the above and it would seem unwise of Evernote to put a lot of very expensive R&D into something that won't generate enough income to cover its costs.

 

On the other hand they have made the development APK available - shouldn't be hard to specify the sort of management tools you need and employ a developer to build it on an Evernote backbone..

Hey Gazumped,

 

What apps are there that you say would do what it is I am trying to accomplish?

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That was obviously top-of-the head stuff since I don't exactly have a detailed spec from you,  but most Wiki software (+ some extensions) will surely do the generalised job.  And you're not the first person to want to provide online training materials,  so I'm sure there are solutions out there..  @Metrodon has honourably mentioned Confluence from Atlassian before now (no personal experience),  and I favour Mediawiki.(3.5M users can't be wrong..)

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That was obviously top-of-the head stuff since I don't exactly have a detailed spec from you,  but most Wiki software (+ some extensions) will surely do the generalised job.  And you're not the first person to want to provide online training materials,  so I'm sure there are solutions out there..  @Metrodon has honourably mentioned Confluence from Atlassian before now (no personal experience),  and I favour Mediawiki.(3.5M users can't be wrong..)

Thanks Gazumped.

 

Confluence is more collaboration based and is probably too complicated for the average casual user who just wants to browse resources. I do like the wiki idea and have my designer installing Dokuwiki so I can try that one. I will add Mediawiki to the list of potential wiki softwares to check out as well.

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