Pascal GärtnerFreelance Product Designer

What apps do you use to gather and organise references?

I'm looking for apps that allow you to save and organise any sort of reference, whether that be an article, image or gif, when doing research, for example when starting a new design project. I like Evernote's approach and some of its features, e.g. highlighting text in saved articles, annotating images or pdfs, but Evernote's lacking export features and is rather closed. So, I wonder if there's an app out there that lets you save and organise articles, images, videos and notes, that ideally comes with annotating/highlighting capabilities.
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    The new NoteLedge
    Erika LaneMarketing & Business Development · Written
    One app I've come back to a few times after trying to find something better (and being unable to do so) is NoteLedge, by Kdan Mobile. My favorite part about the app is the simplicity of use and features that let you stay organized, both in terms of your documents and time-management. With this app you're able to keep all your references in individual folders for easy access and this makes browsing for something very easy. So, you get to keep all your references organized while also being able to take notes, create illustrations, gather and organize media content and much more. I enjoy using this app
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    Egbert GraySenior Software Developer · Written
    It's so much faster than writing on paper. In the library I just take a pic of the reference, book cover, and back. No more typing. And web clippings all go together. It's great
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    I tell my students to get NoteLedge. When they send me a list, I can sit down and review what they've found on iPad, and make corrections. It's so much easier than a couple years ago on paper.
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  2. 6
    Trello

    Powering millions of teams to work smarter, together.

    ElsaMascot for accessibility and usability · Written
    Trello works solo or shared. Delightful to use and easily searchable.
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    Trello

    Powering millions of teams to work smarter, together.

    ElsaMascot for accessibility and usability · Written
    Trello works solo or shared. Delightful to use and easily searchable.
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  4. 5
    Google Keep

    Save your thoughts, wherever you are

    ElsaMascot for accessibility and usability · Written
    Quick notes from most devices we use. Google Keep will grab text out of images for times when you snap a photo of text somewhere on the go. Conversion to text/OCR has been reliable for me.
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    Candy
    Ayush MittalHead Of Digital Communications · Written
    Specifically with annotating/highlighting capabilities. Use Cany (now Lumio) - Highlight text or data, save images, videos or entire pages from the web. Your highlights are recorded together with all source information. Drag and drop to organise/re-arrange them in the order you like.
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    Candy
    Ayush MittalHead Of Digital Communications · Written
    Specifically with annotating/highlighting capabilities. Use Cany (now Lumio) - Highlight text or data, save images, videos or entire pages from the web. Your highlights are recorded together with all source information. Drag and drop to organise/re-arrange them in the order you like.
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    Mendeley
    KarthikComputational Biology · Written
    Has annotations. The MS word plugins make inserting references easier.
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    BoostHQ
    RozBahramiDigital Media Manager, Skyprep · Written
    I would definitely suggest taking a look at BoostHQ for organizing and sharing content from anywhere. You can also use their Chrome Browser extension to share an article straight into BoostHQ.
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  9. A bookmarking system just for everything digital. from links to images to videos to screenshots and more. Also ready for collaboration and teams. The only thing missing right now is offline viewing. Other than that, great app!
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    Trello
    Alec TranelMaker | Speaker | Writer · Written
    I know Trello can be used for almost anything but I attach links to cards on Trello to collect References to a specific "Next Step" or "Brainstorming." When it comes it to bookmarking a link, it's important that I can turn it into something rather than just collect a pile of references that will lose meaning.
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    OneNote for Mac

    All your notes, on all your devices

    GandhiSoftware Developer · Written
    It has a nice browser extension. Direct feature map to Evernote. Works really well.
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