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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    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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  2. Ayush Mittal27bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · 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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    Trello

    Organize anything, together

    ElsaMascot for accessibility and usability · Written
    Trello works solo or shared. Delightful to use and easily searchable.
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    • Nick AllenHead of Marketing at FileInvite | Kiwi

      Brilliant for managing all your project backlogs in a Kanban fashion. Including a list for the DIY tasks around the house.

      As a Marketer I use this daily to manage workflow, sort ideas around future content and prioritize my activities. My team collaborate and report using handy integrations with Google and we use it as a Customer service and Sales script repository to store links to docs and how-to videos.

    • chuchuDeveloper, Andela

      Trello has helped me organize my projects for a while now. Since I work as a software engineer. An example of my boards is sort of where I create tasks then I classify them according to their current position on the sprint. For example I have tasks in different cards such as Icebox, Backlog, Current Iteration and Done. I have set deadlines all ranging from 2 weeks to someday :(. Overall a great product!

  4. KarthikPhD Student, Computational Biology · Written
    Has annotations. The MS word plugins make inserting references easier.
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  5. Excellent database, limited free cloud storage, excellent automatic citations. I go back and forth between this and Mendeley depending on the project.
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  6. 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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    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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