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#1 Mizzmi27

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Posted 17 May 2021 - 01:14 PM

Summarized request (read below if you want more background detail): Please share your favorite program/app for writing (typing) and tracking notes (physically on paper is probably not for me) and specifically your experience/thoughts with Google Docs would be appreciated.

 

I have posted a few other topics as I have been working on nailing down my preferred note-taking/reporting process. I think I have quickly determined that audio-recording my observations/thoughts as I'm observing is much preferred over writing stuff down - I don't have to take my attention away from observing and I was even able to record my thoughts on my drive home this weekend from the local observatory public-night.

 

So I am using Google Recorder on my phone to record. I didn't really do any research there; it was already on my phone and it transcribes the audio into text (while maintaining the audio recording). It seems like a really good app but I'm also open to suggestions of other recording apps/programs...

 

I now have 4 nights of recordings and need to start organizing some of this on "paper" but think there are a lot of options in terms of the available apps and programs and would like to start with a good one that I could use for a long time (as opposed to jotting things down in the first program that comes to mind, not liking it, transferring to a different program, repeat). The very first thing that came to mind was just tracking in Excel and creating a table based on constellation or something to track favorite targets, best observation times/conditions, random notes, etc but figured there's no way that's a good option and would get out of hand very quickly.

 

After some brief research I'm just leaning toward Google Docs as I think I will have a lot of options/freedom to format my notes. Any thoughts on Google Docs or other favorite programs would be appreciated. The one worry I always have with any Google product is that they are always changing, renaming, or just straight up abandoning their programs/apps.

 

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#2 P_Myers

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Posted 17 May 2021 - 01:23 PM



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Posted 17 May 2021 - 02:46 PM

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#4 blakesphere

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Posted 20 May 2021 - 10:28 AM

I too use audio recording.

 

I have a Sony device, amber screen, AAA batteries. It's awesome.



#5 blakesphere

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Posted 20 May 2021 - 10:29 AM

The other part to this is logging... or blogging. I put all my transcribed log notes onto blogger.

 

Even though that goes out into the wild, it is primarily for me. It helps me keep organised. Everything's date-stamped. I can easily search past events.


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Posted 21 May 2021 - 11:07 AM

The other part to this is logging... or blogging. I put all my transcribed log notes onto blogger.

 

Even though that goes out into the wild, it is primarily for me. It helps me keep organised. Everything's date-stamped. I can easily search past events.

I too have a astro blog of my logs but on my local LAN, not "out in the wild". Very convenient, It can be updated from a phone or tablet or computer using a browser. Can add pictures or even the audio recording if I  am feeling lazy and transcibe them later. Very easy to search.

Runs on a raspberry pi on my home network and is up 24/7.

I use the free software twiki to blog.

 

Recently I found that I can dump say a years worth of blog from a twiki into a pdf and print it, if I want to keep a hard copy.



#7 EmeraldHills

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 12:27 PM

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Posted 21 May 2021 - 01:01 PM

I have a Rocketbook.

 

I can write with a pen, use the phone app to scan what I've written and it uses OCR to transcribe it and emails me a copy (as well as store the image on my Google Drive), and finally I wipe the pages clean with a cloth and can re-use them.

 

It's pretty cool, though the OCR doesn't handle the little sketches that I sometimes like to do.




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