Ahem. This seemed to be a perfectly suitable thread to necro, rather than creating a new one. I want to pick the brains of any in the Qt3 crowd who do academic-style research. Specifically, research along the lines of reading a billion articles and books, often in PDF format, and taking notes that will eventually become footnotes or other citations. Back in the days of yore, I did this on index cards. Create a card with the bibliographic info for a source, then a bunch of child cards, each with a page number and the relevant info (quotation, data, whatever) that would be cited. This worked, though it was of course somewhat awkward at times. It was also really hard for me because my handwriting is terrible, and then, long before I had carpal tunnel surgery, writing a lot made my hands cramp.
Now, I use Zotero to store the bibliographic stuff these days, and of course it is great for spitting out bibliographies. And it can insert citations in whatever format into a Word document quite well. My challenge is the process of getting from “reading the text” through “extracting the note” to “storing thee note in a retrievable format” to “accessing and citing the note” in a way is less annoying and flow-stopping than the traditional take notes by hand (or keyboard) while reading. In particular, I want to use my existing Surface 4 Pro as a tablet (or, if it takes that, I’d get an iPad if necessary) to read PDFs and easily use the pen to jot down quick observations as notes, and to easily target blocks of text to quote, and have those notes or quotations saved into something like Zotero or another app without me having to retype stuff, re-enter bibliographic info, or jump through too many hoops.
What I would love would be the following scenario: I open a PDF of an article or chapter on my machine. A would highlight something that I wanted to note, using the pen, and easily save that chunk of text wither with the article/chapter’s bibliographic info or into something like Zotero tagged with that info, without juggling several apps and going back and forth. I want to maximize throughput really, as when I read I often find myself stopping to take notes and then losing my train of thought or otherwise getting bogged down. I want a way to turn my tablet into something that makes it easier for me not to just read stuff (that is easy) but to extract the notes I need, faster and more seamlessly than if I stopped every minute or two to laboriously copy and paste stuff into Zotero or whatever. Which I could certainly do, and may end up doing, because it may be the simplest way.
Tons of apps out there for storing notes, etc. but it’s the generation of these virtual notecards that is bedeviling me.
EDIT: I found this at the Zotero site; seems they are about to roll out PDF viewer/note capability that may well be what I want.