Sep. 16th, 2011

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This is a topic I've had at the back of my mind for quite a while but haven't explored until today.

I got an email from Delicious reminding me that their site is migrating and all my data is belong to them. Since I used it more as a simple organizer for my own bookmarks than anything else, I'm looking at Mac software that will more flexibly fill that same gap, plus allow me to organize stuff I've starred in Google Reader and stashed in temporary files on my desktop. A digital junk drawer, if you will.

Here are the contenders I've unearthed so far:

(DEVONthink was previously mentioned in our writing tools thread as well.)

Together and EagleFiler use the file system for storage and organization, which means you can access your data in the Finder and Spotlight as well as within their applications, and their libraries easily integrate with Dropbox for backup and browser access.

The other four all have iOS companion apps: Evernote free, Yojimbo $10, DEVONthink $15, ShoveBox $4. The Yojimbo iOS client is read-only.

Evernote is unusual in that it stores all of your info on the web and either you pay a service fee or you see ads. That means you can access your information from any web browser, but it raises the issues of privacy and data portability. The others have free trial versions that expire after a certain period of time.

Thanks to MacHeist, I already have license keys for ShoveBox and the previous major version of DEVONthink Personal. I will try those first and if neither one satisfies me, I'll probably try Evernote after that.

If you have experience with any of these or a different alternative to recommend, leave a comment!

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