Note Taking Software

27 November 2017

Comparison of Apps for Note-Taking, Researching and Organizing There are a number of note-taking applications in the market, but if you are a power user, it can be hard to find exactly the “right solution”. Depending on your needs, you may want to use several different applications - none of which will usually integrate together in any helpful way. And if you want to retain full access to your notes and avoid lock-in to a particular provider it gets even harder.

Contact form providers

19 October 2017

Finding open source software that creates both beautiful and customised contact forms for your website is tricky. Software that allows you to store responses, inform you of new contact requests, enables you to have various forms under one login, allows you to get back to contacts in a click, and, importantly, doesn’t require upgrading to expensive premium subscriptions, is hard to find. For a long period of time, we used Formspree for our contact forms.

September Update!

3 October 2016

We are now in the 11th week of our Official Inquiries project. This month, we managed to introduce a simple search feature to the website, that will allow visitors to the site to search the text inquiries we have up. Meanwhile, we conducted a review of text extraction tools. The better our text extraction, the less work is needed on an inquiry afterwards, so it was important to establish whether there was a clear favourite among the free and open source options available.

Testing PDF Extraction Tools

7 September 2016

We are now 8 weeks into the Official Inquiries project. One of the most time-consuming challenges the project faces is that of turning PDF files of inquiries into clean, readable text. Converting a PDF file into a text file is not a simple matter of changing a file extension or copying and pasting from one to another. To accomplish this conversion, we use free, open source tools which are capable of reading the PDF and rewriting it as a text file.