I look for a category of software, not concrete software packages. Of course if you name some, that wouldn't hurt.

I am to process the works of an author. In the past century this was called writing Zettels. To collect the most important statements of the author in the form of notes.

I could do this with a simple text file, writing the quotes and my remarks, possibly keywords, and then use standard search tools when I write my paper.

But I guess people have created more sophisticated software tools for this. Is there a category of software for this purpose?

  • "note-taking and productivity tools", perhaps. What do you mean by "standard search tools"? The grep command line tool? Do you prefer to work with a GUI based tool? which OS? free or commercial? Sole use or collaboration with others? ...
    – knb
    Commented Aug 15, 2023 at 12:08
  • Yes, grep is a standard search tool or vim's regular expression search which is basically the same.
    – Gergely
    Commented Aug 15, 2023 at 12:45
  • Processing how? Just noting down random facts? No idea what "Zettels" are either, unless it's German for postits, but they're also used nowadays. Please use English terminology.
    – Destroy666
    Commented Aug 15, 2023 at 15:09


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