Many note-taking programs for the Tablet PC, such as OneNote or GoBinder, will allow me to highlight text in a variety of colors. Acrobat even allows this, though with a limited interface. I want to do more ... It's the retrieval part that is most important to me. I want to search and retrieve, not by text, but by the color of what I've highlighted.
The feature that I've been unable to find (or have missed) so far is the ability to ask the note-taking software to organize or show me all of my blue highlights or all of my yellow highlights.
In summary, I want the ability to:
- bring in documents into the program (PDF or Scan or Import)
- highlight text, using a pen, in a minimum of 6 color shades, ideally in a pallette
- retrieve, access, or organize that text on the basis of the highlighted color.
I'm about to embark on an adventure, reading through the Bible. I plan to highlight key verses based upon a variety of criteria. Using the analog approach, I would take a Bible and a stack of colored highlighters and get to work. the problem with that time-honored tradition is that there's no easy way to retrieve what's been highlighted. That's where the Tablet PC comes in. I believe that an application must exist, (or should exist), that will allow me to highlight selected test in different colors and then bring those highlighted selections of text together.
I would imagine that this capability, if it does not already exist in products like OneNote or GoBinder, would be useful to anyone that enjoys highlighting what they read and who would like to be able to retrieve information, based on their highlights.
Hopefully, what I want exists today, and I've simply overlooked an application or a feature in something I already own.
Perhaps I'm barking up the wrong tree and should look instead to a text-based program or Bible-study software designed for this purpose. This just seems like a perfect Tablet PC application.
Do you know of a program/feature that will do what I want? If so, I'd like to hear from you.
Update 9:14 PM: While my initial request is motivated by my interest in rereading and annotating the Bible, I don't want to limit my request to Bible-related software only. As I digitize some of the paper and books in my office I'm also considering tools to use for information storage an retrieval. For most applications, a PDF file, with appropriate ink-enabled annotation software would work well. (While I'm happy to work in OneNote, I hesitate to store files for long-term use in this format) As far as searching highlights: The Bible-study example is the first time I've considered the desirability of information retrieval based on highlight rather than on flags or text search. Comments welcome.