Crusoe is a note-taking Evernote app for researchers, writers, students, professionals, and readers that not only lets you create two-way links between notes, but actually lets you navigate your notes along these connection-pathways. You can never lose your train of thought in Crusoe because that’s exactly what Crusoe saves. Instead of just organizing notes into separate stacks with tags and notebooks, using Crusoe connections you can: (a) connect your notes into storylines; (b) assemble, save, and build on research you’ve done; or (c) even just preserve a quick insight linking two or more notes. You can link notes one-to-one, or one-to-many.
These pathways of connected notes form your train of thought, and so navigating Crusoe is like rewinding and playing back your actual memory of notes and how they all fit together. Or to put it another way, Evernote saves your notes, and Crusoe saves how you think about and use your notes.
Crusoe is a fundamental tool that can adapt to any information management use case—but here are a few things that happen soon after you start making connections in Crusoe:
• The more you connect, the less you’ll search. Instead of searching, you'll navigate trains of thought to pinpoint what matters to you most in an instant. Eventually, search lists will become a thing of the past.
• You’ll stop repeating work you’ve already done. With Crusoe you should never have to go through a stack of tagged notes and figure out how all your notes fit together again. You do that work up front in a matter of seconds.
• You can look at any note and immediately remember what it is, why you saved it.
• Re-visit and understand long, complex articles, in a fraction of the time it would take you to re-read them.
• Perhaps most useful / fun / interesting of all--you can get your various article excerpts, quotes, and ideas talking to one another. Every connection says, “When I see this note, make sure I see these notes too.
The more notes you connect, the less you’ll search, and the more Crusoe will think like you do so that you can see the perfect notes at the perfect time. Here it is, here you go.
Much faster syncing with Evernote, improved UI, tutorial screens for new users, and countless bug fixes!
Ratings and Reviews
Great start but drifting
This app provides the the critical organizing capability that Evernote lacks. It allows you to create zettlekasten like notes and makes Evernote a real personal knowledge base rather than a giant dump box of scraps.
Why only 3 stars? Hasn’t been updated in 2 years, looks like potential abandonware. It also is only available on iOS - it really needs a desktop version to be worthwhile. If you could do the deep organization on a desktop app and consume or tweak it on iOS it would be much more valuable.
To bad - it has fantastic potential but it looks like another great app that could never find a business model to support itself.
I work in the political and media arena, and most of my work involves tracking arguments. If a politician says something controversial, I need to know who responded to it, what they said, and then I need to follow the responses to the responses. The impossible part is remembering who said what and piecing it all together days, months, or even years later.
Just saving all this stuff in Evernote isn't enough (you have to have an Evernote account to use Crusoe… I hope they plan on expanding to Dropbox). If Donald Trump says something about immigration, Hillary fires back, and then a pundit takes a swing at Hillary; I connect all those notes in Crusoe like frames in a comic book. And when I pull out one of those notes/frames, out comes the whole conversation just the way it happened. I don't have to remember what notes I need to look up. And I don't have to piece these notes together again. And for my work, that's a godsend.
Awesome app for students
This app is awesome.
I do a lot of reading for history classes, and I've been using Evernote to save articles, quotes, and other sources that I come across. When I have to write an essay, I can look at all my notes and look for common threads or important themes to write about. However, this takes a lot of time and work.
With Crusoe, when I make a note, I just link it to related stuff. Then, when it comes time to write an essay I can see important threads by browsing through the links I've already made.
This saves me a lot of time that I used to spend laying out my notes and trying to find something to write about.
It's also really good for looking at old notes because I can see how it related to the other sources I've seen and how it fits into the bigger picture.
I definitely recommend this app for anyone who needs to synthesize information or revisit old notes. I also recommend writing descriptions for your links when you make them so you can see how it relates to your other notes.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.