NoteTaker 1.8 Hits More High Notes — AquaMinds has released version 1.8 of their flagship notebook/outliner program, NoteTaker (see "Take Note of NoteTaker" in TidBITS-677). This version introduces the capability to export to XML, using a new markup specification called NTML (Note-Taking Markup Language); such export can apply an XSL transform on the fly, and as a proof of concept, a transform to Keynote format (APML) is included. Other new features take advantage of technologies in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther: there is import/export to Word (.doc) format, and NoteTaker can now be used as a Web browser – including the ability to type into a search field to do Web searches using any online engine (like Safari’s "Google" field on steroids).
Hovering the mouse over a link to a page or entry and pressing the Option key brings up a floating window displaying the contents of the target, so you can read the linked material without actually going there (who says you can’t be in two places at once?); if the link is a Web URL, the page’s title is fetched and displayed. You can now designate any folder as a "library": NoteTaker will list, in a drawer or dialog, every page of every NoteTaker document found there, for easy access. Many other existing features are improved or tweaked, various speed and efficiency improvements have been incorporated, and the first draft of a nice-looking PDF manual is included. NoteTaker 1.8 is $70, and is a free upgrade for existing users. A 30-day demo is available as a 14.7 MB download. [MAN]