How searchable are your handwritten notes?

Even if you’re a keyboard junkie, we all jot down notes in some way, shape or form. But whether it’s on paper or on the screen of your Tablet PC, with software such as OneNote and Evernote, your handwritten notes can be nearly as searchable as anything you type, as celebrated today by jkOnTheRun.

Calling it the “Best Little-known Technology of the Decade”, James Kendrick raved about his ability to instantly find 3-year old handwritten notes in OneNote. What makes this especially impressive is what the software had to work with. That word highlighted in yellow is “Jericho”. James’ legendary handwriting is difficult enough for a human to read. For a computer to do it, well, wow.

Later, he showed some love to Evernote, the web-based, sync-centric solution for note-taking. Evernote 3.5 for Windows does offer ink input on a Tablet PC, but you can also scan or photograph paper notes and send it to Evernote for recognition. It’s not as accurate as inking directly on a Tablet PC, but it’s pretty darn good even with photos of notes.

My preferred note-taking application is still Windows Journal. It’s not nearly as loaded as OneNote, but I like to keep things simple. Ink in Journal files is searchable by Windows 7. It won’t jump me to the exact location of the word within the document, but usually I just need to know which file has the search term. Besides, if need be, I can always print my Journal files to OneNote and get the best of both worlds. Regardless, my handwritten notes are as searchable as I want them to be. How about yours?