I’m surprised it hasn’t been mentioned yet, but Evernote is incredibly useful for 3D and just about everything else. I keep finding new ways to use it - I think it might be the “killer app” for Internet/mobile.
Although I use it for a lot of things, I first started using it when I got into CG to try to manage the overwhelming amount of information and tips I found on various 3D programs. Now, when I find an interesting thread on a forum or a blog, instead of bookmarking it, I use the web clipper to add it to Evernote. I have a separate notebook for all my CG reference stuff. I’m a software engineer, so I use it the same way for tech-related reference stuff, which is even more overwhelming than all the CG info out there.
Some other ways I use it:
- as a to-do list. I struggled with this for a long time, and even read a couple of books on implementing GTD. I ended up using the instructions at The Secret Weapon (Google it) and that has worked for me
-whenever I get an idea for anything, I jot it down in Evernote. They have clients for every platform, so I can do this whether I’m on my Mac, or my phone.
- I buy a LOT of ebooks, usually from Amazon, but sometimes from publishers directly (especially for tech books). For reading, I still prefer to use the Kindle app on my laptop or phone (oddly enough, I rarely use my actual Kindle). But in addition, I always upload a PDF version to evernote. That way, when I’m searching for something specific, the results will include any references in books I have as well as my other notes (such as web clippings).
- speaking of search, if you use Chrome, the Evernote plugin will let you include searches of your notebooks in search results. Whenever I Google something, I get a section on the side of the page that shows my notes that match the search. Pretty cool stuff. I also use an app that integrates Evernote with Spotlight on my Mac, but I can’t remember the name of it right now.
- there’s another free program called Skitch that lets you do free hand drawings and upload them as notes. On my phone, there’s not much room to draw with my finger, so it’s only good for little doodles. But I could see how with a tablet, this would be a great way to sketch out ideas when they come to you.