My current tool belt
I experimented a bit with a couple of tools and settled for the following mix:
- My primary tool to verzetteln is nvALT. I wouldn't have thought so at first, but I've come to the conclusion that it's very straightforward, simple, focused. Mostly my zettels are just (markdown) text. So I want to them to be easy to enter, easy to search, and placed in my Dropbox zettelkasten folder. Verzetteln really is a desktop task, so no app for an iOS/Android device needed.
Sometimes, though, text is not enough. Sometimes I want to add an image to a zettel. That's when I use Elephant (http://elephant.mine.nu). It's an Evernote look-alike with an attitude It looks like Evernote, it behaves like it, but it stores data locally. So I pointed Elephant to my nvALT zettelkasten and can view the same zettels through different glasses. Now I can add images to zettel - which of course are not displayed in nvALT, but get stored next to the zettel file.
On my iPhone I'm using 1Writer and/or Simplenote to revise or look-up zettels. Simplenote is synced with nvALT, 1Writer gives me access to zettels via Dropbox integration.
Collecting material from the web to later verzettel works for me best with Instapaper. I first read web articles in Instapaper and add highlights/notes. Later I transfer them to zettel. Alternatively I sometimes read articles in the browser and highlight passages using Highly (http://highly.co).