Last month, we told you about a new note-taking app called Dunno, which turns all of your static thoughts and ideas into full-fledge search results, making your braindumps actually useful.
Dunno lets you jot down quick notes on iOS or Mac and then runs services in the background to find relevant search results for you. The company has been hard at work on something it called “Mercury 7″, and the update is finally here.
While the service was plenty useful before, this new version lets you do a whole host of things to hone in on exactly what results are helpful to your next-level note-taking.
With the Mercury 7 update, you can now mark relevant results and spawn a new “Dunno” from one of those results. All of this sits within a beautifully redesigned results interface with image browsing.
The app is also speedier on both the desktop and mobile versions.
Here’s a look at the supercharged Mercury 7 update of Dunno:
You can now tag one of the results to check out later:
If you want to spend the time to do more research, you can dig in with a built-in browser that doesn’t force you to open up another piece of software. It’s super handy, and once you find a relevant result, you can use it to spawn a new note, or “Dunno”:
The iOS version is consistent with the desktop, serving as a perfect compliment to the Dunno experience:
For those of us who are constantly thinking, or need to do deep research on a specific topic, Google isn’t always the right place to do so. Search engines require us to frame what we’re searching for almost perfectly, otherwise we’ll get results that aren’t relevant. Of course, Google is working hard on improving this experience, but Dunno has been a real champ for me.
The app is free and it’s worth the download, and having access to your results via the mobile app is a brilliant move.
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If you actually took the time to search for every little thing or idea that came into your mind, you’d probably never leave Google or Bing. That’s why search has become such a big part of the browsing experience, because it’s something that we do all of the time.
But searching for something forces you to jump into a certain “mode”, where you have to focus on what you’re searching for, the results you’re getting and clicking through. An app for OS X and iOS called Dunno completely changes this experience.
You’re probably familiar with note-taking apps like Fetchnotes, that lets you jot down your thoughts in free-form quickly. Even Apple’s own Notes app is handy for this, and now syncs to your Mac. The problem is that once you’ve taken the notes, they’re static. What if you could take a note and let a service do the rest of the work for you completely in the background?
That’s Dunno, and I’m already finding it to be extremely helpful for recording my thoughts for research and personal purposes.
The company behind the app, spacestation6, has nailed a problem that we might not have known we had until we give it a try. Its founder, Ryan Bruels, spent over 5 years at Apple, so I’m placing my bets on his team in this space.
What Bruels told me today was very telling:
I’ve never written an app myself that I’ve used every day, and I use this one every day.
The interface for the desktop version is fairly simple. All you have to do is type down a note or thought and hit enter. You can then go about your business and come back to Dunno later. Once you do, you’ll find a series of search results from sources including Bing, Wikipedia and YouTube. I’m told that Google should be in the mix sometime soon.
By being able to take your notes and forgetting about them, you can perform a wide range of research on any topic without having to stop everything that you’re doing to hone the results.
This is a perfect tool for anyone, but as a journalist, this could become a big part of my toolkit. It’s great for students, trip planning and learning about anything that you’ve overheard on TV, during a conversation or while at a conference.
Since your notes and results are synced across all of your Apple devices, the experience is seamless when you move from your desktop to your phone:
I use my iPhone a lot to jot down notes, but I don’t always have the time to do the research. By the time I get back to my computer, Dunno has done all of the work for me. You have to try this out, especially since it’s completely free.
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