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Offline Sethir

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« Posted 2014-01-04 20:27:35 »

Hi guys,
how do you goys manage your ideas and resources in general?
I got a small notebook when I'm at work and use a program called CueCard when I'm at home. It's basicly a notepad with folder management.
Do you use similar tools or massive word/excel files?
Offline Phibedy

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2014-01-04 20:42:27 »

I've got an oldschool-folder ( hardware folder  Grin ) for ressources and ideas.
I like paperwork, it's easier for me to use a pencil for creating the basic documentation.
That's quite usefull because most of the time I have a paper and a pencil with me Smiley
When I finish a project (finish = stop working on it Roll Eyes) I copy the files on a disc and put it to the documentation (folder).
In addition I like Todo-list, they are just placed in the workingdirectory of eclipse.
Furthermore we started using media-wiki for public documentation/whatever.
Offline HeroesGraveDev

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2014-01-04 20:48:20 »

I saw somewhere that Github Gists are a good for TODO-lists and other stuff.

Create a markdown file, and you can make checklists with

- [ ] Incomplete Task
- [x] Complete Task

And then when you view the file, you can tick/untick the boxes and it updates the file for you.

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Offline Slyth2727
« Reply #3 - Posted 2014-01-04 21:16:49 »

I.. don't....
Hey, I just figured out why I'm a failure! Cheesy

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Offline Opiop
« Reply #4 - Posted 2014-01-04 21:25:45 »

I fill up notebooks with all my ideas and my problem solving. I've filled up a couple of them by now, which is awesome to me because I usually am very bad at coming up with new ideas.

Offline trollwarrior1
« Reply #5 - Posted 2014-01-04 21:28:51 »

In my head Cheesy It is a lot faster and more efficient to store stuff into RAM than into hard drive lol.
Offline Opiop
« Reply #6 - Posted 2014-01-04 21:32:28 »

But then you start forgetting stuff!

In my tutorial series on YouTube I work out my code for the next episode, and then delete it and re-write it when I'm actually recording. But because I forget the changes so often my code is usually littered with comments about what I changed. I think trying to keep everything in your head definetly has its limits!

Offline trollwarrior1
« Reply #7 - Posted 2014-01-04 21:35:13 »

Ye it does Sad Too bad..
Offline HeroesGraveDev

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2014-01-04 21:40:32 »

What you need is an SSD! Pointing

Offline kpars

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2014-01-04 23:16:32 »

I would HIGHLY recommend a program called XMind.

XMind has helped me a flipping ton when it came to brainstorming and 'idea management'.

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Offline Dxu1994
« Reply #10 - Posted 2014-01-04 23:21:35 »

In my game development team we use Google Drive and Trello.

Google Drive for collaborating on documents and Trello for tracking how much work is done, what needs to be done next, etc.



Offline HeroesGraveDev

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« Reply #11 - Posted 2014-01-04 23:28:12 »

I would HIGHLY recommend a program called XMind.


I can't work with big diagrams like that. It's too distracting!
I like things to be in simple trees. That way I only remember what I need to.

Things like:

Idea #1
    - Major detail #1
        - Minor detail #1
        - Minor detail #2
            - Note #1
            - Note #2
        - Minor detail #3
    - Major detail #2
        - Minor detail #1
            - Note #1
        - Minor detail #1
Idea #2
    - Major detail #1
        - Minor detail #1

etc. are much easier to create, organise, and view. Plus you don't have to replan everything in order to use the information it contains.

But then again, that's just my $0.02

Offline Ghidra

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« Reply #12 - Posted 2014-01-05 00:52:34 »

I would HIGHLY recommend a program called XMind.

XMind has helped me a flipping ton when it came to brainstorming and 'idea management'.

Download Link.

- Jev

Yes, XMind is great.  It's written in Java, too!

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Offline Opiop
« Reply #13 - Posted 2014-01-05 01:02:12 »

Trello is pretty good, but I still prefer something as simple as pen and paper!

Offline Rayexar
« Reply #14 - Posted 2014-01-05 04:10:20 »

I use the most basic tools - Windows notepad and iOS 7 reminders app.

I have all my ideas and "to dos" in a text file, and add to the reminders app when I think of something away from the computer. Quick, easy and effective.
Offline Sammidysam
« Reply #15 - Posted 2014-01-05 15:18:05 »

I use Org mode.  It is built into Emacs, and it is easy to use.  It can hide and show your items, which I doubt Markdown can do.  This helps with only wanting to look at one current project that plans have been written for.  Currently I have a file called in which I have a big list of projects to do.  I used to use text files, but once I started using Org mode I realized that it is so much easier to be organized with its features.  I greatly recommend it.

When I don't have my computer in front of me, I just write a bunch of stuff on paper, then leave it next to my computer.  Then I look at it when I get to it.
Offline niroshido

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« Reply #16 - Posted 2014-01-05 15:23:12 »

It depends, sometimes when i am thinking something out i may use notepad or ms word. When i struggle to think clearly about some concept i usually grab a pen and notepad and leave the room either go outside the back or to the frontroom and plot out my ideas.

when i was working on a java game for my final project in college i used something called unfuddle and svn as a code repository and also as a backup.
Offline ctomni231

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« Reply #17 - Posted 2014-01-05 23:03:49 »

I always write down my ideas on paper. I have notebooks upon notebooks of ideas, and I only do it to take burden off my brain. Lately I've been writing my game development problems directly on my tablet either by writing it on a notepad program, or directly to Github.

Using my brain's RAM never works because it is hard to think of other things when you have a good idea in your head. I usually like to stick with that good idea in mind until I can get it written down somewhere.

Offline Varkas
« Reply #18 - Posted 2014-01-06 00:41:38 »

Hi guys,
how do you goys manage your ideas and resources in general?

For ideas I use paper, small sheets usually which use to pile up on my desk. At times they get sorted and some thrown away.

If an idea grows into a design it goes to a folder (a real one, still working with paper).

If it seems to have potential and I continue to work on it it will grow as an electronic document from that time. Usually plain text files, though, in the past this was the only format which I could use everywhere.

Resources as in graphics, sound files, sheets and statistics are all electronic in a more or less ordered, well, file dump or so. Sometimes I find stuff in there, if I remember it Cheesy

I've lost surprisingly little in the past 20 years, but I lost some things that I really miss. The really hard task is to find something in all the backup media that I have ... and at times the problem was to actually have a device to read the old media - and if that works, a program that can read the old file formats.

It got better though since file formats became less architecture dependent and have become longer lasting.


Paper and pencil. Works always and everywhere.

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