There are many tutorials out there of how to use proprietary software for organizing paper writing. The MS-Word package is recommended for writing the text, the endnote software for collecting bibliographic references and evernote is promoted as a notetaking tool. If the user buys additionally the online-services he will spend at least 300 US$ and gets a lot of software on his MS-Windows PC. The better idea is to use Opensource software namely the Lyx program which was published recently in it’s newest iteration which is version 2.3.2
Apart from writing a text, Lyx can be used for notetaking too. For doing so the user creates a now document and creates first an outline of his notes. He will need a chapter about neural networks, expert systems, fuzzy control and AI in games. Then he can fill each section with notes. A note is created as list of short sentences which are written linear. After a while, the user has a large document which can be searched in fulltext to bring old notes back to the screen. If the user prefers, he can also group the notes by date. This is done by creating a section for each year, e.g. “notes about robotics from year 2018”.
The idea of using Lyx for notetaking has many advantages over a plain texteditor. At first, it’s possible to color important notes. Secondly, Lyx allows to insers images. That means, the user can create with an external program a mindmap and put the PNG image file into the notes. He will see the preview in the list.
Usually, personal notes are getting not published. That means, the ability of Lyx to produce a PDF document is not needed here. But it’s ok. The most important thing is, that the user has all the features in a single program and doesn’t need external software. He can manage within Lyx his notes, his writings, the bibliography and even sourcecode.
With the help of an external command line tool, a large variety of export options are available. At first, the lyx document has to converted to LaTeX. And from latex it can be converted to markdown, OpenDocument Format or epub. This is done with the pandoc tool which is an external program outside of Lyx.