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Before creating a complex presentation files I usually do some research, collecting materials from many sources, trying to come up with topics, subtopics and overall structure. So far I'm doing it in a standard notepad.

I was wondering if there is a specialized software to organize materials of presentation during research phase. I expect the software to have some basic formatting capabilities. I could use MS Word, but it's not so convenient.

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Microsoft OneNote - highly recommend...

Features: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/onenote-2010-features-and-benefits-HA101807936.aspx

Evernote. Free, syncs online automatically (if you have an account), and works well too...

Features: http://www.evernote.com/about/learn_more/

Have used both, and, in my opinion, OneNote is better with organization and keeping track of information better...

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+1 One of the best things about OneNote is the way that you can easily re-order lists and paragraphs of notes. It is one of the most important applications I use, and I have dozens of OneNote notebooks to organise my thoughts and ideas. –  paradroid Oct 8 '10 at 2:16

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