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I have a bunch of notes stored in plain text files about various topics I'm interested in. I organize them in a hierarchy of directories and use Windows shortcuts when a file could fit in more than one place. For example I have a file called django.txt which contains notes about the Django web framework. I keep the file in /notes/python/django.txt, but I have a shortcut in /notes/servers because it fits there too.

I just switched to OS X and all my shortcuts are broken, because Mac uses aliases instead. Is there anyway I could get cross OS shortcuts to work? Of course, I could just make both Mac alias and Windows shortcut files, but ideally I'd like to avoid cluttering things up too much. Maybe I could use some note-taking program instead, but I like the simplicity and versatility of my plain text files. Any suggestions?

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Sounds like you are looking for a simple Document Management System? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 23 '11 at 18:09
You could also try out Notational Velocity. It has an option to store notes in plain text files, but doesn't support folders though (by design). – user495470 Nov 23 '11 at 20:20
Yeah, I like Notational Velocity a lot. Feel free to submit this as an answer if you want some points. – Jesse Aldridge Nov 25 '11 at 4:19
You can also create cross-platform internet "shortcuts" by creating HTML redirect pages. See here: – Anderson Green Jan 18 '13 at 7:58

The web is the most common means of achieving X-platform compatibility. It doesn't have to be something hosted on a web server, just run in a browser.

Try TiddlyWiki

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Looks cool. But I think I would lose some of that versatility and simplicity I mentioned. For example, I found spotlight worked very well with the system I described above. I like being able to hit command-space and type in a "<foo> txt" and find the note I'm looking for. txt files seem to "just work" in a wide variety of situations. – Jesse Aldridge Nov 23 '11 at 18:48

You can use a web page that redirects to a file as a sort of "shortcut" to the file. The following .html file will redirect the browser to a file called that is in the same folder as the shortcut:

<script language="javascript">
    window.location.href = "";

You can also use relative folder paths: if was inside a folder called example-folder in the same folder as the shortcut, then you would replace "" with example-folder/

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