Some digging around has come up with this: http://www.norbauer.com/miskatonic/
I have a general conception of what I want in terms of features and such, and judging by the description, Miskatonic is exactly what I'm looking for. Unfortunately, it appears to be a work in progress with no set time horizon, so I might be waiting quite a while for release.
Does anyone know of any good alternatives? I would mainly want to use this to jot down passages that I come across while reading books, so important features would be an easy way to manage citations/referencing - information like author, title, book info (ISBN/publisher/translator/etc.), page number, etc.
An idealized version I have in mind would be essentially a database. The process would go something like this:
1. Start reading a book, and input information like Author/Title/Translator/ISBN/other pertinent info.
2. As I read, if I come across a passage I want to save for later, pull up the book entry, input the quote and page number, and have the program do all the dirty work of cataloging and organizing it. Maybe have tagging functions as well for some keywords on themes/context/etc.
3. Fairly robust search + display capabilities, comparable (equivalent?) to a database.
(My friend actually suggested I just set-up a database myself so I could have it do whatever I want it to do. Tempting if I can't find a good alternative)
I've seen suggestions to use generic note taking apps like Evernote, but they don't seem like they can easily replicate all of these (seemingly simple?) functions. Though that could be a function of my inexperience with the program. I'm currently fiddling with Evernote and trying it out to see if I can get it to do mostly what I want while I keep an eye out for alternatives. Understand this is kind of a niche application and what I'm looking for might not even exist, but if anyone has any suggestions, definitely post them here.