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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Oct 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
>Would you have any specific
>suggestions as to how NC could be used as a companion to Bonsai (or other one-pane
>outliners that can export OPML)? I’m getting a vague idea that NC could be inserted in
>the writing workflow somewhere between Bonsai and Scrivener as an intermediary, to
>organise the outline further and add some more meat onto the skeleton?

I don’t think that NC could add much to the workflow you suggest. Here’s why:

- NC has tags, but so does Bonsai
- NC has columns, but so does Bonsai
- NC has attachments and embedded media files, but so does Scrivener (I think)

In short, Notecase between Bonsai and Scrivener is like a viola in a string quartet. The cello can play its lows and the violin can play its highs, so you don’t really need it. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t beautiful music for viola, just that it shines mostly when not placed among other more specialised instruments.

The only thing I can think of that NC could add is the power of clones, i.e. managing content items that are mentioned in more than one places in the outline, so that your notes on these remain consistent. But I believe that this is probably a marginal benefit, which doesn’t in itself warrant the use of a separate tool.