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Posted by Paul Korm
Mar 7, 2017 at 02:18 AM

 

NoteTaker is good, but always on the verge of death.  It hasn’t received an update for years.  Never had a viable iOS companion, if that matters. 

I’ve never felt interested in having a single note taking app.  Too limiting.  Play the field.

If you have a Tinderbox subscription or current license, try Tinderbox 7.  Tinderbox was built for power, not charm.  Though some very interesting things can be done with Tinderbox maps that are not possible anywhere else.  I’ve used Tinderbox since v2, so I suppose it is my most frequently used note taker. 

 


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Mar 7, 2017 at 02:39 AM

 

I really want to love Tinderbox. There are some videos now by users, and they help me more than the dense documentation. DevonThink Pro would be great if it were more portable. I bounce back and forth between 5 computers, and need something that follows me and my thumb drive.

Paul Korm wrote:
NoteTaker is good, but always on the verge of death.  It hasn’t received
>an update for years.  Never had a viable iOS companion, if that matters.
>
> >I’ve never felt interested in having a single note taking app.  Too
>limiting.  Play the field.
> >If you have a Tinderbox subscription or current license, try Tinderbox
>7.  Tinderbox was built for power, not charm.  Though some very
>interesting things can be done with Tinderbox maps that are not possible
>anywhere else.  I’ve used Tinderbox since v2, so I suppose it is my most
>frequently used note taker. 

 


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Mar 7, 2017 at 03:12 AM

 

Paul, I respect your opinion, and will give Tinderbox 7 a try. I need to get started on an invertebrate zoology course, and I’m going to start entering note in sort of piecemeal fashion (in relevent containers) and let things evolve in my learning this program. I’ve never shyed away from reading manuals, and mastered XyWrite in the 1980s. I only left it when XyWrite imploded. Wish me luck!

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Mar 7, 2017 at 12:27 PM

 

Start small, with few ambitions, and grow from there—that’s the best way to learn Tinderbox I think.  For reference, if you don’t know Mark Anderson’s wonderful atbref.com then delve into it when you need to find our how an action works, or about attributes, etc.

DEVONthink sync is pretty good these days if you use data on multiple computers.

Jeffery wrote:
Will give Tinderbox 7 a try. I need to
>get started on an invertebrate zoology course, and I’m going to start
>entering note in sort of piecemeal fashion (in relevent containers) and
>let things evolve in my learning this program. I’ve never shyed away
>from reading manuals, and mastered XyWrite in the 1980s. I only left it
>when XyWrite imploded. Wish me luck!

 


Posted by Hugh
Mar 7, 2017 at 06:40 PM

 

My take on Tinderbox is that it’s not really a note-taker at all. It’s a tool for discovering “emergent structure”. If you need such a tool, you will find, after all the investment of time and effort in understanding and learning it*, that the effort has been very worthwhile and that in the pursuit of emergent structure it has no rival whatsoever.

But if your interest is simply in notes - taking them, filing them, curating them - you will find that there are many ways less demanding than Tinderbox to scratch your itch. They include Apple Notes, Notebooks, Evernote and Microsoft’s OneNote. Even Devonthink with its sorter is an option.

*Steve Z of this parish has covered Tinderbox very usefully many times on his blog, including a recent and continuing series of tutorial videos: https://welcometosherwood.wordpress.com/tinderbox/

 


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