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Posted by Dellu
Jul 9, 2017 at 01:41 AM

 

@Prion:
The problem with the exploding of text in Tinderbox is that it breaks the flow. If you have a longer note: and break it down into separate notes, really, the flow gets broken. Furthermore, pdf files cannot be annotated and tagged in Tinderbox. Only text files can live inside TB.

You have to read, the pdf in a pdf reader, write a summer or note of the article—>export the note to Tinderbox for processing.
IN Atlast, everying is just there. If you add more annotations on the PDF, you don’t have to export again.

 


Posted by Luhmann
Jul 10, 2017 at 12:50 AM

 

I think outliners that support tagging like Outlinely and Dynalist are excellent for this purpose. It is a bit of a compromise in that you don’t tag words or documents but paragraphs (or items) - but you can break up larger blocks of text into sub-items and then tag each individually. What is nice is filtering for tags preserves the document structure.

 


Posted by Dellu
Jul 10, 2017 at 01:58 AM

 

Luhmann wrote:
I think outliners that support tagging like Outlinely and Dynalist are
>excellent for this purpose. It is a bit of a compromise in that you
>don’t tag words or documents but paragraphs (or items) - but you can
>break up larger blocks of text into sub-items and then tag each
>individually. What is nice is filtering for tags preserves the document
>structure.


The problem with outline softwares is the exact opposite of database softwares like TB and Devonthink. The outliners can filter within a file; but, they cannot filter across files. I am not specifically familiar with Outlinely or Dynalist you mentioned. But, from my experience, outlining softwares work within are limited within a file. If you have to take advantage of their tagging and filtering features, you are going to meed merge hundreds of files: as you need to break down in Tinderbox and Devonthink.

 


Posted by Luhmann
Jul 10, 2017 at 06:31 AM

 

Not an issue for workflowy which keeps all files as one big outline, and the others can easily handle large outlines as well (even if they encourage multiple files).

 


Posted by Luhmann
Jul 10, 2017 at 07:02 AM

 

And if you get Dynalist pro I think you can see keywords across files, but I don’t have pro so I can’t test it out…

 


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