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Posted by kjxymzy
Dec 26, 2017 at 07:56 PM

 

Anybody just keep a big single file of your notes? How does it work for you? Positives/negatives?

 


Posted by washere
Dec 26, 2017 at 08:38 PM

 

They seek it here, they seek it there. The Holy Schmoley and Holy of Holies, the software whose name can’t be uttered, does it exist? It exists. Muhaahaa :D

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Dec 27, 2017 at 01:11 AM

 

No.

Although Scrivener comes pretty damn close.

Happy New Year!
Bill

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Dec 27, 2017 at 01:52 PM

 

I don’t use a single file, but in a sense TheBrain uses a single file—e.g., Jerry Michalski’s famous file using The Brain, which claims to have 340,000 “thoughts” (or notes) to date.

https://sites.google.com/view/jerrysbrain/home

I’ve tried using big files in the past and found the effort to curate the file over time outweighed any benefit. 

kjxymzy wrote:
Anybody just keep a big single file of your notes? How does it work for
>you? Positives/negatives?

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 27, 2017 at 10:40 PM

 

kjxymzy wrote:
Anybody just keep a big single file of your notes? How does it work for
>you? Positives/negatives?

This is what WorkFlowy is. It works very well for me. Key advantages are the ability to quickly move around and find things, including tagged items, zooming in and out (hoisting), the export options, the nightly automatic backups to Dropbox, and the various Chrome extensions and Stylish/Stylus CSS enhancements. Also, each outline item has its own URL, which allows for some cross-linking or linking to from external applications.

It runs in a single browser tab, but you can open it in as many tabs as you like, which then gives you multiple access points to different parts of the outline.

It doesn’t have any negatives for me, as I accept its limitations.

Another single file app that comes to mind is TiddlyWiki (which I haven’t used):

http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/7722/0/tiddlywiki-resurgent

 


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