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Tinderbox 8 is released

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Posted by Chris Thompson
Apr 15, 2019 at 02:02 PM


I agree with NickG’s comments. Tinderbox shines for those projects where you have a lot of material and aren’t sure how it inter-relates. The guy who prepared an insightful report on the myriad of insurgent groups in Afghanistan by piecing together little bits of news from various sources collected over the years is a pretty good example of this type of application. Mark Bernstein calls this working with emergent structure.

Its utility also depends on how you like to work. If you’re the type of person who shuffles the card view around frequently as an organizational tool in Scrivener or bounces between Scrivener and Scapple, Tinderbox is very much suited to this way of working.

I agree that Mark could do a little better work on his marketing. The Eastgate Twitter account for example is approximately 85% US politics, 5% menus he’s cooked for dinner, and 10% Tinderbox, which probably isn’t the best way to communicate with the user base, especially for us international users. I do respect the artisanal nature of the product though. Mark’s singular vision is part of what has kept it alive and evolving for nearly two decades, while a lot of other tools have come and gone.