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Posted by LB
Jan 14, 2020 at 02:23 AM

 

Hi Barrage, welcome to the forum.

If the world of Outliners and PIMS excite you, then you’ve come to the right place.

I’m not a hardcore user like a lot of people here are, but I can offer a few suggestions for you just starting out that would have saved me some time and money.  Actually, I still would have spent the time and money on them, it’s just fun in a strange way.

One of the first things you could do is make a list of what you want and what you want to do.  Even if it’s just basic, the more things you discover the more you can add to it to evaluate against the different softwares.  Also, you can post the basics of what you want on here and that will narrow things down for anyone to answer. 

Here’s a few suggestions for starting out. Think of what you’d want in the future also.

-First and foremost which operating systems are you going to be using.  Windows, IOS, Linux etc.
-Do you want it Web based or Local file based.
-Are you going to want to Sync it to your phone or tablet.  Does the program actually do that and have those apps in your devices OS.
-Do you want a PIM that’s basically the Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes, Mail, Passwords, etc. or more of an Outliner.
-Do they have any programming capabilities to use to manipulate data.  Like InfoQube uses SQL (I believe) and NoteCase Pro uses Lua.
-How do you want tags to work. 
-How does it handle Import/Export of data.  What formats does it support.  What information does it include, etc.
-How does it do searches and what can you do with the results. 
-Does it use Attributes.  Do you even want or need them.
-Do you use Markdown,

You get the idea.

I think most if not all of the software has trial periods.  Check them out, see if you like the way they look and feel.  Use one of them to keep a record of the things you like and don’t like about them.  Run them against your list and also change your list as you discover the varied ways the different programs work.  If you find you like how X program does tags, then change your list and re-test and test the different programs.

One thing I would definitely suggest is to get a trial copy of InfoQube and play around with it.  It’s going to be overwhelming, but just know that.  Jump on the forum and learn a little each day.  It’s a really cool piece of software.