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Posted by CRC
May 12, 2009 at 01:13 PM

 

Folks:

  Just a note regarding the shutdown of IdeaMason.  FYI, NdxCards is in the process of starting a Beta on a version 2.  Thus there is some indication that it is under development and thus will continue to be available.  It would be in their best intrest to look at a tool to migrate IdeaMason data, but at least there is a similar alternative.

  Charles

 


Posted by Ike Washington
May 12, 2009 at 02:09 PM

 

Jan Rifkinson wrote:
>Ike, have you or anyone here done a comparison between Connected Text & InfoQube aka
>SQLNotes?

I haven’t checked out InfoQube properly yet. Everything and the kitchen sink… Well, yeah, it looks mighty formidable. Too much tech for me to take on just at the moment.

I’m sure it starts making sense once you dive in and start chucking data in.

The developer’s enthusiasm and drive plus the community make it very attractive. The same over at ConnectedText.

ConnectedText’s learning curve, particularly for anyone familiar with wikis, is pretty gentle. Autocompletions make the markups easy to do - not quite WYSIWYG, but not a hindrance. It’s very easy to customise - like ideamason in this regard. Start simple and then ramp up the complexity as required.
Ike

 


Posted by Matty
May 13, 2009 at 04:03 AM

 

I have recently moved to a mac, so I have not looked at the new version of biblioscape, which was released within the last week or so. To my mind, that is the serious software for academic research and writing. The program has really developed over the last few years and now has a composition module that might well do what IdeaMason promised to do . . . but was too slow. Definitely worth giving it a look.

Matt

 


Posted by Lucas
May 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM

 

Thanks for pointing that out, Matty. I hadn’t realized Biblioscape 8 had come out of beta. The documentation about the new features (particularly the ‘Composition Module’, which is what I’m most interested in) also appears to be more complete now, and I am much more intrigued than I had been. In fact, Biblioscape appears to excel beyond Ideamason in allowing compiled drafts (collections of notes) to be edited directly, whereas in Ideamason the compiled view is read-only, and the editing must be done on a note-by-note (or idea-by-idea) basis. In this sense, Biblioscape seems to have appropriated a feature of Scrivener. The only issue, of course, is that Biblioscape Professional (the cheapest version that includes the Composition Module) costs $199 (at the Educational Discount price). But the software does appear to include a rather generous 99 sessions of free trial use, so I’ll give it a whirl.

Thanks again for the heads up,

Lucas

 


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