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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Aug 4, 2009 at 05:22 PM

 

Jan, I second Alexander’s thanks for the comprehensive overview of IQ. It does sound like a program worth attempting again. I’ll probably wait and check out Zoot 6 before trying to get my arms around IQ again, however. One promised feature of Z6 is especially intriguing: The ability to create an outline item… essentially it sounds as if one might be able to create a single-pane outline within Zoot’s three-pane user interface. That could be quite revolutionary if it works well and exports conveniently.

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Pierre Paul Landry
Aug 4, 2009 at 05:51 PM

 

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>Jan, I second Alexander’s thanks for the comprehensive overview of IQ. It does sound
>like a program worth attempting again. I’ll probably wait and check out Zoot 6 before
>trying to get my arms around IQ again, however. One promised feature of Z6 is
>especially intriguing: The ability to create an outline item… essentially it
>sounds as if one might be able to create a single-pane outline within Zoot’s
>three-pane user interface. That could be quite revolutionary if it works well and
>exports conveniently.

It is definitely wise to first look at a Version 6 software, especially when created by such a guru as Tom Davis. IQ being not yet at Version 1, some features are a “work in progress” and it does need some polishing and some simplification.

Thanks Jan for a user’s perspective on IQ. As a complement (@ Jack Crawford), an insider’s perspective can be found here:
Demystifying InfoQube: http://www.sqlnotes.net/drupal5/index.php?q=node/781

Pierre, designer of IQ
http://www.InfoQube.biz

 


Posted by Jan Rifkinson
Aug 4, 2009 at 11:17 PM

 

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
> [snip] One promised feature of Z6 is
>especially intriguing: The ability to create an outline item… essentially it
>sounds as if one might be able to create a single-pane outline within Zoot’s
>three-pane user interface. That could be quite revolutionary if it works well and
>exports conveniently.[/snip]

Steve Z, If I understand your interest, this can be accomplished now in IQ. The GUI allows for all other panes, i.e. html, properties, etc to be docked on any border as a tab, thus leaving the user w the outline (item) pane full screen. The other panes can be opened simply by mouse-over & pinning in position (if desired), else they retreat to their place on the border when you go back to the outline.

This is only in explanation, not to take anything away from Z6 nor URp which—as I remember—has a similar GUI to IQ & can do a similar trick.


Jan Rifkinson
Ridgefield CT USA

 


Posted by Jack Crawford
Aug 4, 2009 at 11:40 PM

 

Thanks Jan, Pierre et al for the detailed responses.  I’ll work my way through them as soon as I get an opportunity.

One final question, if I may .. 

Jan, I may have missed this in your earlier post, but what do you do with the data you have collected in IQ - store it inside the prog, archive elsewhere etc?  I would be moving to IQ from OneNote, which has good storage capabilities.

Thanks again

Jack

 


Posted by Jan Rifkinson
Aug 5, 2009 at 05:01 PM

 

Jack Crawford wrote:
>[snip]One final question, if I may ..  [snip] what do you do with the data you have collected in IQ -
>store it inside the prog, archive elsewhere etc?  I would be moving to IQ from OneNote,
>which has good storage capabilities.

Jack, I don’t know a damn thing about OneNote or its capabilities so I’m not sure how to respond here relative to that program. As far as IQ is concerned, you can keep your work stored within IQ (for later searches) or archive your in several formats.

I personally keep everything in a single dB for search purposes as IQ does not currently search across dBs as Zoot does (altho this is slated for the future). Incidentally, UltraRecall doesn’t search across dBs either.

The only other consideration may be some kind of slow down in processing if your file gets too big but I haven’t experienced that yet which doesn’t mean that it might not occur. I don’t believe IQ has any limitations & I don’t know if there is a ‘magic’ size beyond which some performance degradation is experienced.

Permit me a suggestion, Jack.

I’d suggest you start playing w IQ along side OneNote for a while. Try to do whatever it is you do in OneNote in IQ (or duplicate your efforts). That way, when you transfer your OneNote data over, you will already be familiar w IQ’s methodology & quirks & be able to pick up where ever you left off in OneNote.

IMO, it will be much easier for you to absorb IQ w limited data than working w a slew of data that you may be nervous to experiment w for fear of losing it.


Jan Rifkinson
Ridgefield CT USA

 


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