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Posted by WSP
Apr 13, 2011 at 03:33 PM

 

Mitchell Kastner wrote:
>I have downloaded the trial today of v. 6 of the software and it is utterly unuseable for
>doing academic research in which the end product is a journal article. There is simply
>no way to relate a citation to a note—-called a “document”—-I guess you could insert
>the citation into the note itself but that would not enable you to write about the cited
>article as a whole in one section of your article. To do this, you need a relational
>database which allows you to create topics and their descendants in a tree-like
>structure. Brilliant is the product that fits the bill although I am still working on
>mastering export of selected topics to MSWord. http://www.brilliantdatabase.com 

Well, we all find our own solutions to these problems, and I’m glad you’ve discovered something that works well for you. On the other hand, I use MyInfo every day for creating scholarly articles and books; I suppose it just fits my way of working.

I should add that I’m pleased with version 6: it brings us at last a couple of features that have been much requested on the MyInfo forum—hoisting and the ability to have several notes open on the screen simultaneously.

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Apr 13, 2011 at 05:53 PM

 

Well, I’ve played around with the latest unstable version, 1.3.5, (and unstable versions before that, mainly 1.3.3) and I never had a crash or even a flicker. I notice that certain significant software components have been replaced in the very latest version, but as I say, I’ve not noticed any issues. Having said that, I haven’t really hammered it, either - I did try loading bitexts (dual-language databases) into it to find out what it could do with them, and that worked very well with several hundred “segments” (basically sentences/short paragraphs in source and target languages), using an HTML-coded table at the data output end. It’s a simple, elegant piece of programming, in my experience. Working out just what you can do with it takes a little time, however!

 


Posted by Chris Eller
Apr 13, 2011 at 06:12 PM

 

I have a couple of questions for those experienced MyInfo users:

1. Does MyInfo save web sites or pages in its database for archival purposes (similar to Surfulater)?
2. I haven’t a need for portable USB install, so is there any significant reason to go pro?
3. Is it possible to collect, process, and write in MyInfo and then export to Word for final editing and formatting?
4. When working with MyInfo, do you create multiple documents for each project or do you maintain one master document with everything included (similar to InfoSelect)
5. If choosing between MyInfo, Whizfolders, or Ultra Recall, which one wins?

Thanks!

Chris Eller

BTW - if interested, Petko sent me a link to the pro trial version: http://www.milenix.com/download/MyInfoProTrial.exe

 


Posted by Daly de Gagne
Apr 13, 2011 at 07:39 PM

 

WSP, like you I am a fan of MyInfo, especially now with the multiple open window and hoist features. I have always appreciated having the columns, which can accommodate various kinds of metadata.

I’m interested in how you use MI for academic writing, and would be appreciative indeed if you were able to post a brief description of your method.

Thanks.

Daly


WSP wrote:
>Well, we all find our own solutions
>to these problems, and I’m glad you’ve discovered something that works well for you.
>On the other hand, I use MyInfo every day for creating scholarly articles and books; I
>suppose it just fits my way of working.
> >I should add that I’m pleased with version 6:
>it brings us at last a couple of features that have been much requested on the MyInfo
>forum—hoisting and the ability to have several notes open on the screen
>simultaneously.
> > 

 


Posted by Mitchell Kastner
Apr 13, 2011 at 07:43 PM

 

WSP wrote:
> >Mitchell Kastner wrote:
>>I have downloaded the trial today of v. 6 of the software
>and it is utterly unuseable for
>>doing academic research in which the end product is a
>journal article. There is simply
>>no way to relate a citation to a note—-called a
>“document”—-I guess you could insert
>>the citation into the note itself but that
>would not enable you to write about the cited
>>article as a whole in one section of your
>article. To do this, you need a relational
>>database which allows you to create
>topics and their descendants in a tree-like
>>structure. Brilliant is the product
>that fits the bill although I am still working on
>>mastering export of selected
>topics to MSWord. http://www.brilliantdatabase.com 
> >Well, we all find our own solutions
>to these problems, and I’m glad you’ve discovered something that works well for you.
>On the other hand, I use MyInfo every day for creating scholarly articles and books; I
>suppose it just fits my way of working.
> >I should add that I’m pleased with version 6:
>it brings us at last a couple of features that have been much requested on the MyInfo
>forum—hoisting and the ability to have several notes open on the screen
>simultaneously.
> > 

How do you handle citations with the program?
How is this program any different than Writing Outliner which is an MS Word add-in?

Sometimes the same snippet of research is relevant to more than just one topic. With a relational database that utilizes a tree-structure it is simple to put the same record in multiple folders. If I sounded harsh, you are hearing my frustration in not finding an outline tool built on a relational database. I cannot imagine why MS Access does not have that functionality. Btw: Brilliant does not have QBE (or if it does I have not found it) and I just have not had the time to write queries.

 


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