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Posted by Mark
Mar 4, 2012 at 07:22 PM

 

I’ve been playing around with ConnectedText because of the recent mentions here and was about to pay for it because I wanted to use it longer, but couldn’t pull the trigger because I was put off by having to pay twice as much for a USB version. A single computer license wouldn’t be useful to me. There’s something offputting about paying 2x as much for the same software just because I routinely use more than one computer. ConnectedText is also obnoxious with the TRIAL labels it puts on every page before you buy as well. I don’t see how that’s an inducement to buy. It’s just hectoring.

I know that’s been said before here, and Eduardo Mauro’s entitled to sell his product however he likes, but couldn’t resist putting in my two cents.

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Mar 5, 2012 at 06:43 PM

 

Mark wrote:
> >I’ve been playing around with ConnectedText because of the recent mentions here and
>was about to pay for it because I wanted to use it longer, but couldn’t pull the trigger
>because I was put off by having to pay twice as much for a USB version. A single computer
>license wouldn’t be useful to me. There’s something offputting about paying 2x as
>much for the same software just because I routinely use more than one computer.
>ConnectedText is also obnoxious with the TRIAL labels it puts on every page before you
>buy as well. I don’t see how that’s an inducement to buy. It’s just hectoring.
> >I know
>that’s been said before here, and Eduardo Mauro’s entitled to sell his product
>however he likes, but couldn’t resist putting in my two cents.

Hi, Mark,

This isn’t an attempt to convince you to spend your money. How much any piece of software is worth is entirely up to the individual user and I respect that. However, I wanted to provide this timely input that was posted today at the ConnectedText forum (and NOT by me):

BEGIN QUOTE:
So many features have been added from 5.0.0.1 through 5.0.0.8 that turned out even better than I had anticipated.

Built-in images can now be provided by the user, not 9 or 99 as I hoped for, but 999, which should suffice the most daring customizing nut (I sure belong to this category)

Goto has received a Global checkbox. Category filters have Union/Intersection options, the whole search process has become much more convenient and user friendly. The NoLetter and Columns options make an Index more compact and better readable ..... and these are just a few of the things that really make a big difference to me and my workflow.

What I really appreciate on top of all this—that Eduardo is not holding back these features for a major upgrade number (like so many other software vendors) but doesn’t hesitate to hand it out to us, free of charge, the minute anything has been implemented.
This is not something to be taken for granted. It deserves mentioning and my topic title is meant to refer to this: Big Thanks.
:END QUOTE

Again, I’m not trying to convince you to spend your money, but when considering value, all factors should be on the table. Among these is how much the product is continually improved, and when upgrade purchases are required. Here’s the link to the posting:

http://connectedtext.com/forum/index.php?topic=2379.0

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Mark
Mar 5, 2012 at 07:05 PM

 

Thanks Steve. I may as yet succumb ... I even installed MediaWiki on a portable drive in the hope it would save my pocketbook from another CRIMP-attack. MediaWiki has many of the same features as ConnectedText.

 


Posted by Eduardo Mauro
Mar 5, 2012 at 07:41 PM

 

Some late answers:

#Alexander Deliyannis
About a collaborative version: we are thinking about it. Perhaps using a cloud service. But we don’t have any time frame.

#Franz Grieser
About RTF export. We have already a solution but the library is pretty expensive (really is). So we are looking for other solutions. Right now we are improving the CT’s parser in order to enable it transform CT’s syntax to others. Perhaps Multi-Markdown, which would enable converting to many other formats.

#Mark
MediaWiki is a superb piece of software but it does not contains many semantic extensions CT has. You can install some of them using the Semantic MediaWiki version. But I think it requires a not small amount of time to configure. And here is where I think CT shines. In less than 2 minutes you have your system up and running. No need to install a server, configure, etc.

I apologize if I sounded as trying to sell my product. I think this is not the purpose of this forum. We would be glad to discuss any aspect of ConnectedText in our forum.

 


Posted by JBfrom
Mar 5, 2012 at 08:18 PM

 

I think I’m coming around on CT.

The markup is still way too intensive for the earlier stages of fast text flow that Cyborganize demands. And the structural possibilities are too defined and open-ended.

But as an end-stage to the Longform Loop, it makes a lot of sense.

I can see also that it has the potential to fulfill a large part of what I wanted UR to be, but found it too slow and limited to be - a fairly intelligent interconnected text database.

Obviously there are a lot of powerful possibilities here. But you need to already know what you want to do, and be sure it’s not going to change much, before you do it.

One question. I’ve been thinking about UR for a contact manager. Would CT do that better? I don’t see anyone using it for that, and UR seems like a natural choice. Then again, it might be nice to have everything, including contacts, integrated in the final T1.

 


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