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Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 18, 2012 at 08:50 AM


Eduardo Mauro wrote:
>There is a
>simpler way. Just add “sulkb” to a file named Protocols.txt. You will find in CT
>folder. Then you can use it as an URL.

Cool! Thanks Eduardo, that was easy enough.

Just for other people’s benefit, here are the steps how to do this:
1. Go to ConnectedText folder (probably in “My Documents”, open protocols.txt and add “sulkb” to the list. I presume you have to restart CT for this to be recognised.
2. Open Surfulater, go to the body of an article you want to link to from CT, right-click, select Copy as > Plain External Link.
3. In a CT topic in edit mode, type [[$ and this will bring up the pull-down list of commands. Choose [[$URL: and paste in the Surfulater link. At the end of the link type “|yourdescription]]. E.g. [[$URL:sulkb://kb=PhD,Fid=5354,Rid=7460|Press Release]]
4. Now switch to view mode, click on it, and it should launch Surfulater and open the exact article.

Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
>From my part I admit that I feel almost terrorised at the markup involved, in terms of interrupting the flow. That said, I could just copy the link and do the markup later.

Yes, this is a common complaint about working with wikis and CT in particular. However, I think some of this is down to perceptions. A string of command like that looks like intimidating gibberish (which disappears in view mode though). But actually once you get used to the look of it, it might be quicker or at least the same as doing this in Word, where you still need to 1) highlight the text, 2) click on the insert menu, 3) click on the hyperlink button, 4) paste in the address, 5) click OK (and of course do the copy in Surfulater beforehand).

But enough of CT here! :) This thread was supposed to be Outliner/PIM roll call: Fall 2012!


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM


Dr Andus wrote:
>Yes, this is a common complaint
>about working with wikis and CT in particular. However, I think some of this is down to
>perceptions. A string of command like that looks like intimidating gibberish (which
>disappears in view mode though). But actually once you get used to the look of it, it
>might be quicker or at least the same as doing this in Word

Quite true.

To connect this discussion to the main topic of this thread, I would add that I have been using MarkDown quite a bit recently. The positive things about it are its readability and broadening support. Aside MarkDown pad already mentioned, it is recognised by Windows programs like ResophNotes but also Android ones like Epistle, which I use for note taking.

Its readablity ensures that even if a program (e.g. text editor) does note recognise MarkDown, my text will still look OK and provide me useful formatting cues. So I can expand my toolbox with no incompatibility side effects.

In practice, I spend most time in “edit” mode, so complex markup gets in the way. But I could probably get used to it indeed.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Sep 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM


I just want to add one note about ConnectedText in case some folks are reading this thread and getting their first introduction to the application. CT is a really terrific plain text note box. That is, you can choose to not use any or only minimal markup and you’ll still find it remarkably useful. The markup abilities, of course, expand its power almost exponentially. But do not be intimidated by the idea that in order to use CT you need to learn all sorts of esoteric coding. That’s not the case.

Steve Z.


Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM


Further on the Fall 2012 Outliner/PIM roll call, here is the top 10 list of software links that visitors (mostly from Outliner Software) clicked on the most on my blog:

1.  ConnectedText – personal wiki
2.  Mindsystems Amode V2 – project management
3.  Protopage.com – customisable home page (free)
4.  Freeplane – mind mapping (free)
5.  Noteliner – fast outlining (free)
6.  Nebulous Notes – note-taker for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad (with Dropbox)
6.  VUE – concept mapping (free)
6.  Natara Bonsai – outlining
7.  CarbonFin Outliner – outliner for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, with online companion
8.  MyLifeOrganized – to-do list
8.  Storybook – for structuring writing
8.  NoteTab – text editor (free)
9.  A-PDF Collector – PDF utility
9.  Directory Opus – Windows Explorer replacement
10. PureText – utility for stripping rich text formatting (free)
10. Debenu PDF Maximus – batch PDF processing
10. Surfulater – note-taker for websites
10. PDF XChange Viewer – PDF viewer (free)

For some commentary on this list and the international profile of blog visitors (and probably Outliner Software readers) see this post:


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Sep 25, 2012 at 05:51 PM


Sorry to be a little late to the conversation. I was on vacation the last two weeks, and while I was reading the forum, I just couldn’t bring myself to write a long (winded) response.

My honor roll of applications has changed since last year, mostly due to finally getting comfortable with ConnectedText. Here’s the overview:

At my office, where I work on a PC:

1. ConnectedText for note-taking and daily journal.

2. TheBrain for planning and organization of various types of documents and files, especially project-specific information.

3. FileMaker for very structured information, such as customer mailing lists and time tracking.

4. Zoot for some specific information management tasks, such as logging of purchases and payments.

5. Noteliner for quick outlines and todo lists.

6. NoteTab for cleaning up text and when I just need a clean screen to write in.

On my MacBook, which I use for personal projects:

1. TheBrain

2. Scrivener

3. Tinderbox

4. MacJournal

5. OmniOutliner

6. Curio

Steve Z.


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