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Posted by Armin
Oct 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM


>But then, could somebody answer my question about Zoot’s layout?

I try.

Zoot has a “pane configuration button”, where you can choose from six different “pre-configured” layouts: “Tall Tree, Tall Edit, Wide Edit, Tall Grid, Wide Grid, Tall All”.
Additionally you can use the mouse to move the pane borders to change the size of each pane, which leads to enormous flexibility.
You can even “close” the folder tree and then you only have the item grid and the editor on the screen.
Last, you still can toggle to full screen mode; this is when you only want to focus on the editor.
I hope that helps.

E-Mail functionality:

Yes, Zoot has its own e-mail engine on board now. An e-mail database looks like any other database of course, so no special neat web-known interface here. If I only would need e-mail functionality, I wouldn’t choose Zoot for that, but the integration into Zoot’s concept of bringing together different types of information is great, anyway

By the way, there is still the old synchronisation feature between Outlook and Zoot.

@Graham Rhind
I personally have used the direct channel to the developer mostly for bug reports and technical issues, less for support questions. You still have to have time to learn Zoot, to play around with its functionality as there is still no documentation, yet. On the other hand, everybody can use the Zoot list on Google Groups to ask questions. However, in such a list –if you do not collect them – the good and helpful answers get lost quickly (to save them I use Zoot). Therefore, I would rather prefer a wiki or collaborating CMS as a support tool than a forum or mailing list – as long as documentation does not exist.

But I agree to @Daly de Gagne, too, that you “need to know what the questions are”. Good point.



Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 9, 2013 at 05:59 PM


One thing that I would like to emphasize about Zoot, something I think gets lost in all the talk about how inscrutable the application is: You can start using Zoot without knowing a whole lot about all its intricate features. Just create a database and start saving your free-form notes into it without worrying too much about organizing or anything else. Your notes will be fine and you can find them quickly with the search box. Then slowly introduce yourself to new features at your own pace. This is one of the strengths of Zoot—that you can start simple and add complexity to your databases at your own pace and never skip a beat.

This approach may not work for everyone who reads this list, because most of you have more sophisticated needs right from the start. But I just want to get it on record that you do not need to know all the ins and outs of Zoot to use it.

Steve Z.


Posted by Daly de Gagne
Oct 10, 2013 at 12:13 AM


I’d point out that InfoSelect, in its present form, appears to be a dying program. The email component was one of the most eccentric and awkward email client I have ever seen. Parts of the program never functioned as advertised. Support came in fits and starts from the developer. It is nowhere close to any of the programs mentioned here.



Posted by Tomasz Raburski
Oct 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM


For me, the most important limitation of Zoot is its lack of unicode support.

That’s the advantage of the non-american developers (MyInfo, ConnectedText). They do understand, that for many users it’s a basic feature.


Posted by Leib Moscovitz
Oct 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM


Not too long ago I tried the most recent Zoot version under Win 8, and it supported Unicode (although one must choose the appropriate fonts, since the fonts used in the default Zoot layout did not support Unicode correctly).

BTW, UR supports Unicode very well.


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