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Posted by Franz Grieser
Dec 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM

 

Thanks, Neville

>Hi Franz,
>At present you need Internet access, however in future we intend to have
>a version you can use off-line. See the a,b,c items in my very first
>post.
> >Neville

In your first post you were talking about a Windows desktop app, not about Mac OS X. That’s why I asked :-)

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Dec 3, 2014 at 04:18 PM

 

I believe that very few (user-friendly) information managers provide all of the options below. (b) in particular is excellent for the SME sector. Should I assume that one would be able to access this private cloud beyond the LAN via VPN or other technique?

It may yet be early to decide, but as a small business owner with ever more information-heavy long term projects in my hands, I am looking into solutions for the next 3-5 years.

Neville Franks wrote:
>a) The ability to have a complete local install of Clibu on your PC.
>This will include the database, server etc. With an option to still
>access it from any PC anywhere, if you want. This may still run in a
>Browser or be a Packaged App. So in essence you are back to having a
>Desktop app + the various benefits Clibu offers, such as real time
>updates, KB sharing & collaboration etc.
> >b) Similar to (a) except Clibu would be installed on a Server you
>control and own. In other words your own private Cloud.
> >c) Clibu as it is now, but with Offline capabilities. This would give
>you a local database that would be used when there was no Internet
>connection which would then synchronize with the real Clibu server, next
>time you were online. Unfortunately the world of Browser based databases
>is far from ideal, which constrains what we are able to do in this
>scenario. But it will no doubt continue to improve.

 


Posted by Neville Franks
Dec 3, 2014 at 09:42 PM

 

It would be private inasmuch as only people you told about it would know it exists. As for external access, absolutely. It would be identical to how Clibu works now, except running on your own server and with you controlling who can Signup and get access and what level of access they can have.

At present Clibu’s Sharing provides either full access or view-only, however this is built on a much finer grained set of permissions. See this Blog post: http://blog.surfulater.com/2014/11/15/clibu-version-0-80-a-major-new-release-knowledge-base-sharing/


Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
I believe that very few (user-friendly) information managers provide all
>of the options below. (b) in particular is excellent for the SME sector.
>Should I assume that one would be able to access this private cloud
>beyond the LAN via VPN or other technique?
> >It may yet be early to decide, but as a small business owner with ever
>more information-heavy long term projects in my hands, I am looking into
>solutions for the next 3-5 years.
> >Neville Franks wrote:
>>a) The ability to have a complete local install of Clibu on your PC.
>>This will include the database, server etc. With an option to still
>>access it from any PC anywhere, if you want. This may still run in a
>>Browser or be a Packaged App. So in essence you are back to having a
>>Desktop app + the various benefits Clibu offers, such as real time
>>updates, KB sharing & collaboration etc.
>>
>>b) Similar to (a) except Clibu would be installed on a Server you
>>control and own. In other words your own private Cloud.
>>
>>c) Clibu as it is now, but with Offline capabilities. This would give
>>you a local database that would be used when there was no Internet
>>connection which would then synchronize with the real Clibu server,
>next
>>time you were online. Unfortunately the world of Browser based
>databases
>>is far from ideal, which constrains what we are able to do in this
>>scenario. But it will no doubt continue to improve.
>

 


Posted by Tester
Dec 8, 2014 at 06:05 AM

 

Hello Neville,

what I could find out about Clibu sounds interesting to me.

So I signed up at myclibu.com and received a password. But although I tried a lot of times I was not able to log in (either appeared a message that the server connection was lost or a message that an unknown error appeared).

So I had no possibility to test Clibu or even see how it looks. Therefore I would like to ask some simple (but important for my needs) questions here in this forum:

1. Is Clibu something like an (online) Wiki (respectively can it be used in this way)?

2. Does it fully support Unicode?

3. Does it offer a search function (filter) so that the search can be restricted to the titles of the articles (that means: no search concerning tags, no full search)?

I tried out a little bit Surfulater (on the desktop) and this has exactly such a feature (a stable window above the list with the articles in the tree where I can type the title I am looking for).

For my needs such a filtered search would be essential because primarily my knowledge base would be a dictionary.

4. For the same reason of importance for me: Can Clibu create automatically a strictly alphabetical order of the titles of the articles?

5. Does Clibu offer a fast “Find-as-you-type-search”?

6. Is it possible to transfer contents from Word documents to Clibu without losing the complete formatting? (Some loss is inevitable, I fear).

7. Is there any restriction (for technical or other reasons) concerning the number of articles I can create? In my case each keyword of the dictionary would correspond with an article. This would mean in practice some thousands of them.

Thanks in advance for your reply.

 


Posted by Neville Franks
Dec 9, 2014 at 09:46 AM

 

Hi Peter,
We had a problem yesterday caused by the number of people signing up, which prevented access to Clibu. It is back up and running however I’m still working on fully resolving the underlying issue. That said you should be able to complete the Signup now.

Unfortunately I don’t have the time to answer your questions right now, other than to say some are yes and other’s no. If you have time and are still interested, please give Clibu a try for yourself.

 


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