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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Feb 1, 2016 at 11:56 PM

 

I have been intrigued by card-based information managers since I used an app called Instant Recall (I think that was the name—I don’t have instant recall anymore) back in the days of DOS. While it wasn’t a graphical interface as we think of that concept now, it did present your information in what you would call index cards. When you created an item, you chose from one of four types:

- note
- event
- person
- task

You’d have different options for the type of meta data associated with the card based on the type of card, but they could be cross-associated, though I don’t really remember how any more.

Anyway, I loved that approach and I’ve been hoping to find a Windows are Mac version, but nothing really comes close, though I can mimic the functionality somewhat in a program like Tinderbox.

I have dabbled in Trello, but I have the same hesitations as have already been mentioned. Tinderbox was very card like in earlier versions, but feels less so in version 6, which has moved more to a notes pane approach. I miss the older version, at least in some respects. Items opened as note cards instead of in a note panel to the side. What it still does very nicely is allow you to move your notes around freely on a whiteboard, which is helpful for sorting and conceptualizing.

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Andy Brice
Feb 2, 2016 at 12:14 AM

 

@Stephen Zeoli

A lot of productivity software seems to have a relatively short lifespan, judging by all the dead products I see mentioned on this forum,

 


Posted by Jan S.
Feb 2, 2016 at 07:31 AM

 

Andy Brice wrote:
@Stephen Zeoli
> >A lot of productivity software seems to have a relatively short
>lifespan, judging by all the dead products I see mentioned on this
>forum,

there is only so much venture capital / media attention for too many simple yet powerful yet beautiful applications.

 


Posted by Andy Brice
Feb 2, 2016 at 08:59 AM

 

faustisch wrote:
>there is only so much venture capital / media attention for too many
>simple yet powerful yet beautiful applications.

True. It is a shame that the VCs and media have brainwashed so many developers into thinking that is the only route to developing products.

 


Posted by Slartibartfarst
Feb 2, 2016 at 12:43 PM

 

@Andy Brice:
Thankyou for posting about your software HyperPlan. Not having come across it before, I took a look at your website and the short video. Very interesting and a rather novel approach. Redolent of the MS Research affinity diagramming tool - you seem to have done what they shoulda ought to have done with that idea and taken it to the next logical phase of development.
I’m not sure whether you are doing it justice where you put it in the context of a “card-based approach”. That could seem a bit limited, compared to what you would seem to have developed so far. Nice work.
As a CRIMPer, I usually trial PIM-related software, but, as I I don’t actually have need of your software as it is designed, I won’t trial it. However, I will keep a watch on it.

 

 


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