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Posted by Manfred
Mar 12, 2008 at 10:30 PM

 

As one of the Beta Testers, I had the opportunity of trying first hand the new version of ConnectedText 3 that is about to be released. In addition to many incremental improvements (in the editor, spell checker, etc.), it will have some highly significant changes:

1. Perhaps most important for the members of this forum an improved OUTLINER that can do check boxes now (and outlines can now be embedded in topics so that they open them with a double-click).

2. Lightning fast (not to say: instantaneous) SEARCHES. This makes possible “Smart topics” or the equivalent of “Smart folders” in Zoot (based on queries with very complex expressions).

3. New SEMANTIC EXTENSIONS enabling markups of Predicates and Attributes (like in Wikipedia) that significantly extend CT’s meta information capabilities.

4. A new (additional) backup option that saves every entry of CT as a separate UTF8 text file in a separate directory. I does not just allow one to reconstruct the database, if things should go wrong, it also creates a concurrent TEXTUAL RECORD that could be indexed by another indexing program. All the information in CT is thus available in text, and it can just as easily be be used outside of CT as in CT. Anyone who trusts only plain text should find this appealing.

A long time ago (in the old forum), I compared Zoot and ConnectedText, concluding that Zoot had the edge over ConnectedText with regard to SMART FOLDERS. I now think ConnectedText is better in this regard as well.

There is no other desktop wiki (nor any two-pane outliner) that comes even close to this feature set.

I admit that I am prejudiced, but, I would like to add, it isn’t uninformed prejudiced. Since you are all (almost all?) crimpers, what do you have to lose by taking another look. (In any case, it’s the only thing that keeps me from using my Mac Notebook more than I do.)

Manfred

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Mar 13, 2008 at 06:08 PM

 

Hi Manfred, thanks for the heads up; I will definitely take a new look at Connected Text. Actually, I had joined its mailing list when I previously tried it and just received a message from the developer about the upcoming version.

According to the message: “users who purchased ConnectedText version 2.0 can upgrade to Version 3.0 for free. If you haven’t purchased yet do so! Purchasing now you will receive Version 3.0 when released for the price of Version 2.0!”

My main reservation about Connected Text (which I think is definitely the easiest to use and most powerful personal Wiki around) was that it has almost no tools for importing existing material; it is assumed that one will do most of their writing within CT. I hope this has been addressed, though it’s not clear from the announcement.

Cheers
alx

 


Posted by Manfred
Mar 13, 2008 at 08:51 PM

 

Hello Alexander,

thanks for your reply. I have been using ConnectedText since about the middle of 2006, and I have upgraded to version 2.0 already. In any case, I swear by it.

I am not sure when you used ConnectedText, but the recent version imports:
* text files
* HTML files
* Rtf files, and the new
* cbk files (which are the Utf8 text backups of ConnectedText)

The only thing I would have wished for when I imported (all) my stuff into it, would have been the ability to import one large files in segments identified by a delimiting character in the file (like the “~” that InfoSelect uses or used in exports).

Manfred

 


Posted by Derek Cornish
Mar 14, 2008 at 05:13 AM

 

Manfred wrote:
>I admit that I am prejudiced, but, I would like to add, it
>isn’t uninformed prejudiced. Since you are all (almost all?) crimpers, what do you
>have to lose by taking another look. (In any case, it’s the only thing that keeps me from
>using my Mac Notebook more than I do.)

Sold to the guy in the tweed jacket :-). I’ve been meaning to give it a proper outing, and the temptation to register my copy was too much for me - especially given the free update to v3.

Derek  

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Mar 14, 2008 at 05:55 PM

 

Derek Cornish wrote:
>I’ve been meaning to give it a proper outing, and the temptation to register my copy
>was too much for me - especially given the free update to v3.

The license price is very reasonable, but mounts up significantly for multiple computers. I regularly use 3 (one at home, one at office and one laptop) and most other programs I use have accomodated this with a single license.

This time, CRIMP will wait for a full evaluation :-)

alx

 


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