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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jan 21, 2019 at 11:35 AM

 

When I first switched back to Mac about ten years ago, one of the first apps I bought was Circus Ponies Notebook. From the outside, it looked so enticing. I soon found that it didn’t fit my needs as well as I hoped, so didn’t use it very much, but I kept it on my computer just in case! I now have Notetaker 3. There have been times I thought it would be good for a project I was working on, but hesitated to use it because of the warning I get that it needs to be updated to run properly in the latest operating system—even though I have run it without any problems. So I am glad that Aquaminds is working on version 4 to fill the niche opened by the demise of CPN. I wish them well, and will pay an upgrade fee if need be.

Steve Z.

 


Posted by satis
Jan 21, 2019 at 02:39 PM

 

MadaboutDana wrote:
> Yes, the ongoing hiatus in further development of Hog Bay apps, and the
>peculiar decision to stop developing for iOS (regardless of the
>open-sourcing of TaskPaper’s iOS code) have put a bit of a crimp in what
>appeared to be a very successful development arc. I still mourn the
>demise of FoldingText, which Jesse promoted as the Next Big Thing for
>quite a while before suddenly switching back to TaskPaper.

I agree it’s frustrating. For many years Hog Bay seemed to have a much faster development cycle, with more apps created and supported (Hog Bay Notebook/Mori, QuickCursor, Oak outliner) as well. I’m guessing there were multiple developers then, and now perhaps only Jesse by himself now.

 


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Jan 21, 2019 at 10:32 PM

 

Hog Bay started off with a note-keeping app, Mori, that started getting a following. Jesse then sold it to someone who bungled its maintenance, dooming it. I assume that he sorely needed the money. I never quite understood what Folding Text did.

MadaboutDana wrote:
Yes, the ongoing hiatus in further development of Hog Bay apps, and the
>peculiar decision to stop developing for iOS (regardless of the
>open-sourcing of TaskPaper’s iOS code) have put a bit of a crimp in what
>appeared to be a very successful development arc. I still mourn the
>demise of FoldingText, which Jesse promoted as the Next Big Thing for
>quite a while before suddenly switching back to TaskPaper.
> >Circus Ponies I never really took to - some beautiful ideas, not always
>especially well executed (lot of crashing, sudden reversal of structural
>changes etc.). But then they were one of the first really ambitious apps
>to appear.
> >Ah well, life isn’t easy for independents, as we all know. Which reminds
>me: the solution I’d always promote over Aquaminds Notetaker is
>Notebooks, the updated macOS version of which is imminently due to
>appear… (also one of the very first ambitious iOS apps, and a solid
>competitor to most other data managers, not least because of its ability
>to handle vast numbers of documents very efficiently; oh, and a
>dual-window display even on older iPads, which is pretty much unique).
> >Cheers!
>Bill

 


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Jan 21, 2019 at 10:35 PM

 

I found Circus Ponies to be prettier, and it seemed to do indexing well. I’m not sure why the legal profession enamored of CPN but not Notetaker.

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
When I first switched back to Mac about ten years ago, one of the first
>apps I bought was Circus Ponies Notebook. From the outside, it looked so
>enticing. I soon found that it didn’t fit my needs as well as I hoped,
>so didn’t use it very much, but I kept it on my computer just in case! I
>now have Notetaker 3. There have been times I thought it would be good
>for a project I was working on, but hesitated to use it because of the
>warning I get that it needs to be updated to run properly in the latest
>operating system—even though I have run it without any problems. So I
>am glad that Aquaminds is working on version 4 to fill the niche opened
>by the demise of CPN. I wish them well, and will pay an upgrade fee if
>need be.
> >Steve Z.
> >

 


Posted by satis
Jan 22, 2019 at 02:04 PM

 

Jeffery Smith wrote:
> Hog Bay started off with a note-keeping app, Mori, that started getting
>a following.

He originally started with Hog Bay Notebook, which for some reason he renamed Mori a couple of years later, in 2005. A lot of 3-pane info managers looked almost the same at the time, like StickyBrain and DevonNote.

 


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