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Platform: MacOS 9.2 through 10.4
License: Commercial
Cost: $165
Download Size: 4.0M
Site: http://www.eastgate.com/tinderbox/


[edit] Description

Tinderbox is a hybrid between an outliner, a mind-mapper, a free-form database, and weblog software. You can create notes in a hierarchical structure and create named links between notes at any level of the hierarchy. Each note can also have unlimited user-defined attributes so adding metadata is easy. One of the most powerful features of Tinderbox is agents, which dynamically collect all notes that match certain criteria. Tinderbox also makes it relatively easy to export all or part of your document to HTML or plain-text based on easy-to-write templates. Tinderbox's document fomat is XML, so your data is never too locked in.

From the Tinderbox website:

  • Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and web logs.
  • A tinderbox is a box where you store kindling -- combustible material for lighting your fire.
  • Tinderbox is a place to store your notes, thoughts and ideas. Tinderbox keeps them handy and makes sure you can find your ideas when you need them.

[edit] Testimonials

I've used Tinderbox for a variety of tasks. For me, its particularly well-suited for planning research papers (keeping track of quotes, my own commentary, etc. then organizing into a hierarchy) and I've recently started using in for Getting Things Done, using my own custom template. Its been extremely successful and is one of those tools that will get out of your way when you need it to but has a lot of features to explore and play with when you're not feeling as productive. The price is a little steep, but you'd have to buy a lot of separate pieces of software that would add up to almost as much to get the same functionality. --Duien 15:46, 7 Apr 2005 (EDT)

[edit] Microreview

Cons: nothing else like it, not free, not even cheap, documentation there but scattered, early days for the wiki, Mac Classic roots showing, relies on a solitary genius (but, hey, he is a genius), soon to be cross-platform (less focus?), somewhat fuzzy about what it wants to be, not a large user base, some functionality appears thinly executed (scripting, import/export).

Pros: nothing else like it, not too expensive, simple but powerful functionality, informed user base, saves as XML, it does look cool (not that it matters, right?), it's Tinderbox! (More at Robert Brook/Tinderbox) --RB 16:14, 22 Apr 2005 (EDT)

[edit] Hacks

[edit] Templates

Ryan Holcomb has created a GTD template for Tinderbox. He provides excellent notes and screenshots for his template. He's recently added two new versions of the template. GTD Improved, which takes advantages of many of the new features of version 2.4, and GTD Lite, which is a simplified version.

[edit] See Also

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