A new year is about to begin. Out with the old, in with the new. Time to get organized on your Mac.
The problem is all those scraps of information, links, graphics, bookmarks, notes, messages you need and can’t throw away, right? It’s a mess.
If you’re a Mac user, then you need a digital box to shove all that digital information into for safe storage. You need ShoveBox.
Another problem is what to do with all those scraps and links and notes and messages, even if they’re collected somewhere. And that’s the point. Collection. That’s part of what ShoveBox does. It collects.
The first place to start is drag and drop. Drag notes, links, bookmarks, almost anything and drop it right into ShoveBox. Then, when you have time, and according to your own preferences, organize.
ShoveBox uses easy to identify folders, simple to create labels, and the visual cues of flags, so you always know what’s what and where, and don’t have to learn someone else’s way of organizing.
Spotlight makes searching for content ultra easy, Mac style. Whatever you dropped into ShoveBox gets indexed, whether you organized it or not, so it’s always easy to find.
ShoveBox also comes with QuickJot, which is a quick note capture feature. Just like in Safari, ShoveBox handles web archive files so you can make local archive pages of web sites for offline viewing.
As of 2007 the Mac has about twenty eleven personal information managers. Some have every bell and whistle and require hours to learn and cost more than a few bucks. Others, like ShoveBox, take a different approach which borders on elegant.
Instead of conforming to a set of rules to organize what you want to keep track of, ShoveBox lets you do it with a simple set of folders, labels, and flags. Instead of learning about a complex system, you actually get one that’s ready to use from the first click.
Yes, I truly love the features in Circus Ponies Notebook, as well as the flexibility in Mori, and the drop dead completeness of Yojimbo, but life is too short to go back to school just to learn how to organize things on my Mac.
ShoveBox has one weakness we’d like to see—dropping without a pop out dock. ShoveBox uses the menu bar, a little box icon with an arrow, to handle the dirty work of gathering and organizing information. It needs a drag and drop slide out dock similar to that found in Yojimbo.
If you don’t mind using the Menu Bar to start everything, ShoveBox is a good way to organize.
Got a better way to organize your Mac’s digital life? What’s the personal information manager that makes you warm and fuzzie? Share with other Mac360 readers in the Comments section below.