Remember, I’m the one who said the trend in the Mac world is toward lower priced one-trick pony apps. There’s always someone who thinks different.
Here’s the tale of a Mac PIM. A personal information and content management assistant. Alright, it’s a PICMA. An interestingly priced app that does more than than you thought needed to get done in ways you didn’t know you needed.
Complicate Your Life For A Price
Under normal conditions, in normal times, I would go to great lengths to find inexpensive Mac apps of value for discerning users. There must have been a momentary shift in the space time continuum early today.
Something happened when I put on my Value Vixen™ super heroine suit and sat down in front of my Mac.
Maybe something was too tight. Or, too loose. After a brief dizzy spell, I looked up to my Mac’s screen and found Tinderbox.
This is not your father, or mother, or bosses’ personal content assistant. As if, right? If you’re into notes and ideas and plans and snippets of information you can use or use to abuse, or use to analyze what you’ve got, then Tinderbox is worthy of a look.
What’s it do? I still ask myself that question. I’m thinking nearly everything.
Visualize Whirled Peas
Tinderbox isn’t just about notes, but it does notes. It’s not just an information snippet collector, but it does collect. It’s fully visual. Layout information so you can see it all onscreen.
Organize your pieces of information into plans. Link them together. Record ideas and important notes so you can find them and use them later. Make it complex or simple. Create project or work flows or use it to write a complex novel of characters or organizational structure.
Set up tasks in Tinderbox. The number of notes and ideas and tasks doesn’t matter. It holds information in xml files and can create files in other formats for easy sharing.
From what I can see, Tinderbox has an active and robust support community (not unlike Circus Ponies’ Notebook, also a serious information collector, and highlighted as The Best Mac Notebook You Can Buy)— forum, wiki, public file exchange, and Weekends (for which someone at Tinderbox needs a reminder note to update).
Tinderbox does complex processes and complicated workflows with ease. Information can be updated and shared instantly with other users. Use it for maps, outlines, charts, time lines and prototypes? Sure. It’s a way to look at a what if process before implementing.
In other words, Tinderbox does a little of everything you’d expect in a powerful notes, plans and ideas app. It’s like a project management app that has a content personality.
The two obvious caveats to using this capable app? Price and complexity.
It’s not inexpensive. You’ll be challenged to find a more expensive personal notes and information app.
It’s not easy to dig into. Tinderbox is an app you must live in, night and day, and most weekends, to gather an appropriate appreciation for what it can do to help you accomplish more.
As alternatives, try Scrivener for writing projects, among others in What Is The Best Mac Writing Tool?
For a lot less money there’s 6 Easy Ways To File And Save It All On Your Mac. Competent apps all, but far short of the capability built in to Tinderbox.