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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.

Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful.

Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the internet.

When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox more...

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Version 6.0.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Macott Member IconReview+2
Macott
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I bought Tinderbox in 2011 after I had tried what seems like an endless list of other products that promised to achieve the goal of taking and organizing information. Circus Ponies’ notebook, OmniOutliner, Curio, DevonThink Pro to name a few. Some of them I used for more than a year before I finally decided that they wouldn’t do what I wanted them to do.

Tinderbox was the last I tried and it has stuck with me. It provides a way to organize my notes and make sense of them in a way that I have not been able to do with any other piece of software. I attribute that to the fact that Tinderbox provides an environment to work in that allows me to explore ideas and find connections in my notes besides providing a mechanism to jot information down for later retrieval. I’m mostly referring to the map view (which is my favorite for that type of activity). Being able to lay out notes in 2D space, attributing them (color, shape, subtitles, captions), badges and connecting them via links or simply through proximity or grouping in adornments is already extremely powerful, although that is only a small subset of Tinderbox' capabilities

There isn’t enough space here to review all the other features, or talk much about the ability to have “agents” or “smart adornments” search for and organize the data to provide a different view (no better way to find new connections by displaying the same information in a different way).

I have been using Tinderbox for my daily work journal, to design software, keep track of projects (Tinderbox allows to build a nice dashboard to display the metrics you need to know), online research of all kinds, etc. Some of my Tinderbox documents are pretty big, the largest holds >1600 notes, more than half a million words, with almost 50 agents searching through the data without Tinderbox breaking a sweat.

With version 6 it has made a big jump forward in providing a user friendly GUI. And different than the previous reviewer, I didn’t have a crash yet (I’m a daily user since the day version 6 was released).

Support by the developer is very good, response time measured in hours, and the forum is active and populated with helpful people.

The only negative I have to mention is that it takes a while to learn how to use the more powerful features, like writing export templates, or performing complex queries with agents. However, if you subscribe to the saying: "Easy things should be easy, hard things should be possible", you will be happy with Tinderbox.

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Version 6.0.1
Prince_Isaac
+1

@ Macott: I really enjoyed reading your own perspectives on this software. Thanks for taking the time to write this review. I'm not a user of TB but every once in a while I download the demo as I'd really like to get into it, but, alas, I get overpowered. I admire Mark the dev and his continued support and tenacity in fostering continued interest and development of hypertext.

Mistersquid Member IconReview+71
Mistersquid
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Current app (6.0.x) is not fit to purpose.

As a long-time user of Tinderbox and material supporter of the beta effort, I am enormously disappointed in the quality and feature set of version 6.0, which feature set is in some ways regressive compared to version 5.x (e.g. external templates are not possible available in version 6.0, a feature I requested be re-included early in the beta development cycle).

But this disappointed review is not about "I did not get the feature I wanted".

Once version 6.0 became publicly available for purchase, I tested the software and in 30 minutes uncovered one crasher bug and a number of glitches, anomalous behavior, and poor functional interface design.

Because I have neither time nor inclination to submit reports for the bugs (crasher or otherwise), I recommend you form an opinion of the software by using it yourself. May your experience be better than mine.

I will re-rate and review this app once it is again stable.

Until then, I will consider Tinderbox 6.0.x unusable and will continue with Tinderbox 5.x.

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Version 6.0.1
Eastgate
+1

Most people seem to find tinderbox 6 very useful indeed. Not knowing what went wrong for you, it's very hard to suggest a remedy. But, as you know from backstage testing, we've supplied a lot of fixes for a lot of people, often within hours of the report.

sjk Member IconComment+995
sjk
+2

Changes in minor Tinderbox revisions aren't usually listed under WHAT'S NEW so here's where/how to find them:

Tinderbox Forum - Where do I find Tinderbox release notes?
http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/forum//YaBB.pl?num=1339719633

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Version 5.12.0
Alex
+1

Thank you! I was looking for the change log all over.

You just made it easier to find them.

BananeQuantique Member IconReview+6
BananeQuantique
+5

I would describe Tinderbox as a monster truck for the mind. In Tinderbox you create notes (things with attributes, like a text, a color, a whatever) and it provides a set of tools for them.
Although not very beautiful and suffering from some usability problems, it's the most powerful and open environment for information management. It allows you to progressively discover the structure of ideas and experiment with them. I make Tinderboxes for managing my to-do lists, writing my web site, taking notes at work, and I just regret it doesn't wash dishes for you.

While not exactly a perfect program, notably because of crappy support for anything graphic or external scripting, among other things, it's still the closest thing to perfection. You learn to live with it. Plus, this artisanal software is made by only one guy who spent some decades researching about this kind of software. He obviously knows what he's doing. If it sounds interesting, try it, then either love or hate.

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Version 5.11.0
Alex Member IconReview+67
Alex
+1

I love Tinderbox.

A feature I would ilke to see is Full Screen under Lion.

In version 5.10.1 this is still not possible :(

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Version 5.10.1
zuluwarrior Member IconReview+31
zuluwarrior
+4

I use Tinderbox as an outliner. It is the best outliner on the Mac, albeit a rather pricey one. But there is more, much much more. I peeked my head beyond the safety of the land of Outline View. Some of these other lands are knows as Map View and Timeline View. I've even seen dragons there. One day I'll doff my helmet and trusty view and do battle in these faraway lands.

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Version 5.10.0
Szeoli Member IconReview+34
Szeoli
+3

First of all, version 5.9 is much more than a maintenance fix and polishing, as it states under "What's New."

Tinderbox is one of the more inspired programs you can use for managing your notes and information on a Mac. It's true that to harness all its power takes a steep learning curve, but you can get a great deal of use from Tinderbox using its most basic features. It's my go-to application when I have a problem that needs solving or if I have to make sense of a tangle of data.

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Version 5.9.0
Exegete77 Member IconReview+19
Exegete77
+3

I have been using Tinderbox for five months. What a power house! I am only at the edges of what it can do, but I am growing more fond of it all the time. Along with the stability and value, this makes Tinderbox one of my first choices for most projects.

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Version 5.9.0
Notimetoulouse Member IconComment+32
Notimetoulouse
+0

It's worth going over to Eastgate via the link below - Twig looks very promising, and there appears to be a 25% discount if you buy before release (which is probably why it's not been put up on MU yet). I'm still playing with the all the bells and whistles, but it has great functionality.

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Version 5.7.1
Zx81 Member IconReview+324
Zx81
+1

I've been trying to use Tinderbox for a few years, loved the cloud view and the capacity to create connections between texts, ideas, thoughts, notes ; but the learning curve is so steep (well, for me...)
I tried to suggest Twig as a similar app but it does not seem to be present on MacUpdate.
A pity, because the app looks very promising as a mixture betwween Tinderbox and Notational velocitiy!

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Version 5.7.1
Eastgate
+0

Get your free demo of Twig at http://www.eastgate.com/Twig/

Zx81
+1

I bought Tinderbox a few years ago and stopped upgrading. I wonder whether

Zx81
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Argh, my reply was cut!!!
I bought Tinderbox a few years ago and stopped upgrading. I wonder whether I should upgrade Tinderbox or buy Twig...

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JohnV2458
Version 6.0.2
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Eastgate
Version 6.0.2
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Eastgate
Version 6.0.0
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skipping-stones
Version 5.12.1
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Exegete77
Version 5.12.1
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Psshfr1
Version 5.12.1
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Eastgate
Version 5.11.2
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cantor
Version 5.11.0
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Exegete77
Version 5.10.5
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Greedyfranky
Version 5.10.2
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Date 09 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $249.00
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