Tinderbox
Tinderbox
8.2.1

5.0

Tinderbox free download for Mac

Tinderbox

8.2.1
28 November 2019

Store and organize your notes, ideas, and plans.

Overview

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

When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.

What's new in Tinderbox

Version 8.2.1:

Note: Currently available for $222

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abelberidze
04 June 2018

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Good app.Simple and convenient. I recommend
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Version 7.5.1
abelberidze
04 June 2018
Good app.Simple and convenient. I recommend
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Version 7.5.1
jackdean09
24 November 2017
Great tool! Recently purchase and it's been a complete star helping keep my notes and documents neat, tidy, and organised. Would highly recommend. Worth the cost!
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Version 7.3.1
Haevuus
23 November 2017
This app is steep, deep and relentlessly powerful. If your task is to turn diverse ideas and random thoughts into cohesive instruction or persuasive rhetoric, this is your tool! Don't let its storied steep learning curve put you off — you can immediately start at the top level to harness its inherent power and later bring in the heavier tools as you press the pedal down further with each use.

If it's your lot to assemble little bits of rock and packets of dust into some sort of linguistic classical statuary this tool should be in your pouch!
Like (6)
Version 7.3.0
Bjornar-Rendalsvik
01 September 2017
I have been eyeing this software for many years. About a year ago I decided to finally include it in my workflow as a designer and engineer in the audiovisual industry. Now, a year later, having completed my biggest project to date in my career, I can honestly say that I will never again be without this wonderful tool. I have managed meetings, construction and project planning in addition to gaining insight using agents on all data accumulated over the past year that has all been added to this software. It does take some effort to get to get to a level where one might feel a real benefit from it, but in my opinion that effort has paid off. For me, my employer and most of all, my clients. Give it a try, you just might find it useful.
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Version 7.2.0
Mistersquid
25 December 2016
Tinderbox 6.6.5 is full-featured and again stable, which stability allows it to reclaim its ability to empower its users to create, visualize, and transform data of arbitrary complexity (within reason).

There was definitely a rough patch between version 5 and early 6.x versions, but this patch has been smoothed. As a result the wisdom of rearchitecting the windowing UX mechanics is also proved.

Exports and templating is still a somewhat confusing affair, but it is stable and experiment tolerant. I still wish external files could be specified as templates since Tinderbox 6.x is not a strong programmer's text editor. It is a good for authoring moderately complex styled text, and its ability to include inline images with OS-level affordances such as image markup is a welcome improvement.

This is software for your mind and, once again, its quality and feature set make using Tinderbox an exciting and rewarding adventure.
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Version 6.6.5
yew-koon-ow
20 May 2015
Invaluable tool to digest, map out, and process textual information. The main reason i stick to the mac, actually.
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Version 6.2.1
Tim27
19 April 2015
This app is really expensive for what it does. I downloaded the demo and you can do the same things with other apps, some of which are listed in the similar software section above. If you're going to pay this much for an app to store information, then you might as well buy FIleMaker Pro and build your own database because you'll spend about the same amount of time learning this app and setting it up the way you want.
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Version 6.2.0
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Essadee
Essadee
20 April 2015
I'm inclined to agree with the bulk of this with a few exceptions — the value proposition seems light if you are more inclined to databases but I can easily imagine circumstances where someone doesn't want to build a Filemaker database much less come up with a way to manipulate that data in the sort of freestyle method TInderbox lets you build assocations.

I think it seems likely most users of Tinderbox would be completely tuned out within 10 minutes by Filemaker or any relational database system, but can quickly navigate, populate, explore and use what Tinderbox does for them. I really wanted to like Tinderbox but my workflow didn't fit with it at all and my instinct is to use outlines or mindmaps when I want to structure some visualization to my ideas and it's really hard to not think of Tinderbox in those terms which is really undercutting a huge portion of it.

tl;dr: a lot of people would probably be right with you and want to build a database, but I really like that there is such a powerful alternative available that doesn't put up too many roadblocks to creative writers and researchers that don't like working in boxes.
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Tim27
Tim27
20 April 2015
Those are good points, Essadee. However, I think the cost of admission still outweighs the usefulness of this app.
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Eastgate
Eastgate
25 April 2015
If you want to build a database, you should certainly look at FileMaker! It's a terrific tool. But that;s not the point of Tinderbox.

Tinderbox works really well in tasks where you can’t know in advance how your work is going to be structured -- research, investigative journalism, film continuity, product management. It's got powerful representational tools lke inheritance and persistent agents that help keep your work organized as it evolves and changes over a span of months and years.

You wouldn't start planning a novel in a relational database, or use a database to piece together the design forces that will influence your next restaurant design or your upcoming political campaign. Those are some of the tasks for which people use Tinderbox.
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Ca
29 August 2014
Version 6.0.4 is out
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Version 6.0.3
Macott
09 July 2014
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
2 answer(s)
Prince-Isaac
Prince-Isaac
10 July 2014
@ 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.
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Panthera
Panthera
24 November 2015
Thanks also for taking the time relating your success with this app. I, like Prince_Isaac alluded, have just never tamed the beast to properly uncover the beauty. Evernote handles nearly 27,000 notes with ease, delivering order with tags and search functions. Curio works wonderfully to aggregate the topic of the moment and make a PDF creation to deliver it when needed. I'd love to believe my workflow could be automated with agents, but I hardly muddle through my processes myself. What I am trying to accomplish changes all the time, and I've found that automation excels best at doing the same thing over and over again. My pure database needs (i.e., categorized data) are best met with FileMaker.
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Mistersquid
29 June 2014
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
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Eastgate
Eastgate
02 July 2014
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.
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