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joachimr reviewed on 19 Jun 2009
After using Endnote (when it was still a Mac product) and then Bookend and trying Sente, this is my absolute fav app, especially since it allowed me to toss Word. I use it for organize (very effortlessly) all my research and even my drafts in a Lyx - BibDesk combination. Perfect integration (as BibDesk basically edits the BibTeX file you need for Lyx). I strongly suggest for all folks who are frustrated with MS Word to give these two apps a try. Tons of other users are willing and able to support you and there's tons of information available on various user groups. I only wish that it would not have to index the content of PDFs each time you want to search (only one time until you close the app).
[Version 1.3.21]


joachimr reviewed on 18 Jun 2009
Used it since the early beta days, and have never looked back. Punakea has completely changed the way I organized my files on my Mac. Go give it a look and try.
[Version 1.0]


joachimr reviewed on 24 Mar 2009
Top-notch statistical analysis software for an unbeatable price. You do have to invest some time to learn how to work it, but that's well worth the price of admission. Many statistical tools become available on this platform way before others (much more costly ones). It is supported by a wide, global user and programmer base. Get yourself a book to learn how to use it if you are not the adventurous or "I'd rather do this with a command-line" type.
[Version 2.8.1]


joachimr reviewed on 09 Mar 2009
I never thought I had to look for an alternative to the (free) Mail on my Mac. Then I tried Postbox... if you are using Gmail (especially via IMAP) on your Mac, give this a try. It's much, much faster than Mail, does not mess around with your Gmail messages and the integration with online services such as Flickr and such is really well done. I also like the way it handles attachments and links - in general, it's much faster to find things in burried somewhere in your emails in Postbox than in Apple Mail. The killer feature, however, for me is the ability to tag emails (which can be done in Mail as well, but only with additional software).

That said, if you need to find emails via Spotlight and directly link to individual emails, you won't be happy with this app. At least not now. The other problem is that it's a beta and if you don't want to expose yourself to the potential problems of a beta (might never make it to a full version, for example), this is something you should consider. In terms of crashes, though, I had to Force Quit Apple Mail MORE OFTEN than Postbox (never force quit it, actually). So much for "stability" of regular apps.

But I strongly suggest giving it a try. Download it, index your mails, and you will see how fast it is.
[Version 1.0b9]


joachimr reviewed on 23 Oct 2007
I tried a number of GTD software, and obviously many of the apps out there have a WAY larger feature set than TaskPaper. But that was exactly my problem with them. I ended up editing this and that and spent far more time organizing than actually doing. Read the description on the website, it summarizes the differences between, say OmniFocus and TaskPaper very well. The simple structure is as follows - if you add a : behind at the end of a sentence, it becomes the "header" (or marks the beginning of a new Project). If it has a - in front, it's a Task. Everything else are notes. And if you start a word with @ in a task, it becomes a link/keyword.

The file is an actual text file that only has this structure. So you don't have to follow a database logic or file structure, but you can just type your list in any form or shape that you want (within those four parameters). It's actually pretty powerful, because the software only "understands" the text in a way that makes it easier to view and edit and "deal" with your notes. But the actual note-taking is very, very simple. Type. Done.

I agree that some features - such as web-integration - are still missing, but they are available in some form (only not for the regular user who just wants to use it) already (scripting, web). Given the previous rate of development, v1.1 can't be that far away. And with it comes a plug-in structure, so folks can add a lof of different features.

I came back to this simple approach, because in the end a simple list, just dotted down, allows you focus on the important stuff and not to dabble with "if I set this up now in this way, it will automatically do this in 3 weeks together with..." So I gave a "4" for features - not for amount or depth, but rather of effectiveness of the features.

Give it a shot. It's not for everybody. But if the other GTD or To Lists out there don't really work for you and regular handwritten, simple lists work oddly enough really well for you when you shop, for example, then give this a try. It's WAY more powerful than handwritten notes but it's simple enough to dabble with it in the rawest of formats - text - and still make sense of it.
[Version 1.0]


joachimr reviewed on 19 Oct 2007
This is my preferred note-taking and storing application now. The previous descriptions are well done, so I don't need to repeat them here. But the point of simplicity cannot be made often enough. SB allows you enough "complexity" where needed (RTF for the notes, keywords), but stays simple enough compared to such applications as NoteTaker or NoteBook and does not force you to follow a certain structure (as the date-centered focus in Journler for example). A crucial point for me is the openness of the system. You can get all of the information out in various formats (either individually, or grouped after you have tied together some information), you can intuitively and intelligently browse through your own thoughts in a manner you never envisioned before (which is the whole point of using tools like that), you can search for your notes though a simple Spotlight search, you can search your data on your computer based on your notes (again through Spotlight) - this tight integration with core Apple technologies makes this a 5-star app for me. I have tried them all and for me as an academic, with ideas and notes being my core asset, this is the one that allows me to make the most use of my own knowledge. Oh, and it's free and takes up so little space (on your hardrive and RAM) that it can (and should!) run all day on your Mac. Give it a try. Read through the sales pitch. You will love it if you want a simple approach that yields very powerful results.
[Version 0.7.3]


joachimr reviewed on 12 Jul 2007
I have been using the free Onyx so far but socks as convinced me to pay the reasonable shareware fee. Yes, it does the same things - but it also adds a couple of things I really thought was worth the $: a very clear interface, that gives you enough control when you want it (for example the Spotlight control is far better implemented), but also gives you enough "just do it for me" options for the normal use (for example the regular automatic maintenance options). I am sure a number of people will argue that you can get most of these features for free or one particular feature in a better implementation, but Socks really makes it easy for me to maintain my computer and keeps it running smoothly in a very Mac-like fashion. The programmer assures me that it will also support Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard).
[Version 1.0]

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