Thanks for the update. I'm interested to know how well MyBase will help you reach your goals.
I tried it almost 3 years ago when I was in a similar quest and decided it wasn't for me. At the time, I almost went the Ultra Recall way, but I refrained as I found it wasn't flexible enough and I hated the calendar and other aspects of it. I then tried IQ AKA SQLNotes... And I really didn't know it would become a major aspect of my computing life (I totally understand that some will find it "obtuse"... Although most of the obtuse stuff have been ironed out by now... The next big "problems" to be cleaned out are the way filters work and stuff like that. IQ's still evolving, and I know that some pretty big changes under the hood are coming quite soon. The current version is very stable).
Anyway, back to myBase... If you don't mind, I'll share with you some
of the "reasons" why I didn't chose it at the time (there were many others, probably, but these are the ones that come to my mind) :
- It was hard to automatically break a document into many items and organize these quickly into an outline.
- I didn't feel like importing a whole bunch of documents into a DB, but preferred to link these to a DB (and view them from the software, "remotely" so to speak)
- there were only 2 virtualization levels, the tree itself and the labeling system (another user, cnewtone, noted that)
- some functions were slow sometimes : the searching function, the loading of saved Web pages, the pasting of big documents, the switching between "Webpage" view and "text Note" view, the indexing... - The fact that myBase didn't index automatically was a bit of turnoff.. But this might have been solved.
- didn't like that I that had to manually give titles to each of my inserted notes and made sure they were in the right category, and that was a slow process (other software -- like zoot or ultra recall at the time -- could almost automate these processes or provide other keyboard ways to speed up the process).
- Web clipping and "quick note taking" features were less sophisticated (the later being actually inexistant, I believe).
- Wasn't that fast to use the outline to quickly enter text, paragraphs, etc. as with other outliners.
- Drag and drop options weren,t that great (I remember it wasn't as developed as in other apps.)
- I also think there was no calendar or any easy ways to manage dates (but this was really a personal preference...)
- it wasn't as easy to create new fields/filed attributes, play with them, etc. But this I don't remember precisely.
- Could items have multiple parents, easily ? I'm not sure...
It could very well be that all
these things were solved -- e.g. : the indexing feature is now supposed to be much faster, so...
Note that Google Desktop Search is supposed to index mybase, which could be real handy, depending on your usage.
I might actually install the latest version during the weekend and see what changed in the last 3 years. I'll probably be pleasantly surprised.
In any case... keep us posted !