Yes, great post cnewtonne.
MB has only 2 virtualization levels, the tree itself and the labeling system.
myBase is really great, but this (above) is one thing that bothers me.
Also, compared to a few other solutions, some functions are a bit 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 doesn't index automatically -- or can't be set to index at fixed times, etc., is also a bit of turnoff for me). There are many other small things that bother me, like the fact that I usually have to give titles to each of my inserted notes, that I have make sure it’s in the right category (other software can automate these processes), the fact that I can't draw or handwrite, etc.
Like you said, the storage system seems to be pretty much bullet proof (I don't know if it's possible to say the same thing about EverNote or Surfulator, for instance. But I'm not a database specialist and I wouldn't know how to measure database "solidity". EverNote or surfulater might be perfectly okay. D<b>oes anyone know about these/their database "engine"?</b>). The export/import possibilities are great, the formatting options too, etc. Wow.
But... Even if I can see all the positive aspects in myBase, and even is I can see that EverNote is a bit less sophisticated and complex than myBase (or maybe even UltraRecall -- but I just haven't tried it yet...), I keep coming back to... EverNote for my note taking. I must say that it's very intuitive :
- the quick note, web or image “inserting action” (ctrl+alt+n or ctrl+alt+v)
- the searching,
- the categorizing,
- the importing,
- the backup options, etc.
it's all very smooth, quick and reliable. Well, it's been reliable for me -- I don't know about others. I find it's got the performance I’m looking for (the tagging system and the searching is just amazing), the stability (it hasn’t crashed yet), and even... the security (but… I’m not as security specialist, and I haven't tried to hack into my own protected database yet... <b>Superboyac : would you know about EverNote’s encryption format?</b>)
There were also many great changes since superboyac great gigantic review (thanks! I've discovered many many things) : EverNote can now have multiple dataBases open at the same time (albeit not multiple windows of the <b>same</b>dataBase -- too bad...), links to other notes, templates with tables, <b>note titles</b>(editable, like the date), a note list, full path view of the databases, a universal clipper, the manual sorting of categories, etc., etc. A really great release.
Of course, I still find that there could be some additional feature : more options for shortcut keys, more format to export too, a "find and replace" option, the possibility to have several opened windows of the same database, a highlighter tool, a "comment" tool, a word count tool, and probably a couple other things I forget... But… it’s still pretty good for what I need, and … the difference between the free version and the paid version is mostly in relation with hand writing and character recognition.
Might try Surfulator again after what superboyac just said...