I have many comments regarding Zoot over the years. Do a search on my username and you'll find a lot of good stuff.
I had given a search and seen a number of your comments. The last thread was from about 4 years ago. I will take another look.
I haven't tried their latest revamp. It looks good. But why? It definitely is unique.
It seems like Zoot has some offerings that other information managers do not. But I could be (and likely am) mistaken about that. Based on the user documentation, it seems like Zoot has been designed with some very specific use-cases to manage information that arrives from specific sources. Zoot can monitor email(more on that later), rss feeds (forums, articles & updates etc), twitter (commentary, articles & whatever) pocket (things "to read later" ), and based on user defined rules, create tasks, download web pages (in the readability format) and more. It seems that many who use Zoot leverage zoots ability to process email Items/tasks etc can be added to your created, added to your calendar, websites downloaded and filed... all when an email is received. Like many organizers, Zoot has a capture utility where you can send things to Zoot or also send them up to one of your cloud services. It has a scrapbbok, which seems to operate like a clipboard monitor (not sure if rules can be created for clippings). It is the automaton that I find appealing and how it interfaces with email, which at times consumes alot of my time
I'm of the opinion currently that if you don't want to use the popular products like Evernote or Onenote, etc., the next best overall option is RIghtnote, and everything else is a distant third.
I have not tried out RightNote, but it does have its fair number of fans. It strikes me as more similar to OneNote in how you can organize information.
Onenote could've been the one, lol. But this latest thing they did is worrisome in that they are trying to make it only work if you login with a microsoft account. And they completely revamped the interface which is never good for microsoft.
I hope that a OneNote desktop app that can operate as a standalone app, without any internet access, makes a comeback. Yes I would like to be able to sync, but on my own terms.
I may myself go back to rightnote soon. Zoot, to me, the unique feature is the 3-pane email-like system. Why do i need that? i dont know. I can accomplish similarly with a tree heirarchy. Instead of a root folder and the contents in the separate pane....you can have a branch, with the contents in the sub-branches. Big whoop.
What about input. Does Rightnote offer any sort of automated input? That is really what I am looking for. Also, is RightNote tablet friendly? Zoot looks like it might work on a tablet.
I suspect that Zoot owes much of its inspiration to the email clients of the past. I say this having not actually used the software. I remember essentialPIM having a similar feel.
And rightnote has been stable for a while and still being updated, also another vote of confidence. Zoot didnt do ANYTHING for like 20 years, and now they have a new version, and who knows if they will not do anything for another 20 years.
Really 20 years? I realized that it has eben around for 20 years. The future of the software, updates and development do concern me as well.