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Dr. FF is a Surfulater fan and uses it himself. See: http://www.tucows.com/article/848 and-nevf (June 09, 2006, 05:00 PM)
That's the trouble; he's enthusiastic about more or less everything he mentions. Doesn't much help anyone looking for a comparison.-rjbull (June 11, 2006, 10:53 AM)
For the same reason I don't take much notice of "awards." Nearly every program that isn't a complete disaster seem to end up with a load of awards.
Also, Evernote and Surfulater use scrolls, while Zoot does something completely different, which is to organize the notes like an 3-pane email program. It's all a matter of preference. For some situations, I prefer the scrolling, and for others, I prefer not scrolling.-superboyac (June 09, 2006, 08:36 PM)
(One question, nevf...what's the difference between the 2nd button which shows "no articles", and the 1st button where you can turn the articles off? I don't see a difference.)The first button "normal" shows the tree in the state you've set. ie. With whatever folders you've expanded or collapsed. There are also the options to hide/show all articles in this tree view or just the articles in a selected folder. The second button shows every folder and doesn't show any articles. ie. The tree view is fully expanded. This view lets you quickly locate a folder.
Anyway, like I said, it's the best implementation of a tree in all the main softwares in this genre.The Surfulater tree has been designed and written (by me) to be very flexible and fast which you can easily see by the various tree views. I'll be adding more views and filters in future.
OK, I was just doing some preparation for this summary, and I decided to try Zoot out again.I've looked at Zoot several times and just don't get it. It has a loyal and enthusiastic following with folks hanging on for a modern version. One day the penny might drop. SB maybe you can summarize what Zoot is about in your eyes.
Being a Dr. File Finder pick probably gave it a boost.
Onfolio by ISI (the guys behind the destruction of endNote from v.7 onwards) has a similar application, onFolio, reviewed here:
http://informationr....frev21/sofrev21.html-urlwolf (May 31, 2006, 02:41 PM)
I suppose they might see TrueCrypt installed on your system! You can also within the interface associate .tc files with the image files so you can mount them with a double click, which seems to give them away abit.
Hoever, I think the scenario is ridiculous that they describe - unless you are a member of the secret service are you going to really hide information to the point of violence to get a password?-Carol Haynes (May 21, 2006, 04:58 PM)
Having said that, in the scenario they describe on the website (someone breaking your legs to get the password) I'm sure it might occur to them that you may have used a hidden image and so break your arms too to get that password!-Carol Haynes (May 21, 2006, 04:50 AM)
Following up on this "Virtual File Manager" idea ... have you guys discussed Soft Gems before? In particular, Virtual Treeview http://www.soft-gems.net/VirtualTreeview/
This project looks like a genuine attempt to develop a fast, efficient and fluid engine for data management / search / recall, based on "nodes". In other words, this kind of engine used within the context of note-taking software, hot-rodded PIMs and the like, could be extremely versatile. I like the idea here - trees that morph into other trees ...
Btw, there is a related site: http://www.mustangpeak.net/ with a demo of List View, based on VTV (or maybe it was was the other way round).
Andre-Plasma Man (May 20, 2006, 02:23 AM)
"A tree component that can display information directly from the XML engine. Windows applications typically have to copy information between the tree and its data store and build the hierarchical tree. These processes can dramatically affect performance, especially as trees get larger. Surfulater does not have these performance impediments."
Thanks again for your thorough response.
Do you have any suggestions regarding financially accessible software to provide registration functionality and/or make installation executables?
So it seems to me that the "ultimate" note taking software either can't exist, or would have to be some kind of super-morphing application, with the user taking a hand in the construction (or selection) of the UI. Perhaps this would look like some kind of free-text database back-end coupled with a dead-simple GUI builder front end that shipped with a number of common GUI configurations out of the box. Maybe you'd start out with pages or tabs (a la KeyNote or OneNote) but you could choose a default UI for each one - the "tree on the left" UI, the "sticky notes" UI, the "scrolling column" UI, the "cloud of tags" (del.icio.us) UI, etc. Then you could tweak the templates, mix and match, or construct your own from scratch. ...
That's exactly what MHTArchive (the program i'm presently using) does and that's exactly what I don't want. I want the program to just point to the file in my hard disk and not try to integrate it into its database. But your idea of just linking files seems to be what I want, but with no internal viewer, I think I will wait for that day.-web_stalker (May 07, 2006, 08:48 PM)
I have got a lot of html files dealing with various topics and subtopics. It will be very messy to create folders for each topic and subtopic. What I would like to see is a app which would act as a container/link to all these files with an internal html viewer. It should be possible to create virtual folders and files (tree format) within it and link the files to an actual html file. Clicking the file should open in the internal viewer and double clicking it open in the default browser. To put it simply, it would be like an enhanced bookmark manager with internal viewer. Is it possible? Thanks.-web_stalker (May 05, 2006, 08:30 PM)