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Author Topic: MyInfo - Information / Note Manager  (Read 491 times)

Redhat

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MyInfo - Information / Note Manager
« on: May 21, 2021, 04:26 PM »
Basic Info

App NameMyInfo
App URLhttps://myinfoapp.com
App Version Reviewed7.0.9
Test System SpecsStandard Dell AIO with Core i5, SSD, 16GB RAM
Supported OSesWindows 7 Onwards
Support MethodsForum, Email
Upgrade PolicyUpgrade cost per major version (discounted). Free in-version updates.
Trial Version Available?30 day free trial (extendable on request)
Pricing SchemeOne price - $99.95 / £75 ish
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product No association at all


Intro:

MyInfo could be described as a note-taking application, information organiser, or even a database. It helps you write and manage notes (with file attachments) in very flexible ways, and the attention to detail in it's development is evident.

There is a hierarchy and structure that you can adapt to your own needs:
  • Notebooks
  • Sections
    • Parent Notes / Nodes
    • Sub-notes / nodes (unlimited - as far as I can tell)

    Notes are in an outline form, with their rich-text contents shown in another pane. Notes have metadata (known as attributes), and these attributes can be defined in custom note types, which allows for detailed record-keeping and is the 'database' type functionality I mentioned previously.

    The outline pane is also highly customisable, with the concept of perspectives. Perspectives allow you to define views of the section that you are in, with filtering and display options available.

    Screenshot 2021-05-21 221326.pngMyInfo - Information / Note Manager

    From this screenshot, you can see the notebooks area ("Knowledge") - where multiple can be open at once. Sections are then shown as tabs across the top (with custom colours), the notes are outlined on the left side, and the note contents shown on the right. On the far-left, you have the perspectives feature, and on the right panes showing note tags to easily filter, and the attributes of the currently-selected note.

    Who is this app designed for:

    It's Windows only, with no sync, so first and foremost it's for people that spend their day on the PC. I appreciate that isn't for everyone, but it fits for me! It's designed for people that need flexibility in how they take and store knowledge/notes, where prescribed interfaces and features in programs like Evernote get in your way instead of simplifying.

    The Good

    There are many features that made me decide to purchase MyInfo:
    • Backlinking within notes - just type @ and you can filter down and link to other notes by their title, like Roam etc.
    • Global search is fast and performant
    • Development and support is active and very open to feature requests
    • Perspectives allow you to create your own environment, especially with Task note types
    • The outlining heart of the interface fits with how many people think, allowing you to break things down easily
    • Easily attach links, files etc. in to the note tree

    The needs improvement section

    There isn't something that stands out as a blocker for me. For some, it may be the Windows-only nature, with no mobile or web versions available.

    Why I think you should use this product

    If you have more serious needs to record and use information on a daily basis, MyInfo is a great choice. It's a tool that you can live in through the day, and really set up in your own way. It reminds me of MyLifeOrganized in its flexibility and customisability. The support available and local-hosting of files (exportable to various formats) convinced me to trust MyInfo with my thoughts.

    How does it compare to similar apps

    Most competitors are web based, or at least have web-based and mobile sync. As mentioned, this may be a blocker for some. It's also quite expensive for what we have become accustomed to paying for software, but if you're paying $5 a month for a note service, MyInfo is certainly worth 20 months of that (and will likely last far longer and not have the danger of the service shutting down).

    Conclusions

    I'm very happy I found MyInfo - it's already paying off to have a place I trust to record things I learn, things I want to learn, memories and ideas. Backlinking, outlining and the organisation available through sections and attributes have given me a home for my thoughts.

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Re: MyInfo - Information / Note Manager
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2021, 03:23 PM »
This was a major update - there's currently a 50% discount for anyone owning a license for the previous version.  Being retired now, I'm not sure I'll even spring for that, especially as there's no cooperating with mobile apps.

One thing, though - they say they've much improved the web clipping system.  If you've tried that, what do you think of it?

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Re: MyInfo - Information / Note Manager
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2021, 02:32 PM »
This was a major update - there's currently a 50% discount for anyone owning a license for the previous version.  Being retired now, I'm not sure I'll even spring for that, especially as there's no cooperating with mobile apps.

The mobile aspect is definitely a roadblock for many, I'm sure. I can imagine replicating the amount of features on a mobile app would take quite a lot though - I could imagine at least a way to view/search/add new notes would be useful.

One thing, though - they say they've much improved the web clipping system.  If you've tried that, what do you think of it?

Funny you mention it - the web clipper was updated in today's update by the looks of it. I've used it once so far - it's obviously more modern and gives more options. The previously version worked fine for me, but I don't really have many requirements past "save this page in an inbox to process later"  :Thmbsup:

The new version:
Screenshot 2021-05-27 203208.pngMyInfo - Information / Note Manager