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  • 2.0 stars

    "The Woody Allen of Outliners!"

    March 16, 2008  |   By asaffer--2008


    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Tinderbox is a bit like Woody Allen: kinda funny-looking, unconventional, but significantly more witty, deep and brilliant than any other comedy writer!

    Tinderbox's mind-map interface is more flexible and powerful than MindManager or Scrivener, it's outliner is more powerful than OmniOutliner, and it's searches and resulting actions are more powerful than OS X itself!

    The customer support from the developer is superb. Mark is a considerate genius.

    The trade-offs are that the interface looks pre-OS X, and the learning curve is steep.

    I resisted using it (and buying it) for a long time, and instead used Circus Ponies Notebook, OmniOutliner Pro, Inspiration, MindManager, and Scrivener. I don't use any of them anymore, now that I have Tinderbox, and I'm certain that I'm still only using 40% of the features.

    The price is offensive ONLY UNTIL YOU USE IT. I could not imagine making films without Final Cut, which is expensive but incomparable. I could not imaging retouching photos without Photoshop, which is expensive but incomparable. And I couldn't imagine drafting everything from complex email replies to short films to university presentations without Tinderbox.

    It is more than 'expensive but incomparable.' It is more than best-in-class. It is best in a number of classes.

    It is the best textual content organiser on any platform.

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