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Full user review
"The Woody Allen of Outliners!"
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.