Got an email from Mark Bernstein of Eastgate Systems announcing the 2019 Winterfest of artisinal software. It includes 25% discounts on:
- Panorama X
- Nisus Writer Pro
- DEVONthink 3
- Aeon Timeline 2
- DEVONagent Pro
- BBEdit 13
- ImageFramer Pro
There are some pretty interesting applications in there. In particular I am trying out Trickster and Hook. Trickster tracks files you’ve used recently. You can do this with Finder but I never found it a very useful approach. Hook allows you to “link together” different things you’ve been working with. I’m not exactly sure what it is does or how I will use it but it intrigued me.
I remain torn on buying a copy of Tinderbox. I want to, but I know the reality is frustration. And it’s a distraction from building Mentat. Then again Tinderbox is a very mature feature and it has some interesting new features that it will take me years to come close to - if I ever do. Mark, at least, can focus on his development. I’m considering raising some funding for Mentat next year and see if I can hire a programmer to help me.
I’m giving DEVONthink and DEVONagent another go. I’ve tried them in the past and didn’t get on with them. But it was long enough ago that I think it’s worth another try. I still like the idea of a research assistant esp. as Google gets less and less useful by the year. But I fear that a separate app is going to be a lot less useful, we’ll see.
Aeon Timeline has made me curious a few times. I don’t have a specific need for a timeline creator. I did play with them a little bit in TheBrain but didn’t find the UI there very useful. Will I ever write that novel? Maybe if I did I should make it a hypertext novel and check out Storyspace.
Ah… so many apps to play with, and so little time.
Anything catch your eye?