Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RedNotebook 1.9.0

I downloaded RedNotebook again. I am not sure what has all changed since the last version. Nor am I sure that it is any more useful to me now than it was four years ago. But I am less bothered by the lack of differences between edit and view mode. Changing the font size in edit makes a big difference.

RedNotebook stores its files in text, relying on YAML markup (without Python directories). It stores the entries in files with the txt extension, like this "2015-01.txt."[1] The contents look like this:
24: {text: "This is a normal text entry."}
  Ideas: {"Invent Anti-Hangover machine": null}
  text: "This is another text entry, shown in the main text area."
Entries can be saved in a DropBox subfolder.

RedNotebook does not allow for link between different days. It is, however, quite adept at handling links to files and webpages. So, you could have this expression [January ""C:\Users\Manfred\.rednotebook\data\2015-01.txt""]. It links to a RedNotebook file and opens in your word processor. What was somewhat amazing to me was that it also allows for links to ConnectedText urls, like this [link ""ct://Journal/20150127""].

I do like the application and wish I had a use for it—"crimp, crimp"—but I don't. I'll keep it on the USB stick that I keep for such applications.[2]

1. For a real basic "plain text" journal, see Plain Text Journal. I would download the stand-alone exe file.

2. If you are curious, it also contains Ema Personal Wiki, Linked Notes, Quiky, the portable version of Zim, and Wikidpad. I also have a version of Tomboy and Texhaven—all applications that have a certain appeal for me, but that will probably never find their way into my "workflow"—a word I hate almost as much as "information overload." They also all rely on text files. (I like Ema and Texthaven the most.)

I have changed the markup of Wikidpad so that it is almost like that of ConnectedText. (If you want to see how it's done, see here for a starting point.) Wikidpad is the most powerful of these, but it amounts in the end to nothing but a jumble of Python files to which I would never entrust my notes.

My trouble, if trouble it is: I like and rely too much on ConnectedText to use any of these applications as more than a supplement to it.

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