Daly_de_Gagne 4 Posted October 3, 2009 Share Posted October 3, 2009 I have sort of a love/hate thing going with EN.On one hand I am using EN 3 now a great deal for collecting information, primarily from the web, and to house my PDF collection.All good stuff.I can see where recent changes in the program make swift and reliable collection possible.And that makes it more and more likely that some of us will get some incredibly large collections of thousands and thousands of items.So...who was the person or persons at EN who thought that while adding this enhanced and new capabilities it would make sense to remove some of the existing ability the program has to organize information?That's the major EN contradiction, and folks on the forum have been addressing it for a couple of years. And not getting much satisfaction.For example, to handle large amounts of information, we need the......former way of working with tags......templates...that we used to have.And we need easier to read tag lists, not an overly light shade of grey that is hard on some eyes.We need ways to break up our data bases so it isn't all in one data based. As it is now, EN opens only data base, and if your subject range is very detailed, or extensive, or both, you end up with an overly long list of tags.Sub notebooks would help.But, as programs such as MyInfo and Surfulater have shown, it is possible and useful to have multiple data bases, with tabs allowing you to switch among the data bases, WhizFolders, a great program for writers, allows multiple outlines to be open, with one window being an index of what is open at the moment.It is time to put emphasis back on how do we organize and process all of this data that EN makes it so easy to capture.Surfulater gives a choice of folders or tags. But it makes it so easy to create clones of an item for placing in multiple folders the folders serve essentially as tags. The folder list is at the left hand side of the item window, and items can be directly assigned to them. And as I write this, Zoot is moving quickly ahead with its version 6 beta, and may end up offering most of what most people here would want in terms of collecting, organizing, creating metadata columns, using smart folders, searching and tags, etc.Guess the moral of the story is that if you're going to make it so ridiculously easy to capture material, it makes sense to also provide the means for organizing it really well.Daly Link to comment
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