Tinderbox 7.2.1 – Store and organize your notes, ideas, and plans.

Tinderbox 7.2.1

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs.

Tinderbox’s agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don’t get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They’re flexible and powerful. And Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the Internet.

When it’s time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze — even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.

What’s New

Version 7.2.1:

  • DEVONthink Office Pro: When an item is imported to Tinderbox from DEVONthink Office Pro 2.9.15 or later, Tinderbox imports the DEVONthink Creation time as $SourceCreated and the DEVONthink Modification time as $SourceModified. OnAdd actions are applied to each item of a multiple-item drag. Multiple-item drags are now handled without adding unwanted empty notes.
  • Infrastructure:
    • Extensive revisions help Tinderbox get more work done by using your Macintosh more efficiently and avoiding conflicts between separate tasks.
    • Edicts will no longer run at the same time as agents.
    • The internal design of computed attributes - attributes like $WordCount and $SiblingOrder that are computed from the properties of each note - has been changed substantially in an effort to address intermittent conflicts between Tinderbox threads. This may pose a variety of performance issues.
    • Several data race conditions have been resolved, most notably in handling trees, updating progress bars, in tracking shared value objects, and in disposing of unused values.
  • Markdown:
    • A new built-in prototype Markdown allows notes to use Markdown in place of native Tinderbox markup.
    • The new $HTMLPreviewCommand now permits you to use Markdown syntax in your Tinderbox notes, and to either preview the formatted output or to export to HTML whenever you like.
    • To customize the appearance of Markdown previews, you may edit the CSS stylesheet styles.css found in the Markdown folder of the Tinderbox support folder.
  • Import
    • When importing from DevonThink, items that have text but not styled text now import the text.
    • Email message (.eml) files are now imported.
    • RIS reference import (and option-drags from Bookends) now extract the reference’s abstract, if present, and place it in text of the imported note.
    • RIS references from BibDesk are now handled appropriately. Bibdesk drags include two distinct text items, only the first of which contains a payload. As a result, dragging RIS from Bibdesk generated two Tinderbox notes, the expected reference and an empty note named "New." The unwanted note is no longer created.
    • OmniFocus import has been greatly improved. We import the correct number of notes, obtain their omnifocus:/ urls, and set their prototype to Task. OmniFocus import now imports the task’s key dates: Defer Until becomes $StartDate, Due becomes $DueDate, and Completed becomes $EndDate. If a task was completed before the present time, the note is marked as $Checked. If the task has a note, the text of the note is placed in the Tinderbox note’s text. Unspecified dates are now treated as never rather than now.
  • Text
    • When displaying the text of a composite or a multiple selection, each note is labelled. Formerly, the first note was not labelled.
    • The subscript and superscript commands in Format ▸ Font ▸ Baseline now reduce the font size of the selected text by 25%.
    • Format ▸ Style ▸ Standard Font now tries to respect passages that are bold or italic. It changes the font family to the note’s default font family, using the note’s text size.
    • When the text pane becomes too small to be practical, it once again fades. Changing the selection no longer reopens a closed text pane.
    • When a text selection is dragged from Safari into the Tinderbox text pane, Tinderbox records the source URL in the note’s $URL attribute. If the note already has a $URL value, however, it will not be changed.
  • Browse Links
    • The URL field now displays the entire URL as a tooltip, and also allows additional space.
    • When a text link is selected, the text pane scrolls to make the link anchor visible and the link anchor is temporarily highlighted.
  • Experience
    • Large documents with numerous aliases will load a bit more quickly because the Hypertext class no longer maintains duplicate lists of notes.
    • Changes in protocol for deleting nodes and associated changes in marking documents as being in the process of closing improve stability when closing complex documents, especially documents with numerous agents.
    • The contextual menu for the key attributes table gains an additional choice, Evaluate. The current value of the key attribute will be evaluated and replaced by the result.
    • The suggested values of $Shape are pre-populated with the standard shape names. In the key attributes table, $Shape will always have a suitable pulldown menu and will offer suitable autocompletions.
    • If a built-in composite is added to a document in which the default value of $NeverComposite is true, the components of the built-in composite have $NeverComposite set to false. Presumably, if you’re adding a composite, you want it to be a composite.
    • If we are not searching text, Tinderbox no longer attempts to provide context for the Find result in the text we are not searching.
    • In the key attributes table, font attributes now have a button for choosing the font, making it easier to discover that fonts can be changed here.
    • When a new Composites container is added to the document, its initial OnAdd action is now $NeverComposite=false;
    • File ▸ Export ▸ As HTML, As Text, and As Outline are no longer unavailable from Preview and HTML panes.
    • Document Settings:Map now allows you to set the default texture. The new Texture popup menu button is initialized to "none" when no $Fill texture is selected.
    • Full Screen Split View: Tinderbox and Storyspace now support full screen split view. Press and hold the green "full screen" button in the main window’s upper left-hand corner; the window will shrink to permit you to select the right or the left half of the screen.
    • Composites: to avoid confusion, Notes ▸ Create Composite has been renamed Notes ▸ Add Composite. If no composites are available to be instantiated, this menu item is now disabled.
    • Get Info: The search box in the Attributes panel no longer automatically selects a completion if only a single completion is possible. Though only one completion is possible, the user might have changed her mind, or might have mistyped the intended attribute.


OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor


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