Software Reviewing as It Should Be Done

Over the decades I've often written about "interesting" programs, or "software for thinking," from Lotus Agenda (also here) or Lotus Magellan in the olden days to Zoot (about to come out in a new version) or InfoSelect, to Chandler or bCisive (also here) or ThinkingRock or PersonalBrain or NoteShare now. Among others.

One of my current favorites is (Mac-only) Tinderbox, whose creator, Mark Bernstein, was a guest blogger in this space recently.

Steve Zeoli, of Vermont, has an extensive posting about Tinderbox at Mac Appstorm that is a model of how to both assess and explain a complicated piece of software. Even if you're not interested in Tinderbox, the review suggests some of the broader ways to think about what programs can and cannot do for you. And if you are in the Mac world, it may entice you to give the program a try.

Two sample screen shots from the review, the first explaining how the program works and the second illustrating one of its (many) possible ways of displaying info. The first:


And the second:


Bernstein's own book, The Tinderbox Way, is also worth considering if you're interested in software-and-thought. For now congrats and thanks to Steve Zeoli.