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Brilliant. Thanks.

burrum 10 years ago updated by Alex Jenter 10 years ago 1
Hello.

In short: Thanks for the app!

Long one is my story of coming to CintaNotes.

I was actually looking for a contact manager with custom fields, contacts tagging and comfy search. I tried some programs until found azzCardfile. It had a very simple idea: make cards, name them, and put anything (rich text, tables) inside. And groups did the role of tags. Unfortunately it didnt support cyrilic quite well, and I wanted something simplier (3 rows of toolbars by default looked frustrating).

I realized I could use a note-taking tool for my goal. I scanned some big threads about these programs (including mind mapping software), but it all was either too heavy (MS Office OneNote or Evernote scale) or purely hierarchical (tree to the left, note body to the right), which is not good for me, because relative tagging model is more flexible and has no "one note in two folders" problem.

I tried almost all similar apps on the alternativeto.net list for this one. Guess what was my choise.

So how did I make a contact manager on top of CintaNotes?

Firstly, made a separate copy of the program (to get a separate database). One note is a contact, which I can label with different tags (like work, family, etc). Note title has person's name or nick, note body has all contact data in form <key><TAB><value>, which is almost what I wanted (custom fields). Ah, yes, all contacts are marked with special _contact tag, in case I merge them with anything else.

With powerful intersection and union (I mean ctrl or shift clicking tags) of tagged notes sets, added with realtime search (one of the best I've seen in software), I enjoy any action I'm doing in the program.

Of course I have another installation (with another db) for regular notes, just not to mess them with contacts. Looking forward to adding tabs!

There are many talks about usability over the internet, but very few apps are really about it.

The app can be used just for the notes, but if you want more, relative data model implemented in such an elegant way gives a sandbox for accomplishing a lot of tasks.

Thanks again, and don't let it go too complex!

Good luck!

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Thanks for all the kind words! Your story is very interesting and I kindly ask for your permission for using it in promotion materials. I'm wary of the app becoming bloatware, this is why I prioritize features that are more organic. In this regard UserEcho helps a lot: I can see if there are users which would prefer not to have the new feature in exchange for simplicity/resources etc. This is why all the features where more than 20% of the votes are downvotes will be made optional, no matter how high its score is.
Thanks again and hope you'll enjoy using CN.
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Thanks
Thanks for all the kind words! Your story is very interesting and I kindly ask for your permission for using it in promotion materials. I'm wary of the app becoming bloatware, this is why I prioritize features that are more organic. In this regard UserEcho helps a lot: I can see if there are users which would prefer not to have the new feature in exchange for simplicity/resources etc. This is why all the features where more than 20% of the votes are downvotes will be made optional, no matter how high its score is.
Thanks again and hope you'll enjoy using CN.
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