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Giveaway of the day — General Knowledge Base

Innovative knowledge management software.
$49.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 349 (53%) 310 (47%) 105 comments

General Knowledge Base was available as a giveaway on May 12, 2008!

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Professional editing software for video and audio lovers.

General Knowledge Base is an innovative knowledge management software allowing an easy and effective management of all types of knowledge bases. It is an optimal tool for categorizing and finding articles, documents or data. It allows user to keep documents systemized, to add notes and attachments, capture and store web pages from the web.

Easy access to an organization's knowledgebase either on LAN, WAN or Internet is also provided.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista





File Size:

16.6 MB



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To #23 (no brainer)...
thanks for your rather oafish comments, but if you'd actually read my comment, it was to the effect that NO lic had been provided when I downloaded and installed. Please try comprehending comments next time .

Reply   |   Comment by tony  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Might be my computer but I installed it. Licenced it ok. After launching the screen came up. I went to check out all the tools in the top menu bar. Every button I tried the sub menus were blank unless I ran my mouse pointer over them. Reinstall 3 times but same thing each time. Web capturing worked ok with IE but did not show up on the right click feature in FireFox. Not a program I really needed but was willing to try it out in case I could use it. I guess it made that decision for me LOL

Reply   |   Comment by Messenger  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Looks like a great program. Thank goodness for comments or I may have not been able to get this for lack of understanding on how to register the program. With only a short time left to activate it i saw that you were to paste the license key into the program file. Thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Debbie Gray  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Kym #95.
Please read very carefully.
It DOES NOT SAY to click on register.
Dont open the program AT ALL after you install.
Drag or copy the lic file INTO THE FOLDER that contains the program.
Just like #68 says.
The readme file in the downloaded zip file says the same thing.
If you can not understand by now,
I suggest you give up.
It is not possabile to explain any more such a simple thing.
no one says click register.

Just drag or copy the lic file into the program folder.
THEN start the program.

Reply   |   Comment by No Brainer  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

post 79...Ralph
Database manegment
Remove demo database.

Now here is the trick,
click on server/client tab,
remove demo database from there aswell.
now it will not keep loading.

It is NOT hauntingly be undeletable,
as u put it.
It just requires some looking and some thinking.
Hope this is not too rude for poster69

Reply   |   Comment by No Brainer  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#54, mike, #92, drsarkar, I get tired of people who post meaningless installation statistics and people who think that the statistics are significant. I only mention installation issues when I see a real problem. Oh, look, I installed some software and it changed the registry and installed some files! Well, duh, what did you expect? It's easy to tell the people who don't know what they're talking about from those who do.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Expanding on my comment #21, I have to give this a thumbs-down.

#28,30, Shellca, I was able to export in various formats, but with severe problems. For one, PDF format uses their online service, which I find unacceptable from a performance and privacy perspective. For another, Adobe Acrobat Reader (fully updated) couldn't read the PDF file, so the PDF output is useless. Dumping a captured webpage in MHTML format indicates that the problem is with the capture, not with the display, so the webpage capture is useless to me.

I'm using Firefox 3 beta; the GKB extension installed, but like many extensions, it's disabled (incompatible) under Firefox 3.

Regarding the GKB IFilter, apparently it's only for documents which have been exported in GKB's .kbd Knowledge Base Document proprietary format, not for documents in GKB's database. Additionally, I see no need for yet another proprietary format. There are so many document formats; they may not be perfect, but one can find a standard format which is good enough.

Considering all of the basic, severe problems, and the proprietary nature of this application, I can't recommend it.

I save webpages locally, but some people may be interested in Google Notebook. Google Toolbar beta (currently, IE only) supports Google Notebook.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Having only a few hours to examine a program like this is not really enough to make a well-informed comment. But this program seems to be really good - for it's stated purpose of creating a knowledge base.

I don't think a comparison with Evernote is really possible, though their base functionalities might sound the same at first description. Evernote is a note taking application (version 2.2 - not the Beta 3 they're screwing around with now) and has all the little bells and whistles to make information gathering, arrangement, rearrangement, etc., very easy and adaptable. It's great for daily jottings, broad disconnected research assembling, random stuff.

But General Knowledge Base seems much more oriented to specifically building a reference "book" to be consulted later for purposes of training, help desk, or for specific ongoing project use.

To put it another way, Evernote seems oriented towards the "front end" of info gathering, making it easy to collect and group data, GKB seems oriented towards the use of that data after it's been collected, analyzed and organized. Evernote is a great catch-all, but if I wanted to create a reference source (a knowledge base) for some topic or project or business, I'd probably use General Knowledge Base. In fact, I'd probably use Evernote to gather the data initially and analyze it, then export the good pieces to a GKB for subsequent use as reference material.

This program has a lot of good features for putting together a good reference book - native document editor with formatting, table and templates. Ability to database text, html, pictures, etc. Links to external documents. Ability to add attachments to any database record. Ability to search, to bookmark groups of documents, change the viewing layout, different ways to navigate records, etc, etc. Very nice.

Reply   |   Comment by dbear  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks very much GAOTD and Baltsoft for making this software available. Just what I needed! Installed fine on Win XP Home.
I'm now looking at the MakeSurvey software. Glad to be made aware of this company's excellent products (no I don't know them, I'm just a grateful GAOTD fan)

Reply   |   Comment by Jackie D  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For those wanting to remove the program i had no problem doing it 2 times .
just Delet and make sure you go into your program files and delet it also

Reply   |   Comment by Kym  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#68 i try step by step what you say with no luck it does not say GAOTD Unregister Version
Mine say > {Unregistered Version} Ok what the Heck do i do i have done the 2 time today and had to delete it.

Please some one help me i have not yet made the 3rd step
I have only just reopened it from the start butten and said yes i want to register it . Now what to do?
Plz someone help me before its to late
thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Kym  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#69 included this in the post,

"Your reply has to be the most rude, hateful reply I’ve ever seen given here.
Your reply has to be the most rude, hateful reply I’ve ever seen given here. If you hate helping or having to explain to a group of people as much as it seems you do, then you have the right to just simple not do it, let someone with more charity in their hearts do the helping."

I for the life of me can not see your point.
That post helped me.
I had a laugh, at me, learned to read the readme file, and got the program installed.
sensitive is an understatement when thinking of your post.
Did it help anyone?

Reply   |   Comment by Josh  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@ #54 (Mike)...thank you for posting the install stats. Please do so for future GAOTD offerings, too, if/when you can. Folks, look up post #54 before you install.

Reply   |   Comment by drsarkar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@90: There is no difference between the beta and the version GAOTD offered.

Reply   |   Comment by Olray  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

That's quite a nice one. Anyways, there is another web based solution at http://www.evernote.com/ which allows synchronizing data between clients and searching for text in pictures. Available clients are: Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Mobile and Web (MSIE and Firefox supported).

Reply   |   Comment by Olray  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks fellow Gaotd members in response to my prior question. I have another I hope the forum mod will permit. Since several people have referenced Evernote, remember when Gaotd offered it for free? I missed it but was able to go to their site and got a beta invite. Is there any difference with what Gaotd offered and what I was able to download from there site? Thanks for your indulgence and any reply.

Reply   |   Comment by piperloan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have to agree with many of the comments ... I wish GAOTD would've posted the first comment about drag / drop the "Key.lic" into the file folder first ... in that manner, many of us would have acquired the free GAOTD version instead of trying to open the Key.lic file to see if there was a GAOTD license number as they do on most of these downloads.

Reply   |   Comment by tadfw  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Joe Thorpe #60

Perhaps dtSearch might help you: www.dtsearch.com and support.dtsearch.com/faq/default.htm . Free trial period, of course.

It permits "regular expressions" whereby you can specify the "nearness" of your search terms/words to each other; e.g., "w/14" means look for your 2 or more key words within 14 words of each other.

Also supports "binary operators" like AND, OR, NOT; plus grouping and filtering of word terms; stemming, phonetic, fuzzy, synonym; multiple "libraries" of search indexes (so you can have pre-selected groups of information sources); forensic-type searches (index entire drive contents, including "free space", for police work); CAD drawings (with OCR plug-ins), Acrobat PDF files; "publish" catalogs or product support documents on CD; Outlook and other mail clients, etc.

Works reliably on Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista and other platforms (Linux. Works over networks so you can search other people's computer contents. "Spiders" web sites to index their web page contents at any "depth" or extent you want.

However, with its very-many features the interface is kind of clunky (geared towards "professionals") and it costs $200 (or less in quantity), but as I have about 20 years worth of stuff from projects of the past it's been well worth it to me over several years now to be able to quickly retrieve any info.

dtSearch is not as simple to setup and use as, say, Copernic (free and pretty good for general use) or Google Desktop (free, but loaded with "distractions", so no good for employees in businesses, I think; and it seemed to slow my computer just when I needed it to be snappy). But dtSearch is very flexible and indexes/searches most any file type (with some sort of text content) relatively fast for the thoroughness you get when you go to retrieve something.

Might be worth a try, but there is a bit of a learning curve. In the past they have been very good about responding to questions on their technical support pages, and at their Yahoo group forum. Often a good "post-sales experience" justifies the high price of admission for a good product.

Hope this helps!

Reply   |   Comment by harpo2448  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This looks pretty good - downloading...
I'm very curious about the software. I have to check it out... even though I use TreeDBNotes, which offers an excellant free version!

This is also so very useful for storing all kinds of information with multiple-tabs... I like it much more than evernote... it has a lot more to offer...

Well, let's see how this new one looks...

Reply   |   Comment by Dale  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry about the bold, I meant to put in a line break.

For those that are not comfortable without hierarchial organization, my point is that it is already built into indexed searchers. #75 makes my point exactly: how much time did he spend recreating something that is already there? If I want Spanish verbs, I can search for spanish. If that overwhelms me, I search the results for verbs, and there it is: tree-like organization without the unnecessary prior work of classifying each of my saved items! If you are still uncomfortable with the data being too loose, put keywords at the beginning of each item you save, e.g. Spanish - verbs.

My point is that pre-sorting items not only limits the number of routes you can take to find them, but is a waste of time, since a search sorts them exactly as you want them now.

Reply   |   Comment by Walt  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Once again thank you for a very handy program.
Personaly I have not downloaded General Knowledge base
as I already have my own system in place.
However as I advertise these daily free give aways
on my blog I get some good feed back from my readers.
This one got a big thumbs up today.

Reply   |   Comment by Katarina jellinek  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Uninstalled from Vista Home Prem SP1 near perfectly... Folders were left behind because I created a new database, & new files weren't listed in the installation logs. Check the installation folder (where you put the program on your hard drive), then in Vista under Users & Program Data - in XP under Docs and Settings. In Vista there were 2 folders - 1 in your documents to store databases, one as a roaming configuration profile, that could easily be found using search with keyword knowledge.

I didn't check all the reg entries until after restore, so the Chilkat Software or other keys may be left behind - might be worth checking by searching in regedit if it concerns you or having install problems.

In Vista it may behave differently, or virtualize some folders etc if you have uac on when installing/un-installing. I had no trouble deleting folders, but if you're locked out check that folder's permissions as well as making sure your anti-virus software isn't protecting it. Worse case, if you can't change permissions to delete a folder, Google on activating Vista's so-called Super Administrator account, then change permissions if needed & delete.

Reply   |   Comment by mic  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#82 Download "Revo Uninstaller" a freeware. It is the best program for uninstalling. It gets rid of everything and all the left over remnants in the registry. More efficient than using the Windows XP add/remove program from Control Panel. I have both CCleaner and Revo. Works like a charm.

Reply   |   Comment by Clemmie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If someone wanted to uninstall this software, is there some issue in removing this from your PC ? Or are there just paranoid people in this forum? What about using ccleaner ?

Reply   |   Comment by piperloan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I downloaded this enthusiastically, but my first impression upon opening it was, oh, dear God, another software program to figure out. It might be the greatest invention since sliced bread, but it doesn't wow me upon first impression.

I'd say there's a 50/50 chance I'll delete it without ever really getting to know it, which is more an indication of how much I love Evernote and use it for just about every application I can think of. I had played around with Maple -- a program I downloaded here awhile ago, and saw the benefits of a hierarchical tree, which led me to want to take this proggy out for a test spin.

I just don't know if I'll ever get around to it after taking a first glance and realizing I can't get around very well on intuition alone. A reflection on my tech skills, maybe. But I know what I like and what I need. This doesn't seem (again, at first glance only) to be quite it. I'll update my review if that changes and I somehow fall in love sometime soon.

Reply   |   Comment by Bryan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For anybody concerned about reinstalling it after the 24 hour deadline just go to the author's site and download the evaluation version instead (gkb-setup.exe) and use the supplied .lic key to "register" it. Works perfectly and reinstallable!

Reply   |   Comment by Mugwah  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks, but I find this software cluttered and just not acceptable for my needs. Additionally, the sample database seems to hauntingly be undeletable.

Reply   |   Comment by Ralph  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#55 Mike
Thanks for the info. Gives me a better picture into knowing if I could trust it, in case it gets uninstall or deleted by mistake loosing everything or not. Guess I'll give a try. Again thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Messenger  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Finally a good and easy way to sort all the tutorials that I download. Until now, I have been using wordpress installed on a local server. I highly recommend giving this program a shot even if you think you do not need it.

Reply   |   Comment by escanive  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#59 hits upon a point--for some of us, non-hierarchical works better than the hierarchy tree. I think those of us that naturally prefer non-hierarchies may well fit into the Jungian category of iNtuitive-preferrers as opposed to Sensory-preferrers, who have more of a tendency to prefer hierarchies. In the end, we need both, and a software that pleases me might not please another.

So. do you want your software to organize your date so that you can drill down to it, or to rely on searches and indexes to organize it, or to browse, so that you are occasionally surprised by something different and thus be open to looking at the data in a new way?
I look at GKB and Evernote (which I spent some time trying) and wish for a secretary to do the inputting for me.

About the best system I've gotten so far is to use these tools freeform and dump all the images, etc into one place, and instead of indexing, copy the links or paths into a freeform db (MemPad or Treepad) with a few words on the same line so I have search terms. Messy, but so far it is the only think that works.

Reply   |   Comment by Cornflower  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Here we have this tool. It’s a good tool but like any tool it always comes down to what a user is trying to accomplish. In essence what are you trying to build and will this tool help you build it. I don’t need to use a sledgehammer if all I want to do is hang a picture on a wall or replace some shingles on my roof. And in a sense, the same goes here. I have amassed a sizeable personal library tailored to the work that I do. It's a resource that I frequently go to for information. When I come across anything new or of interest I copy it or whatever and throw it in my library. It’s a dynamic relationship. However, I’ve spent the last five hours working with this program now and I’ve found it rather difficult to use and very time consuming because every article, every PDF, HTML, DOC, ODT, JPEG, PNG, and etc has to be entered and referenced manually. But, given what I’ll be able to do when I’m through, it will be worth that investment of time (at least I hope it will). I need a “sledgehammer”.

I would add that in my opinion those people who are having installation problems, the chances are more that likely they will be overwhelmed when they get this installed, and then try to use it. But do not interpret that as a bad thing. The holy grail of developing is to have a program that can be used by all without any sort of problems, and nobody has found it yet.

Reply   |   Comment by Renegade  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#59- Was it neccessary to put all that text in bold ?
What you said might apply to you but not neccessarily to everybody so saying that this type of software is "counter-productive" is not right. If you're happy with evernote style then that's OK(nothing wrong with that!) but please don't "apply" that to everyone. I, for example, can handle the information in an organized manner much better than the Evernote way.

Reply   |   Comment by x  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#6 Take a look at http://www.dirfile.com/freeware/knowledgebase.htm for some freeware options.

Good luck with them.


Reply   |   Comment by Barry  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

again #8:
besides C:\Program Files\My Knowledge Base\* have a look for
- C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Documents\My Knowledge Bases
- C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\General Knowledge Base\2.4


Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#59 I find categories and sub-categories (or topics) extremely beneficial. I like to have a feel for all the work I have and so classification is imperative. The search tool you mention in Evernote is a great tool but I still need a hierarchy option in place. Categories make you stumble accross things that make you glad you found it. All the info out there can make you feel overwhelmed but with categories in place, you feel a bit more secure.

GKB is not counterproductive, I love it. You say to adopt this centuries paradigm, and what's that, laziness? Phone texting for example is teaching kids to mispell. I don't 'dis' technology, I embrace it, but sometimes I get nostalgic.

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." - Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

Reply   |   Comment by Clemmie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#8 again:
This software is not removable!
I investigated the not-being-able-to-reinstall issue and found this:
Have a look at the file properties of /any/ of the installed files (XPSP2, NTFS) and you'll see that /all/ tabs except "general" are gone.
You have (as an administrator) no power over the files (for instance access rights) of the files installed!

I am (as administrator) /unable/ to delete the files of GKB, I am unable to set security rights, I am unable to take ownership!

The behaviour of this software is like spyware/malware (except it is not hidden). But once you installed it you won't be able to remove!

Take care! I thank the Lord I always install in a VMWare machine...


Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To #23, No Brainer

I look forward to coming on this site first thing in the morning with my coffee, even if it's not a prgm I'm interested in I enjoy the comments and have learned a lot from them. I just bought, installed and cloned my first new hd ( which I never would have even thought about being able to do without the help of the support from Slickdeals) so I can dl what ever catches my fancy here without to worry. This is how much I enjoy this site and the help I see given here.
You, No Brainer, (should be NO Hearter) have just crashed my good cheer. Who peed in your Cheerios? While I know it's a little annoying when the readme doesn't get read or applied and we see the same " How do I do this", this is no excuse for your immature attitude. Your reply has to be the most rude, hateful reply I've ever seen given here. If you hate helping or having to explain to a group of people as much as it seems you do, then you have the right to just simple not do it, let someone with more charity in their hearts do the helping. Your post was like ice water in the face, unexpected, unneccessary, and cruel. Keep that ugly attitude to yourself or those that might love you, you have No right making the rest of us have to deal with it. Shame on'ya!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Katb  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Double-click on the unzipped file to open it. You will see:

Read me

Double-click on Setup to begin installing the software. Pay close attention at the end where you should uncheck (untick) the box that says 'Launch'. You do not wan't to launch (open) the program yet otherwise you will get the trial version and not the free GAOTD version.

Copy 'Key.lic' (there is no need to open it - you couldn't anyway because you'd need to find a program to open it with) into the folder C:/program files/General Knowledge Base/2.4

Now you can go ahead and open the program: Start --> All Programs --> General Knowledge Base. The title bar (at the very top of screen) will read: Giveway of the Day - free licensed software....

Reply   |   Comment by Clemmie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I use the new Evernote Beta and I love it. General Knowledge Base seems to be geared more for corporate use. As an individual user, it seems to be too overly complex compared to the user friendly elegance of Evernote.

The biggest feature I love about Evernote that GKB doesn't seem to have is a way to sync the data to other computers via the web or just access the data from a browser.

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

# 36 wrote:
In my opinion 3 classes of s/w’s would create a killer s/w class of its own and would be truly unbeatable (...):
1. EverNote functionality: Authentic Referentiality and note taking
2. General Purpose Knowledge-Base: free form databases (rules/drivers)
3. Mind-mapping: either hierarchical or networked

I'm the designer of SQLNotes. IMO, it is the only app that covers those 3 aspects in a single package. It combines EN web clipping and rich-text editor (plus tables!), Ecco Pro Outliner with user-defined data, with Excel-like equations and graphs. Now even includes interactive Gantt charts for project management! All these features are not separate modules, but truly integrated. Mind-maps are coming soon. Free while in beta. www.sqlnotes.net

Reply   |   Comment by PPL  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#53 Do not install with Firefox open .... then it works.

I must have got the Russian version referring to kgb above ...should have been GKB ... oops!

Reply   |   Comment by Bettersafethansorry  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Works fine to me, too. (Vista Home Premium)
Its usefulness depends on the user.
If you use it regularly, it’s an indispensible software. If you don’t like to organize things, don’t bother.

Reply   |   Comment by kalman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#53 I also cannot find the "capture to kgb" when right clicking in Firefox. I also have IE7 and it is there and working OK.
Could there be a conflict if you already have "add to Evernote" set up in Firefox?
I did try the "capture to kgb" in IE7 and it was not as impressive as Evernote so maybe we are not missing out on much.

Reply   |   Comment by Bettersafethansorry  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

PS by proximity search, I mean a search that would find all and only words A, B, and C if and only if they ALL occurred within any given stretch of 2000 consecutive words, anywhere on my hard disk. Anything like that out there?

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Thorpe  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Seems like a good organizer by topic. Personally I have tried to use EverNote and OneNote, though I didnt like either of them as much to keep 'em on my machine - hence uninstalled after a few weeks!

This one seems like a keeper (so far!) coz it allows me to organize the stuff as I think appropriate and allows me to link to files, pages etc. all under a topic while maintaining my logical HDD storage structure. That said, I am a little fluxed by this tool as the initial learning curve is a bit steeper than I anticipated. Many things which appear intuitive, are in fact not. I am still to hit the "Wow" moment with this tool. but I think I will persevere enough to make a breakthrough. I find the recurrent confirmation dialogs irritating for now - not sure if I will get used to them quickly! Would still give it a "+" rating.

BTW, I have the same problem as #53 (Unable to capture directly through FF which I use heavily for personal stuff!). Anyone was able to find a solution for FF users? A fix would be highly appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by Da Indian  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Vista search, or Copernic or Google desktop can probably do more for you than you think. I drop keywords into my clippings, notes etc by just using KEYxxxx as a prefix. For example at the head of a web clipping:


That helps searches immensely, since having every mention of diabetes show up in every search would swamp me. I'm reluctant to switch over to another system since it would be an immense amount of work, with the possibility of being stranded in some format I can't read or import. It's happened before...

Problem is with my system though, is... I don't know of any way to do proximity searches, so I end up having to clip accumulated files of notes into thousands of individual files, manually!

Any program out there that would recognize my delimiters that divide individual notes and clippings and do that for me?

PS, do I have any big reason to switch to a PIM like the one offered?

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Thorpe  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I use Evernote exactly because it is NOT hierarchial! I read comments by people who save information into certain folders, or categories, and I think "That kind of mindless work is what computers were made to relieve us from having to do." I don't need to spend the time trying to figure which category or folder some piece of information fits, I just send it to Evernote. I also don't need to spend any time trying to figure out "Now where did I categorize that piece I read a couple of years back?"
As a teacher of several different subjects, I collect all kinds of information, and I don't have time to spend sorting it out, or trying to find it later. I identify it, save it, and when I need it, Evernote finds it for me using its fantastic searching ability. If what I save is not adequately self-explanatory, I add a couple of words at the top. Evernote (like gmail archive) searches everything nearly instantly and shows only (and all)items that have that term.
I seriously recommend that you adopt this century's paradigm: Organize your thoughts when you think or speak, let the computer index and retrieve your facts and information. (use evernote or gmail archives)
If you save pictures, add to them a sentence, phrase, or keywords and you can easily retrieve them (use the name of the folder you would copy them into.) As a life-long collector in information, I can't tell you how much I haven't kept, because I couldn't figure out how to categorize it, and how much I've lost because I couldn't remember where I put it.
Conclusion: This TYPE of software is counter productive. Rather than downloading it, you should consider a different way to collect your information.

Reply   |   Comment by Walt  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For those worried about the *useful* counters, I'd humbly suggest, don't. Some viewers may just randomly click whatever, other times it appears someone just went thru and clicked no to everything, but any way you look at it many ratings just don't make any sense. If you want to counter a click - or maybe 20 some if things are mis-behaving, use TOR.

Reply   |   Comment by this won't show up  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#26: "does anyone know if this program can locate information better than is already offered in VISTA search?"

Depends on what you use it for - if all you want to do is search for a word or words in stored documents, personally I don't think it makes sense to go to the trouble of adding every doc to any database to do something Vista does out of the box.

Using a database is different, & you can accomplish much, much more. While probably not a great example, I think of it something like this: say I need a larger screw to hold a loose cabinet door on in the kitchen -> I can search thru a big box or can of hardware, sorting thru nuts and bolts, screws, nails, whatever, or, I can have it organized so that I go right to the container with the wood screws, & pull out the box of screws that are 3/4" long, then just search for the proper thickness. Databases are all about sorting & pre-sorting, especially handy when you're not quite 100% sure what you're looking for.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I notice the comparisons to EverNote, but this also reminds me of another GOTD, Liquid Story Binder XE (given away last year) which was really nice for writers, but had a rather steep learning curve. Except for the storyboarding feature, it looks like GKB can do pretty much the same thing. It's more robust than Evernote in that it will handle larger amounts of data, whereas Evernote is more for just saving small snippets or lists.

The problem I had with Liquid Story Binder was that it was difficult to upload Word Docs and exporting was also limited. That, in GKB, you can upload a variety of documents, web pages, photos, etc. (including by using their capture tool!) Then you can actually edit them "in-house" and then export "TXT, RTF, Microsoft Word DOC, HTML, XML and PDF, individually or in batches." Sounds PERFECT!

There are a lot of nice screenshots of the product here.

Reply   |   Comment by geek_gurl  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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