Writing a dissertation- Tinderbox vs. Curio vs. Devonthink

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by heyholetsgo, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. heyholetsgo macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2009
    I am about to write a dissertation and I would need a powerful program to map AND manage my research (PDF, Docs etc.) Which of these programs are best suited for this purpose? Ideally I should be able to access and link my research to a mind map...

  2. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    Howdy. For the combination, Tinderbox seems to offer the most. But in reality, I am finding that DevonThinkPro is the best repository for all documents, and Tinderbox is the thinking, linking, and analyzing application (and aliases offer additional possibilities, and you can even code the attributes and use prototypes). I have both applications, but have been working in Tinderbox for the past month getting more familiar with it. Tinderbox allows many different views (Outline, Map, Tree, Chart, Timeline, HTML, Nakakoji, Explorer). And it can be exported as RTF or HTML. You can import PDFs and images as well. There is real power and flexibility with it. I have only scratched the surface, but I will never outgrow its power. It will help if you read the documentation online, but especially the book, The Tinderbox Way by Mark Bernstein who is the coder, program developer, marketing, etc.

    It seems that many are using both DTP and Tinderbox in combination. That will be my eventual goal.

    For writing a dissertation for me, my final step would be Mellel (because I use Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and German, along with English and Mellel handles them very well). And it never chokes, no matter how long the document. And Mellel has multiple note streams.
  3. heyholetsgo thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2009
    Thanks for the review. Tinderbox seems very complex and I don't know if it is too much for me. I heard Curio is the easier brother of Tinderbox with a better better interface. Any thoughts on that?

    So you say for categorization and bringing order into my research files, one should use neither Tinderbox nor Curio? I was hoping on one program that can do it all and for mind-mapping I consider the two programs above a bit expensive...
  4. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    Yes, Tinderbox has a learning curve. But it can give you most everything, more so than DTP.

    I would encourage you to look at the forums for Tinderbox. Mark B. is very responsive. And others have been writing about dissertation work, etc. Ask questions specific to your needs. See if it will handle everything.

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