I'm looking for general, "easy to use" note integration and relational database software like
If I had a Mac, I would have Tinderbox right now. But I don't and I cannot justify buying a new computer at the moment.
I am looking for tools that are general purpose for idea organization. At the moment it is primarily for fictional story and world building purposes, but I have lots of other interests too, and part of the attraction to Tinderbox is that I can learn one tool and apply it to a number of different activities. Another activity that is likely: board-game design.
Also, I can probably pick up any software with enough time, but I am not a "database guy" so steep initial database learning curves are not desirable (but I like knowing the power is there when I get used to basic functionality).
I found yWriter
and like that it is free and I will likely use it for story creation, but is a bit too specific for "wold building" and not suited to idea collection, integration, and organization. Finally, I use evernote
, which is great for writing notes anywhere and knowing I won't lose them (or my HD won't crash), but doesn't do anything with deep organization, and honestly getting a bit annoying to use.
Also, personal reviews of Tinderbox (positive and negative) would help me inform my decision if it would just be better to wait (or not wait) till I do own a Mac, whenever that is. I think partly I have this idea that because I can't have it it will be a panacea, which it isn't, so some "bring me back to earth" feedback is needed.
So, enlighten me Hive Mind! Thanks.