I would like to fit the entirety of my brain into a plain-text database.
August 23, 2012 11:38 AM Subscribe
Android and Win7 compatible. Tag-based and cross-referenceable. Future-proof. Fast. I have a feeling that my perfect, personal information database solution is lurking right under my nose. But where is it?
posted by CustooFintel to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for a database program. Or maybe a notes program. Or an offline wiki. My requirements are fairly simple, but very specific:
1. Compatible with Android and Windows 7. Either with a built-in online sync, or with offline files that I could sync with DropBox or similar. A web-only platform might be acceptable if it was very good.
2. Tag-based organization.
3. Can cross-reference tags. What I mean by this is, I can search for all entries which have tag A and tag B. I would also like if I could search for all entries which have tag C but not tag D, but I consider that gravy.
4. Capable of handling and sorting 1000+ entries quickly.
5. Capable of storing multiple, independently-organized notebooks.
6. Future-proof. I mean, as future-proof as one can reasonably expect. I want to be able to use this same set of data for the indefinite future; decades perhaps.
All that I actually need for each individual entry is one plain text field, and one tags field. I don't need entry titles, or extra metadata, or the ability to save pictures or sounds, or to share my entries with other people, or anything else—though I don't necessarily mind those features existing, so long as they don't slow the program or get in the way.
The closest I've found so far are Evernote, Simplenote, CintaNotes, and tiddlywiki. Each of them has some factors that prevent me from diving in:
Evernote is powerful, has programs for Android and Windows AND a web version, and has pretty good tag support. But it's a bit slow and clunky, and has an enormous number of features that I do not intend to use. It allows multiple notebooks, but you can't search through just one notebook's tags; if you have ten notebooks, all of the tags from all of them get lumped together.
Simplenote is regarded by a lot of people as basically a streamlined, text-only version of Evernote, which almost makes it perfect for me. Unfortunately, there are no good Android apps for Simplenote (with the possible exception of JadeNote), and the website is not really suitable for use on a phone. The way it organizes tags is also wonky, although I suspect this may be due to my inexperience with the program.
CintaNotes is absolutely perfect, but is Windows only and doesn't sync with anything.
Finally, tiddlywiki looks promising, but I'm afraid I don't quite understand it. It seems an iffy prospect to get a version which supports cross-referencing tags, and good Android support.