Software/Update: TAO 1.01ha (Outliner/Organizer)

TAO (The Advanced Outliner/Organizer) has been updated to version 1.01ha.

TAO is a powerful outliner/organizer built for MacOS X. Using TAO, you can efficiently manage and organize plenty of chunks of information. TAO supports basic outliner facilities, such as creating, moving, sorting, grouping and combining items.

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* Improvements

    * Speeded up screen drawing and file saving.

* Bug fixes

    * Fixed a bug that sometimes content of note is not saved properly right after editing it.
    * Fixed bugs that toolbar buttons for expanding and collapsing won’t work properly.
    * Fixed bugs that default style are not applied when importing text and OPML files.

* Changes

    * When document width is set to paper size, scaling factor is automatically adjusted to fit the document width to window’s one after resizing the window.

Software/Update: Hog Bay Notebook 3.5b

Hog Bay Notebook 3.5b has been released. This is a beta, however it looks to be a final beta, and this is shaping up to make 3.5 a very solid release.Hog Bay Notebook lets you record and organize your ideas in a convenient way. Bring order to your Mac with this simple and powerful tool. Hog Bay Notebook makes it easy to quickly record and and organize your thoughts without breaking your stride. A clean interface and powerful outliner make Hog Bay Notebook a pleasure to use and easy to integrate into your work flow.

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November 15, 2004 – 3.5 Beta

    * New three-pane interface providing faster access to your entries.
    * Added folder, file, and bullet entry types.
    * Added three new view choices: table, outline, and flattened outline.
    * Improved keyboard support for navigating the interface and manipulating entries.
    * Improved menu layout and design.
    * New display columns in the folder drawer and entry view.
    * New color label column.
    * New bookmark column.
    * New status checkbox column.
    * New rating column.
    * New created and modified date columns.
    * Ability to create, rename, and delete your own custom columns.
    * New full-text global find-and-replace.
    * New PDF user guide with tutorial.
    * New ability to open multiple notebook viewers on the same notebook.
    * Improved printing support, including page numbers, headings, and page breaks.
    * Better history navigation–also remembers your past search results.
    * Ability to lock entries to prevent changes.
    * Ability to show whitespace characters including tab, space, and return in the text editor.
    * Returned ability to float your notebook window above all other windows.
    * Improved wiki link and URL recognizer–now strips punctuation from the end of links.
    * Retention of links contained in text copied from a web page.
    * Expert search options, including ability to search by any of the column attributes.
    * Search terms now highlighted in the entry view in addition to the text view.
    * Secondary selection in folder drawer indicates selected search results parent.
    * Move up and Move down commands now also apply to paragraphs in the text view.
    * Expanded applescript dictionary for accessing entry attributes.
    * Customize the inserted date and time format in the preferences.
    * Supports drag-and-drop of URLs from Safari.
    * Returned trash can from version 2.1.

Software: Catalog Programs

Over the past few months, culminating with today’s release of Delicious Library 1.0 (from several of the folks formerly with OmniGroup), there have been a large number of updates and releases for catalog software for books and the like. Everthing from freeware through shareware, including many applications that can use external input devices and internet lookups. For those of you with large collections of books, you might want to spend a few minutes going through this list (note that it is not comprehensive, this is just a recent sampling).

Note: *External Input Device: Barcode scanners, iSight, other webcams, etc. – Check each site to see what devices are actually supported.

Delicious Library 1.0 11/8/2004 $40
Can use external input device*
Official Site Import, browse, and share all your books, movies, music and video games with Delicious Library. Run your very own library from your home or office using our impossibly simple interface. Delicious Library’s digital shelves act as a visual card-catalog of your books, movies, music and video games.

Readerware 2.91 11/8/204 $40 (Also Palm Pilot, Server Versions)
Can use external input device*
Official Site Readerware is the tool for book lovers, collectors, researchers, anyone who has to catalog and maintain a library. Easy to use yet powerful enough to manage the largest collections. Readerware is a book lovers dream come true.

Books 2.3 11/7/2004 Free
Can use external input device*
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Books stores, sorts, and searches a “virtual card catalog” for a personal library. Books makes it simple to enter new books, edit the information of older books, and sort the books by attributes such as title and author. Books also includes built-in searching for quick book information retrieval and XML support for importing and exporting collection information in HTML and XML.

Library ISBN Barcoder 2.0 11/5/2004 $5
Official Site Library ISBN Barcoder is a shareware library cataloging program intended to facilitate the building of a library database using ISBN numbers.

Booxter 1.5.3 9/13/2004 $15
Can use external input device*
Official Site Booxter is an easy to use application to help you manage your book collection. It gathers book information from various sources on the internet to allow you to view, edit, sort, categorize, export, and print books in your collection.

Bookpedia 1.1.3 9/10/2004 $18
Can use external input device*
Official Site Bookpedia is a book cataloging software for Mac OS X. To save you time and effort, it retrieves all book information from the Internet and lets you arrange your books in any which way you like, using smart lists for example. Using Bookpedia comes naturally because of it’s familiar iTunes style interface.

Library 2.1.2 8/4/2004 $15
Can use external input device*
Official SiteLibrary is an application that lets you catalog all of your books in a database. It has many features to make cataloging easy. Library’s greatest feature, autofill, lets you type in a book’s ISBN and with the click of a button, Library will query Amazon behind the scenes and after retrieval, automatically fill in all of the book’s information, and even download the cover image for you.

*External Input Device: Barcode scanners, iSight, other webcams, etc. – Check each site to see what devices are actually supported.


Online Genealogy Sites & The Mac

Something that was being discussed in the ReunionTalk daily digest, and on other forums…Various online genealogy sites are not always Mac friendly, and each have their pluses and minuses. These sites are becoming more and more prominent in genealogy research (you could argue they have become the starting point for all genealogy research these days, among those using computers).

Perhaps it would be good to put together a small “report” on who does and doesn’t fully support Macs, and/or at what levels they support them. As well, perhaps we can get some comments/information from those companies/sites that either don’t support Mac users, or only partially support Mac users (i.e. only certain OS levels).

We can start with two of the most well known commercial sites (but we aren’t limiting this to commercial sites!), and appears to be the better supported among Macs of all OSes, while has limits on some census info for Mac OS X users (some census data requires a plugin only available only for Classic/OS 9x – if you don’t have a Classic environment, your out of luck, the company shows no sign of OS X support).

Other comments, examples?

Book: Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County & ….

Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, Third Edition by Alice Eichholz has started shipping. 900 pages, over 15 years in print. This edition (the Third) has been revised/expanded to include online genealogy sources.

Think of this as combination Yellow Pages/Almanac, for contacts/addresses for librarys, archives, county courthouses, state and federal resources, etc., covering all 50 states. It lists where to obtain maps and records such as probate, land, tax, court, cemetery, birth, military, church and on and on.