Advice needed on how to start a new PIM program
see3d at writeme.com
Fri Feb 3 11:16:21 EST 2006
Hi Rev Gurus,
After spending 2 days looking for a outliner or database program for
OS X that can solve a specific personal PIM need, I have come to the
conclusion that I will have to make something in Rev for myself. I
looked seriously at Note Taker, Omni Outliner, iList Data, DEVONthink
Pro, and not so seriously at a lot of others, but each one had one
different serious limitation that made it not work for me.
Here is what I want to do:
This is my personal investment ideas PIM
I envision that this will be a stack of cards --one for each
Cards will have a number of fields with specific information about an
investment or potential investment --no brainer
I need to be able to cut and paste text from RTF emails or HTML web
pages into a big scrolling field, like a blog of info. --limitations?
I need to be able to drag and drop JPEG images from a screen capture
program onto a card. --never did this before?
I will need to have a summary card that contains a table of a line of
formatted info gathered from cards that meet certain criteria --no
The problem I see is that in Rev all the cards have to be in memory
at the same time. This stack could become large over time, as I
don't want to discard old stuff, but want to keep it for future
reference. I could possibly take the big stuff like the images and
save them in a folder to be displayed on demand --perhaps even using
Another approach would be to use a database program like altSQLight3
perhaps (I have not looked at that one yet).
The catch is that I need to have it running by MONDAY (yesterday
really). That means that I need to find something to use as a
starting point stack that I can just edit to get me off the ground
faster. Most of my time will need to be taken up by interface
design, not a lot of time for learning how not to mess up the data.
I know most of you Rev experts could create the whole thing in a day
or less from scratch. However, I have spent the last year learning
how to crunch numbers in large arrays and generate graphs on a one
stack, one card application. I have more than a few things to learn
about pushing data around in different formats --without much time
for trial and error.
This seems like such a generic thing, that I am sure there are
hundreds of similar things already done. I just don't have time to
find and look at all the possibilities right now. I am hoping that
my needs will ring a bell with a few of you, and you can point me in
just a few directions so I can get to work right away.
As always, your expert advice is greatly appreciated.
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