In a nusthell, it’s basically Yojimbo on steroids – or “pro”, if that’s any clearer. Actually, if I follow the chronological order, it would be more fair to say that Yojimbo is SOHO Notes dumbed down. The Chronos guys managed to cram all the things I like in various information managers in one app. You get all the same functionality than in Yojimbo, plus :
- Hierarchical folders (yay !)
- Back/Forward navigation (like Journler)
- Journal function – i.e. automatic titling of notes (like Journler)
- Notes can trigger alarms
- Blog posting (like Journler again)
- Addressbook and iCal sync
- Import or link to any file in any format
- 3 note flavors – sticky, regular and “serious” (word processor-like)
- Tabbed viewing of notes (like Journler)
- Remote databases – basically it’s like IMAP for all your stuff. If I wasn’t behind a firewall at work, this could be so useful as to be scary.
- Notes linking – Yojimbo can do this but it’s not really intuitive
- New notes go in an “unfiled” folder by default – nicely fits in a GTD workflow
- Other stuff that I don’t really care for, like iPod and Palm sync…
All in all, I really like what I see – a very powerful app with a nice interface that feels integrated and easy to work with (not like DevonThink, for instance). It’s kinda like what you would get by mixing Yojimbo and Journler in a shaker, with added sprinkles on top, and it’s replacing both in my dock as of now. The only negative I can come up with at this point is the installation process, which could definitely be more mac-like and installs weird items in your Applications folder (some OpenBase stuff that should be hidden).
Oh, and, what’s with the weird capitalization?