Wars are not over in Information Managers land: Michael Tsai has released EagleFiler (via John Gruber) which, at first glance, looks really really REALLY similar to Yojimbo or SOHO Notes or what-have-you.
Since that, contrary to what I said earlier, I’m not completeley sold on SOHO Notes yet (I just realized there are NO SMART FOLDERS, which are very useful in organizing automatically your stuff), I’m going to try and use this one for a while.
First impression is not so good: the app opens a rather useless “Drop Box” window (when dropping on the app window itself is just as convenient), dropping a folder full of PDFs on EagleFiler just confused it on the first try – on the second it was fine (?)… And watching PDFs directly in the app will involve a lot of zooming in, as by default all the page is displayed, which is not so convenient for some uses (see the screenshot).
Note there’s no controls for the PDF view! You can go through pages with keyboard shortcuts, but still surprising. The app also does not open the last opened library on startup (you have to hunt for it in File/Opened recent)… None of this is configurable, AFAICT. Minor gripes: the app is very slow to start up and not very fast after. Closing the window closes the database (which is understandable since the app is document-based, Mori does the same thing. But still). The error window is too obstrusive for my tastes. It won’t let me (and you) import unusual file formats. You can insert RTF notes in the database, but not edit them right in EagleFiler – double-cliking opens them in TextEdit.
On the bright side, the tags management is interesting – tags are not free-form, like in del.icio.us or journler, but you have to select them from a user-modifiable list. When you enter a new tag, a smart folder containing all the posts thusly tagged is automatically created. You get hierarchical folders AND smart folders, and if you select many their combined content is displayed. There’s also the fact that the document Library is actually browsable in the Finder – you can move around PDFs or notes and EagleFinder will reflect it in its interface. Unsure if that’s useful in real life, but comforting. EagleFiler can also import from Mail on a mailbox basis, retaining attachments, reply/forward status (nice!) and tags created with MailTags! Only relevant to a few people, but it will make them very, very happy. Labels are synchronized with the Finder’s.
Some of these little touches are nice (mail importing is especially polished and great for archiving), but all in all I’m not sure what EagleFiler brings to the already full landscape of information managers on mac. If I had to say one thing, the library management seems very robust and reliable, so folks concerned about the integrity of their data could like it. On the other hand, I had a crash in the first 10 minutes of use.