I'm glad there are people who like Yojimbo the way it is. I want
people to buy it, because I think Bare Bones is a good company and I
want it to continue to exist. However, Yojimbo is not quite adequate
for my needs.
I tried Yojimbo for the 30-day trial period last summer, using it to
collect information for a vacation. I found it to be very useful, and
a pleasure to use. It was handy to be able to store PDFs and web
archives of information I wanted to come back to easily, as well as
my own notes. Yojimbo was my first experience with tagging, and I
found that to be useful as well.
When the trial period was over, however, I did not purchase the
program. Why not? Our vacation was over. I no longer needed the
information immediately at hand, but neither did I want to delete it.
What I really wanted was to set that library aside and start a new
one for the next project or trip. I'd like to use Yojimbo to collect
everything related to a particular project, and be able to store that
collection with other project materials, be it on a CD in a box with
other items or on a computer at a different location. Perhaps a
friend would like to take a vacation to the same place; I'd like to
be able to give them a copy of that library.
In other words, I want to be able to have multiple self-contained
library databases. This would not add any complexity whatsoever for
those who like Yojimbo the way it is--they can simply continue using
one monolithic library--but it would add an order of magnitude of
usefulness for me, and I suspect for others as well.
I sent this feature request to Bare Bones' support address, and
received a prompt and honest reply. Unfortunately, the reply was that
"the chances of Yojimbo supporting multiple databases at any point in
the future are very slim, as doing so would require changes to a
whole slew of design and implementation choices; overall, we think
the drawbacks considerably outweigh any potential benefit." Which,
sadly, makes it so close and yet so far from what I need.
It's too bad, because I haven't really liked any of the alternatives
I've looked at so far. Either they're more complex than I want, or
they just don't look as nice as Yojimbo. So for now, I'm still using
the Finder and traditional hierarchical organization.
I'm still monitoring this list though, in case anything changes! :-)
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