I would like to bringt up a topic which I think might be seen quite controversial, but is a constant source of frustration for me:
My expected usability and the Tinderbox reality
I am using Tinderbox now since roughly 2 years and mainly for collecting notes and organizing them in map view. So Map-View, with and without the text-pane, is my terrain.
I love the way how tinderbox stimulates my creativity, but even after all the time, i stumble dozens of times per day about reactions, which are completely against my (perhaps completely wrong) expectation.
A few examples from the last hour:
I would like to select multiple notes with click-CMD. Some notes are selected when I click at a slightly different place than the first time, even both clicks were definitely within the note „box“.
I want to relocate selected notes to a different place on the map: pushing against the top of the window (tab bar) or to the right (where the „resize-frame“ of the text pane is visible) moves the shown map-part. Pushing against the left and the bottom does nothing. So I have to zoom or move the map to the right size and start again.
I select multiple notes and want to select a composite. And because I have CMD pressed it selects a single note in the compositet. Ok, here I could understand the behavior, but why are the other notes i selected previously the de-selected. And why can’t I select all notes in the compound by clicking to an empty space in the composite? And why does it work the other way around?
Getting the „all map view“ (CTRL-Option-CMD) works for very selected Zoom-levels. Often it only shows me a different part of the map. Relocation my view by moving the cursor to a position and releasing keys there then also doesn’t work.
I love Tinderbox for its flexibility and power. But the usability is for me frustrating in a way, that I regularly scan for alternatives. Not that I found one yet. I would perfectly buy an update (still having a valid subscription) only for the usability being in a more intuitive way, with no new features
I would love to understand the underlying usage principles and learn them. So my question to you, how is your daily experience? You see, I really want to like Tinderbox even more If there is a logic in usability which I don’t get, this might be a good time to learn it.