I’ve used Tinderbox on and off for many years.
I’m fascinated by all the tools in the Tinderbox toolbox, but often lack the time and imagination to figure out how I might put many of them to practical use.
I have read with interest over the years the advice to start simple. That’s sound advice, of course. But, then, if one wants to keep things simple, aren’t there many simple, shiny alternatives that have a lower cost of entry? Why buy a Ferrari just for a trips to the neighborhood store?
As a result, I have ended up using Tinderbox for a few specialized, highly structured tasks such as importing a bunch of emails from Mail via AppleScript, chopping off the replies from original message, categorizing the messages, organizing them in various ways (by sender, theme, etc.) and outputting the result.
I think TB would benefit greatly from a few built-in “templates” (not export templates but “worked example” templates).
I cite Numbers as an example of another big toolbox-type app. Just what exactly IS one supposed to do with those empty grids of cells on a blank canvas? It’s intimidating. How does one even go about posing an intelligent question on the support forums?
For good reason, I think, Numbers includes a curated collection of simple templates. Numbers has evolved greatly, but most in the templates have not changed for years. Few users are under the illusion that these are the “only way” to do things. I suspect few actually use the templates directly. But the templates are invaluable, especially to the many users who learn best by example, for sparking specific ideas on how the tools in the toolbox can be used.