So I’ve had Tinderbox for a while, and am just beginning to use it for some serious work. As background, I’m working on a doctorate in biblical studies, focusing on the Hebrew Bible and its ancient versions (Greek, Syriac, etc.). I prefer to write in Scrivener, and I’ve got a huge collection of notes in DevonThink, mostly referring to my reference list in Zotero. What I’ve found is that things go into DevonThink, and its search functionality is amazing, but I can’t actually look at relationships between things in it — and now the project has progressed to the point where I can’t remotely remember any of that non-text info, much less figure out how the notes I’ve collected could coherently fit into my thesis. Hence looking at Tinderbox, and I’m looking for some advice as I get started in Tinderbox. Apologies in advance for any stupid questions!
I’m thinking of two parts:
my textual corpus. Basically this will be verses (or groups of verses) from the Hebrew Bible or other ancient biblical and non-biblical texts. I am interested in such things as various proposed dates of the text, key words and phrases, and the differences between different translations of the same textual material (for example, the difference between a Hebrew verse and the Greek translation). Ideally, if I am interested in a verse, there would be a way to see the various translations of interest to me clustered together — is the best option for this a Composite? And am I right that attributes are probably the best way to note some of the other things such as interesting dates or key terms/phrases?
my notes on secondary literature. By and large these are in RTF or more recently MD in DevonThink. I’m actually wondering whether to move them across to Tinderbox but it occurs to me that I don’t need to, plus I like DT to Go on my iPhone. I realise that this might be obvious, but if I bring notes in from DT do the tags come across too? And if I add attributes or links to an imported note, and then update the text in DT, is there a way to bring the updated text from DT to the Tinderbox note without disturbing the extra attribute info I’ve added manually in Tinderbox?
Any help much appreciated!