I have been a user of Tinderbox for quite a while. Right now I’m using Tinderbox6. While I am a huge fan of this tool and I would not be able to live without it, there are a few things that I still find a bit frustrating. One of them is the difficulty of accessing certain functions that I need to use quite often. Here are a couple of examples so that you have an idea of what I’m talking about.
In order to highlight a segment of the text with different colours, (unless I’m utterly confused and I have missed something that is very obvious) you need to access the menu via the mouse and go through 4 different levels in the menu to get what you want. There is no way as far as I can see to add the option in the editing window and there are no keyboard shortcuts.
Similarly, in order to create a user keyword attribute to add to a note, you need to click the ‘+’ sign and then scroll all the way down to ‘user’, then click on the ‘keywords’ cell and then double click on the space to introduce the desired keyword. Again, there doesn’t seem to be any keyword shortcut to do this.
I have not been able to find anyway to ease these processes by using ApplesScript since there appear to be no AppleScript dictionaries for Tinderbox as there exist for other applications. If I’m mistaken, please correct me.
I have tried to solve this problem by using Keyboard Maestro. Keyboard Maestro is a wonderful app and it has helped me solve similar problems with other apps but with Tinderbox it has a difficult time. Keyboard Maestro can create macros that record mouse movements and keystrokes. The problem is that it needs the exact coordinates to be able to reproduce the actual steps and when I create a macro for my desktop computer I cannot use it in my laptop because the screen size is different.
If there were keystroke combinations for the different functions or at least an AppleScript dictionary for Tinderbox functions, this would not be a problem and you wouldn’t need to change Tinderbox in any significant way. I’m sympathetic with the view that it is better not to make the tool too complicated and hard to use by adding an independent button for anything any user might need to do. As I have said, however, there are functions that are a bit too hard to access and there should be a way to make it simpler without needing to change the app in any major way.
So, the question is, are the developers considering making the access to functions easier by providing direct access via keystroke combinations or at least creating an AppleScript dictionary that enables third party apps or savvy users to automatize such tasks?
Also, while I’m at it. Another thing that I find a bit frustrating is that it is really difficult to locate notes in the outline when you have landed in a particular note via some kind of search. In other applications such as Scrivener, you can do a search and then you get a list of notes that contain the results. From that list, you can simply click on the link and go directly to the note (as you can do in Tinderbox) but you also have a second option which I find enormously useful: ‘locate note in the binder’ (the binder is the equivalent to the outline in Tinderbox). This is useful because at least for me it is very important to situate the note in the context of the (sub)structure of my outline so that I can see which other notes or subnotes are clustered around the note containing the results.
OK. This is all for now. If anybody here has some suggestions that can help, I will greatly appreciate them.