You’ve hit a home run with this one. I use barely any third party software, and when I do there needs to be a really good reason for it. In this case, the reason is that I’ve been wanting something that does what EF does for YEARS now (decades?) and finally had to face the fact that Apple isn’t going to do it themselves. Perhaps they thought they were aiding organization with Spotlight, but that “feature” left me scratching my head.
What you’ve created with EF however is incredibly Mac-like in its usability, simplicity and power. I’ve been working with it for but a few hours, but I can already tell that it does (almost) everything I need, and does it well. A few days ago I gave one of your competing programs a test drive and was left entirely underwhelmed, and worse, with zero confidence in their database structure. This forced me back to the drawing board and I thankfully stumbled across a glowing review of your program, which caused me to re-examine it. (In case it might help you to let you know why I had passed EF by on my first assessment, there were two reasons: 1) From a cursory glance at your product page, it was not readily apparent that a huge advantage to your program is that it allows Mac OS to do the heavy lifting at a file level and as such stores users’ data in a manner that is completely non-proprietary and for all intents and purposes obsolescence-proof. 2) Even though I of course realize that programming skills and web design skills are completely independent of one another, psychologically the very “basic” aesthetics of the page did not trigger an inner confidence of the product. Even a simple value add such as a QuickTime tutorial would help in that regard. I hope you are not offended by this suggestion, I merely wish for you to attract the large user base your fine product deserves!)
I am also much impressed by your interaction with, and caring about, your customers in this forum. I’d like to point out and ask a few things about the program:
For greater ease of use, I would recommend relocating the Tags Area upwards to reside between the Records Browser and the Viewing Area. It would be great to be able to Tab from the record’s Title in the Browser to the Tags Area and quickly enter them in one fell swoop. Currently, doing so requires either a keyboard-mouse move-keyboard action, or the awkward keystroke of command-shift-T to accomplish the same. (Alternately, being able to Tab from the Title field to the Tag Names field in the Browser and enter Tags there would accomplish the same.)
Is there a possibility of adding the ability to change the background color of an RTF record? (Even having it be able to match the Label color will accomplish the color-coordination I seek, though since Finder Labels don’t seem editable that leaves the possibility of other issues.)
The only apparent bug I have come across thus far involves Web Archives. Many times when trying to drag a URL from Safari and/or Camino into EF (same result with Capture Command and Drop Pad) I get the error message: “Could Not Import URL” – There doesn’t seem to be any method to the madness, some pages from the same domain work, some don’t. Pages with many ads and columns both work and don’t, seemingly at random. Thankfully, I have found a workaround wherein I can first save the page as a Web Archive and then import it to EF. So far this has always worked, but I have only tried this alternative five or so times. Do you have any clue what could be causing this? And do you have any idea why the same page captured from both Camino and Safari would be rendered differently? Camino often seems to (thankfully!) strip out the ads.
Last but by no means least, I am wondering about smart folders. I have perused this forum and understand they are on your to-do list, but it seems they have been on what I realize must be a very large list for a couple years already. Is this feature something that could be expected within, say, four to six months? If you don’t want to answer this I of course understand. In fact just knowing that they are coming is enough to get me to buy the program in advance of this (I’m assuming there wouldn’t be an upgrade fee for this feature?) because once EF has smart folders it will be able to do EVERYTHING I need it to do. It’s probably going to take me a few months anyway to import and tag all the files I need to organize, so it’s not like I’m in a huge rush. It’s more of just being able to gauge how soon I will be able to do everything so that I can best plan my workflows.
Sorry for the very long post. I’m verbose – that’s why I need organizational software!