Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write your opinion!
At first blush, Clipstory it seemed to be quite a bit more powerful then Clipdiary. In fact, based upon the descriptions, I had almost made the decision to buy it rather than Clipdiary.
But upon USING Clipstory, I found it to be less "efficient" in actual day-to-day use than Clipdiary by a long shot. To be honest, it does significantly MORE things than Clipdiary does, but unfortunately (for Clipstory) it does them in a very clunky and uncomfortable way. The extra features are really great, but it's not so great if those extra features get in your way every time you go to use the utility.
For example, the simple act of taking something from the clipping database and pasting it into the application at hand in Clipdiary (which, after all, is MOSTLY what you want to use the application for, for pity's sake) is about as efficient as you get. In Clipstory, it's always a few more keystrokes and seems to work in a less reliable way (it didn't always seem to work consistently and I sometimes had to try it more than once to get a paste operation to work).
Thanks, I pay lots of attention to the usability of work and try to keep Clipdiary as easy-to-use as possible. About functionality, it is only first commercial version, we are in the start of a long way now
. I am going to add a lot of useful features in Clipdiary in next releases.
Finding things in Clipdiary used to be rather clumsy and unpleasant (because the data was spread out across multiple "pages", and you had to eyeball dense text looking for what you were after). Now, it's a real pleasure. In Clipstory, however, rather than neatly removing all of the irrelevant listings in the result set, like Clipdiary smartly does, it simply highlights the answers matching your search criteria and so you STILL have to go paging through everything to find what your looking for. Bleah. I MUCH prefer Clipdiary.
Why don't you like an idea of spliting clips by pages? Theoretically, there is possibility to show all clips at one page, but this requires much more memory and I think is not nesessary 99% of time. Now Clipdiary shows 50 clips per page, this will be configurable in future.
1. Clipdiary's "preview" (the information it shows you in yellow off to the side) is, at best, pathetic. Clipstory's ability to preview graphics and other items was almost enough, by itself, to pull me away from Clipdiary. I copy and paste a lot of graphics, and having to do it completely blind is appalling. Clipdiary needs to find a way to give a preview for absolutely every datatype it's reasonable to do. In my opinion, only being able to preview text, effectively, borders on criminality.
Yes, you are right. It will be improved surely, but this requires time
Probably in 2.4-2.5 version.
2. Clipstory has the ability to backup and restore the information in the clipping database. I've commented about this in the past and it's a pretty good idea from a disaster recovery standpoint.
You can easy copy Clipdiary database, or switch to other database in Clipdiary options...
Extended database management will be added some time:)
3. Clipstory has a notion of something called "listeners". On a datatype by datatype basis, it "listens" to the items that you're clipping and, based on their datatype (text or graphic or audio or a file, etc.) it automatically outputs this clipping (as you copy it) to a specific place out on your filesystem. If you tend to go about copying a whole bunch of stuff all at once and want it collected to a specific place, this is a pretty killer feature. It also has a management page to establish and maintain these listeners.
I am not sure that I understand what is it and how it works. Do you really need such feature?:-)
I am going to add export selected data from Clipdiary, but exporting in real time seems to be very slow ... and why you need this feature?
4. As I've mentioned before, Clipdiary's search feature is absolutely killer. Simple, fast, straightforward and dropdead efficient. But it's inconvenient to have to use the MOUSE to go down to the single line edit to type in a search criteria and then have to use the mouse again to go up and pick the item you want in the result set.
No! No mouse, You can work with Clipdiary without mouse!Tab
- to jump from the clip list to the seach field. (or Ctrl+F to jump to it from any control)Shift+Tab
- to return back, from the seach field to the clip list.
Personally, I have set control F11 to be the keystroke sequence that pops up Clipdiary. I would LIKE control F12 to pop up Clipdiary AND automatically place me in the single line edit search box.
I think that one more system-wide hot-key is not a good idea, it's a big spilth for such feature. Use F11, Tab.
After I type something in the search box and hit return, the focus should automatically jump to the first item in the result set and set the focus there.
I'd like to set control F10 to clear the search box and return the unfiltered collection to the main list box.
These are really good ideas
I'll realize them.
In other words, there needs to be a lot more hotkeys in Clipdiary because Clipdiary now does more stuff. This sort of thing would make flashing in and out of Clipdiary, with its new feature set, as efficient as it has been up until now.