We have some favorite Boswell features ourselves.
Here they are in no particular order.
We do so much writing that we have developed a
great fondness for versionizing journal entries we
are working on. This is an auto archive followed by
a clone. It means you can keep on typing or
deleting comforted by the knowledge that you have
just preserved a previous version -- and you did
not have to go through a dialog to do it or break
your concentration to think of a file name. It's
great when writing drafts or for keeping a single
ever changing diary entry in your journal.
Stationery entries that already have filters
embedded in them guaranteeing that, say, yet
another entry about the main character in your
novel will be auto-archived to both the notebook
for your novel and the one you have just for that
Stationery entries that are pre-formatted for
repetitive data like another person in a Rolodex
notebook or another quotation for our collection.
"Fields" are set up just like they would be in a
database record and need only be filled in without
having to think about it or remember how the
earlier ones were done.
Boswell has a History menu that shows you the last
32 entries you viewed and will re-display any of
them just by choosing from the menu. Keying
command-1 will flip you between the last two
entries. The more we use Boswell, the more we like
The entry header area has a tools icon that pops up
a menu of handy commands and saves mousing up to
the menubar all the time. It grows on you.
It also has a notebooks icon that pops up a menu of
the other notebooks that contain the entry. It is
not only handy "where else is this? " information,
but choosing one of them from the menu will display
it for you.
Entries and entire notebooks can be exported as
text files. This is a nice way to do backups that
will be forever readable by other software and
creating drafts of long documents that word
processors can format.
Complete freedom to move entries around using
drag-and-drop. You can add many notebooks to one
entry, many notebooks to many entries, and many
entries to many notebooks.
Quick Search does a Google-like search of all the
entries in the archive. It's an easy way to find
stuff without bothering with a dialog.
The Manager is a dialog for those times when you
want to do a heavy duty search, like "get me all
the e-mails I exchanged with Fred, but not Joe,
last April about the Harris project that contain
the word 'deadline' and show me the results sorted
by time" without having to master an arcane syntax.
There is nothing like it.
The permanent "__Ignore" notebook. Sometimes you
preserve a typo or something else that you never
want to see again. Just add the entry to this
notebook and it will be automatically excluded from
the results of all future searches.
Any entry in any notebook is only three clicks