Adpinxi, despite its very unusual name, is a marvelous “virtual notebook” with an elegant interface that makes it easy and fun to keep track of 8 different kinds of notes: ideas, important things, things not to forget, things to do, phone numbers, Internet addresses, passwords and simple notes.
Adpinxi’s whole mission is different than the typical “personal information manager” (PIM) or journal software. The program’s author does a great job of explaining the thinking behind it, much better than I ever could: “The page of a notebook gives more than a mere gathering of notes: it gives a context. Reading it, you are brought back in time to the day when you wrote down all these notes, even if it was weeks ago. At a glance, you see what you were doing this day: some kind of memory enhancer… Contrary to other applications able to store text, a notebook creates very little constraints for its user: no boxes, no cells, no obligation to start from the top-left and finish to the bottom-right of the page.”
You can download a 30-day free trial of Adpinxi from the company’s Web site; if you decide to keep it, the cost is $35. I think this program has some real potential as a personal information manager — a place to conveniently capture and later find all of the little bits of information, ideas, reminders and whatnot that we accumulate during our day-to-day activities.