Recently, I visited the Eastgate website to find some information on their flagship information management program for the Mac, Tinderbox. I was surprised to discover that several months ago, the developer released a preview version of a lighter-weight application called Twig.
Twig appears to be a stripped-down version of Tinderbox, with a limited number of views and limited analysis capabilities. Where Tinderbox is an incredibly powerful information mapping and analysis tool with a great depth of features, Twig is designed to help the average information manager get started immediately with capturing their ideas and knowledge in a more streamlined interface.
Twig’s views include:
The content you capture in Twig is readable in Tinderbox, and vice versa. Here’s how the Twig web page describes the relationship between the two products:
“Twig is great for quickly capturing new ideas and for discovering relationships among them. Almost everything happens in a single window, making Twig ideal for conferences, meetings, and brainstorming on the run.
Tinderbox gives you unequalled power for analyzing and sharing. Tinderbox agents and rules can move and modify notes, letting you build intelligent notebooks that help organize themselves. And Tinderbox export templates provide unmatched flexibility for export to the Web, to XML, or to almost any modern format.”
The Twig preview version is available on the Eastgate website for US$79; in comparison, Tinderbox retails for $249. Sounds like Twig may be just the thing for those of you who are looking for an elegant information management solution; if you outgrow it, you can always move up to Tinderbox. Eastgate may also be trying to blunt the momentum of other lower-cost information management applications for the Mac that have emerged during the last few years, such as DevonThink and Curio.