What About Cross-Platform Snippets?
by Giles Turnbull
Mac Devcenter reader Ben K got in touch recently on the subject of snippet-keepers, something close to my heart.
He needed something cross-platform because he uses Windows at work and a Mac at home, and that could store almost any file format, especially formatted text and images.
After much searching and testing, he settled for a commercially hosted wiki service, Stikipad. Ben said: "It offers a combination of good UI and easy backup offline (I can download the whole wiki in HTML easily). PBWiki was a close second (you can download the whole wiki as a zip file, but I didn't like the UI as much)."
Since Ben needed something cross-platform and hassle-free, I rather think one of these hosted wiki services was by far his best bet. If any Mac Devcenter readers have other ideas or recommendations, by all means share them now...
I was shown Google Notebook a couple of months back and I seem to recall being quite impressed with its integration on the Windows side - but it was rather basic on the Mac side.
Hmm. There's a lot you can do with text files. I suppose some people want to have images and formatted text in their notes, but that stuff is usually superfluous. I couldn't use Stickies any more when the OS X version starting keeping the formatting of whatever text I pasted into it. Yuck!
|Try PmWiki, it can easily be mirrored between for example a laptop and a hosted web server. It's also possible to run it from a USB stick (on Windows machines). EAsy to set up and configue and a lot of addons if desired.|
|I'm building up a site called CrossOSS which is dedicated to promoting cross platform software. So far have over 150 applications listed. Stikipad is a good solution though for what he wants and I'll be sure to list it. Web-based apps are an excellent way to cure the cross platform blues.|
|We're very glad StikiPad worked out for Ben. :)|