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.



Ben had seen my (somewhat out-of-date now) post about Sidenote, but his problem was a little more complex.



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...


6 Comments

Greg
2006-08-24 12:25:59
http://www.google.com/notebook/
Gary
2006-08-24 14:40:40
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.


I've been using BackPackIt (a free account, not a paid one) off and on all year and rather like it.


http://www.backpackit.com/

Ross Brown
2006-08-24 15:23:43
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!


Most of these note taking applications seem like they're just nice interfaces for organizing and viewing a library of text snippets -- seems like a perfect job for the lowly .txt. You can bring organization with some folders, well-named text files and a text editor with a nice project interface like TextMate. This system lacks an integrated search facility, but if you're organized you usually only need to find within a file and you can use system tools like grep or Spotlight for more extensive searching. But you never have to worry about being tied to a particular app or platform or your data being stuck in some weird DB.

jem
2006-08-25 02:23:05
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.
Chris Howard
2006-08-25 20:13:58
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.
Matthew
2006-09-01 13:02:26
We're very glad StikiPad worked out for Ben. :)