- Intro -
Tobu is a freeform information organizer. It can be used to organize
notes, todo lists, files, clips, code snips, diary entries and more or
less any type of information that can be entered as text or stored in a
file; its goal is to make a very large number of items of information
Tobu revolves around tagging each item of information and using keywords to narrow down your search to a small number of hits at a later time. The aim of Tobu is to avoid organizing data when it is added—instead, we limit our job to describing it with tags and sortable tags (more on that below). It is only when we look for a particular record the data is organized using tags to filter and sort the listing.
Tobu has many functions that work in ways that are not immediately obvious. Therefore I recommend at least scanning through this guide. In order to start using Tobu it's necessary to understand the basics of adding tags, filtering, using sortable tags, searching for a tag. Optional topics that can be left off for later are templates, views and favorite tags. Keyboard shortcuts are not an afterthought in Tobu—they are carefully assigned to make the most important functions easily available without having to use the mouse—you can look at them at any time by going to Help | Keyboard Shortcuts.
Tobu uses standard sqlite data file to store the database. It's stored in "data.db" in program's directory; you can use any tools that work with sqlite files to read and modify it. In one of the upcoming versions of Tobu I will provide a script that will create linked html files or a plain text file out of the database, as well as an in-program option to do the same for the current filtered item list.
Please look at the Graphical Overview page shown on the right side above to get a quick walkthrough of basic Tobu features.
- Tutorial -
- 01: Sample Items, Adding New Items
- 02: Sortable Tags
- 03: Add a General Item
- 04: Additional Columns, Attaching Shortcuts
- 05: Other Features
- 06: Partial Match Listing, One Item Columns, Views
- 07: Finding Tags, Automatic Saves, Unique Items
- 08: Delete Items, Templates, Printing
- 09: Performance, Disclaimer
- 10: Why use Tobu?
- Download Page