By Dejal Systems, LLC
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Everyone comes across information that they want to refer to later. Maybe gifts you've received or sent, product serial numbers, recipes, directions to someone's house, a photo of your pet, or anything else. Dejal Caboodle is a tool to help store and organize such varied bits of information.
Structured and Free-form, Together At Last
Some kinds of information are best stored in an organized structure, like a phone book. You want a label and a short value, and don't care about text formatting and such: you just want the information.
On the other hand, sometimes you'd like to write a paragraph or two about something, or include pictures, web links, lists, tables, PDFs, and more.
Why compromise? Caboodle gives you both, with no learning curve!
Your Bag of Tricks
Caboodle provides a single place to store, organize, and find those little pieces of information that you might have previously stored in Stickies or obscurely-named text files strewn over your desktop.
Every Caboodle entry has an icon and subject. The icon can be altered for each entry, if desired, to make them even easier to identify. The subject is the name of the entry, displayed in the entries list. The entry is automatically saved when you switch to another one (or quit), or can be manually saved as desired.
The entries list is a standard outline, making it simple to see as many or as few entries as desired. You can select one or more entries and drag them to reorder them, or to move them up or down the hierarchy, and expand or collapse the entries.
You can also type in the search field to quickly locate entries: the entries list changes to show only the matching ones, with the match words highlighted in each entry.
One Big Happy Family: Sibling and Child Entries
Caboodle uses an intuitive inheritance design. When you create an entry, it inherits the icon and custom fields of its parent. You can choose to create a "sibling" entry, at the same level as an already selected one, or a "child" entry, within the selected one. This allows quickly creating content in an organized fashion, without precluding you from changing the icon and custom fields any time you like.
Yes, that's right: there is no "folder" concept in Caboodle. Every entry can contain other entries, so you can treat any entry as a folder-like container, and add child entries when needed. The parent entry could just have a subject, to treat it like a primitive folder, or it could contain a summary of the contents, general information, or whatever you like.
Uniquely Flexible Custom Fields
In addition to the standard subject field, you can create your own. Simply click the button to add a custom field. You can give it a suitable label, and type whatever value is desired. What's more, you aren't restricted to the same custom fields for all entries: you can add or remove custom fields for each entry, but thanks to the inheritance, each entry starts with the same set as its parent.
Simple Storage of Your Stuff
Custom fields are useful, but most of the time, you just want to jot down a thought, store a picture, etc. Caboodle handles this simply and elegantly. You can type or paste rich text, drag or paste pictures, PDFs, and even documents into the text area of an entry. Caboodle stores a copy, leaving the original intact.
Any content stored in Caboodle can also be dragged out again. Drag a PDF out to make a copy on your desktop or elsewhere; it is still stored in the entry. You can also double-click on such items in Caboodle to directly open a copy of them in Preview or whatever application is appropriate.
For Your Eyes Only
What about privacy? Got some information you don't want others to see? An entry can be encrypted to hide your most sensitive information, using an industry-standard encryption algorithm. The password can be saved in the keychain if desired. Decryption is as easy; you can even temporarily decrypt entries for viewing without decrypting them on disk.
What's New in Version 1.4
- Added full screen support on Lion.
- Fixes for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) compatibility.
- Added a default font option to the General Preferences. By default it is used when there is no selected entry when adding as a sibling or child (i.e. creating a top-level entry), but there's a checkbox to use it for all new entries. If that checkbox is off, new entries inherit the previously selected entry's font attributes (as Caboodle has always done).
- Added an automatic save one minute after changing an entry. Caboodle already auto-saves when selecting a different entry or on quit (if you made changes).
- Removed the File > Save command, since a manual save is no longer useful, and it could cause confusion.
- Swapped the View and Decrypt buttons in the decryption sheet, so View is now the default, since it is the most commonly used. The Decrypt button can still be activated via the keyboard via Cmd-D.
- Replaced the password validation logic, since it broke when building for Mac OS X 10.5 and later. Note that this means that entries encrypted in version 1.4 and later can't be decrypted in earlier versions.
- Deleting an entry will now leave no selection, rather than selecting whatever happened to be after the deleted entry.