“…the primary source for serious hypertext” – Robert Coover, The New York Times Book Review

Tinderbox is a personal content assistant that helps you visualize, analyze, and share your notes. Download and try it today.


This page features demonstrations and discussions of Tinderbox. Some are contributed by Tinderbox users, others were created at Eastgate, and still others record Tinderbox events and discussions. Contributions are very welcome!

Mark Bernstein explores some elements of planning a book in Tinderbox. This tutorial is rough and elementary, and many other approaches are possible! (21 min)

Adornments: the mechanics of making and managing adornments to organize space in your Tinderbox maps. ( 2:20)

Maps: a look at varied applications of Tinderbox's spatial hypertext view, from brainstorming the ideal office layout to lecture presentations and research planning. ( 2:21) (link fixed)

Views: a survey of the varied perspectives Tinderbox provides for your notes. ( 2:19)

Outlines: using Tinderbox's outline view to organize and reorganize. ( 1:20)

Containers: a two-minute introduction to working in the Tinderbox outline view. ( 2:01)

Making a Note: a one-minute introduction to making notes in Tinderbox. ( 1:20)

At ReaderCon 17 (2006), Mark Bernstein joined novelist Sarah Smith and editor Kathryn Cramer to discuss Plotting With Tinderbox. This five-minute demonstration, distilled from the session, examines some ways to use Tinderbox to gather ideas and maintain continuity.

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Alwin Hawkins R.N. describes how he uses Tinderbox to get control of his blood sugar. This step-by-step guide on how to build a simple diabetes manager in Tinderbox provides a fine introduction to all facets of tracking information and managing notes in Tinderbox.

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