Tinderbox 5.8

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Tinderbox 5.8

The Thought-Crafters’ Release


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Tinderbox 5.8 brings new power to Tinderbox agents and actions, making it easier to let your Tinderbox documents organize themselves. It’s easier than ever to get started with Tinderbox – just open a Map or Outline and start making notes. As your projects grow, you can add agents and actions that automate routine chores, add missing metadata, and highlight your most interesting and important notes.

New Actions

Tinderbox agents, containers, and adornments can be set up to act on your behalf, automating routine chores and helping to keep your document clean and organized. Rules and actions make Tinderbox a spreadsheet for ideas.

Tinderbox’s action language has been rewritten to make it easy and intuitive while bringing you unprecedented power to make your document work exactly the way you want. Many quirks and sources of confusion have been banished, making actions easier to understand and to improve. Some highlights:

Automatic Backups

Tinderbox now automatically saves a backup copy of your documents when you open them. By keeping up to four generations of backup, Tinderbox ensures that you can easily correct mistakes.

There’s a new preference setting to turn off automatic backups for sensitive documents.

New System Attributes

The attribute $IsAdornment lets rules and actions behave differently for adornments and other kinds of notes. This can make Smart Adornments much easier to write!

Sometimes, you want a bunch of notes to inherit a Rule or Display Expression, but don’t want the rule to apply to the prototype. New intrinsic attributes $RuleDisabled and $DisplayExpressionDisabled let you turn off rules or display expressions for individual notes.

And there’s more...

And still more!

See the release notes (in the Help menu) for details on more than 100 significant changes.

You’ll find big updates in Tinderbox Help (with extensive revisions to the Actions chapter and Appendix), to the Tinderbox Cookbook, and to Mark Anderson's invaluable aTbRef Tinderbox Reference.

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