Over the weekend I had some time to mess about with the new version of Yojimbo. It’s an excellent update, and the new tagging feature is particularly appealing for one important reason.
The new version upgrades your Yojimbo database
The concept of tags in OS X isn’t new. But in some apps, simply adding tags, or applying them to data, is hard work in itself. Situations where tags appear in a palette or a drawer, and tagging data is done by drag-and-drop or by checking checkboxes, are all too common. And much too slow. That’s why I’ve not keyworded much of my iPhoto library (or at least I hadn’t until I got my hands on Keyword Assistant).
I prefer tags to be something I type into a single field, comma-separated, freeform, faster. I like del.icio.us style tags.
Tagging in the Quick Input Panel
And that’s pretty much what you get in the new Yojimbo. If you import stuff using Yojimbo’s Quick Input Panel, the tags field there behaves just like one at del.icio.us. Creating a new tag is as simple as typing it. The behaviour is the same in each entry’s Details Bar.
Editing tags in the Details Bar
This bar also offers quick access to the Encrypt command (previously hidden away in the Menu bar), and lets you edit a note’s title without having to open the Inspector panel.
There’s a new command to quickly create a tag-based smart folder, called a Tag Collection.
Overall, a very worthwhile and feature-packed update.