Hi Chris, I came to the forum to post and I now have a bookmark prominently on the desktop but thanks for the email support.
RE: the current topic (XML etc.) believe it or not, Chris, it's about a twenty-hour effort to figure out from scratch.
First I have to say that you have clearly got an industrial strength product here -- I think I've said that before
, and I appreciate what you do is what you do and that's the benefit and main difficulty of being self-employed. I have tried to convey the benefit of tweaking for large collections that would fix some feature implementations that cannot handle them (without at least coffee break), and I have gone so far as to twist your arm on a couple of them which you made optional.
Well, here is another unadvertized or underutilized or certainly underappreciated feature. Compared to what it actually is, I think you see it "ClipMate centrically" and I see it from the perspective of an open-standard for moving data into common
formats -- namely RTF or html -- where any search engine can find it and display it properly. That's because you really need to be a serious tweaker to mess with XML -- I know because with all my knowledge I don't work with it engineering wise and have avoided low-value custom implementations and can't do it without, like I said, 20 hours going into it.
Now that I finally see what you have implemented, and that it really is an industrial strength solution (thanks especially for the show-all child clips feature) I know it will be the solution to unstoppering a lot of information that I have in an inaccessible DB bottle.
So I'm off to take care of it and this is my SECOND stop in that 20-hour journey to see what you can recommend.
Just FYI here is how it has gone so far:
Hour 1: OOPS! Small problem! The output is 99% pure unadulterated garbage.
Hours 2-5: Nothing in my $40,000+ worth of software (over the years) works to display the data or convert it to useable format even though it goes through supposed motions -- they don't work.
Hours 5-8: The first specialized tools I download that are convincing me by their websites they can convert or edit XML manage to cut the garbage down to maybe 79%. It's still unusable BLOB.
Hour 9-10: Go talk to Chris, see what he can recommend. Twist his arm if he's just being lazy.
One final thought from a master information hacker who hates 20-hour learning cycles: Import it back into ClipMate? Nice! Probably a must feature, but I can't think of why I actually would, with my "uber IM kludge machine." 99 times out of 100 I would find the information on the real file system or URL and capture it again. In other words if it's an open cycle like ocean-clouds-rain-stream-river-ocean, where you can tap in at any point -- that's perfect. Ocean-tank-ocean-tank-ocean is just a start.
You gave us a handle now I recommend: finish it!
(Meanwhile a third party recommendation would be good. Anybody?)