You know what a wiki is, right?
My guess is that you’ve used Wikipedia a time or two, but the word wiki itself may not be something you’re too familiar with. So here’s a snippet of what Wikipedia says about a wiki:
A wiki (Listeni/?w?ki/ wik-ee) is a web application which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in collaboration with others. In a typical wiki, text is written using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor. While a wiki is a type of content management system, it differs from a blog or most other such systems in that the content is created without any defined owner or leader, and wikis have little implicit structure, allowing structure to emerge according to the needs of the users.
The encyclopedia project Wikipedia is the most popular wiki on the public web in terms of page views, but there are many sites running many different kinds of wiki software. Wikis can serve many different purposes both public and private, including knowledge management, note-taking, community websites and intranets.
What I found particularly interesting about this definition of a wiki was the idea of structure emerging, based on the needs of the users. A wiki takes its shape organically. As you extend and deepen your knowledge base, everything changes and evolves, allowing new ideas to bubble up in ways that they might not otherwise.
It was a new application called Scribbleton that got me thinking about wikis yesterday.
Scribbleton is a note-taking application that offers the powerful pluses of a personal wiki. Your wikis are stored locally (i.e. on your computer) but can also be placed on a shared drive. This is not a cloud-based application. Private data remains private – but you have the capacity to export wikis and/or store them where they can be shared.
Still in alpha, Scribbleton is an intriguing application that goes beyond note-taking by offering an environment where “you can easily create clickable links between words, phrases, and pages, allowing you to quickly locate cross-reference information.”
Scribbleton’s layout is easy to get the hang of. Your pages are listed on the left, while the application’s functions and tools are listed across the top.
Scribbleton allows you to create as many wiki pages as you want to. You can rename these wikis, as well as linking wiki pages together.
Available on multiple platforms and easy to export, Scribbleton appears to offer a flexible and user-friendly place for creating notes and lists that extend beyond what the usual note-taking apps can do.
It’s free at this point, and, if it sparks your interest, I think it is worth a quick look.
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