The Tool For Notes

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

Tinderbox helps you visualize, analyze, and share your ideas. Download and try it.

Tinderbox 7

A new era for Tinderbox: the tool for notes. Tinderbox 7.3 is now available with more than six dozen visible improvements and lots of new technology.

Tinderbox 7 is faster, more expressive, and more helpful than ever – the invaluable tool for capturing and visualizing your ideas.

  • New! Tinderbox can keep an eye on iPhone and iPad ideas from Notes, Evernote, Dropbox and more
  • Composites build big ideas from small notes
  • Gorgeous new fonts make your work even more legible
  • Quick links connect notes instantly
  • Hundreds of improvements

Whether you’re plotting your next thriller or writing your dissertation, designing a course, managing a legal practice, coordinating a campaign or planning a season of orchestral concerts, Tinderbox 7 will be your personal information assistant.

Now available: Tinderbox 7.3.1

The Tool For Notes


The Tinderbox Way

The new third edition of Mark Bernstein’s book on Tinderbox and the craft of software is now available.

Tinderbox stores and organizes your notes, plans, and ideas. It can help you analyze and understand them today, tomorrow, and over the coming months and years.

You can build Tinderbox documents that help organize themselves and that keep your data clean. We believe in information gardening: as your understanding grows, Tinderbox grows with you.



Tinderbox maps your notes as you make them. Build relationships by arranging notes, organizing them with shape and color, and linking them. Tinderbox lets you record ideas quickly and keep them where you'll find them again when you need them.



Tinderbox gives you maps, timelines, charts, outlines, and more . View your notes from lots of perspectives.

Tinderbox notes can have prototypes, saving you time and keeping your work organized. A note is just like its prototype -- except when you've said it's different. Change the prototype, and the change is inherited instantly.

Attribute browser tabs give you a cross-section of your work or of selected portions, broken down by the category of your choice.



Tinderbox agents scan your notes continuously, searching for notes that meet your criteria. Agents can look for tasks that are overdue, or notes you need to complete, or topics that you find especially interesting. Tinderbox can automatically update notes from the internet, the cloud, or your DEVONthink Pro repository.



Tinderbox handles thousands of notes with ease, and Tinderbox is fast. Want to make a note? Just type! Want to edit a note? Just click. Need to search? Tinderbox starts looking for the answer as soon as you start typing, and often finds your answer before you finish.



Tinderbox’s timeline view creates wonderful, interactive diagrams to reconstruct events and plan projects.


With Tinderbox, your data is yours. Tinderbox files are XML, and Tinderbox can create HTML, XML, RSS, OPML, and more. Tinderbox shares notes with Simplenote for Web and iPhone access.

Tinderbox export is unequalled in flexibility. Everything is stored on your own computer: you aren't dependent on a distant server. Write anytime: on airplanes, in cafés, at home or away.



Tinderbox is a deep program with an active and friendly user community. The Tinderbox Forum and Tinderbox Wiki host ongoing discussions and tutorials. Tinderbox weekends – held throughout the US and Europe – bring Tinderbox users together to share ideas and to explore Tinderbox with the developers in person. Application notes and case studies explore uses of Tinderbox from Forensic Psychiatry to writing musical comedy. The Tinderbox Public File Exchange hosts a range of templates, assistants, and samples. You can arrange private Tinderbox training for you and your team.


Tinderbox works with you when you’re on the go. Add a note to your iPhone Notes app, and it can be routed automatically to the appropriate Tinderbox project on your Mac.

Works with Notes, Evernote, DEVONthink To Go, Dropbox, iCloud, and more.



Tinderbox is personal. It works the way you want, and adapts gracefully as your needs change. It's small and agile, so you can get started right away, but it's got the power you'll need to handle all your notes.

Your Tinderbox agents work constantly to keep things organized. A rich portfolio of views -- maps, charts, outlines, and more -- keeps you in touch with your information. Work the way you want.


The Tinderbox community is a fascinating gathering of people doing amazing work. Have questions about getting started with Tinderbox? Need help designing a tricky agent? Look at the fascinating user screencasts, or drop by the Tinderbox Forum.

There’s even a backstage program for people who want a front row seat for future Tinderbox development.

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