Let's promote DoogiePim!

  1. 4 years ago
    Edited 4 years ago by Chris

    Hi, You've been using DoggiePm ( doogiePIM ) for a while and you know how good it is... but not enough people know about it!
    How about if we give Chris a hand at promoting it a little?
    I added my review to "alternative.net" a site that a lof of people use.
    Please give your review and vote for it, so that more people know it!
    Here's the link: https://alternativeto.net/software/doogiepim

    You can also write a topic on facebook, twitter, etc if you like. Let's get doogiePim to the place it deserves!

  2. Chris

    23 Feb 2018 Developer, Moderator, Test Pilot





    There are probably more but these appear to be at the top of the Google results.
    Many thanks Javier.

  3. aasuk

    13 Mar 2018 Test Pilot

    I stumbled across DoogiePIM some months back. What surprised me was that having spent, off and on, the previous nearly ten years periodically searching for PIMs with various combinations of search words, and downloaded and inspected over fifty, that Doogie never came up on searches. And that was after digging deep into search trees of suggested PIMs.

    My application was to find an electronic replacement for an engineers Lab Notebook (and yes, searching 'Lab Notebooks' produces mainly links to leather bound journals even today) which offered far more; a lifetime partner in accruing, linking and preserving the sort of knowledge that a professional (in any field) would profit from.

    So, I finally hit Doggie. The first impression was of a unique GUI, styled and feature rich. I uses perhaps 20% of the modules, and I wonder how many potential users are in a state of shock and awe at the user interface, especially at that first point of contact. Passing through that, I'd developed a short list of 'catch-out' features that would, one by one, eliminate all other candidates. Could the precious user database (holding all my work) be stored locally or if I chose, on a cloud drive? Yes. Could that data be encrypted. Yes. 90% of alternatives are eliminated by now. Ok, does Doogie have its own, internal, full featured word processor which can create decently styled pages? Yes. Does that WP give a reliable on-screen indication as to how the page will appear on paper? Yes it does. Is there a proper printable PDF User manual? Yes. Is is a buy-once arangement or a subscription? Buy-once. We've now eliminated 99% of alternatives.

    Crunch time, which will put Doogie in a class of one. Literally.

    Can Doogie allow me to throw information into it and then cross-link that information so that any word or image or bookmark could be 'tagged' and x-linked to any other item in the Doogie database? Yes. Incredibly it can. This is a fabulous feature and indicative of a real insight into knowledge structuring.

    What makes Doogie completely unique in addition to the above is that it has a built in 'mind-map' where elements on the map can use images or words and the cross-links to emulate how the human brain jumps about between associations of ideas. It makes knowledge available to you as you store it in your own brain. As your knowledge of your subject grows, you add more links to this neural network inside Doogie.

    My interaction with computer programers reveals that they are an odd bunch generally. What makes Chris Payton different is that he has real-world experience of how a PIM should be structured, listens patiently and attentively to users, and continues to develop and enhance Doogie based on feedback. He's a pleasure to engage with. He, like his program, are lifetime partners.

    DoogiePIM is a game changer. In terms of value for money, it is a gift. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Don't be over awed by the user interface - you don't need to know it all or use all of it. And yes, you can hide much of it through the extensive behind-the-scenes optimisation. Personally, I'd suggest to Chris that trims out specialist features like the finance pack and others to simplify for the new user, just to get over that first impression.

    The price is so very fair that may I encourage you to support the developer as I did? Buy a copy for every PC you could run it on (home, office, mobile) and savour the feeling that you are supporting a great product created by a thoroughly decent fellow.

  4. Chris

    13 Mar 2018 Developer, Moderator, Test Pilot


    ...but thank you :)

  5. Sarah

    17 Mar 2018 Test Pilot

    I have been using Doogie since 2011. I use it every day and the following are some of the things I use it for:

    • Garden journal - I try and record the weather and what's growing in the journal section as regularly as possible.
    • Orchard planning and other projects (I use the financial, documents & planner sections for this to record planting information, spreadsheets cost & plan out the work)
    • Writer's jottings - I jot down things I think of, save images & sayings I like, mostly in the documents section. I also keep a journal (separate from the gardening one). I also use the noteboard to make storyboards. I like that I can just write anything down in any old order and link things together at a later date.
    • Emails - keeps them all in one place that I can download onto a stick and take wherever I go rather than having to hump a computer around.
    • Favourite Browser - (though I do used Chrome as well.) Doogie is good for new sites I haven't used before & places where good browser security is useful like Facebook. It also allows me to bookmark sites and add notes in the bookmark. These can then be linked to a document or a spreadsheet so I know where information came from. (This is great for looking up citations or knowing where to place an order at a later date.)
    • Financial Section: I use it to make the annual budget and then have monthly sections to balance the books against statements & receipts. I also use it for special projects (see Orchard planning).
    • Vault (This is a wonder.) I can keep all my stuff I need to remember in one place. Not only passwords etc. but also when I bought the lawnmower, when it was serviced. Its make and model references etc. All the stuff that floats straight out of my head the day after I have bought something. And it is all password protected and encrypted and not in the cloud.

    The beauty is that it keeps all your thoughts and daily admin. all in one place. The linking means you don't have to have an organised mind till you are ready. The collection is password protected, encrypted & transportable on a memory stick. This means your intellectual property is not on a strange server in the cloud where you have no control over it.

  6. I wholeheartedly concur with everything that has been said on this thread. DoogiePIM is a revolutionary product with the potential to change how thousands of people do work.

    I recommend Chris do a 'Show HN' post on YCombinator's Hacker News page and submit DoogiePIM to Product Hunt to help get the word out on this amazing tool. (I'd do it myself but both communities require the original developer do the actual submission). :P

    I'll definitely volunteer to be the first person to post a supportive comment in each community!!!

  7. I was the very fortunate 'winner' of a copy of DoogiePim, and I immediately recognised it as a very comprehensive and powerful PIM. Now that I'm retired, I admit that I probably don't use anywhere near enough of its capabilities, but nonetheless, I can really see its advantages. I recall that I suggested it as a powerful and understated PIM on a site that looks at various such applications, but the comment that came back was that 'since it didn't seamlessly interface with a phone or tablet - IOS or Android - it had very limited usefulness in this day and age', as 'few people now only used a computer'. I only add this as a comment - it's certainly not my consideration. But - maybe it is something that is holding it back from greater penetration of a crowded market?


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