Data, Information, and Knowledge Management Software - "What software should I use?"

 A primer on data, information, and knowledge management software tools

Links - Web sites of software discussed and reviewed in this primer:

Most of these software companies allow you to download an evaluation copy of their software. Evaluation periods are typically 30-60 days. After this period you are required to purchase a copy in order to keep using a software package. Prices of software as noted below are typically very reasonable.

Software:
Free Trial Download?
Price
Company URL
Text-based Tools:
Zoot
Yes - 30 days
U$99
www.zootsoftware.com
Brainstorm
Yes - 30 days
£20 (U$40 +/-)
www.brainstormsw.com
OneNote
Yes - 60 days
U$199
www.office.microsoft.com
ReadyNotes
Yes - 30 days
U$17.95 (!)
www.readynotes.com
ADM
Yes - 30 days
U$129
www.adm21.net
Info Select
No
U$149.95
www.miclog.com
Ariadne
Yes - 45 days
U$49.95
www.open-sft.com
AskSam
Yes - 30 days
U$149.95 - U$395
www.asksam.com
Personal Knowbase Yes - 30 days U$39.95 www.bitsmithsoft.com
Informaizer Yes - 30 days U$29 www.informaizer.com
MyInfo 2 Yes - 40 days U$34.95 www.milenix.com
MyBase Yes - 30 days U$55 www.wjjsoft.com
TreePad Yes - 21 days U$29.95 www.treepad.com
Texnotes 3.5 Yes - 60 days U$34.95 www.gemx.com
General Knowledge Base Yes - 30 days U$29.95 www.baltsoft.com
Infohandler Yes - 60 days U$74.90 www.mdesoft.com
Ultra Recall Yes - 30 days/ 15 uses U$49.00 www.ultrarecall.com/
Visual-based Tools:
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The Brain
Yes - 30 days
U$79.95
www.thebrain.com
MindManager
Yes - 21 days
U$199
www.mindjet.com/
Inspiration
Yes - 30 days
U$109
www.inspiration.com
Mindmapper
Yes - 30 days
U$114
www.mindmapper.com
SmartDraw (drawing)
Yes - 30 days
U$69 - U$198
www.smartdraw.com
Snag-it (screen capture) Yes - 30 days U$40 www.techsmith.com
NoteMap
Yes - 30 days
U$99
www.casesoft.com
Haystack Yes - Open source --- haystack.lcs.mit.edu
FreeMind Yes - Open source --- http://freemind.sourceforge.net
Axon Yes - Software limitations U$135 http://web.singnet.com.sg/~axon2000/index.htm
Content Savers:
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ContentSaver
Yes - 30 days
€39.90
www.macropool.com
Scopeware Vision*
No available*
Not available*
www.scopeware.com - OUT OF BUSINESS
Everdesk Yes - 30 days U$59.99 www.everdesk.com
eGems Collector Pro Yes - 30 days U$30 www.egems.com
File Finders **      
X1 Yes - 30 days U$74.95 + www.x1.com
dtSearch Yes - 30 days U$199 www.dtsearch.com
Wilbur Free Free

wilbur.redtree.com

WhereIsIt Yes - 14 days U$39.95 www.whereisit-soft.com
Effective File Search Yes - 30 days U$29.95 www.sowsoft.com
Deductus Yes - 30 days U$29.95 www.aolej.com
ExplorerPlus Yes - 30 days U$39.95 www.novatix.com
Directory Opus Yes - 60 days A$75 www.gpsoft.com.au
Apple / Macintosh Products:
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TinderBox Demo only U$145 www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox
OmniOutliner Yes - 1 day U$29.95 www.omnigroup.com
Idea Keeper Yes - ? U$30 No website could be found - shareware

*Note from Scopeware web site: "To our customers, partners and friends: Mirror Worlds Technologies, Inc. has decided to cease operations effective May 15, 2004. Our products, including Scopeware Vision and NewsWatcher, have been discontinued and are no longer available for download, purchase, or continuing support. Inquiries may be directed to lnemeth@scopeware.com. We thank our customers for their interest and support."

** File finders - tools that "google" your hard drive and allow you to find files you are looking for based on some search of the content of the files. For our listing, these tools must search through e-mail, word, excel, and other documents. There are dozens of file finder software tools available. This listing is only a small sample of the currently available and popular tools. Please contact me if you would like to suggest another addition that you use and can recommend. I will add it to our list.

 

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