mbbntu wrote: Sadly, I can't afford to buy The Tinderbox Way to discover how to use the program.
That's too bad. Perhaps you can persuade friends and relatives to contribute to a New Year's present? Or persuade the local public library to buy the book? I ordered it last week and it arrived yesterday. I read only through the first six chapters, but those were very effective for providing the Zen of Tinderbox, which I had been missing. However, I would suggest beginning with Ch. 14, "Why is Tinderbox so Complicated?"
Basically, Tinderbox can let one describe all the different kinds of notes that possible (scholarly notes, meta-notes, little nuisance notes [such as places, things and ideas that could be useful anytime between tomorrow and the next life--a carpet dealer in Istanbul, a good spelunking helmet, a stone carver] as well as offering at least three ways (ornaments, separators, links) to help one keep track of waffling and indecision--and then to do something with them, including forgetting about them in an orderly way. The book offers two pieces of advice I intend to follow: Write It Down, and Go Slow (meaning don't try to automate and categorize too early).
Vermonter who is also on Scrivener has written a five part chronicle of his experiences with Tinderbox
(http://welcometosherwood.wordpress.com/ ... tinderbox/), which may well be mine, too. He describes "hitting a wall" when it came to writing what basically looks like computer code. I did find a possibly useful guide by Mark Anderson (http://www.acrobatfaq.com/atbref5/index ... tions.html). But even this may be too advanced. Is there a "Dummies" for complete novices?