Right now, I can search and get all the articles that carry a given tag, but the listings are too lengthy to be useful. If I ask to see all the items carrying a particular tag, each item (in the collapsed list) contains four lines. So if I have 100 items that have that tag, I'd have to read through 400 lines to find the specific article I'm looking for or simply to see what items I have with that tag. All I really want when I do a search for items with a given tag is is the title of each item, not four lines of information. Is there (or will there be) a way to set the number of lines that should be shown when I collapse the listing for a given tag? I strongly hope so, and I would set the number of lines to 1.
Unlike Surfulater, Clibu Articles do not have a Title field. When an article is collapsed the first few lines of content are displayed as plain text. We could certainly look at adding an option to let you specify the length of this summary content, if there is sufficient interest.
That said I feel there is more needed to make it easier to scan and locate specific content. For example you may want to see more than 5 articles per page when articles are collapsed.
We need to get more people using Clibu and giving is there thoughts on ways to improve this.
As I just replied in your other post the Clibu Browser Extension will capture the Web page Title etc. I need to add an option to let you specify the number of articles displayed per page.
I agree with this comment on the "header" list by limiting to 1-2 lines.
Notes with purpose
Name the notes first line with descriptive text & some keywords. This is usually done while in the organizing & proofing stage of note taking. I often re-organize my header\first line content after the "gathering" (note taking binge) stage.
First Line of the Notes: Make your content more concise. A Clibu user reads the "header" (first line) content because he\she needs to find a specific bit of information, therefore we skim the content. We are not going to sit around and read our article\notes word-for-word.
I believe by allowing 1-2 lines in the header should give us more collapsed articles. BTW: I like the roll-up article window.
Re: the discussion on how many title lines are useful. The concern was that too many lines (run-on text) in what many call the "title" (first line of a note) was too confusing and took up too much space etc.
I recently put up a data file in Clibu on Beagle Tips and Tricks. I picked a very long note that potentially had a lot of keyword & tags and very useful tips. Good information buried deep in a note that normally you would have to read line by line to find. Very time consuming!
I experimented with this concern for about half an hour and this is what I discovered. Below are the 4 lines I currently see in the note. This is the exact copy of the "title".......
Spaying - How Will Spaying Change My Dog?...............Medical Benefits......................Behavioral Changes >>>>>SpayingYourDog........................Common Myths ..........potential drawbacks ........Don’t Spay Your Dog Until After Her First Heat.......................Letting a Dog Have One Litter Will Calm Her Down......Spaying Is a Quick Fix for All Behavior Problems .......................
As you can see I used a lot of periods to space out the "high-points" of what I wanted to see in the header of this note. The main body text is a couple of lines below so there is some good visual separation in my text. It took about two minutes to create & time well spent.
Personally, I kinda like the way it reads, hope you do to.
Thank you for your comment. I recently kick started my first data file in Clibu called Beagle Tips & Tricks. I picked this file for simplicity & none sensitive info. And as with any program there is a modest learning curve.
I have visited this blog site an have looked into your concerns many times. They (your posts) have been very helpful and have given me an "overview" if you will, of some issues in the Clibu cloud app. that I needed to pay attention to.
You seem very focused and organized on how you collect data and through "word association" (first-line) find and organize these snippets. I whole heartedly agree with your concerns on the note title. For some that could be a deal breaker.
I have a post that is as we speak being polished and soon will be published. I'm very much looking forward to your response. I find it very interesting on how creative "collectors" of data use their info for organizing by keywords/tags. PLEASE continue to post your experiences with Clibu! I wish we had more collaborators commenting on their experiments/experiences with Clibu.