Users Are Saying About Boswell®
Boswell 3.1 Reviews
Boswell is not like anything else--not like
an email program, not like a database, not like a personal
organizer. .... It is an entirely new class of program.
Boswell is designed to archive text -- massive amounts
of text -- a lifetime of text -- securely and without
Boswell is a personal Google of sorts for the Mac.
Boswell was designed both as a long term archive of
everything text-based, and as a current work organizer.
It does a nice job at both. At first glance, it appears
to be a database, but it's not. It's a flat archive
with really good search and organizing tools.
Boswell is different from any other PIM or database.
One way to describe it is "Google for your desktop."
Boswell is an amazingly powerful information managing
Boswell is an application for storing any and all
text you would like to keep. Sort of "Sticky Notes" on
A writer's tool for organizing thoughts, notes, and
other components that go to make a document.
One of the essential tools that a writer needs is
a system for organizing information. Boswell for Mac
may be just the thing. Think of it as PostIt Notes
A tool for powerful classification.
Looked at carefully, Boswell resembles, in its structure,
the World Wide Web.
Boswell is a breakthrough product.
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Boswell is pure bliss....anything I put in it I can
find later without remembering exactly where I put
it....the full text search mechanism will let me pull
it out later. Putting that item in one notebook
is a worry-free activity, because I can always add
it to another, or a third, later, and still be able
to find it in any of the three notebooks or the master
Boswell is the closest thing to creative freedom I
personally have ever seen in software. It does not
constrain you to the straightjacket of strict rules
that other packages necessarily must.
Boswell's brilliant achievement is the ability to
create notebooks with the same item in more than one
notebook, without duplicating the item.
Intriguing. Boswell is a (Mac only) application to
store and retrieve text. Each piece of text (like an
email, an article, or a phone number) is an entry;
entries are collected into notebooks; each entry can
be in one or more notebooks. Brilliantly, notebooks
are not hierarchic, so no outliners here.
The really special feature of Boswell is the ability
to have an archived item in more than one notebook
at a time -- without duplicating the item. This makes
Boswell different from virtually every other information
manager and DB on the market.
One of the things Boswell does nicely is import mailboxes
-- giving you Boswell's great search tools across your
entire mail archive.
Are you the type of person that has "Sticky Notes",
text clippings, notes all over the place? Want to keep
all sorts of info just in case? Then Boswell might
be just what you want.
Boswell is a software program that strives to organize
your thoughts on a project by making it reasonably
convenient to store and keep track of the bits and
pieces that go into the making of a finished document,
as well as to help pull them together later. It also
does a good job of archiving things in various ways.
Boswell is the kind of program that you just leave
running all of the time, and hide when not in use.
... Have it available when that brilliant idea pops
into your head for a fleeting, precious moment.
For anyone who has used a database such as Oracle
or MySQL™, Boswell will seem somewhat disconnected
at first. This is intentional. Boswell is designed
to handle thoughts, notes, articles, chapters, recipes,
for that matter. Life is like that. Life isn't neatly
compartmentalized, much as some would try to make it
so. Boswell works with that. Later on, you actually
have a chance of finding that proverbial needle in
Boswell is the kind of program that you need at your
If you are an organized person who takes pleasure
in elegantly arranged information, you'll love Boswell.
Boswell isn't for everyone. But if you do any amount
of serious writing or planning, then it may well be
Whether you are a writer, writer, researcher, student
or manager, Boswell adapts to your needs, and becomes
the ideal "three-ring binder".
Boswell has all the potential to become a super assistant
ready to gather and classify the information you will "feed
Very slick. Finding my articles became soooo much
I like the approach you have developed. It seems to
fit very nicely into keeping track of lots of diverse
text information, much better than a normal journal
It's a great place to put all the little bits of information
that you often end up trying to manage in files or
Boswell has wonderful search capabilities that rival
the options found on major search engines.
After about a month of using this program, it seems
that data entered into it doesn't seem to get lost
like the many files on my hard drive.
The key to Boswell is realizing the power of multiple
notebooks and the ability to have things in more than
one notebook. Notebooks can be created quickly,
on the fly, for special projects and searches, and
can be disposed of just as quickly when done with them.
My biggest problem is remembering where I put things....with
Boswell, everything is one place, and can be found
and retrieved using a powerful and consistent search
Every once in awhile, a product comes along that strikes
our fancy because it's new and different. Boswell ...
takes an old concept, databases, and improves upon
them, allowing the user to put random text entries
in, instead of forcing people to stick with one form.
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I love it.
I've been using Boswell for more than two years, and
it is extraordinarily robust and well-designed. It
NEVER crashes or generates errors.
Boswell is a fine tool that is well-written and brilliantly
Awesome. I love it. It helps me keep track of my business
e-mails and of other important text documents. I can
find what I need in my library when I need to find
it in a flash. I give it a TEN.
Works well. Simple to use, once properly set up.
Boswell is perfect for people who have a lot of data
to manage and keep.
Quite easy once you know the process.
The included documentation is quite good.
The able assistant it was designed to be.
Useful and helpful ... I do enjoy the program. I've
found it to be easy to install, use, and understand.
Boswell makes me very happy. ... Thanks so much, and
keep up the good work.
I believe that you have a very innovative and flexible
product that defies conventional categorization and
characterization. You should be applauded for your
The more I play around with Boswell the better it
gets. ... Time is needed to reshape our old ways of
thinking, breaking the old paradigms - indeed, getting
*back* to the ways our minds were built to process
and store data. Furthermore, the program is downright
zippy, even under Classic.
Boswell ... makes me a happy camper.
It may fill a need you didn't know you had.
I'm just a very satisfied user.
Having all the stuff you need at your fingertips is
a big plus, believe me.
Boswell has made me breathe a bit easier. Why? I don't
have to go scavenging for my info anymore.
You have an important, useful product and I hope that
it gets the recognition that it deserves.
I've been in the business for 30 years and can tell
you guys have put a lot of effort into this product.
I'm very happy with it....and very impressed with
the quality....it's the fastest loading program I've
ever had on my Mac, and so far, it's never crashed
testament to your efforts.
Boswell is excellent.
Boswell is a wonderful tool -- well-designed, fast,
reliable, and a pleasure to use.
I highly recommend this product.
It's a wonderful and unique product.
If you need to store lots of random text items, this
program is worth every penny.
The program will reward you handsomely in the years
I'm still loving Boswell.
Boswell really gets it right.
Boswell was Henry Norr's "Tip of the Month" in the
San Francisco Chronicle. "...if your life revolves
around e-mail, Web clippings and other bits of electronic
text, and you're not satisfied... Boswell could be
the tool you need."