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Beth Kanter

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Have you ever heard of Firstgiving.com? It's a website where you can create a free personalized fundraising page for any non-profit. After you create your page you're provided with tool to promote your fundraising campaign to your online community. Another perk is that all funds raised are sent directly to the non-profit so no one has to worry about where the money is going or how it's getting there.

Michael White (australia)


wikidPad is now open source. Visit the project homepage at http://wikidpad.python-hosting.com/.

wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down.

What makes wikidPad different from other notepad applications is the ease with which you can cross-link your information. Links in a wiki are created by typing in WikiWords. A WikiWord is any mixed case word typed into the editor. TodoList or JohnDoe are example WikiWords. The term wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian, and wikis are all about quickly linking your information together. Wikis are not a new concept, in fact there are many web based wiki servers available.

WikidPad Features

On the fly WikiWord linking, as you type
WikiWord auto-completion
Easy WikiWord navigation
Wiki text styling
WikiWord History
Wiki document attributes
Dynamic views
Tree/Outline view with over 100 icons
Todo lists
Incremental search
Search and Replace
Export to HTML
All your data is stored in plain text
URL and file linking
Intuitive keybindings
Help Wiki included

wikidPad is a real-time wiki
wikidPad is not a web server, or application server, or groupware solution. wikidPad is a standalone notepad like application, albeit notepad on steroids. wikidPad is like an IDE for your thoughts.

IDE for your thoughts
Software developers have grown accustomed to certain features from their integrated development environment that make their jobs easier. Features like auto-completion, outline views, incremental search, easy source code navigation. IDE's that provide these features can greatly increase developer productivity. wikidPad attempts to utilize some of these features to address the problem of personal information management.

Personal Information Management
How do you manage all of the random bits of information in your personal and professional life? Word documents, text files, Microsoft Outlook folders/notes. If you're an expert user maybe you have a weblog, or a personal database, or possibly an outlining application. Where do you track your wifes favorite food, your bosses kids names, your personal todo list, the name of the movie you just read a review of, the name of the book a friend recommended. wikidPad was created to address this issue of personal information management. It provides a place to manage the massive amounts of information you have stuffed in your head, on stickies, or on your computer.

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