@mksBelper – thanks for the continued discussion and input.
Sorry if I’m misunderstanding/mischaracterizing, but I interpret your comments as follows:
You are pointing out that the core functionality of DT is file and data management [acting as a database of data items, perhaps…?]. It is explicitly not aimed at document creation.
Now of course there are a lot of different outputs (“documents”) that people might want to generate from the contents of their data: a report of some kind; financial accounting documents; a thesis; a family tree…
While DT can support such activities by keeping the underlying data organized, DT neither can nor should attempt to provide the means for the varying information processing flows that these varying outputs require.
Therefore, the best way for soemone to take advantage of DT’s data management capabilities is by using it in conjunction with the most appropriate tool for the specific output that they want to generate from their data.
Is this reasonably consistent with what you meant?
If so: I have been aware of (1) above as I’ve investigated DT, but hadn’t really thought about how (2)-(4) follow from that. So, this is helpful for me to think through (assuming I’m not completely misunderstanding you).
My use case is primarily to make structured notes. I find that I need these, in order to keep on top of “stuff” [professional notes; notes on my digital work flows; notes on hardware and software setup for various devices that I maintain and manage; notes on personal healthcare information.] I don’t want to keep track of innumerable files with these notes, so I need an interface that puts all of this information into one UI. And I need to be able to continuously sync this information between computers, and with client-side encryption.
I’ve been using OneNote + Dropbox + Boxcryptor to achieve this, for several years (running Parallels on MacOS just to be able to use Windows OneNote, which lets me keep my OneNotes on Dropbox + Boxcryptor). What’s pushing me away from OneNote is the increasing difficulty of maintaining information in an encrypted form, as Microsoft pushes everything to its unencrypted OneDrive. And Parallels + Windows Onenote will probably never work with M1 Macs.
So now, I’m looking to use DT + Dropbox + encrypted sync stores instead. Being aware of (1) above, I’ve been aware that my intended usage of DT is probably a suboptimal utilization of its abilities.
So why DT at all for my use case? Solutions that are probably better suited to my note-taking activity (Curio; Scrivener; OmniOutliner) do not offer the possibility of continuous syncing + encryption. (Curio and Scrivener do let you put their databases in a cloud sync service, which can be encrypted with something like Boxcryptor. But they insist that you should not open the database on a particular device until all syncing is fully complete and until all other devices have closed their databases. Having to wait to use device X until I know for sure that all other devices have synced and closed their databases is a deal-breaker for me).
So that’s what leads me to DT: Zero-knowledge encryption as well as continuous syncing. Plus of course, enough document creation ability to let me make notes, and have them all organized in a UI so that I don’t have to hunt through directories for individual files.
As it gives me those things, I have figured I’ll try to make it work for me, with the hope that it gives me enough creation ability for the kinds of “documents” I want to create. I’ve had the feeling that I may over time find myself using DT in broader ways as well . But from thinking about all of this (thanks to your input), I am beginning to wonder whether even as of right now, I may be doing myself a disservice by not trying one of the hitherto-disdained-by-me “external editors”!
Sorry for the long ramble – I’m sure that’s much more information than anyone wanted – but it was useful at least for me to think through all of that!