ShoveBox 1.7 review

Organization is not my strong suit. I don’t mean that in a bad way. I only mean that I’m not the kind of guy who does well with the GTD kind of clear-your-desk, clear-your-mind way of thinking that seems to be the zeitgeist of the day. For me, it’s too much work and takes too much thought.

But the truth is, I do need some method for gathering and organizing the mass of information that comes my way every day. Fortunately, ShoveBox 1.7.3 provides a simple, intuitive way to organize a variety of information without becoming burdensome.

ShoveBox is as simple as this: You have something you want to save—an idea, an image, a Web page, an e-mail message, a PDF file, a bit of text, or the contents of your clipboard—you get the idea. You don’t want to lose it, but you don’t have time to save and organize it either.

You just need to set it aside to take care of later. ShoveBox lets you capture and store these items without requiring you to name what you’ve captured or organize it while you capture it.

The first and most obvious way to get information into ShoveBox is by dragging items from anywhere on your Mac--such as an image from the Finder or a text selection from a document—to the ShoveBox icon in the menu bar. ShoveBox recognizes the kind of item you're dropping and imports it into the program.

Alternatively, by opening the ShoveBox menu you can create new text notes, grab images from your iSight camera, create Quick Jots—quick-and-dirty notes that need no title—or create new items from snippets you have stored on the clipboard. As if that isn’t enough, you can also use the Services menu to send stuff to ShoveBox, create your own keyboard shortcuts, or use a bookmarklet to capture Web links or entire Web archives.

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