myBase - A Unique Freeform Database Software

Introducing myBase

myBase is a unique free-form database software that allows entry of unstructured text, webpages, images, documents, emails and even arbitrary files without regard to length or format. All information is automatically compressed and stored in the tree structured outline form. Unlike traditional database programs, myBase accepts text input like a word processor, and provides better methods for capturing, editing, organizing, retrieving, searching and sharing information.

With myBase, you can:

  • Save all your information in one place and get organized with ease;
  • Create personal or corporate full-text searchable knowledgebase or research databases containing text, graphics, webpages, documents, and even binary files;
  • Save and organize a large and growing collection of notes and documents in one place;
  • Keep notes in the hierarchical structure and keep notes securely in local file system;
  • Manage product/project/customer information in an intuitive way;
  • Write books in the tree outline form much more efficiently than a standard Word Processor;
  • And more ...

System Requirements

To run myBase Desktop v7.x, you will need a PC (or Tablet PC) running GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows XP+.

Downloads

To download the evaluation version, please click the links below for your computer OS.

GNU/Linux (amd64) | Mac OS X | Windows XP+

Installation

For GNU/Linux, extract the downloaded package into your home directory, then it's almost done. Generally you can do it by running the commands in Terminal like this:

  • $ cd ~
  • $ tar -xjvf myBase-Desktop-Ver700b26-Linux.tar.bz2
  • $ cd ./myBase7
  • $ ./myBase.run &

For the convenience of starting myBase without typing the command in Terminal, you may want to create a launcher icon on your X11 desktop.

Note that with different distributions of GNU/Linux, you may need to manually install additional packages to resolve the shared library dependencies. To check the library dependencies for myBase 7.x, open a Terminal window, change to the program's directory, and run the command 'ldd myBase'.

For Mac OS X, open the downloaded .dmg package file, then drag the myBase icon and drop it into the system's Applications folder, whereby you can double click on the program's icon to start it.

For Windows, run the downloaded setup program and follow the instructions to finish the software installation; You'll need to select the target directory and program group name during installation.

Uninstallation

For GNU/Linux, simply delete the program's directory.

For Mac OS X, trash the program icon from the system's Applications folder.

For Windows, select the [Uninstall myBase Desktop 7] menu item from the Start menu, and press the "Yes" button to proceed.

Note that you may want to first create backups for your own .nyf database files before uninstalling the software.

Logical Structure of myBase .nyf Databases

The hierarchy chart below tries to illustrate how information is structured and saved within myBase. It allows unlimited level of nested info items within each sub trees.

File system (on hard disk)
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+--myBase databases (*.nyf files)
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+--Info items (hierarchical outline, tree structured)
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+--Virtual items (referring to other real info items)
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+--Real items (containing actual data)
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+--Default HTML content (*.html)
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+--Attachments (*.*)
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+--Images (*.jpg/gif/bmp/png)
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+--Documents (*.doc/xls/ppt/pdf/html)
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+--Shortcuts (linking to external files)
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+--Arbitrary files (*.exe/bin/dat/etc.)
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+--Related items (linking with other items)
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+--Applied labels (tags, categories)
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+--Associated calendar date
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+--Label items (tree structured, unlimited)
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+--Label 1 (labelled info items...)
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+--Label 2 (labelled info items...)
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+--Label 3 (labelled info items...)
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+--More ...
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+--Custom icons (linking with info items)
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+--Calendar (linking with info items)
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+--Bookmarks (linking with info items)
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+--Saved searches

Key Features

myBase Desktop is a feature-rich and powerful knowledge management software for storing and managing a large number of unstructured information, such as webpages, images, documents, spreadsheets, presentations and any kind of arbitrary files. Below is a simple list of key features that the current version provides.

  1. Intuitive and uncluttered user interface
  2. Organizing info items in the tree-structured outline form
  3. Categorizing info items with hierarchical labels
  4. UNICODE (UTF-8) support for multilingual content
  5. Fast load speed, fast access, with low RAM requirements
  6. Large file support ( > 2GB )
  7. Data compression ( powered by Zlib )
  8. Optimization for file size
  9. Password-protection
  10. Attachments support
  11. HTML formatting and editing
  12. Markdown support
  13. Code blocks with syntax highlighting support
  14. Recycle bin and revision history
  15. Undeletion of info items and attachments
  16. Revision history of HTML contents
  17. Webpage/snippets capturing and saving
  18. Item links, hyperlinks, symbolic links and file shortcuts
  19. Customizable icons for individual info items
  20. Customizable relative path vailables for local file links
  21. Auto-save and auto-backup
  22. Print and preview
  23. Boolean searches, RegExp searches, Searching as you type & Searching in results
  24. HTML tree generator
  25. ePub/CHM e-book maker
  26. MS-Word outline generator
  27. Mindmap spider-like diagram generator
  28. Importing data from a variety of sources
  29. Exporting data in a variety of file formats
  30. Javascript APIs for extending functionality
  31. And more ...

Plugin Utilities

myBase Desktop provides tens of inbuilt plugin utilities some of which are listed below:

  1. Capture -> Import directory tree as hyperlinks or attachments
  2. Capture -> Import files as child items, Text to notes, else to attachemts, each file creates a child item
  3. Capture -> Import Mind Map items
  4. Capture -> Import OPML items
  5. Capture -> Import text file by a delimiter, each division creates a child item
  6. Capture -> Import journal template
  7. Capture -> Import info items from within another .nyf database
  8. Capture -> Import MS Word documents as child items (Windows only)
  9. Capture -> Import MS Outlook items (Windows only)
  10. Capture -> Import selected items from within MS Outlook (Windows only)
  11. Share -> Export info items and map as a disk directory tree
  12. Share -> Export all files to a specified directory
  13. Share -> Export text notes to a file with a text line delimiter
  14. Share -> Export data records to MS Excel
  15. Share -> Export text contents as HTML documents
  16. Share -> Export text contents with indentation
  17. Share -> Export text contents without formatting
  18. Share -> Export MS Word outline (Windows only)
  19. Share -> Export HTML Tree
  20. Share -> Export Spider-like Diagrams (mindmap)
  21. Share -> Export .mmap documents
  22. Share -> Export .opml documents
  23. Share -> Export .epub digital books
  24. Share -> Export CHM projects
  25. Share -> Export info items to another .nyf database
  26. Edit -> Insert -> Insert table
  27. Edit -> Insert -> Insert picture from file
  28. Edit -> Insert -> Insert text from file
  29. Edit -> Insert -> Insert quick text
  30. Edit -> Insert -> Insert file/folder hyperlinks
  31. Edit -> Insert -> Insert code block (syntax highlighting for 100+ languages supported)
  32. Edit -> Insert -> Insert hyperlinks
  33. Edit -> Text utilties -> Sort selected text lines by alphabet
  34. Edit -> Text utilties -> Remove unwanted Returns/Spaces
  35. Edit -> Text utilties -> Make selection uppercase/lowercase
  36. Edit -> Text utilties -> Make selected text into table
  37. Edit -> Text utilties -> Edit selected text fields within a fillable form
  38. Edit -> Edit HTML source code
  39. Edit -> Revision history
  40. Search -> Items for today
  41. Search -> Items for today
  42. Search -> List all related items
  43. Search -> List attachments or shortcuts
  44. Search -> List recently modified entries
  45. Search -> Search local file system
  46. Search -> Search by custom icons
  47. Search -> Custom search scope
  48. Tools -> Calculate expression or js code
  49. Tools -> Word count
  50. Tools -> Compare folders
  51. Tools -> Detect text encoding
  52. Tools -> View file in hexadecimal
  53. And more ...

How It Helps

If you have any of these kinds of problems with getting things done, myBase can help.

  • How can I organize a large and growing collection of notes, images and documents in my research work?
  • How can I manage random bits of personal information in my own way?
  • How can I capture webpages including original URLs and get the collections well-organized with ease?
  • How can I create a personal or corporate full-text searchable knowledge base effortlessly?
  • How can I write a book in the tree outline form more efficiently than a standard word processor?
  • How can I publish information in the HTML tree form on the web, or make ePub/CHM digital books with ease?
  • How can I build a full-text searchable database containing a large number of unstructured information/materials such as images, webpages, documents and even arbitrary files?

myBase, a 'swiss-army-knife' database program, does these things well and can help a lot. With myBase, creating your own full-text searchable databases and getting organized has never been easier. No programming skills are required. [ Download ]

What You Get

With myBase and a modest set of plugins and addon programs, you get:

  1. Knowledge Base Software
  2. Research Database Software
  3. Notes Manager
  4. Project Management Tool
  5. Customer Data Management Tool
  6. Personal Information Organizer (PIM)
  7. Mind/Notes Manager
  8. Book Writing Tool
  9. To-Do List
  10. Address Book
  11. Diary Keeper
  12. Documentation Tool
  13. Presentation Tool
  14. Outlining Tool
  15. HTML Tree Maker
  16. Webpage Capturing Tool
  17. Photo Album
  18. URL Organizer
  19. File Organizer
  20. HTML Editor
  21. CD-ROM/USB-Drive Offline Indexing Tool
  22. Mindmap Spider-like Diagram Maker
  23. ePub Digital Book Maker
  24. CHM Digital Book Maker (Windows only)
  25. MS-Word Outline Maker (Windows only)
  26. MS-Outlook Email Archiver (Windows only)
  27. and more ...

All this are in a footprint of about 50MB on your hard disk.

Plugin API & Development

myBase Desktop 7.x is built with the Qt Framework and the Structured Storage Library, myBase exposes its plugin API in JavaScript and has implemented tens of plugins inbuilt as the essential functionality of the application. The plugin API is currently open to the public domain. For detailed info about plugin development, please go here.

Downloads

To download the evaluation version, please click the links below for your computer OS.

GNU/Linux (amd64) | Mac OS X | Windows XP+