The app is called Caboodle. Chances are good you’ve never heard of it but it’s been around a few years. It’s an odd combination of apps– free form information gathered together in a structure, an app that becomes a single place to store and organize all those pieces of information you have spread around in three or four other apps.
Caboodle is something of a personal information manager, a snippet and file collector that stores almost everything– text, pictures, lists, tables, PDFs, photos, links. All these little pieces of information you want but don’t know how to store.
It’s free form because you can store almost anything and Caboodle remembers where it is. But it’s structured so you can store pieces of information or files however you want; categories, sub-categories, custom fields, if you want.
Here’s what it looks like? Familiar, no?
Caboodle bills itself as the lean, clean, snippet machine. It is. It’s actually fun to use, and after a day or so you’ll find even more ways to store and retrieve valuable information. And, if information is valuable it should be encrypted, and Caboodle does that, too.
Caboodle shares well, imports and exports well, and even has an option to use OS X’s Services menu which means it’s accessible from wherever you are on your Mac.
And that’s the only problem.
It’s a Mac app. Not an app that runs on the Mac, syncs files to iCloud or Dropbox and also runs on iPhone or iPad. Caboodle’s functionality screams iPhone and iPad; it’s that useful. We live in the era of multiple devices, and utility applications that store information need to swing both ways. Give me an iPad and iPhone version and I’m a happier camper.