Ever wondered how actually WinFS would have looked like if all its Relational Schemas, dreams and ideas were finally put to implementation. If I divulge myself further, thinking what it would have been, I would paint a picture which would resemble something much similar to what we know as Tabbles. After spending last few hours on this marvelous application, all I could say was “awesome”.  The developer has done a brilliant job with the design and WPF/F# has added all the flavors that you can expect from an eye-catchy and beautiful desktop app.

What is Tabbles?

Tabbles comes from two words tag + bubble.  It’s basically a file-organizer but with completely different views about organization. Its philosophy is that you don’t need to remember where the file is; rather it identifies and relates files with respect to each other by tags. So, instead of knowing where the file is you just needs to know what the file was about and you can easily find the file using its clean and uncluttered interface.

Tabbles Tag Association

Why is it better than what we have now?

Be it Windows 7’s library feature or be it the favorites, each of them uses folders as their primary organizing factor. You need to add folders to the library so that it can be easily accessible from there, but what if you want a single file to be categorized in separate folders, or for that matter, under separate ideas? Certainly, there is no way you can do that unless you choose to use some applications. But in Tabbles, you can associate any file with as many tags as you want, and when a tag is created, it functions as a virtual folder and can be accessible easily by tag-links.

But what if you want to zip and export the data in a particular folder? Well, all you have to do is to select files and simply export using built tool and you get the zip needed. And if you are already a very organized person, then all you have to do is to write some rules and then tag them according to the folder structure.

Features just don’t end up here, you can also tag all URL’s that u may need with a particular tag using the bookmarklets and then associate them. Also, this feature can be used to tag mails and tweets.


Where it lacks?

One of the places where I found it lacking was when I found out that as of now, I can’t tag my mails in Outlook or Thunderbird with Tabbles. Also another feature that I found missing was ‘comments’. If I put so much effort in organizing my files, I would definitely wish to put my comments and snippets with my files.

What boggled me was the endless time it would take in setting up this application, but if you have a clean PC or unlike me you are an organizing freak, you would love this app.

The free version available is essentially useless as it allows only 1000 files to be tagged, but what should fit you perfectly is the home edition available at 29.99$. But for people who are always on the go and want sharing along with file tagging, a corporate license is also available for 97.99$.

Tabbles Home License Giveaway

We have 30 Free licenses of Tabbles Home to give away, each worth $29.99! As always we keep the requirements to join the giveaway simple.

  • Join TechPP Facebook Page. Visit the link and click on “Like” button at the top. If you are already following us on Facebook, then you are already in.
  • Make sure you leave a comment below with your Facebook name.
  • Join the Tabbles forum and get to meet like-minded people. Of-course this is not mandatory requirement for the giveaway, but it’s a great place to understand Tabbles.

Giveaway ends 4th Aug 2010. Feel free to share this with your friends. Quality software like Tabbles does need more publicity and exposure.

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