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Tomboy Comments

Complex Installation - Instructions Don't Work

Negative Comment by raywood1
about Tomboy Apr 2015

Installation instructions (for Windows users) tell you to use an updated version that does not exist in Windows form at this time.

Multiple programs have to be installed first.

I've installed all sorts of stuff on Linux and Windows. The problem is not me.


Please BURRY this

Negative Comment by JohnAlternate
about Tomboy Jan 2015

This is an increditably LARGE (code-wise) application with complex dependenices (MONO etc), that offers VERY LITTLE that a collection of TEXT files can't do.

Extremely bulky and useless, having probably only its looks as a pro, this application deserves to be erased from history.

Its a so-called "student" software, stuff that will be fiddled around and soon left in unfinished state. With small addition that its ugly.

Besides, it was re-written in C (as Gnote) and is much much lighter afterwards. But STILL primitive.


Tomboy is an enormous amount of trouble that only developers would tolerate.

Negative Comment by FacebookIsBlowHard
about Tomboy Nov 2013

There is no "app" or "program" for Tomboy. You have to build it yourself, using XCode (make sure you download the right version), MacPorts (make sure you download the right version), "Git" (yeah, introduce yourself to that little gem).

Tomboy is supposed to be a list manager. All this work? For the ability to WRITE LISTS? I have spent hours screwing around with this Tomboy project, and it still did not build.

STOP! Do not give me stupid advice about how I can spend even more of my time to build this thing successfully. I believe that the software should work for me, and I should not have to work for the software. Tomboy is a waste of time for 99.9% of computer users.


Mac version abandoned

Negative Comment by edrazeba
about Tomboy Nov 2012

The Mac version has not been kept up to date with development, lagging a good year and a half behind and preceding both 10.7 and 10.8.

So, don't bother.


Recently got Tomboy when I installed Ubuntu on an old lapto ...

Comment by DontWatchThisSpace
about Tomboy Jun 2011

Recently got Tomboy when I installed Ubuntu on an old laptop. Really impressed as a quick syncing notation system. Works cross platform, and best of all FREE! Just missing a smartphone app, and it'd be perfect.


Tomboy isn't a credible alternative to Evernote because it ...

Comment by davidmasters
about Tomboy Jun 2011

Tomboy isn't a credible alternative to Evernote because it doesn't offer tagging. Tagging was considered by Tomboy developers a few years ago, and then rejected in favour of notebooks. With tags, Tomboy would be my favourite app. Without tags, it's difficult to organise notes. Notebooks are not nearly as useful as tags.


Tomboy was one of the most missed applications when I moved ...

Comment by joch
about Tomboy Jun 2011

Tomboy was one of the most missed applications when I moved from Linux to Mac. It's good to see that it is now available to both Mac and Windows!