Tabbles Home is the one of the lower-priced editions of Tabbles;
it’s aimed at the personal software market, as opposed to
businesses. Tabbles is a program that does to the
files-and-directories paradigm what that model did to the flat file
storage of DOS 1.0. Tabbles doesn’t rearrange or alter your
directory structure; rather, it offers an alternate means to access
One all-too-common phenomenon is the promising but
not-quite-there-yet program which arrives in ever-slower updates
until eventually vanishing. It’s a rare and wonderful thing when a
program instead gets updated regularly, fixing flaws without
shedding functionality. This is the case with Tabbles Home
(formerly just Tabbles), as it has fixed a
number of problems while enhancing core functionality.
Here’s how Tabbles works. A “tabble” is a “tag bubble,” which
holds all the files or folders tagged with a combination of
attributes. This document, for example, can be tagged as a
“Review,” “Professonal Writing,” “In-Progress,” and “Tabbles.” If I
want to find every file associated with this review, including
screen-shots, web links, and the like, I might grab everything
tagged with “Tabbles.” If I want to find all my incomplete works, I
will open the “In-Progress” tabble. If I just want to see reviews
I’m still working on, I can easily combine the “In-Progress” tabble
and the “Review” tabble, seeing just those files with both those
tags. This is a fairly quick and painless process, and if you
regularly work on projects which span multiple files which don’t
all logically fit into a single folder or hierarchy, Tabbles can be
of great value.
There are several versions of Tabbles, from Free on up.
Tabbles Home offers all the basic functionality and no limit on
files. Tabbles Student is, surprisingly, slightly more
full-featured at a lower price, but has restrictions on usage. The
Business version of Tabbles allows the user to install Tabbles on 3
computers from a single license, and includes export/import
facilities. Last, there is the Portable Free
version, which can be installed on, and run from, a USB disk.
(Confusing matters slightly, the Business version can also be
installed on a USB disk.)
Despite the name, there’s no license limit on using Tabble Home
in a commercial venture. You just don’t get some of the desirable
features of the Business version, such as multi-system licensing
and import/export of your database.
To get the most out of Tabbles you need to put time into it,
breaking some old habits and using it to manage your files as much
as possible. Because the Tabbles paradigm is somewhat new, it’s a
good idea to play with the Free version to see if it’s useful, then
invest in whichever commercial version best suits your needs.