Ardi operates on discrete items - topics and notes and allow text to be organized in a tree structure or hierarchy. Program knows how to bring structure into topics so it's easy to see how ideas connect to each other. It's possible to create basic structures with Roman numerals followed by capital letters followed by Arabic numerals, etc. There is no right or wrong way to make an outline. You can do a combination of short phrases with long sentences, or stick with one or the other. The items can be combined into categories and tagged, prioritized, marked, hoisted (or elevated in outline), grouped, colorized, bunched, merged, divided, separated into different databases, synchronized to the Cloud storage or edited offline, shared and kept private. And when we talk about item it's note, topic, image, album (or collection of images), sentence (or big note in outline), bookmark and many other things.
Brings structure into set of data, allowing hierarhichal organization and natural selection. Everything in Ardi is topic-related. It could be topic by itself, note, sentence, image or other item.
Items can be categorized and prioritised according to some rule. ToDo properties controlled by single click on right positioned column in Outline or on rectangular structures in Graph.
Notes can contain formatted text as seen in the browser. Also it is easy to maintain several notes in one bundle, secondary notes becomes comments. Notes can be further extended and include images and albums.
Images are collection of images in one Album object. The Album can contain also notes and comment. It is easy to reorganize almubs, move images between albums and notes. Taken from camera or imported into Ardi space images later can be freely reorganized and synchronized.
Ardi was designed to run offline and don't need internet connection to maintain data. Some times it is convenient and safe for personal information. But it could be easily configured to share topics and synchronize all changes to the cloud storage - Dropbox.
Any outline can be presented as graph in the program and there are several ways to generate graph, depending on number of items and their relation to each other. Graph is intuitive and convenient way to display different connections between topics.
Ardi brings best methods popular in data management software - classical project management techniques, presented by Gantt Charts, Work Breakdown structures and CPM (Critical Path Method) and available in various applications (MS Project and OmniPlan are most popular) with techniques described by David Allen and known as Getting Things Done (GTD) or a time-management method.
Program gives the user leverage to work with day-to-day data processing routines and managing complex depth projects with scalable toolset that allows to look at the big picture or focus on details if needed.
Ardi had originated from ideas of InfoSelect and EccoPro organizers which were classical outliners and also partially from Lotus Notes, which has well designed user interface with rich set of features. Over the time its tasks management functionality transformed into project-management and later GTD flavor was added. The process of development continues as new and proven methods are implemented but simple and intuitive ways to manage data are still maintained and remain highest priority for the developers.
WBS diagrams show how work can be divided into smaller elements and used to observe total scope of a project.
CPM calculates the longest path of planned activities by analysing durations and dependencies of tasks.
A Gantt chart illustrates a project schedule - the start and finish dates of regular and summary tasks in a project.
Program was designed to run natively on various platforms, including OSX, Windows, Linux(X11), iOS. The main testing platforms are Linux Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.2, OS X 10.10, iOS 8, Windows 7. Windows XP & Vista supported as well but additional Microsoft library might be required, depending on the setup. Also if your machine is Linux with X.11 installed there is a big chance Ardi will run as well.