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I'm looking for a small software to build a knowledge base of QnA's on my local PC, like the KBs large software vendors maintain for how-to's regarding their products.

Something where I can:

Q: Write my question or issue
A: Write my answer or solution

add, searchable, tags

Post programs for any platform, though I'm using Win XP.

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Don't know if you're watching this question anymore, so I'll just put it here. Another one for your collection: – Rook Oct 13 '09 at 21:56
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This is gonna sound really naive, but what about @gmail if it's for personal use ? Or a small application like CintaNotes (notes, taggable, searchable) ... maybe OneNote, although that seems overly complicated for this sort of thing.

Or something like Code Warehouse.

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Anyways, do post if you find a better solution. I'd be interestd to hear about it, expecially if it's a free solution.

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CintaNotes and Code Warehouse is built for QnA's ... good work and thanks for the info. – Jarvis Oct 11 '09 at 7:58

I strongly recommend Tiddlywiki. While the other answers have good apps/webapps for your purpose, they pose a few issues - Tiddlywiki and its feature sets resolves those though:

  1. Portable - Tiddlywiki is a standalone web compatible system, move the directory over, launch it in a browser, and you are good to go again.
  2. Did I just mention Tiddlywiki runs in a browser? You can't get more lightweight than that.
  3. Fully searchable, that supports tags too.
  4. Infinitely customizable - Tiddlywiki can and will grow with you as your needs become more complex.
  5. If you ever need to take it online, you can just drop it in a server. Best still, set up a sync to a web server and you have your KB where ever you are.
  6. It's super-duper fast.
  7. You can pretty it up to your own imagination if you know HTML and CSS. You can't do that with an app!
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A desktop app has advantages over a web app ... you don't need a server and its less hassle. The web browser IS NOT the OS. The OS is the OS. – Jarvis Oct 8 '09 at 3:08
Erm... tiddlywiki runs off just a browser - no server required. – caliban Oct 8 '09 at 3:50
@Jeremy Rudd - and I believe most SU folks know the difference between OS and browsers. – caliban Oct 8 '09 at 3:51
TiddlyWiki is a single html file which has all the characteristics of a wiki - including all of the content, the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet. Because it's a single file, it's very portable - you can email it, put it on a web server or share it via a USB stick. – caliban Oct 8 '09 at 3:51
I'm going to try this out and see how it works! – Ivo Flipse Oct 8 '09 at 8:27

I'd look at Plone or any of the wiki tools, personally.

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I was looking for QnA software, and software not web apps, since there are like hundreds of wikis and CMSs. – Jarvis Oct 11 '09 at 12:02
yes - and that's exactly what I provided: tools for constructing a knowledge base. I've used both extensively in the past - they are quite widely deployed for such tasks, too. – warren Oct 11 '09 at 14:48


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Original question "on my local PC" .... do you think evernote can function fully offline? not on the cloud? – Jarvis Oct 11 '09 at 12:02

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