I have been watching the developments of Docear for a long time. I like the whole idea of research suite where you drop everything related with your research; and get things done without much distraction. There are a few applications which promise to give such a functionality both in the windows and Mac. Docear seems one of the most promising of these apps, specially given that the suite is an open source, any university/huge project pick it up and pushing it to perfection. The other advantage of docear is its integration of one of the best open source reference managers in existence. The idea of integrating mind-mapping into the research is also good. But, there is one serious issue that makes the application unusable to me for a long time; its poor capabilities to directly edit files. Since it is build on top of a mind-mapping application (Freeplane), editing even the most basic TXT files is currently impossible. If you want to write a text, you have to write it on the nodes of the maps and export it finally. That is the idea. But, personally I hate exporting and importing. If an app can index a folder from the explorer (Finder), what is the point of exporting and importing. Why couldn’t they give the chance for us to directly edit our files as they are stored in their folder, as Devonthink does, without the hassle of exporting and importing? To make the point clear: I have more than a thousand notes saved in TXT format in my dropbox folder. I can directly index that folder into Docear, which is great. But, I can not open these text files inside the application (I have to run another application to view them) which is unfortunately debilitating task for organizing the notes and finally write a draft. The developer are probably thinking about short texts when they develop Docear. But, a serious writing is not about few pages; rather hundreds and thousands of pages of text. Write a hundreds of paragraphs, let alone pages on a node is a crazy idea in the first place. Even for a short text, mind-nodes are very ugly. If docear has to be a true research suite, it has get a good internal text editor. That is mandator. Until this problem of text editing is solved, I find Docear useless to my workflow. I hope the developers will incorporate a good text editor into the app soon, and we will enjoy the app.