I downloaded the Patterns and Practices ‘Guidance Explorer’ a year or more ago, and quite liked the idea. I think the problem with any tool that tried to be a flexible storage and delivery method for ‘organic’ content (I’m interested in using it for development processes/standards etc) is viewed and searched by different people in completely different ways.
Some like to dip into ‘reference’ material, some always ‘search’, and some people like to print everything and read cover to cover. I know there’ve been some updates to the tool, and although the download count is still pretty low (3000 ish) I’ll give it another go and see if it works for me.
Other people just throw this stuff into docs and put it on SharePoint. Others use something like WikidPad – which again I liked but ultimately got out of the habit of using – meaning it obviously didn’t work for me.
I just noticed that there’s no possible way of printing from Guidance Explorer, and so while I can understand the reasons why it isn’t implemented (to try and encourage people to write screen-consumable, concise content), it simply won’t work for the users I’m looking to target. Shame 🙁