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Giveaway of the day — Maple Professional

Maple Professional is the flagship of the tree outline managers for power users.
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Maple Professional was available as a giveaway on March 17, 2011!

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Maple Professional is the flagship of the tree outline managers for power users. It enables you to create hierarchical trees for storing information such as documents, notes, and images.

You can create unlimited nodes and sub-nodes and assign any document to each node. You can easily create a backup copies of your trees with a backup system and encrypt confidential documents. It supports rich text formatting as well as drag-and-drop.

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First, Thank to GOAD and Crystal Office System for the great software

I've tested the software and I have several idea for the improvement. I want to use ideainformer but the form not loading(I want to get the lifetime license of course). Nothing I can do right now.

Here is my idea:

- Can choose my own default web browser at configuration where, each time I click a link, it will open in my choosen web browser
- Open content in web browsers(right click-open in web browser)
- Set the table at the center of document(right now, we can't put it at center)
- Can choose spell Check from other Office SUite such as LibreOffice
- Can export as pdf(the tree node as a bookmark)
- maple reader for GNU/Linux and Mac OS(maybe you can make it using java)
- user can own create plugin
- can set the tree node/content as sidebar gadget

Reply   |   Comment by Shahdan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

It seems to me like the main feature of this is that it is hard to use. When you use this on once computer you need others to install a reader to view your documents? I am a little paranoid when I get onto a website and it tells me I need to download a file so I can view a document, and my mind always jumps to virus.

Reply   |   Comment by Max Starr  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

#12 Ditto to Andrew's comments about AllMyNotes Organizer & the paid version AllMyNotes Organizer Deluxe (and a former GOTD offering too).

Whats more the developer usually responds favourably (and fast) to customer input or ideas!!

Just check out the version history info at [http://www.vladonai.com/allmynotes_product_whatsnew.php ]

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

. . . and I'm back! Installed & activated MaplePro on WinXP flawlessly. Nice clean interface, intuitive layout, easy to use. Based on an admittedly VERY limited tryout, I'll give it a solid 7 out of 10. Good text editing features, ability to save to a variety of formats, good search feature, excellent encryption, many other good solid touches -- but nothing to warrant the $30 price tag, in my (fairly experienced) opinion.
If I were not already using the superior (for my uses & preferences) My Notes Keeper, I'd have scored MaplePro higher. Points off for: (1) no way to customize keyboard shortcuts which, for me, is a deal-breaker. I'm old-school, I use the mouse as little as possible and customize all my in-use programs to the same K/B shortcuts (in so far as program parameters allow).
(2) no tabs/sections. Again, personal preference. In MNK I use 18 different dBases, all of which have an unlimited number of tabbed sections, each of those in turn having an unlimited nested tree structure. Maple's usefulness is thus limited for me.
(3) no back-up feature. You can auto-save at a user-defined interval, but I like MNK's ability to do that AND create a separate backup to a drive & folder I define.
(4) no clipboard monitor I use this feature in MNK daily -- turn it on, save things to Windows' clipboard, MNK automatically pops 'em into the active tree. Saves vast amounts of time.
(5) no alarm feature. Not necessary as there are 1000s of alarm programs available, but having it integrated in a program that's already running saves cpu activity & memory.
All of these comments are pure opinion & worth what you paid for them & are based on my personal preferences and what I've found available elsewhere. MNK is my benchmark -- a program has to be pretty darned good to beat it and as impressed as I am with Maple, I'm sorry to say it's just not special enough to coax me into switching. But I WILL be watching it closely because I get the impression the development team is keen and open to input.
Many thanks to the CrystalOffice folk for allowing me to try their product (as I said, I'll be following development of this software closely) and to GOTD just for being . . . .

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Very nice software! Thanks very much both GOTD and Crystal Office Systems! It help me a lot! It will be wonderfull if node can change colour :)

Reply   |   Comment by Minh Quan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

too bad! I was happy until i found out that the Editor doesnt support UTF-8. Any free alternatives?

Reply   |   Comment by Ozawa  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am an organizer fool -- there isn't a two-paned information organizer on the planet I haven't tried (or so it seems). Loved KeyNote best, Have moved to My Notes Keeper which is so phenomenally advanced for its price ($20US) it's my benchmark -- I have my entire professional & personal life in MNK, but its slightly erratic support makes me nervous & am always looking for "the next best" thing. My non-negotiable needs: good spell check, lots of customization -- especially with keyboard shortcuts -- bookmarks, search, good editing tools . . . I'll put Maple through its paces as soon as it finishes downloading & will check back. If it can beat MNK, it'll be both spectacular AND worth the $30!

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

For two seconds I thought I was going to get the real Maple for free, not $1900. https://webstore.maplesoft.com/catalog.aspx

Reply   |   Comment by jim  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

This is in reply to Harley (today's #15), but this issue has come up often enough in the past that I thought I (as a former developer) would take some time and comment during today's free software offering for the benefit all of those who do not earn their living developing computer software.

Despite the fact that the product is free today, comments about its normal price are VERY relevant, and VERY welcome.

The people who benefit from the GiveAwayoftheDay website are not just those who are getting commercial grade software for free. Those of us who produce software for a living benefit from it also.

In return for surrendering the revenue for one of our products for an entire day, we get a) visibility across the planet for our company and our ENTIRE line of products, b) hundreds of people (not directly associated with our company) volunteering to do advanced Beta testing on our product AND writing reviews about it, and c) LOTS of business intelligence: which products (open source or otherwise) are perceived to be the competition, which features are considered to be vital (and which are valuable, and which are useless), and (finally) pricing information - does the group of people who visit the GAotD website (while not IT professionals, are more "computer literate" than the general public) think that our product is worth our normal asking price?

Setting the price point of computer software has always been difficult, especially now in the 21st Century's global open market. On the surface, it appears to be easy to determine the cost of developing the product - you just multiply the number of hours it took to develop the product by how much we pay our programmers for an hour's work. Then add in a portion of our overhead costs (heating, lighting, electricity, & etc.) and a bit of profit (so that investors will invest in our software development company rather than a company that publishes books) and let the market know about it.

But it is not that simple - there are so many factors that whole books have been written about it (see your nearest business college bookstore for samples). As this is already a long comment , I will just give two examples: 1) what languages should we allow for the user interface? English (a language which is actually a merger of the German, French, and Latin languages) is well on its way to becoming a universal trade language (much as Greek was in ancient times, and French in the Colonial era). But today, the native languages of a greater number of people are the Oriental languages (such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) or Slavic languages (such as Russian, Czech, or Polish). When you use a specific language, it means you intend for your product to be used by the people in that specific market. THIS means you have to learn and abide by the LAWS of the nation(s) that help govern the citizens within that market (laws that seem to be constantly changing). The EU has a series of regulations that seem very arbitrary to the Chinese, whose regulations mystify the Americans, and so on. So the language(s) chosen for the user interface has a number of cost implications. 2) Maintenance cycles - do we intend to use a large number of small updates (such as the Mozilla Foundation does w/the Firefox web browser) or would we prefer a small number of large updates (in the manner that the Microsoft Corporation uses "Service Packs" to maintain the Windows operating system). There are advantages and disadvantages to either choice, that besides affecting the cost of the product, also affect the image of the company. For example, if we chose the model of "a large number of small updates" are we giving the impression that we are releasing software full of "bugs"? Or are we giving the impression that we care a lot about our customers and are constantly working to make their user experience better. (Or both?)

We live and do business in a very complicated world - the more accurate information information we can receive from websites like this one, the better. So PLEASE, let us know whether YOU think the normal price of these products is correct, too high, or (heavens forbid!) too low.

Thank you very much, GAotD Staff for letting me stand on this soapbox ... I will now step aside and allow others to provide more typical comments :-)

Reply   |   Comment by DougS  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)

Allow GOTD users free upgrades for one year just like your normal download does.

Reply   |   Comment by GMO  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

@ mike / #27. Thank you for taking the time to respond!

Reply   |   Comment by My2Cents  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

I have been a mind map user for well over 10 years and found that it is an incredible tool for organizing thoughts, brainstorming and collating ideas etc. Pleased to see that you can import .mmp files, but disappointed that any Outlook Contact files cannot be imported. Suggest possible inclusion in next upgrade.

Further suggest that to be able to change font colours for Nodes, child nodes and then also be able to include various icons to highlight tasks and so on. Otherwise a very promising software programme.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken Kruger  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Installed and ran perfectly on Win 7 Pro x64. First issue was that the help file was inadequate, and the web site even less informative. I want to jump right in and start adding information on the tree, but had to spend time reading through the help file to determine that I couldn't do what I hoped to do with the program, which was to add my existing files - in their current formats - to the tree.

I left feedback to this effect: that I would love to be able to drag my existing project files onto the tree and be able to view them in a thumbnail like Explorer gives, and to open them with a double click. I need the ability to link the same file to different projects, as many of my files are used in multiple places.

Reply   |   Comment by Keter  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Sorry about the formatting in my review. I pasted it from notepad and there were some nasty side-effects (with extra carriage returns).

Reply   |   Comment by Amigotoe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed & activated with no problems on a Win7 64 bit PC. This is version 7.3 ("free update subscription expired"). Maple is a standard
two-pane outliner program with a familiar interface. One tree "Root" branches out into all of your "Nodes" & "Sub-Nodes". There is a
full-featured text formatting toolbar just like the non-ribbon versions of MS Word with nice features like bookmarks, export and spell check. There are no tabbed pages.

Maple seems to be very capable. Nodes are best added using the insert key or toolbar button. A "sibling" or sub-node (another item in the
same node) can be added by CNTL INSERT, etc. I gave up adding sub-nodes at 15 deep. Nodes can be hidden with just one click. But, when I set up an empty note structure, the empty nodes I add annoyingly disappear when I click away from them. Limited drag & drop is allowed, but siblings cannot be re-ordered by dragging. The nice bookmark feature allows a page to be added/easily found, but using a right click can only add new ones. The help file was very useful.

It's clear that Maple is a powerful program, and I bet that Two-Paner fans will love it. But I have been spoiled by ECCO Pro; a powerful,
old, one-pane abandonware that's a free download. ECCO Pro lets me very quickly build and reorder my lists. A double-click creates a node, and a carriage return creates a sibling. All items can be dragged around to wherever you want. ECCO also has tabbed pages. I suggest that Maple copy these ideas, making adding and moving nodes even easier. It's time for Maple to have streamlined controls!

Reply   |   Comment by Amigotoe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

NoteTab Light and Keynote are both very, very good. They're both freeware.

"Explorer" and "Search" are great, but not always adequate for the idiosyncratic vagaries of project organisation that might arise which are not reflected by the use of "keywords", but rather, are determined by a more involved content, which needs to be read, irreducible to the Pavlovian abbreviations of utilitarian commerce.
Such content might have multiple relevancies, so requiring multiple representations, in multiple organisational modes.
Win 7 has "Libraries", though, which enables as many layers of (customisable) organisation as you want, without having the problem of where to put the "original" file, without the redundancy of multiple copies, without having to make multiple "shortcuts". So that's good.
Lacking that, an application becomes necessary. Enabling multiple organisations of all documents/file types, from one user interface, can perhaps be addressed by various document management applications. Tagging applications, too, may suffice. .

After some experimentation, though, a good, personally relevant, folder structure, for secure orientation is important. You want to know where you are, and where all the information is. This is a venture of personal mnemonics, with a nod to the localisation optimisations of your Operating System.
Next, is the facility to explore different perspectives. "Brainstorming", call it what you will, is often enhanced by effective information visualisation. That is to say, representations that more accurately reflect the topological relationships of free thinking. Mindmapping applications can perhaps be helpful here. SciPlore is particularly good.

There's a lot more to be said about organisation. It is a subject in itself.

Reply   |   Comment by AK  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

It would be nice if the vendor provided a brief motivational video (like many vendors do) on how this product would be useful for the home user.

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This is an interesting piece of software. As many others in this category, IMHO it lacks the multi-parent hierarchy feature. For example, a node to have more than one parent or the ability to be tagged.

Reply   |   Comment by mihai  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

So how does Maple compare to a free application like, say, Freeplane or Freemind? Are they similar or do they address totally different needs? I googled to find comparison reviews but found nothing.

Reply   |   Comment by Django  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Evernote works well too, and it's free for the basic version. I use TreeDBNotes as well

Reply   |   Comment by JT  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

I wouldn't trust my vital information to this software as there is no serial number given, what happens if you need to reinstall windows? You'll be left with a program that doesn't work.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Its just a Notes Taking APP.....

I thought it would be an Organizer :(

Reply   |   Comment by Farrukh  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

#7: "... Treepad and others have an exe compiler, enabling users to produce a stand-alone ebook from the file in addition to free reader software. That’s an advantage if you want to distribute a file easily and it might be missed here by some."

Print to PDF? FWIW, with all the [necessary] concern about malware nowadays, trying to distribute an executable [.exe file] is harder than PDF, plus you have to worry how many will be too scared to run it. ;-)

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#22: "My question is this: Will the files remain discrete files or are they integrated into the database? I need to disseminate the files to other offices on occasion (after wholesale updates, for example) and need to be able to access them directly from the hard drive as well."

Look elsewhere... reading the docs if you import a text file, Word doc etc. it would import/insert the text, i.e. more of a copy/paste thing. What I think you're after is more a document/content mgmt system, like [but probably not identical to] what they use on one of the network news sites, or in the offices of a newspaper. Personally I'd start by looking at what those places use, & how, to get an idea of what features you want/need & are workable, then look at what's available to suit your setup & budget. At that stage make sure to check out what's on sourceforge.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

It took me a bit to figure out what Maple Pro is/does... Some people will probably laugh at my ignorance, but I'd never used a *tree outline mgr.*, & the app's web site seems to assume you know what it's good for, & not. In a nutshell, from what I found anyway, Maple Pro lets you create the same sorts of outlines I've always done in word processors, from W/Perfect to Ami Pro [you're dating yourself if you remember that one] to Word & Open Office. Maple Pro takes it outside the word processor, adding [& occasionally taking away] some features or functions. To *me* one of the more interesting aspects to check out later is its ability to export your outline to a web page, but I did see a free reader for download, so your work could be shared that way too. Maybe someone that's used this sort of app [outline mgr.s] can expand on why this & not Word? I know price would be a consideration, but home versions of MS Office go for <$100, I've seen Pro *licenses* advertised for $90, & Open Ofc is free, & there's something to be said for working within an office suite, both from learning & integration [i.e. import/export/sharing] perspectives.

Installation isn't bad, though Maple Pro does store an awful lot of info under it's registry key -- I recorded just short of 6k new entries... you get an uninstall key, a few entries to integrate it with the shell, & the one huge Crystal Office key. [Note that in portable form, while it does write to the registry, you don't get anywhere near that 6k figure]. The app itself takes up ~18 MB with ~200 files in 10 folders [slightly more than 200 files if you run it with the portable.flag file present]. A 2nd folder under All Users App/Application Data stores configuration info.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

I own a license for this program (version 7.15). Updates are time related (good for a year), not version related, so I didn't update after that. And I don't want to lose my license so I won't be installing this.

One of the reasons I purchased it, its interface, is listed as a negative by another poster. I like the interface. It's clean, neat, and out-of-my-face. All a matter of preference, which brings me to this: It comes with a load of preferences. Something I very much appreciate. :) All in all, very nice little outliner. Free today. and the $30.00 price is right-on appropriate if anyone likes it enough to purchase it.

I have one complaint: Every time I open the application, I have to then open the file I want. Even if I try opening the file from Explorer, the app jumps up with a new blank file loaded. That may not bother most, but it irritates the h__ out of me.

As for Keynote. NOBODY ever did it better.

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

I feel a bit dense, but can someone explain what this adds to Windows Explorer in the way of managing information? Isn't WinExpl also tree hierarchy storage? Is sorting data by 'nodes' and 'sub-nodes' any different from sorting by folders and sub-folders? When you open Windows Explorer, you also get a lefthand pane with a tree and a righthand pane showing the contents of whatever you click on in the tree. I don't get it....

Reply   |   Comment by janetb  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

On Portability... because it's mentioned in the Help file etc...

1st, define portable. If you mean it'll run without install, then yeah, Maple Pro is portable, but then so are maybe 90% of the apps on GOTD -- on 1st run they add what they need/use to your hard drive & the registry. The more usual definition of a portable app is that it doesn't make permanent changes to the Windows host running it. There's also a stricter definition that says after you run a portable app it should leave no traces behind what-so-ever, & that can mean erasing its tracks. Maple Pro writes to the registry. Renaming _portable.flag or including a blank portable.flag text file tells the app to store your key in a text file in the app's folder [it also stores some configuration data in added files], but 1) the GOTD Activate.exe writes to the registry [we're not given a key], & 2) if you get that key it will register, but the app will no longer work [assuming I got it right of course, but the key I used was accepted, & I tried it with a couple of Windows installs + 2 VMs].

This isn't a critique or criticism -- more an attempt to save some folks a small bit of work &/or hassle. I can't complain that the GOTD Maple Pro key won't work for the portable version considering what I paid for that key. I won't complain about the portable version writing to the registry, for the same reason. If OTOH I bought it for it's portability & found it wasn't, e.g. got in trouble for running it on a school/work PC because it was detected trying to change the registry, I'd want my money back.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

I have a question and I hope I can articulate it well enough to be understood:

I have a LOT of discrete files that I would like to use a database to organize. Some are photos, some are Word docs, some are spreadsheets, etc. I use these files daily in my job to create composite documents. In short, I write proposals utilizing "boilerplate" documents which I customize as needed. The amount of documents I have at my disposal is mind-boggling and searching through them for the needed files can be frustrating when things are going well.

This software appears to be something that may assist with organizing this data.

My question is this: Will the files remain discrete files or are they integrated into the database? I need to disseminate the files to other offices on occasion (after wholesale updates, for example) and need to be able to access them directly from the hard drive as well.

Reply   |   Comment by My2Cents  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Note regarding "upgrade subscription expired". This means that you cannot get an updated version for free. You current will never expires. You may continue using it for as long as you like.

Reply   |   Comment by Denis  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

Once a user "gets" the hierarchical notes organizer metaphor, it is easy to become dependent. I am a long time KeyNote addict and to this day I find it more accessibly useful in total functionality than any of its competitors. However, Maple is a reasonable example of such software and is periodically updated (which KeyNote and my other favorite InfoStore, sadly are not). The latest version has some functional lacunae but don't be put off by the plain appearance (who needs skins????), this is powerful tool and will get you organized in no time. Thank you GAOTD!

Too bad after 25 years developers in this software category largely haven't extended the "hierarchical" metaphor beyond rich-text documents toward in-application data tables, spreadsheets, and graphics (diagrams and flowcharts).

Reply   |   Comment by JFC  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

When it comes to note organizers there are not many which I have not had a look at.
The tab facility within Keynote NF (linked by #7) knocks this out of the ball park.
Thanks for the offer GAOTD but I'll be sticking with Keynote NF.

Reply   |   Comment by Bettersafethansorry  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

If you want something similar that you can install on a thumb drive, try TreeDBNotes 3.

Reply   |   Comment by Traveler  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I used Maple in its earlier days, but stopped, because it became increasingly difficult to import into an updated version the information I had put into the previous version. This problem got to the point where it was not worth keeping the program.

There is an abundance of programs like this, many free. Try Googling "two-pane outliner" or "two-pane PIM" (Personal Information Manager), or just "outliner" or "PIM"

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Cohen  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

@ 10 Definately an error by the makers, renaming clears the registration settings. Use VMware instead. You schould review the Dutch (nederlands) comments on this...

Reply   |   Comment by ojoj  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GOTD for all the cool software you get for us. I do however need to make a statement. For god sakes people you sit here and complain about the software and that's fine if it doesn't work or something BUT to complain about the price. Did you forget it's FREE, your not paying for this it's FREE.

Once again thanks GOTD, keep up the great work

Reply   |   Comment by Harley  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

Downloaded and installed on XP SP3 without a problem. I especially like the simple activation (no contact info required, license numbers, etc.). Ran the program with no errors. Professional-looking interface (resembles MS Office XP layout). The help menu is very extensive. Other comments mention portability and the help file explains how to do this. The software's web site provides a free reader which I assume is fo sharing your files with others that don't have Maple and provides some free basic databases to get you started. All-in-all a very useful program and you don't have to be a "power user" to utilize Maple. Thanks GAOTD and Crystal Office.

Reply   |   Comment by Bern-Dog06  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

#7: Thanks for the on-target review of Maple -- and especially for the great tip about the freeware Keynote NF. Sometimes you find the best freeware by reading these reviews....

Reply   |   Comment by Roy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

I like AllMyNotes Organizer better - same features, but stable and very well designed.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Year 2000 compliant? Just when was this last updated? Lacking by competition standards--but clean interface. Lacks sort capabilities making lists, such as to do's, impossible. You should be able to at least sort by priority or creation date or category. Keynote has had that for ages. But maybe just for dumping stuff like recipes it could be ok.

Reply   |   Comment by gunther  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Maple Pro starts with an access violation on 004FDDF4 in module maple.exe writing on address 00000074. After that it just seems to work well.

Makinig it portable by renaming "_portable.flag" in "portable.flag" results in an abnormal abortion of the program after restarting. This means I cannot use is as a portable.

Is it just me?

Reply   |   Comment by just me?  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

PORTABLE? kind of... it'll run off of a usb (as described on the product comparison on the home page. But you have to run the program, copy/paste the program to another drive and then delete the program (I used revo uninstaller from portableapps.com) so as to get it out of the registry. Then you have to use the giveaway key (as copy/paste seems to strip the key from the app).

It seems to be a nice program as tree notes go with lots of features. It appears to have more features than the free Guide Portable (also found at portableapps.com) which is one I've been using. But then Crystal Office that puts out Maple has a free version too--however they gave us the professional version--the best one. The program doesn't seem to sit in 'mini mode' on my desktop very well, (not as well as the guide does) nor does it seem to minimize to tray--neither of which bodes well for me keeping it and using it.

Still its probably worth while to download, strip to portable,register and then spend awhile comparing to the free guideportable especially if you need lots of features in a tree note taking system.

There's some especially nice options for those that have microsoft office installed as Maple cleverly integrates into office spell check, etc. In all honesty though I'm not sure if the lack of convenience in regards to no good minimode outweighs the plethora of options yet.

Reply   |   Comment by c1oudrs  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Still searching for something that makes this the "flagship of the tree outline managers for power users" because it appears to offer nothing particularly special compared to its payware competitors - treepad, tree notes, treedbnotes, mybase, etc.

It's a minor feature that's missing here but Treepad and others have an exe compiler, enabling users to produce a stand-alone ebook from the file in addition to free reader software. That's an advantage if you want to distribute a file easily and it might be missed here by some. Other than that, this is just Yet Another product.

Freeware alternatives: Keynote NF http://sourceforge.net/projects/keynote-newfeat/

(Keynote was one of the first freeware tree note programs that was abandoned awhile back. Keynote NF is an open-sourced clone that continues in development. It does everything that Maple appears to do and quite a bit more, actually.)

Maple isn't a bad product; just nothing special compared to alternatives.

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+130)

Maple seems on first look, to be limited by the lack of tabs which allow one to create many folders (trees) in one database. Having to open a new database for every tree is tedious. It is like having a file cabinet with only one drawer. The overall look is basic and a bit unappealing, utilitiarian. It could use some new skins with some eye appeal. But, for the job it was designed to do, it is obviously effective.

Reply   |   Comment by arend  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Seems like very powerful program to keep and track information.
I wish it has some demo available to describe the features at the website, and I also wish it comes with portable version, too.

Reply   |   Comment by jugem  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

I don't see what this program offers that is "helpful/useful" that windows doesn't do. I have open office so I can already edit documents for free, and with windows I can use explorer to see my files in a "tree" & the search function to search for files but it did install fine on both windows 7 and windows xp home. They DO sell some programs that are "useful", but unfortunately I don't see this as one of them and 30.95 for something my computer already does efficiently, I believe it's seriously overpriced. Thanks, but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Suzy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

I installed the program on windows vista 32 bit with no problem but after running the activation program I check to see if it is registered alright and it is registered but it seas the update subscription has expired, how can it be expired when we never got an update subscription in the first place in the first place, I thought we were supposed to get the full version with updates included! it is a rip off.

Reply   |   Comment by TKelly46  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-63)

This is an awesome program to keep track of large amounts of info.
Another use is to organize snippets of code - recent builds allow it to assign passwords to nodes too, which is great.
One minor issue I still don't know whether it's fixed or not (will download it later, sorry): portability failed on my XP SP3, only system I tested Maple 7.3.
Their support is remarkable I may add.
Overall a great program, all thumbs up!

Reply   |   Comment by Oneiros  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

Installed on win 7 home premium. Great piece of software!

Reply   |   Comment by Evan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-92)
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