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Giveaway of the day — Notebook 2.0

Notebook is a well designed tool to write, edit and store all your documents.
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NOTEBOOK is a well-designed Windows tool to write, edit and store all your documents for your private life or your daily work. No more searching for the notes and documents you need, just press a (user definable) hotkey to show the program window and read or write your text.

  • Store an unlimited number of text documents in a single file (Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0 database;
  • The database can be encrypted with a password, using a safe 128-bit RSA encryption;
  • Documents are organised with a folder structure, so you can easily separate large document collections;
  • Powerful text editor with all common formatting options, like different fonts and font styles, search and replace;
  • Insert hyperlinks and pictures into your documents
  • Import and export to and from RTF, DOC, DOCX, HTML, TXT or PDF format;
  • Configurable hotkey to show/ hide the program window, making it always accessible in an instant;
  • Two additional modules: "Passwords" (store all your login data in one place, including a sophisticated random password generator) and "Contacts" (a handy contact manager).

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10

Publisher:

Programming.de

Homepage:

http://www.programming.de/index.php/note-book

File Size:

8 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#23

1. Can be improved if it used various concepts from CherryTree, also portable, and has an army of opensource code monkeys working it constantly. http://www.giuspen.com/cherrytree/

2. notebook 2 's name conflicts on Softpedia. Com (Probably should upload yours there so you can see yourself)

3. I am not feeling CONFIDENCE using this as a password manager. There are open source alternatives
keepass/keepassx -- maybe not the best feature even though the shellexec() part appears to work.

As much as I think competition has LITTLE VALUE, this project needs to be MUCH MUCH more ambitious to become relevant

God bless the Author for the giveaway irregardless

Reply   |   Comment by Fredward  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

Spellcheck included?

Reply   |   Comment by Dogman Dave  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#21

Install went OK on Win10. But with the first file I imported, a .doc file, my document's images failed to format correctly with the wrapping text. So I exported that messed up .doc file to a .pdf file. No surprise the pdf file was also messed up, but in a slightly different manner. So be careful if you work with documents with pictures or images in them.

Text and tables on my test document were imported correctly.

It seems that this program is more of an umbrella storage locker (database) for works in progress. I think I noticed it will keep multiple copies of a doc. Kind of a notepad++ on steroids. But keeping all your files in one database is strange to say the least.

I'll play with it some more but I'm not sure I'll keep it.

Reply   |   Comment by AAW  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#20

Can I sync this between two computers?

Reply   |   Comment by aril  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

aril,
Yes, you can read the database file from a different computer.
But only one computer can access it at the same time! So if you use a Dropbox folder, only one computer can access it at any time.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

I like it. But 2 things: First. I want to selectively delete entries. Now i can only select entries one by one. There should be tick boxes. Second. It says i don't need to save any document as it automatically saves. In my case, it doesn't work. I generated a test document and closed the application. It's disappeared when i opened the app again. Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by hardgirl  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#18

In my earlier comment I stated that I didn't understand the program; after experimentation I find out why it doesn't do anything remotely useful.
It will not import HTML other than the code, it import texts and Doc files but in the presentation of the latter the formatting can be corrupted.

What really surprised me was that when I imported something the original is still left intact and in place.

It's only objective seems to be that it duplicates stuff already on my system and that it can encrypt it leaving the original easily readable.

And so for $30 who wants a totally useless program, certainly not me, not even for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Salvia,

I'm not using, nor have I ever used the product, but have familiarity with your concerns. in HTML, the file is the code. An html file is a unicode text file that, when read by a browser ie: MS Edge, MSIE, Chrome, Firefox, instructs the browser where to retrieve the media, and render the page to appear as you see it in the browser.

As with most document catalog software, they generally don't dispose of the original. What to do with that is left up to you. Just like scanning documents into digital format. What happens to the hard copy is your decision.

All document cataloging and converting software have their limitations, especially when it come to PDF files. If you're getting the text portions of the document, but not the formatting or custom layout, it may be that the font or style is not compatible with this software. Not all software can render all fonts and styles.

Hope this was helpful.

Reply   |   Comment by Ironman  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

1) What is GOTD version? We apparently are not getting the full version but don't know what is missing. 2) I love the basic design but this is very very unfinished work. 3) Web site and help files are a non-starter. 4) no info on importing like for instance existing data and contacts. Surely wouldn't enter one by one typing? 5) Doesn't hold a candle to Tree Pad or Allmynotesorganizer - and many others. frequently made available here along and always a free version of both these apps. I was excited about this hoping it would work on mutiple platforms like Android and Chrome apps.
Sorry to say. this one is headed for the dumpster

Reply   |   Comment by Harold  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Harold,
There are no functional changes, just a few cosmetic ones, it is a full, unlimited version. The title addon doesn't make a difference. There is an import function in any module, but the editor is the main part.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#16

Install went fine (I thought), but when I opened thee program it asked for a password for some database it must have created. (??). Since I don't know the password the program is useless to me! ...Pity! I was looking forward to trying it and the other programs to add-on. Ah well. Maybe next time, right? :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Elon  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Elon,
You must have encrypted your database (accidentally?), but you can always create a new one.
By default databases are not encrypted.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Johannes, During the install there was no mention of any database. ...at all! I even re-installed to check and, again, no mention. When it finished the install and the last page asked if I wanted to open the program I left the check mark and finished the install. Immediately the box came up asking for a password! I tried everything I could think of, INCLUDING trying to create a new database, but no luck.

Reply   |   Comment by Elon  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#15

Okay, got it - turned off anti-virus AND installed in compatibility mode for XP SP3. (Saw that someone had installed on XP in a post). Program seems to work okay - got to check it out now.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Anderton  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#14

The problem I have this program is that it will only install on the C drive where I have limited space.
After a while when I start storing items in Notebook the C drive's space will reduce in size.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Brian,
The program itself is tiny, just a few Megabytes.
The database file can be stored anywhere you like.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#13

OK, this is a deal killer for me: It doesn't warn you if you're closing the program without saving your work. Sorry - was liking it up to that point.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

Mark, although I haven't decided whether or not to try this program, I wonder if there is an "Options" option to warn before "closing without saving your work" (as a reminder).

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

Mark,
The reason it doesn't remind you about saving is because it is already in the database.
In fact if you import text and then deliberately terminate the program using taskmaster is still in the database and saved.

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Mark,
The program automatically saves automatically whenever you close the program and in between.
No need to save manually and no need also to be warned. Just try yourself - write something, restart the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#12

Downloaded with no problems. After I extracted the files to a specific folder, which I've done many times from GAOD, while its still activating I get "Failed to launch program". I've tried downloading several times with the same results.

Reply   |   Comment by TomS  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

TomS,
If you're using Kaspersky, it has a known (but not fixed) bug which results in 'the setup files are corrupted. please obtain a new copy of the program' error.

To workaround that, pause your protection (right click on the Kaspersky icon and select pause, and last option in the window that appears), then reboot/restart your PC, then run the Setup again, should run and install fine.

Once finished, enable Kaspersky again (right click -> Enable... I can't remember).
You may also prefer to restart your PC one more time.

If you want to find out more about the bug, just google the error code adding 'Kaspersky'.

Hope this works for you (and other users) :)

Reply   |   Comment by Julian  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Julian,
No Kaspersky and no such issue..
The exe. file just won't work

Reply   |   Comment by Kondoril  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

I also found it installed remarkably quickly and easily on XPsp3 despite not being officially supported. If anyone would care to cast some light on what the advantages are of storing multiple documents in one file, I would be grateful: I am familiar with the concept with regard to emails, but am not clear as to why it can help with documents, although I can imagine a risk of losing them all should the file become corrupted, as can happen with emails.

Reply   |   Comment by BAW30s  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

BAW30s,
Yes this is a justified concern...
Not to mention the fact that such file, over the time, could evolve into a gigantic jumbo-file.
More you use it and according to the size of some single files added (like images) this file could easily reach e size that some OS cannot even handle it properly,

Reply   |   Comment by Zicky  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

BAW30s,
It sounds like you don't store a lot of information. If not, this kind of software would be useless to you. If you do, this looks like a decent program.

I have licenses for no less than 5 information managers. I don't store my "documents" in them. I store all kinds of notes to myself, and I keep a diary of sorts so I know where I bought tickets and where I found certain items online. I store information about software: purchases, reg keys, contact emails. I store research information (this is a huge file). I store history of changes to my system: what services have been turned off and when, what perks were made and when, how to use certain features. I could go on, and on, and on. Using an information manager makes finding these things a snap.

There is usually no reason to use only one file in an information manager. I don't know of any that do not allow the creation of multiple files. Therefore, size should never become an issue.

I have never yet had one of these files become corrupted, but that is something that can happen to anything stored on a computer. That is why we back everything up, isn't it?

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BAW30s,
From their web site;-
Runs on Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32 bit and 64 bit)

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BAW30s,

"found it installed remarkably quickly and easily on XPsp3..."

Then you might want to keep Notebook 2, as I'd guess it will only become harder to find similar software &/or services that will work on XP.

"If anyone would care to cast some light on what the advantages are of storing multiple documents in one file, I would be grateful..."

In a word: Organization.
There are all sorts of apps to keep track of mp3 or video or other types of collections. There are several apps for quickly & easily storing notes &/or stuff you find at whatever sites online. Online [in the cloud] &/or off, there's software to keep track of & organize everything from your calendar, with appointments & reminders, to photos, to everything having to do with a project etc., and all or portions can be shared or private.

Is it necessary to do so? It may be at work, if/when the company has standardized on whatever procedures, but at home you can keep track of your stuff however you want. For people that are less organized, &/or for those with more to store than they can possibly remember, something like Notebook 2 might help, both by keeping everything in one place & possibly with search, if you're not certain which document holds what info.

" I can imagine a risk of losing them all should the file become corrupted, as can happen with emails."

It's a rule of life: If you have it you can lose it. When what you have is digital, the answer is redundancy -- back it up so it's stored in as many places as you feel necessary. If you import docs into Notebook 2, there's no reason you have to delete the originals, &/or store backup copies of docs off your devices hard drive(s).

I believe that more people lose stuff because of hardware failure, malware [including ransomware], or simply forgetting what's where, than suffer from files or databases becoming corrupted. The cloud may help, since [if you use a major provider] the hard drives where your stuff is stored are redundant, maintained, & housed in secure facilities, but again having redundant copies [backups] still protects you if as very rarely happens, your stuff in the cloud is lost.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Zicky,
The database is a local Microsoft SQL database, which can be 2 Gigs without getting much slower. For the daily work you will just need to handle a few dozen documents normally.
Also you could have several database files.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BAW30s,
I am using the program for years (and its predecessor Super Diary) to store vital pieces of information that I need any time during the day.
I have set up a hotkey to show and hide the program window and it takes just a few seconds to find what I want.
You can group and rename your documents easily, without using the file explorer.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Johannes, Do you know how you can access the database file you create in the software if for some reason (seems to always happen with windows at some point or another) the application gets damaged and does not run? Is there a free viewer of some sorts?
Can anyone else suggest anything?
Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by soft user  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

soft user,
This database format is industry standard, it is very unlikely that a file gets corrupted.
But if it should happen (never did so for me and I'm using the program for years) you can always use the last backup.
See Settings - Backup, you can automatically save them for the last days.
If you do not set a password, the database file could be read by other programs too, in principle.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi, mike,
Thanks to you and the other contributors for the enlightening comments. I see now the possible advantages (and one or two disadvantages) of a single point of access for data, especially in a corporate environment. As kalmly says, my requirements are may not yet be complex enough yet to get used to another approach to storage, but I'll certainly bear it in mind.

Reply   |   Comment by BAW30s  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Hello
Thanks GOTD for this; easy to use and free.
Now, I am quite new to this but if you have Windows Word and a codec pack installed, then Word <=> PDF (or other formats) is possible to use.Or not?

Reply   |   Comment by Niels  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Niels,
You cannot convert documents without information loss between all formats.
And PDF is for export only, not import. You can import and export Doc and DocX though.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Johannes, odd the description above clearly says "import and export to and from RTF, DOC, DOCX, HTML, TXT or PDF format;"

That does not say or imply PDF as export only but as "import and export to and from"

What's right the description or you?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

First, thanks for a very easy download that doesn't contain hoops and having to give up an email addy!

Second, love the program. It's very easy to use, simple to master and streamline enough to work for what I need. I do like it, a lot. Perfect for me to organize my notes for stories and keep what I need in them, such as webpages. While I have Evernote (something almost required now when it comes to writing and research), having something such as this helps store everything you use for stories in one place and organized.

Very big thumbs up from me!

Reply   |   Comment by Speedy  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#8

NO DRAG AND DROP? TRIED TO D&D A PHOTO.

Reply   |   Comment by louielouie  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

louielouie,
No, drag and drop of images from outside is not supported. The editor is not Microsoft Word, it has its limitations.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Johannes, AllMynotes organiser is not Microsoft Word either but it handles drag and drop of images and other file types too, despite not being Microsoft Word and having its own editing limitations. Drag and drop is a windows GUI feature that can be added to any GUI based program which is why its absence in this program is noteworthy.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Downloaded and installed...sweet as a nut AFTER I remembered to turn of the ruddy firewall that is. I've not had much of a chance to go through it yet but the glimpse I had looked very favourable. The fact that I can change fonts, insert images and change justification is ( for me ) a huge bonus. Thanks...Nice one!

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#6

Get a professional system like Evernote which has a good free version or a paid and really powerful paid version.
I've been using the free version for 3 years. Storage is on the company's server as well as locally with automatic sync.
Works on all Windows systems

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Jackson  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)
#5

On Windows Xp SP3 works.

Reply   |   Comment by Ivan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#4

Great!
No messing around with registration and so straight into the install.

Pear shaped!
No option as to where to install the program, and no hint as to where it is going to install it.
Insists on creating a shortcut in the start menu.

Once installed decided to import an HTM document; select New in the File menu and a new document is opened.
Attempted to import an HTML file but only folders were listed, no files, until I modified the selection to *.* .
Once selected the options to parse it or input the underlying code was offered, but the only part I could import was the code.

By this time I was losing the will to live as my expectations were shot down in flames.

The interface doesn't help, the help doesn't help, and so I don't know if I am doing something totally stupid or the program is a heap of junk.
It's small enough to be worth the download so maybe someone else can actually get it to work sensibly, I've given up!

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)

Salvia,
You should be able to locate (Therefore move) the file here.

C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Notebook

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Salvia,

No wonder.

1.1 (October 14, 2014) - Fixed installer: all required files are now installed
1.01 Fixed a minor bug in the "Passwords" module: passwords are now hidden by default

http://www.programming.de/index.php/note-book#version-history

Reply   |   Comment by Alex Norman  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Terry,
The EXE file found in the following on my drive C:\Program Files\Notebook.
The C drive is my system drive I don't like to clutter it up with programs, Microsoft clutter it up enough without any help from me.

Possibly the selection is not offered as some of the earlier versions in certain languages made it difficult to work with a database without complex instructions to the user. Possibly this is a way of getting around it.

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Salvia,
this man has not been able to convince anybody of any usefulness of anyone of his software gems yet, so why should today's offer be better?
I did indeed delve into the popular German PC mags (rags? well, you know what I mean) but seemingly his apps appeal to nobody.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Salvia,
The Programs folder in C:\ is the recommended path for any installed program.
You can easily move the database file to a different location. The default is the Documents folder of your user account.

Reply   |   Comment by Johannes  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Sigrid.DE,
Your comment doesn't surprise me; today's programme seems so pointless, appears to me that you can do all this using OpenOffice as an encrypted PDF file using bookmarks as an index, and that's free.
Sadly many of today's developers take advantage of the less experienced computer users to charge exorbitant prices for rubbish programs.

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Firstly let me say how refreshing it is to have a simple straight forward download, install and activation without having to jump through all the usual hoops ... If only all GOTD software was as easy to install. I can see lots of uses for this piece of software and although I've only tried it out very briefly so far I've found it easy to use. The layout is very clean and functional and easy on the eye. Definitely a keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Update: After installing I didn't try the program out fully only had a quick look but now that I've had time to play around with it I found this program to be totally useless. Firstly after entering a note and saving it, I can't find my notes, they don't show up in the file list, the folders option doesn't work. I've spent about an hour entering note, contacts, passwords and database enteries none of which could be recovered or read from the program. Help is of no use at all - Uninstalled. Shame really because it looked like something I would have used.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#2

There are a lot of tools that made the same or more and are free - so behold that.

Reply   |   Comment by keinbedarf  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

keinbedarf, can you list some free alternatives you mentioned?

Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by soft user  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Smart small program. However, I had wished it was portable, so you could use it as a small travel diary.
Self, I will create a database of pitches that I visit in the mobile home car and I can describe with photos and text, and GPS coordinates.

Reply   |   Comment by Svend Ostergaard  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Svend, take a look at TiddlyWiki: http://tiddlywiki.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Simon  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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