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NoteFrog Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — NoteFrog

Store and instantly retrieve freeform personal information and notations.
$14.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 298 (32%) 630 (68%) 72 comments

NoteFrog was available as a giveaway on November 5, 2008!

Today Giveaway of the Day
free today
Erase data from hard drive or storage media permanently.

NoteFrog lets you find any scrap of information on any free-form note you have ever saved, and find it in an instant. And we mean every single scrap of information: every note, name, address, phone number, e-mail address, appointment, birthday, web site address, payment, diary entry, brainstorm, joke, plan, equation, and slip of paper!

NoteFrog finds whatever you are after, no matter when, where, or how you told NoteFrog to remember it, and it finds it instantly.

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Yes there are many free-form notekeepers.. but I dont know folks, do others have automatic clip-board capture??

So then I can automatically capture clipboard snippets AS WELL AS consciously putting in notes purposefully??
With the one app?

Seems to me that is a genius combination of TWO different utilities, for which I am using two separate programs.. and I can see a 1+1=3 bonus potential here.

Ummm.. if this is nothing new, I hope you good folk will let me know! :)

My 2c.

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

It's always a good idea to check out the later comments. These are the ones that have really checked out a program and I can usually trust their judgement. I'll be keeping notefrog for now to see if it's useful.

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

This might just be the perfect notebook for creative minds.

While I can quite understand that most folks don't need an application like this, and many would be baffled by its unusual "4-dimensional" approach, it's EXACTLY what is needed by inventors, philosophers and crazy artistic types:

Thousands of free-form, unstructured notes that can be
- swiftly searched, in a simple OR complex manner

- categorized by adding custom tags ANYwhere in a body of text ***** (... thus enabling a single concept to be easily linked to various different categories where it might also be relevant - an essential feature for brainstorming; capturing ideas in their spontaneous order and organizing in logical order later. This alone makes it a keeper!)

- grouped and regrouped as the Muse dictates
- illustrated with images
- highlighted with rich text formatting
- selectively password protected
- captured via the clipboard automatically or manually
- imported and exported in any textual format
- arranged into "stacks", just like you would do with bits of paper
- filtered to provide a concise overview of related topics or keep track of a specific train of thought
- and more... see their quicktour, support and faq:

Sure it could do with some improvements, especially on the aesthetic side, but the functionality of this light-weight program (roughly a tenth of EverNote's size, for example) compensates for its shortcomings.

If it still operates at the same impressive speed after I've imported all my notes, NoteFrog will earn itself a recommendation on my "Resources"-page...

Thanks, developers & GAOTD!

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

Addendum to last Comment

Okay, I closed NoteFrog and was going to uninstall it when I hesitated and decided to try reopening it. When you enter the registration code you have to CLOSE the program and REOPEN it - then you can create new stacks in it.

It appears that this IS the professional version that is given away here, not the freebie personal edition.

Apologies to HTConsulting for my having jumped the gun on previous review I sent in, I am looking further at the program. Will be putting up a formal review on Techno Dragon in a few days.

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

Not worth the download.

I tried to register it, and the registration code seems to work, but when I try to add a new stack it refuses to let me, telling me that additional stacks can only be added in the professional version. I would not mind if it was limited to 3 or 5 stacks, but no additional stacks? What good is it to have the room taken up on the hard drive and not be able to use the feature? I am going to look into uninstalling this (which sounds from above like it'll be difficult) and look into the suggested free and Open Source alternatives.

Thanks GAOTD, but no thanks HTConsulting, if you are going to offer a demo of your program don't offer the already free version. Give us something those of us that review these things can actually review.

::disappointed because I really had a use for a program like this too and was so excited at potential of it:::

Thumbs Down from me - first time I have given any program here a thumbs down too. :-/

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

#37 - NotePad is actually quite usable as a PIM... just dump whatever you want in a text file and then use CNTRL-F (Find) to search on text strings. And if you're using a third-party search utility like Copernic or Google Desktop Search... better yet.

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

THis one is CrapWare - avoid.

Great alternative is TotalText - already mentioned here. TotalText is pretty similar to InfoSelect if anyone is familiar with that oldie but goodie..

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

Very poor, amateur interface.

Some things not allowed because this is only the standard addition--NOT the professional one.

Import/Export, but no synchronization between computers.

Thumbs down--I'll stick with EverNote!

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

I use Flashnote for jotting down notes. It does not have as many fetures but may come in handy for someone looking for a freeware alternative.

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

Thanks to my friends for suggesting free alternatives. Sometimes freeware is better than paid ware

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

This seems to be a family member of the original Personal Information Managers (PIMs) begun by the phenomenal Lotus Agenda (still downloadable free, DOS) and Info Select. IS (still available, not free, but now overblown) searches just as NoteFrog does, keystroke by keystroke.

Agenda is still the 'sine qua non' of PIMS: not only does it search for words but it searches for MEANINGS OF WORDS: 'sent it to brother' is recognised as something for Frank, your brother. 'Did it last night' is classified as Wednesday pm. Superb.

Agenda's possible successor is Chandler. A long-developed version 1.0 is at www.chandlerproject.org (free).

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

NOT EZ to figure out, & to find any scrap or note you have written,you must first have entered that note in it!
What the heck kinda help is that? I have hundreds of notes, & NO WAY do I intend sitting here wasting my time entering every note I have into this. Crazy idea! Can't imagine how they think that saves any time or energy!!! Uninstalling, & resenting any space it takes with any leftover scraps of itself it ends up leaving in my pc! No uninstaller? Great. :(
RegSeeker will clean it out of registry, but what about the trash bits installed on my harddrive??? Grrrrrrrrr
I love most offers here, but this 1 sucks.

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I continue to like what I see, but I haven't had a lot of additional time to try it out since my comments at #46, but I will say that the program's search amazes me even more.

I haven't had any of the problems (so far) that many have mentioned as occurring with the program's online help window, in fact I find that feature to be very useful, but maybe that is because I am on an always-on DSL. That would be a bummer if the problems mentioned here start happening.

I sent a quick note to the developer just a while ago and told them they needed to post here and ask some of you who are having that problem to help them isolate it. Maybe if some of you are, you could contact them with some details. I even tried disconnecting my connection and the program just told me so immediately and went on its way- so I can't help them.

I do like what I have seen so far though, a lot. I don't need the eye-candy, but I hope they will be adding a few more features. For now I plan to go with it.

Thanks GAOTD

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

I'll stick with evernote

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

#37 -- by the way.. evernote is a local program running on your computer. It stores everything there and then syncs online.. only if you tell it too. this way, you can access everything from wherever you are.

Reply   |   Comment by Wolfdoggy-Dogg  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#4 .. Despite the many negatives your comment received, I had not heard of Evernote before. I have tried 6 or 7 tasklist programs in the last month and none of them were working. Evernote was everything I was looking for.. been playing with it all day! Thanks for the tip!
It's amazing the sites you find sometimes and never knew about... much like GAOTD. I never miss a day here anymore!

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

I almost didn't download this program after reading the comments, but I'm glad that I did. It's true that the interface isn't a standard one, and I guess it does look a bit dated. But it's easy to learn & use, and a few minutes of reading the faq & quick tour at their website were all I needed to get up to speed. The quick tour is especially nice since it shows you the interface. You just click on the various parts for a description. Take a look.

There is a comprehensive help file, although it is online which could be inconvenient for dial-up users. If you're not limited by dial-up, the help file is very nice since it shows up right in the program's main view and does not open up your browser or any other window. If you click away to view something else, one click on the help tab brings you right back to where you were in the file.

Someone mentioned that they couldn't paste images directly into NoteFrog, but you can. You just need to check the option "Save images" (in the options panel, "Options/Misc" menu) which is unfortunately unchecked by default. Other options include saving richtext captures and auto saving captures from the clipboard. This last feature comes in handy when doing research, and can also be turned on/off from the tray icon. Then you can take that research and write a document in rich text without opening Word. Handy.

This is the professional version offered here, not the standard or personal version. The only difference appears to be the number of stacks you can use. If you cannot create a new stack (under the "Stack Actions" menu), then you do not have the program registered. Registration is no problem as long as you remember to copy the whole Key note including the and everything in between. After pasting in "Enter/change Registration Code..." (under "Options" menu) restart the program and it will be registered.

If you ever lose this registered version, the limitation of one stack in the free version really shouldn't be a problem. Using more than one stack only needlessly complicates matters (in my opinion) since you can only search in one stack, the active one, at a time. This makes stacks more like separate files than categories. If you like separating your information into categories, try a more structured database such as the often-mentioned "EverNote".

NoteFrog is basically a free-form database meant to hold anything you throw at it without taking the time to find a category for it, and still be capable of easily finding that information later. The "Super Search" and tags system make this possible and they work quite well. I like using it for all the notes I used to keep on papers all over my desk. I started by entering each scrap I found there into a separate note, then shredding all the paper. Now my desktop looks neater and I can actually find the information! I still use other types of databases for longer documents and photos, but I find this program to be a useful addition.

Thumbs up for me.
Sorry this post is so late in the day; hope it was helpful.

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

#51 Where can I find a downloadable copy of "TNT Notetaker"?

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

#32-Terry (Simply "DO AS IT SAYS" And copy the entire text THEN, paste it into REGISTRATION section and apply it, IT WORKS, It did here anyway...


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

sheesh its just a text note grabber (TAKE IT AS THAT) it works very well, because lemme tell you if you ever needed a CTRL-C (copy) BACK for "ANY" reason whatsoever, specially a very important reason, then you will fully appreciate this gem of a software, but if you simply are ignorant, then keep whining about how other freewares do what this does, because frankly I HAVENT Seen them, anyway just note, thanks


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

Why not just use GREP? Its free.

Reply   |   Comment by E-L-T  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TNT notetaker is open source. and very small.

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

#33, Terry, you include absolutely everything that is between those two little sideways arrows. :)

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

Nice little application, but I have seen much better Open Source applications. @KAS i will try the one you pointed out although it looks like it might have more than I need, but the templates look nice.

There don't appear to be any keyboard shortcuts for formatting. This alone is enough to get me to stop using it. Why allow Bold and Italics if I can't use the normal keyboard shortcuts to do this?

Also, I am getting an error randomly about not being allowed access to the online help (even when I don't click on that tab). Maybe I need to re-enter the registration code. Its annoying because it causes the window to stop responding for a minute before I can move on.

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

Nice, cool, works as stated. I don't have a clue what others are whining about the interface is clean and ok looking here and this little gem works fine on my Windows Vista H.P. (SP1) I value anything that saves ALL my entered data as my time is valuable and Thanks GAOTD!

P.S. I installed this on a USB 2GB FlashDrive Stick just in case i happened to want to take it with me. And passworded it's access also! And FYI it has an activation code WITH The setup, so what does this mean? hey man, it means You can reinstall it AFTER This day whenever You choose. 9/10 in my book...!-=8^)


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

I too got the error message "your registration code is not valid for this version" upon entering the code to register the program.

Please GAOTD, please try to correct the too frequent problems with license and registration codes for GAOTD programs lately! Before the last few weeks, I had only 2 or 3 programs with registration problems since the first of this year, but within the last few weeks, there have been several programs needing license keys or codes that weren't provided or as is the case today, registration info that is incorrect or rejected by the program's registration process.

Please resolve this before the Giveaway time ends. It defeats the purpose of Giveaways when there is a problem with registration of a program and all day people ask for the problem to be corrected while the time expires and then it all was nothing but a waste of effort for everyone, GAOTD, the people who downloaded and tried the program, and the developer if that developer was sincere in providing the offering.

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

I think some of the commenters here might have misunderstood what this program seems to be meant to do. It isn't going to search your existing information, it needs to have your information added to it.

After looking at the negatives comments, I went to the program website and read the FAQ. Aha! Sounded great.
Then after copying and pasting and saving about 30 different dummy notes into the window, the thing makes sense. I can see where it will be very useful indeed. The search method, including complex searches, and the way the results are displayed as you type, is like nothing I have seen before- the closest being the Firefox edit/find for webpages. I have tried almost every program mentioned so far, and they are all too simple and structured for my needs. I keep going back to good old Keynote, a note manager that set the standard in its day, and many of us still feel remains the best one out there, hands down. Though this Notefrog one lacks many of the more exotic features of Keynote, the search power and the great free-form string-match result is wonderful. I think this might be my new friend. I definitely intend to wring this thing out.

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

A nice and small utility to keep track of all kind of things(birthdays,to dos,addresses,numbers....)
To make it portable choose another directory to store the stacks during setup.
(normally C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\HTConsulting\NoteFrog)
I like the retro look .But it would have been nice providing additional skins.

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

Wow. This is one bug filled little program!

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

#23 MrRoadRage.com........couldn't agree with you more.

#25 Sucata...............you make a great point.

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

Useless software. Dont waste your time installing this

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

Is this the Personal or Professional version?

NoteFrog™ Personal
- Free Now
- Free Forever

NoteFrog™ Professional
- Support Program Development
- Enjoy More Features

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

Installed and Registered ok in vista home prem. When registering you must copy from the "" including the "".

Thanks GAOTD!

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

Copy the registration key starting with the



Paste it in the registration box found via 'Enter/Change registration code' on the Option/Misc menu.

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

Copy the registration key starting with the

Paste it in the registration box found via 'Enter/Change registration code' on the Option/Misc menu.

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

@23. Don't be discouraged. I, and thousands of others, have found wonderful programs here that otherwise we'd have missed out on altogether.

The comments are always entertaining but 75% are nonsense. Today folks are comparing this program to information managers that are nothing like this one. Evernote is an online program. Essential Pim is basically a calendar and appointment program. Even Ashraf whose posts are always valuable was off base today with his comparisons. Look at the file size, 847 KB and people are comparing it to MS Onenote and saying why not just use Word (a word processor), and/or Notepad (a text editor). Some people seem to think today's offering is a search program.

Then there are the thoughtless comments like "Beware, troublesome program". Just what does that mean? Troublesome how? Did it have your hard drive for breakfast or is it that you can't figure out what to do with it?

The most intelligent review here today came from #29 who obviously understands the different types of PIMS and has installed and tried today's giveaway. You can safely ignore anything said by people who haven't tried out the application or used it at some time or another. Also pay attention to Ashraf and if Fubar says it will harm your system, take heed.

Drive carefully.

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

Ok, I downloaded the zip file but I didn't install it. After reading all of these comments, I decided to delete it. Sure it is free, but who needs more bugs on their computer.

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

15 - Nice review

29 - you search the active (open) stack via the search box in the upper left. Any items containing the search argument are instantly displayed as you are typing the argument. You may do 'compound' searches by hitting 'enter' after any letter.

Seems to be oriented toward the 'unorganized' among us (like me) who live off scraps of paper and post it notes. You now have a way to find anything from within a collection of hundreds of bits of information instantly. This program does not seem to be for the super organized who adapt well to a structured 'everything in it's place' environment.


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

If you (accidentally) click on the Help tab when you're offline then the stack is locked until you can get it back on line again. No use for a roving laptop then.

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

#14 and #10 - I tried posting everything and I still get the same message - do they mean the entire 'readme'? Or the whole activation window??? Not clever, more confusing.

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

Help - I have tried every which way I can and the program tells me "the registration code is not valid for this version" - has anyone else had this problem?

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

Sucata (cmt 25) has the right idea. Learn, compare, decide and grab what you need... Better yet, many "members" avoid concept/company bashing in favor of thinking and sharing information... very impressive idea -

Hope GOTD has a searchable subject/reference database and curious to see how it evolves!

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

Nice & Cute giveaway. Thanx GOTD

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

I like the interface, and its relatively intuitive use. The interface and the buttons do NOT bother me, as I think MS made major mistakes in pushing the XP and Vista looks on everyone (I still use both OSes with Classic styles)--what I mean is the buttons are easily findable, etc, expecially for those of use with aging eyes.

Pros: Intuitive use for the most part. Most everything within sight. RTF. You don't have to predetermine the type of information before putting it in like Evernote and some others.
That is, it is a FREEFORM database which operates closer to how many of us work--it is not for the majority, but studies have shown that about 25% of the north american populous prefers a lot of freeform organization in their thinking. People like me struggle with and do not use their sttructured databases to their potential, so Evernote will never grab me.

Cons: I cannot figure out how to search the entire database (this may be me, but nothing on the site helps me with this). Non-portability.

Therefore, I will stick with my freeware, portable, fully searchable, intuitively freeform database MemPad, despite its lack RTF. Mempad is fully portable, only 120K, and Ctrl-F or {F3} can search the entire database, making its operation truly intuitive. Check it out at MemPad

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

Interface looks really bad. Why they did not use standard menus like File, Edit, Actions, etc.
Sorry, but this program looks really crappy to me. Uninstalled and thumbs down.
There are too many freewares which are way better than this program.

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

How can I uninstall this program. Nothing is found in Add/Remove programs in control Panel.

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

This only does one stack. It says its the fifteen dollar version but its not. Its the free version... go figure! I thought it was like info select, but I guess you have to go pay more. I wish it would run on a usb drive but I don't think it will.

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

Although I don't count myself among them, the REAL value of this site is the VERY smart PEOPLE that provide time-tested freeware alternatives to the daily offerings. Once in awhile one of the GAOTDs will meet my particular individual needs. This site can be thought of less as a GAOTD and more as a forum for sharing freeware experiences on a particular type of software. I've tried most freeware PIMs and finally settled on the portable freeware version of EssentialPIM. http://www.essentialpim.com/?r=download

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

@17 Gamecollector,

Register the program and then close the program down, then after restarting it will allow the adding of new stacks.

@5 carrot muncher and @14 Louie i agree fully on the menu layout, it is very cluttered and not the usual standard (is it really a standard or a convention??).

Seems to work ok, search works ok the editing tools all seem to do as they should, however i will stick to Evernote as it has some excellent features above and beyond this offer as well as many other similar products.

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

One thing I keep noticing when I come here is more and more reasons NOT to use any of the software offered. Not a good sign. Don't they test out the freebies first to make sure the offer is worthwhile, or do they just offer whatever they can find to offer? I've only been on here around a month, and I'm not impressed in the least considering all of the constantly negative comments. I'm talked out of each days offering very quickly.

Reply   |   Comment by MrRoadRage.com  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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