Masterfully manage your notes

Tinderbox is a professional-grade information-management tool for creating, organizing, using, and sharing notes--especially large or complex sets of data, whether you're composing a novel, drafting a presentation, or performing academic research. Tinderbox has a very visual interface that provides a lot of flexibility, giving you multiple options for viewing notes (in map, outline, chart, treemap, or explorer windows), which you can drag and drop into hierarchical "containers" along with various contextual properties and links. A powerful, open-ended system of "agents"--basically, persistent searches--scans your notes continuously, identifying patterns or attributes and then executing macro-like actions. … Read more

First Take: Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview

The Microsoft Office 2010 technical preview is available today through invite only and--though it's not in its final form--there are plenty of feature enhancements to be excited about, if Microsoft can pull it off. According to Microsoft, the focus of this update was on three things: to make work flows more efficient; to effectively use Web applications to make your work available anywhere; and to make collaboration with others much easier. In this CNET First Take, we'll take a look at some of the notable feature changes across many of the applications. Microsoft says Office 2010 will let … Read more

Create a simple to-do list on Android home screen

Many people use sticky notes at home and work to act as simple reminders. Their ease of use and high visibility make them perfect for creating a daily task list, keeping a shopping list for the grocery store, or taking important notes. Sticky Note for Android provides the same basic functionality with some extra helpful features.

Developed by Bratag, Sticky Note works by placing a small widget anywhere on your home screen. The widget looks exactly like a real note that is pinned to your desktop. Tap the note once and it expands to full-screen mode to display all the … Read more

Versatile calendar

Desktop iCalendar Lite offers users a way to keep their calendar at the forefront of their computer. With a simple interface and few problems, this is a great way for users to stay on top of the day's events.

This free program lays itself out on the upper right corner of your desktop. A month-view calendar appears, with the current day highlighted, and below it is a list of reminders for the day and a to-do list. All are dark and hide well on the computer desktop with text that is either orange or white. In addition, the entire … Read more

Easy note maker

Take down all those annoying yellow reminder papers off your office wall and keep them neatly organized on your computer desktop. Simple Sticky Notes lives up to its title by providing a simple way of reminding yourself of important notes.

This free program embeds itself in the system tray and offers very little beyond the capability to make and sort notes, which is perfectly fine with us. From the tray, users create a new note, which pops up as a look-alike yellow Post-it note. However, this one can have its color changed and its transparency adjusted thanks to the pull … Read more

Complex note-maker

Power Notes provides a way of taking digital notes that could meet the needs of all users. While its features are great, some users may grow dislike the program's design.

With basic icons outlining its options for creating new notes and organizing, users will find Power Notes' interface to be pleasing at first. However, creating a note offers a confusing collection of options and sidetracks that might not appeal to all users. Fortunately, the program also offers a Quick Note option that cuts to the basics of note-creation. The online Help file offers a clearer definition of how to … Read more

Easy-to-use note program

Dynamic Notes is an easy, unobtrusive way to add and manage sticky-like notes to your desktop. Although some aspects of the interface are cluttered, the program is pretty intuitive and allows users to get started making notes right away.

The program appears as a small toolbar than can be moved around a user's screen or minimized completely. Creating a new note is as simple as the click of a button. The Add New Note button lets users to customize their notes with different colors and fonts, as well as set reminder alarms. For users who don't want to … Read more

Inventive note maker

NotesHolder stores your reminders and special notes, much like similar note-making software, but this program has a twist. Thanks to its simple design and inventive way of being discreet, this download pulls ahead of the competition.

This program was simple to work with and required no trip to the Help file, though there is a fine one for users who need a little more direction. Notes appear in a small, blue screen, and stack on top of one another. The notes also allow for scrolling, which is a fairly unique feature compared with other note programs that mimic yellow sticky … Read more

Quick note maker

Little sticky notes are a way of life in many offices, however, those handy reminders quickly become a clutter. Clean up your physical desktop by organizing your notes on your digital desktop. Crawler Notes offers users a chance to replicate those note with some added twists.

This free program appears immediately as a simple yellow scrap of paper and is incredibly easy to use. Simply fill in the blank space with your message, reminder, or note and it is saved to the desktop. Clicking on the thumbtack icon will send your message to the background, while clicking on the wrench … Read more

Simple organizational tool

My Notes Keeper promises to help users stay organized by collecting the little bits of information we need to keep around but have a tendency to misplace. This program combines several useful tools, but offers nothing new.

My Notes Keeper has a very basic interface that, while cluttered with buttons and options, should not be a difficult to learn. It looks like a version of Microsoft Word, with some added options that most users will immediately recognize. The center holds a word-processing screen with familiar icons for saving, editing, and customizing the text. The biggest change is a file tree … Read more