Keep your notes organized with KeepNotes

Replace stacks of notebooks with this easy-to-use notekeeping app.

When you pull out one of your spiral-bound notebooks, do they all come out at once? And not in a good way, but snared by the dangling ends of their spiral bindings? If so, try KeepNote, a simple but effective tool for saving and using notes for class, lab, meetings, papers, accounts, journals, and more as XML or HTML files. You can insert or attach images, spreadsheets, and other files, too. KeepNote offers a lot of flexibility, but it leaves out bells and whistles like contact managers, task schedulers, and other distractions from the job at hand. Its main job is to replace that stack of notebooks you're lugging around.

KeepNote's no-nonsense Explorer-style user interface is built around an easy-to-navigate hierarchical folder structure displayed on the left side. The main window is split horizontally between a file list view and a blank entry field. We jumped right in by creating and renaming new folders, pages, and child pages from the program's menus as well as the toolbar. KeepNote saves files automatically. Right-clicking any entry calls up an extensive menu of options for copying, attaching, and managing files and folders. We attached and inserted a variety of image and data files, including XML files and Excel spreadsheets. We sometimes had to refresh the view by navigating between levels to make attached files appear in the list view, but then we'd really just gotten started. KeepNote is optimized for the task at hand and offers few extras, as we noted, but we could change some colors, format text, and even switch between the default Western-style text encoding to a variety of alternative input methods, from Amharic (EZ+) to Inukitut (transliterated). KeepNote can work with a variety of helper applications like IE and Paint; we could change these and many other options in the program's Preferences.

KeepNote is simple yet can organize massive amounts of data. If you're looking for an easy-to-use (and free) notekeeping application, you ought to try KeepNote. And if your idea of keeping your notebooks together is to let the spiral bindings get all tangled up, you need to try KeepNote.

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