CNET Editors' review
Simpler is better, we often hear, and nowhere more so than in notekeeping applications that can bring order to the most chaotic life. Like CintaNotes. This freeware note-taking application is designed to help you save, organize, and make good use of those great ideas and newfangled concepts you're always turning up. You can quickly save personal notes, Web addresses and snippets, articles, images, and anything else that exists in the cyberworld that you'd like remember, take note of, and tag for retrieval.
When it comes to the user interface, notekeepers tend to range from tiny black rectangles to NASA's version of a Busy Box for astronaut trainees. CintaNotes strikes a nice balance that (thankfully) tips toward the simple end of the scale with a plain field for creating, displaying, and sorting notes and a minimal control set that consists only of a search tool and a drop-down list for sorting notes under various headings such as Title and Modified (Created is default) as well as a manually. CintaNotes offers plenty of options, including themes and colors, startup behavior, hotkeys, and editing options. There are many ways to create a new note, including from the program's System Tray icon, but the quickest way may be simply to press the Insert (or Ins) key on your keyboard. The New Note dialog has a blank field for typing or pasting notes and other content, a title field, and two fields at the bottom labeled Tags -- for entering your own identifiers -- and Links, which includes a go-to button for opening active links. We simply typed in our note and pressed OK (or Cancel) and the new note appeared in a rectangular box in CintaNotes with its title and enough of the content showing to lets us know what it was. Double-clicking a note in the interface opened it for editing in the same dialog we used to create it.
Whether we were typing or mousing, CintaNotes made it easy not only to create new notes but to retrieve existing ones. The program offers lots of help for getting the most out of it, including a forum and translations.
From Cinta Software:
CintaNotes is your an assistant in the daily task of organizing information, such as your own thoughts and ideas, article excerpts, blog postings, quotes from famous people, research data, curious facts, Wikipedia entries, you name it. It lets you quickly jot down and tag any useful text that you come across. Unlike browser-based tools like Google Notebook, CintaNotes does not require a web browser to work: the text-clipping "magic" works in any application that can copy text to clipboard.
What's new in this version: Version 2.3 inluded a new feature for search option "Search across field boundaries" and added confirmation dialog to merge command.
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All versions:4.4 stars
out of 11 votes
Current version:3.8 stars
out of 4 votes
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"A compelling favorite!"
Version: CintaNotes 2.3
Blazing fast and easy to use, its windows can actually be held on the top layer of the screen! This makes taking notes possible in a way that other programs would make annoying.
It situates there for you and can be knocked down into the "minimize" bar as well.
Anyone needs CintaNotes. Anyone needs to know that it can take notes wonderfully and you don't have to press "SAVE" to be assured that they note has taken.
Why clutter up various folders with odd files when CintaNotes can keep track of all notes -- spontaneous on-the-fly notes, notes worth keeping long-term, notes that you don't know if you'll ever use or not, just-in-case notes, and sporadic records of messages that you (or someone else) wrote that you don't want to forget.
It also lets you save as many different databases/files of notes as you like, so it can be multi-purposed. And it comes with both install and standalone portable packages.
CintaNotes works great!
CintaNotes still in development means that there can be more features on the way -- which is not necessarily bad in the long-term.
It would also be nice if it did bookmarks in special format by assigning a special key to send them to concatenate under a select title.
Quite the capable note-taking apparatus, it's not likely to disappoint.
"Great Handy way to Capture Thoughts, Notes, ToDos etc!"
Version: CintaNotes 2.3
Shortcut keys has ability to capture notes and lookup notes quickly and efficiently. Great search functionality as well, TAGS and linking makes organizing thoughts and grouping ideas together quick and easy. No learning curve necessary (compared to wikis, etc) Syncs notes online and have notes available on all laptops and PCs
Free version has everything I need to stay on top of things and quickly capture ideas before they escape my mind. a "Ctrl -" pops opens the program, start typing and it enters text and filters instantly. F5 opens TAGS and tree structure. "Ctrl +" opens a new clean note to quickly capture! "Ctrl L" creates links to files, urls, folders, other notes! Easy, quick, efficient, and free!
would like to add pics to my notes, current version doesnt allow but can link pic file locations...
would like to add a table style to notes, current version doesnt allow..
overall a great little, lite (low memory usage, file size) program to quickly capture, organize and link notes together to stay organized. Better and easier to master then wiki notes systems or other 3rd party note taking systems. Free version has all the major features, excellent support as well!
"It adds unwanted toolbars"
Version: CintaNotes 2.3
None in the face of unwanted items.
Why does CNET not highlight this in the write up.
Any download with unwanted toolbars is unacceptable, however good.
"Love, love, love, love"
Version: CintaNotes 2.3
The 4-item set of metadata (title, description, tags, URL) works very well for my link collection needs. Simple and easy to use. Robust search and filtering features. Relatively light resource footprint; quick, easy install.
No integrated syncing features (i.e. maintaining a consistent set of notes between multiple computers), but I use Dropbox to sync my notebook, and it works OK.
Love it. Use it. NOTES.
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