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July 17, 2013
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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.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good notes software that I ever use"

    June 29, 2014   |   By liwende

    Version: CintaNotes 2.5.2


    very useful, the classification function, the style, which all attract my interest.


    there is no cons for this software.


    One of the best notes software

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  • 5 stars

    "This is one of my indispensable programs."

    June 05, 2014   |   By DoctorPanacea

    Version: CintaNotes 2.5.2


    The pros really are too numerous to list, but here are some in the free version:

    *Select any text, whether on the internet or in a document file. Hit Ctrl+F12 and the text is saved as an item in a database file. You can then add "tags" which are index tags.

    *A database can be huge. The theoretical limit is 4 gigabytes.

    *Ease of use: Just dump everything into one database, and add some index tags. If you want a separate database for a particular subject, you can create one and use it. The free version imposes a limit on the number of databases that you can have open at one time (three, I think). Believe me, though, using just one database works fine.

    *All of your index tags for all your notes show up in a scrollable column at the left side of the screen. Just click a tag, and all of those notes will be displayed; the others will be hidden.

    *It works fast and efficiently.

    *You can change your font and the font size.

    *You can run searches for words that are not index tags.


    I have used this program regularly for more years than I even remember (I think I started using it when it was at something like version 0.9).

    Honestly, I cannot think of anything that I regard as a con. The most frequent complaint that I see is that CintaNotes does not support saving graphics. I can understand that some people might want graphics. For me, however, that has never been a drawback. Even if CintaNotes had the capability of saving graphics, I would hope to be able to turn off that feature.

    PLEASE NOTE: Someone said in a review of an older version that CintaNotes installs unwanted toolbars. I cannot remember that this has ever happened. I am very cautious about such things. The person who wrote that may have installed the program with a particular installer that included such a "feature", but I always download the installer directly from, and I have never had a problem.


    CintaNotes is a free program that I find to be indispensable. I used the free version for years, and the free version is completely sufficient for what I do.

    Several days ago I upgraded to the professional version. To be perfectly honest, I really did not need to upgrade, but the license fee was inexpensive, and I felt really grateful to have this wonderful program, which the author maintains with updates released at reasonable intervals. You never feel that he has abandoned the program, nor do you have to update every two weeks, as you do with some programs.

    Usually I am a real tightwad. I am one of those guys who never make a "donation" despite hints that a donation would be appreciated. But I did it in this case, because CintaNotes helps me enormously in things that I do. If I have a thought about a literary work that I am writing, I can just create a new note by bringing up the program (it sits in the tray). I type my note, give it a tag or two, and minimize the program.

    If I see something on the internet that I can use in a sociopolitical essay or tract that I am working on, I select the text from the internet material, hit Ctrl+F12, and CintaNotes pops up with that text already in a note. All I have to do is to add some tags, and maybe some commentary of my own on the note.

    Right now I have a database that is still pretty small despite several years of collecting things in it. It is less than 4 megabytes, and consists of only about 1700 notes. It contains notes on dozens of unrelated subjects. I can access all of them in a flash just by clicking on an index tag.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and effective"

    May 18, 2014   |   By InvenioCNET

    Version: CintaNotes 2.5.2


    Minimal resources required.
    Automatic backup.


    ?Paid version not free.


    I use this for making quick notes on a daily basis. Runs in the background and takes up very minimal resources. Lightening fast and stable. Highly recommended.

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