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CintaNotes

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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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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A compelling favorite!"

    March 27, 2014  |   By arcflight

    Version: CintaNotes 2.3

    Pros

    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!

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    Quite the capable note-taking apparatus, it's not likely to disappoint.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Handy way to Capture Thoughts, Notes, ToDos etc!"

    December 16, 2013  |   By ilcaa72

    Version: CintaNotes 2.3

    Pros

    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!

    Cons

    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..

    Summary

    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!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It adds unwanted toolbars"

    August 28, 2013  |   By pradeepshama

    Version: CintaNotes 2.3

    Pros

    None in the face of unwanted items.

    Cons

    Why does CNET not highlight this in the write up.

    Summary

    Any download with unwanted toolbars is unacceptable, however good.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Love, love, love, love"

    July 29, 2013  |   By peterbutler

    Version: CintaNotes 2.3

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    Love it. Use it. NOTES.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "CintaNotes: notes available everywhere"

    June 5, 2013  |   By tondal_

    Version: CintaNotes 2.2

    Pros

    CintaNotes is a wonderful little note program with which ideas, todo lists or finds from the Web are wonderful to collect, sort and then found again. Very useful is the possibility of a simple shortcut is to save a selected text passage as a note directly and then later provided with the appropriate tags. The notes can be divided into meaningful groups and sort it again in a tag structure. For example: Home: Kitchen / Recipes or office: Website / html / snippets
    The note database can easily be synchronized easily with Dropbox or Wuala or any other cloud provider. With Simplenote you sync the folders that you want, even on the mobile phone (eg Flick Note on Android ) or tablet. And if there ever happens a data conflict, because the database was changed on two platforms at the same time, the program is so smart and imports only the changed data.

    The whole program is so simple to use and so slim that I don't use other more complex GTD programs.

    Cons

    Cons: Have not found any! ... Request: CintaNotes Android app

    Summary

    It is absolutely worth to buy the CintaNotes PRO license (Simplenote sync, etc.)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Hassle Free Awesome Note Taking Application - Get it!"

    April 12, 2012  |   By LBcoolG

    Version: CintaNotes 1.6

    Pros

    CintaNotes is a software application I have been using since its creation. I am a big fan. I have regularly updated it and watched new features added with each use new release. I use a plethora of notes software from the simple e.g. Stickies to the complex e.g. Task Coach but CintaNotes has always been a mainstay as other apps have been installed and uninstalled from the computers I use. CintaNotes allows quick and easy creation of notes as well as categorization, tagging and searching of those notes and this is just the beginning! Better still it is a small program with minimal memory/resource use and it's portable! I really cannot recommend it enough. Once you get and use it you will wonder how you lived without it - check it out here - http://cintanotes.com/

    Cons

    None! There are no cons to mention!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exactly what I needed"

    April 10, 2012  |   By scuzeme

    Version: CintaNotes 1.6

    Pros

    easy to add notes - easy to find notes. Simplicity

    Cons

    haven't found any

    Summary

    Except for credit cards, I kept all my passwords and lots of account notes in a Notepad txt file because it's so easy to open and amend, and I stored it in an encrypted file with credit card data. But finding things was becoming a nightmare. CintaNotes installed on my encrypted USB flash drive, opens with a desktop shortcut after mounting the encrypted drive and resides in the sys-tray until I dismount the encrypted file. Whether I'm looking for my Cnet login, the model number of my DirecTV receiver, or my Ooma account number, CintaNotes works instantly and perfectly! And you don't have to try to alphabetize, just develop a naming system and the search feature puts any fact in view within a couple of keys.

    I've passed on many note-taking, banking and password programs because they are so cumbersome and set-up heavy. Just take 30 seconds to install CintaNotes and use!

    Updated on Apr 10, 2012

    I wouldn't call this a CON so much as a preference. I keep the mouse in my hand most of the time. I would rather have a click-able icon on the header for a new note rather than a shortcut key or the two-click Edit>New menu item.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "My Good friend"

    October 10, 2011  |   By ferretfingers

    Version: CintaNotes 1.4.3

    Pros

    Easy to use.Stable & Reliable.Quick.A reliable workhorse that gets the job done.Tried a lot of others which didn't cut it.

    Cons

    Lack of formatting options.Can't store images.Use Evernote if you need to do this.

    Summary

    Stickies by Zhorn is another free goody notebook.
    Note use Tags: to organise notes into categories.
    A nice feature is that when you highlight or select text from a web page and insert it (ctrl + F12) it automatically embeds the web link into the note.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I use it everyday as a "to-do-list"."

    March 30, 2011  |   By VictoriaRegina

    Version: CintaNotes 1.4.2

    Pros

    When I open my computer there is my CintaNotes with all my "to-do-list" items of what must be accomplished for the day.

    Cons

    So far there are none

    Summary

    I've tried other lists, such as "notes", they haven't worked as well as the CintaNotes.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great functionality; ease of sue; stable performance"

    December 24, 2010  |   By cmangio

    Version: CintaNotes 1.3

    Pros

    Seems to be very flexible. haven't found any boundaries as of yet on size of notes. Minimize the amount of keying that needs to be done.

    Cons

    Does not lend itself to direct input of multiple notes from the same document. Requires putting first note in edit and then copying and pasting additional information.

    Summary

    A nice feature would be to have a condition where a ctrl/f-12 would put in an active note with the source reference. As distinct from the merge function.

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