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Debrief

CNET Editors' review

Debrief offers users a fast way to take down notes and stay on top of their ideas. With its simple layout and directions, this tool will find many fans.

The program's interface may initially worry some, but they will soon discover most of the icons crowding the top of this program are unnecessary. A few minutes of experimenting and clicking around will serve the user much better than a trip to the Help file, though it's available. The program functions primarily as a note-taker. Users click on an icon to write a note and treat it like a word processor (the program is complete with options to change font, color and other text options). The program's biggest asset is its ability to catalog these notes with simple files. Organized like a file tree, users create and save their notes in Personal, Business, or customized folders. The second component of the program is a calendar, which shows what notes are happening on each day. While we would have liked to see an alarm system, this is still a fairly good way to get a glimpse of your daily life. The program's best special feature is its ability to run off reports. Users can see all their personal or business notes run off, or can have specific days filtered into the report.

While the program initially appears cluttered, we found this freeware program to be an excellent tool for those trying to keep their lives simple and organized.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 38 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 11
  • Current version:

    2.8 stars

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worthless deception"

    July 3, 2011  |   By TD-2288

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    None found

    Cons

    This is not free ! Instantly had to upgrade to paid version without any trial.

    Summary

    Deceptive rip off and yet Cnet allows it and recommends it. Wonder how much Cnet is getting to participate in this fraud.

    Updated on Jul 15, 2011

    Not that great, too scattered

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  • 1.0 stars

    "SCAM! SHOULD NOT BE MARKED "FREE""

    March 9, 2011  |   By onthedot

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    I won't use software from someone who fraudulently marks their software as free.

    Cons

    Should be marked Free to try. It immediately comes up with "your trial period is about to end", right after install. Result? "Cancel -> Uninstall". I won't even look at it if the publishers are dishonest.

    Summary

    Scamware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT FREE! - Don't believe those who tell you it IS."

    December 26, 2010  |   By ericgoblue

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    None at all

    Cons

    As soon as you open the program for the first time, you get a pop up telling you it is a TRIAL version only. Delete immediately and move on. What a waste of time. THANKS CNET FOR ENSURING YOUR INFO IS ACCURATE!!

    Summary

    This is the FIRST totally misleading download I've found after many years of using CNET. Nonetheless it's disappointing.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Finally, the All-in-One Information Manager"

    October 26, 2010  |   By jlfelder

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    All my information is in one place

    Cons

    A picture is worth a thousand words, but I can't cut & paste of images into notes.
    Would be nice to have a footnote type link in a note to a publication in the library.

    Summary

    [Note: I have the Pro version] I can finally keep all my notes and tasks all together on one single place in a coordinated, integrated and organized way. The tasks can be associated with a note so I can take notes as I work to complete a task. Folders and subfolders allow me to keep notes for separate projects organized, yet the calendar view lets me see a summary of all my notes for a given day regardless of what folder they are in. I can even flag a note as being ?highlight? worthy, and then generate a list of notes so flagged for a given range of dates, making my progress reports a snap to put together. One feature I have started to use a lot is the ability to highlight text in one note and drag and drop it on a folder and have it a new note automatically created in the folder that contains the dropped text. This has allowed me to just take notes for the day for all the different projects or other activities all together in a single ?journal? note. Then at the end of the day I just distribute the day?s notes to their proper folders. Clicking on a given day in the calendar view displays all the notes created on that day in a continuous list, so I can still, with a couple clicks, see everything I did on a particular day.
    One thing I wish that Debrief had, or if it does, I haven?t figured out how to use it, is an ability to put a document (book, article, technical paper, presentation) into the library and then put a hot linked ?footnote? within a note pointing to a particular document. I need to keep track of and document where I get the information and data I use to perform my analysis. It would be very handy to put all my sources in the library and then when I use a value from one of them, to be able to put a link next to the value, or even make the value itself a hyperlink that I could right click on and be able to see which document it came from and open that document if I need to. And then when it came time to write my report/paper I would like the ability to generate a list of all the documents referenced by any note in a given folder or group of folders in common citation format that I could just copy into the references section of my report.
    Overall, I can?t recommend Debrief more highly.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I like having notes in one place."

    September 29, 2010  |   By mpingo

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    Since I'm using the basic format and not the Standard or Pro format, I don't feel I can fairly rate it.

    Cons

    See above.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very easy to use, organizes wonderfully and it is free."

    September 14, 2010  |   By Mia_C

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    This is a free product. On the pop-up evaluation window, click "License" then select "Basic edition". Enter your name and presto! No more annoying trial reminders.
    Auto-saves, light-weight, useful for quick note-taking, does write in other languages.

    Cons

    No spell check (which is actually a plus for me, those red underlines are so annoying in other programs), search is not enabled in Basic.

    Summary

    Highly recommended for note-taking and organizing notes for classes or business. I also use this for recipes and book notes.

    I have been using some Debrief for almost 3 years now, and still love it. Again, it is FREE.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It is not free..!"

    September 4, 2010  |   By tincoster

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    I did not bother to install it is not free

    Cons

    Not Free.!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "handy briefcase"

    June 10, 2010  |   By clamoreaux

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    Easy to clip stuff from everywhere and keep sorted.

    Cons

    Nothing to dislike. Professional version costs a few bucks.

    Summary

    A handy place to put a large amount of data that you do not want to fill up your appointment calendar with, but will need to refer to again in the future.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Free to try, but not free - Good, but OneNote is better"

    April 28, 2010  |   By tony_ash

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    Wide array of options

    Cons

    A bit clunky

    Summary

    Free? would be EXCELLENT. Lots cheaper than OneNote, but not nearly as good.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super, easy, for creative people who make lot of notes!"

    April 16, 2010  |   By stonewriter

    Version: Debrief 2.3

    Pros

    Debrief is easy to use, it has a lot of useful features that simplifies organizing, finding and working with notes. And it is almost too cheap. By far the best program for creative note-work I know!

    Cons

    None. (I have only worked with the very inexpensive pro version.)

    Summary

    I have worked extensively with notetaking in research and planning issues for 45 years now, using computerbased notetaking for 25 . I have maybe 1000 notes files and hundred notebooks. And I have been looking for a program that is truly better than an ordinary word processor - sorry, programs such as onenote did not help me a lot. But finally here is a product, that really helps me, it is ieasy and it does what I need and want it to. It is so great for my purposes, so intuitive, helping me to organize, find and work with my stuff. And for such a small price!
    May be the good people that critizise the free version had different needs than I. Seeing that debate, knowing my needs and noticing the low price I started with bying the pro version. I am so happy.

    All you creative people who have problems how to work with all their notes might give it a try.

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