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Library .NET Free

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Library .NET (Free Note Edition) from Fish's DotNet is a free notekeeping database and personal information management package. You can store, organize, and edit personal notes containing a wide range of data; create relations; search for items quickly using Google-like methods and a Paging Search results display; and open an unlimited number of databases and dependent nodes. It has a download manager, a full-featured editor, drag-and-drop compatibility, full import and export capabilities, Unicode support, backup options, and more.

The Library .NET user interface has a familiar Windows-style feel, with a left-hand navigation pane that offers a tree view of your databases and nodes, a main window, and an icon-based toolbar. We clicked New Database, entered a name in the Save File dialog, and clicked Save, and our new database appeared in the FishCode Library directory in the navigation pane. We highlighted the database and clicked Add, and a new node appeared below the database in the tree view, with a blank name field. We entered a name and clicked on the node, which opened in the main view. Adding as many nodes or subnodes as you like is as easy as a few clicks. Next we created a text file and saved it to the desktop. We clicked the node, clicked Import on the File menu, and navigated to the text file, which Library .NET added to the node. When we clicked on the item in the navigation pane, it appeared in the main window. We clicked the Edit icon, typed in some phrases, and clicked Save. We used the Search tool to quickly locate our search term. Next we saved a Web page in HTML and added it to our database. Its HTML code appeared in the main view, fully editable. We then Exported the page back to the desktop as a rich text document and clicked it, and it opened in Word, with all content intact. There are database query and command-line options, too, as well as Dependencies, Bookmarking, and Password tools and options for customizing the program's look.

Library .NET offers powerful options for storing and managing notes and documents. It may not be the best choice for those looking for a simple sticky-notes tool for saving quick reminders, and we'd like to see more assistance (in English, too) to help users get the most out of this flexible program.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Ok but with reservations"

    July 6, 2012  |   By ciddizzy

    Version: Library .NET Free 18.2.4541

    Pros

    It works without installation on Win7 64 bit and is portable. Only one file in the package.
    Very useful program for storing lots of unrelated notes and pictures.
    Just create a new database, add nodes and paste or type your data in.
    Nodes can be picked up and moved around and new nodes added whenever you want.

    Cons

    Whilst the program is portable the mdb data files it creates are not.
    If you move or rename them then they won't load. Weird !!!
    There is a recovery process but as there isn't a help file you may get stuck.
    Thought this was a bug but the developer says not.

    Summary

    An alternative is Keynote NF.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy, light-weight note system"

    December 5, 2010  |   By melmitts707--2008

    Version: Library .NET Free 17.5.3990

    Pros

    Lightweight, note database

    Cons

    none at this time

    Summary

    I started with this as a source-code snipped database and eventually purchased the full version. It has a lot of features and is easy to use...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The reason there are no reviews is no one can use it."

    September 21, 2010  |   By juniper47

    Version: Library .NET Free 17.5.3886

    Pros

    I like the idea of organized information management.

    Cons

    No instructions or help. It appears you cannot drag and drop. It seems to be a database manager and not an information/document manager.

    Summary

    This is pathetic. Its a great idea and i'd love to try it, and would possibly then buy it if it was useful, but after installing, there are no instructions AT ALL.

    The only download in the zip is "notes.exe". No 'read me', no manual, no 'get started.' There is not the slightest hint on how to even begin using it.

    The help tab does not have any help; your options there are "Check for Update, Feedback, Professional Version, Search (Node + Note)". Clicking Professional Version takes you to a sales ad, nothing that tells you how to use it.

    After retyping the URL because there was no way to get out of that ad, the entire site is a gallery of images for their different programs. Clicking on an image gives a larger view. These images are annotated screenshots. If there is a page or part of this site that actually has text and information, I could not find it.

    I tried to send a comment. It requires MS Outlook. Since I do not use MS Outlook, (and it is not my default email client), I am unable to send a comment to the developers. Since cancelling my attempted comment, the entire program is locked.

    The description is misleading; it calls itself a document or information management system but I think it is actually a database manager. So if you have multiple, pre-existing databases you might be able to link them to this program. However, if I had multiple database I would not use this; I would not want the integrity of my databases compromised by accidental or ill-advised editing in this program. And the idea of mucking around in my working databases with a program that has no instructions is just ludicrous.

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