CNET Editors' review
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.
From fish's dotNET:
Library .NET (Free Note Edition) is a personal notes and information management system, It allows you to store all of your notes and information in an easy-to-use outline, Making your data more easy and convenient management, quicker and exact search, simpler and flexible backup, clearer and intuitive interface. Features: multiple databases open at same time (unlimited databases and nodes, all-in-one, download manager, depend, merge, move, protect, bookmark, or print nodes, import or export node information from/to TXT, or RTF files, import or export note information from/to TXT, RTF,HTM, MHT, DOC, XML, ODT, PDF, or XPS file, full-text search, full support of unicode, drag and drop everywhere, history navigation.
What's new in this version: Version 18.5.4951 updates components to UNRAR.DLL.
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"Ok but with reservations"
Version: Library .NET Free 18.2.4541
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.
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.
An alternative is Keynote NF.
"Easy, light-weight note system"
Version: Library .NET Free 17.5.3990
Lightweight, note database
none at this time
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...
"The reason there are no reviews is no one can use it."
Version: Library .NET Free 17.5.3886
I like the idea of organized information management.
No instructions or help. It appears you cannot drag and drop. It seems to be a database manager and not an information/document manager.
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.