CNET Editors' review
If you haven't found a way to wrangle all those little notes stuck to your monitor, RightNote Portable offers a solution that lets you add, organize, and search notes with nearly any type of information and keep them on your computer. While it certainly does more than the typical sticky note, it's also much more complicated than jotting down a note and placing it on your PC or workstation.
Initially, RightNote opens with a very busy interface packed with information about the program. It not only tells you what the product can do, but it also demonstrates the "notebook" style the program uses to organize your notes. The wealth of information proved useful, but it was a little overwhelming at first. Within each notebook you create, you can add as many pages as you'd like. For each note, you have numerous formatting options and styles, which allows you to add spreadsheets, text documents, link bookmarks, and more. You also can include tags to make searching easier. Each notebook is organized into a file tree similar to Windows Explorer, but with tabs and a toolbar to help you add, manage, and search your notes. While many of the features and functionality would be familiar to anyone with experience using the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite, most users will benefit from spending some time with the Help file before getting started in order to get the most from the program. With all it offers, it seems a waste to just use it to keep track of your daily to-do list or links to the Web sites you want to bookmark.
You'll have 30 days to evaluate the paid product, but if you decide not to ante up, the product automatically defaults to the free version after the trial period is over. If you decide to completely uninstall the program, you'll find it leaves behind several folders and files you'll have to manually delete. We wouldn't recommend this program for the newbie, but for those who want as many options as possible for formatting and tracking information, RightNote Portable might be worth a test run.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of RightNote Portable 2.8.
RightNote Portable is a note-taker and note-organizer that allows you to store and organize all bits of different information in a single place - and find that information almost instantly. Instead of having many pieces of paper lying all over your desk, which may contain contact information, phone numbers, to-do lists, and website addresses. You can now store all of this information in a single RightNote file. The RightNote interface consists of a notebook made up of pages. Each page contains a hierarchical tree in which you can store a virtually unlimited number of notes. Notes can easily be moved within a page or from one page to another. RightNote also contains a powerful search tool which will allow you to quickly and easily find the note you are looking for. It features word processing, spreadsheet and source code type notes as well as an in-built full text search engine.
What's new in this version: Version 3.0.3 has updated help file.
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"I've tried the rest, this is the best"
Version: RightNote Portable 2.1.2
So pleased with my trial that I've now paid for a licence.
What to do with pdfs, of which I have many, was no longer a problem after I discovered Free PDF to Word Converter 5.1.
I have created my own to do, contacts and passwords lists with RightNote's tables feature, and while they might not look so slick and professional, it has made me realise just how cluttered the interface of EssentialPIM is, which I was using before. I can't run a working calendar like theirs on RightNote, but I've happily gone back to using UK's Kalendar for that.
When it comes to storing notes, the sky is the limit. As well as having shed loads of Word docs, I had so much stuff in Dropbox just so I could share it between computers, but it was difficult to find things because of Word's insistence on putting first folders and then docs in strict alphabetical order. Now I am transferring everything to RightNote and not only is it all in the order I want it, there is no more clicking on folders looking for something that is in one or the other, because it can all be seen in the tree. There is also a fast and efficient Search feature if needed.
I am happy to put everything I have in Word into RightNote because it retains the formatting, it can be printed, and it can quickly be exported back to Word if needed.
While RightNote is slightly slow to open initially, once it is minimised to the tray it opens instantly, while switching from one note to another is instant too. No more twiddling your thumbs while waiting for Word's painfully slow opening of each doc!
The best bit is that I am successfully running the portable version in Dropbox, which means I can access my data on RightNote from either my laptop or desktop pc, though it won't sync if you have them both open at once, you need to be aware of the way Dropbox updates.
Cynics will no doubt think this is just an advert, but I'd like to assure you I am just an ordinary home pc user and I have no connection whatsoever with the developer, to whom my thanks go for a great piece os software.
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