CNET Editors' review
We've reviewed a lot of note-taking software in our day, but we're not sure we've encountered anything that quite compares to RightNote. This comprehensive organizer lets you store anything from phone numbers to spreadsheets, source code to short stories. It might take you a little while to get acquainted with everything that it does, but it's time well spent for a program that's this jam-packed with features.
The program's interface is basic and easy to navigate, with menus across the top and a tree hierarchy in a pane down the left side. Anyone who's used a word processor should be able to understand its basic features, since the program is similar in appearance. The program refers to each RightNote file as a notebook, and each notebook's pages are arranged in the tree hierarchy; you can easily add sibling and child notes as well as edit note properties using buttons located at the top of the pane. There are five different formats for notes: Memo, RichEdit, RichView, Source Code, and Spreadsheet. Yes, you read that right: you can create fully functional spreadsheets within the program. You can also attach files or link to them elsewhere.
The program comes with a helpful User Guide that highlights its main features, and a more comprehensive Help file provides more guidance. For most people, though, learning to use RightNote will simply be a process of wandering around and happily discovering the many things it's capable of. Whether you're keeping track of great ideas, organizing a recipe collection, outlining a novel, or just ensuring that your paper sticky notes have a virtual backup, RightNote is an outstanding option for organizing and saving data of all sorts.
RightNote has a 30-day trial period. The program installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of RightNote 2.5. The trial version is limited to 30 days.
RightNote 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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"Cnet should take another look"
Version: RightNote 126.96.36.199
In my quest to get away from the constraints of off-the-shelf personal information managers like EssentialPIM and make my own fully customised one, I have looked at a large number of similar wares and trialled a shortlist of RightNote, InfoRapid Cardfile System, TreeDBNotes and MemoMaster. Of the four I have found that RightNote is easier to use than the other three and it does everything I want - customisable tabs, sorting, import and export, create tables, import Excel files, make hyperlinks (so contacts' email addresses will open your mail client), insert pictures, add screenshots using the program's built-in screen capture, use icons, to name the main ones for me. There is a detailed Help file plus a New User Guide.
Virtually no cons yet. I've found that not all docs will import, particularly some from my Dropbox, which I'm guessing is to do with the format the file is in. It's early days yet and I'm sure I'll figure out how to get round that; until then there's always copy & paste.
Cnet staff must have been having a bad day when they wrote their review. Compare it with how highly users speak of RightNote. Faulty it is not. You don't have to have the "cluttered interface" that Cnet's screenshot shows, there are options to show or hide bits. If you like you can view full screen, thugh I needed help from the developer to find how to get it. Support is excellent, my emailed queries received personal replies within hours. I am very, very likely to buy a license for RightNote, and coming from a person whose computer is filled with freeware, that is praise indeed!
"Powerful tool for organising information"
Version: RightNote 2.0.7
Rightnote has all of the features you would expect including an easily editable hierachical tree, full text search, web clipping, word processor with advanced features such as styles and tables and presents these in an easy to use package
web clipping isn't always perfect and could perhaps use a web browser toolbar addon. i would like to ability to perform more complex searches.
Before purchasing Rightnote I tried many other similar pieces of sotware. Rightnote for me had the best balance of features and user friendliness. With rightnote i can keep all my university information organised in a single easily portable file. It handles attachments such a pdf's much better than other programs I tried and the web clipper has proved very useful. I would highly recommend it.
"Organize your life in one place, portable notes"
Version: RightNote 1.8
Almost perfect notes application: lightweight, encryption and password protection, plain AND rich text notes, spreadsheets, quick search, portable, webclipping, screenshots, low cost, responsive developer, clean interface
none (any idea you have email the developers, they are very responsive)
I have finally jumped to this app and placed all my scattered notes from other apps into it. What made me change is that the search is very quick and extensive and the highlighted search terms help me quickly find what I need and the fact that RightNote has different note types I all need: plain text (for pasting snippets in emails and webpage html), rich text (for formatting my notes with colours and highlilghting) and spreadsheets (!!!) for finance numbers and many of my lists
"This software is for the serious info/notes taker."
Version: RightNote 1.7.7
? RightNote has comprehensive Note taking and editing tools.
? The Design is well thought out for taking notes, highlighting words and phrases.
? Allows you to insert/move notes into the appropriate tree/sub-tree locations to organize your notes.
No cons. Rightnote has all I need.
As I have mentioned above, this software is for the serious info/note taker. I did NOT find the toolbars, short cuts or tree menus overwhelming as they are there for easy access when editing and organizing notes. Otherwise, you might as well use NotePad.
Learning the software may take a day or two to get the things I need. But compared to learning MS Word, this is short.
"Very powerful, flexible, versatile and stabile"
Version: RightNote 1.6.3
It has a word processing sufficient for most purposes. It has a very good outline and a functional spreadsheet, good hyper links, and good searching. It allows very versatile organization using pages, tabs, hierarchal outline, icons, tags, etc.
None are really evident. I am very satisfied.
It is an excellent product for organizing information. It has built in word processor and spreadsheet. It has an excellent hierarchal outline. Also, it has pages, tabs,tags, etc. It is logically organized and extremely functional. I have used a wide variety of hierarchal organizers and note programs including onenote and they hall have things that irritate me. This one does not. It is as close to ideal as I have ever seen., The Editor's rating in my judgment is very unfair. This is a solid 5 stars.
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