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.