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.
I've tried most Windows notetaking software. For me, this is the best "deep" note-taker: flexible and structured, intuitive and powerful. More "workable" than OneNote, more powerful than Keep, Simplenote or any other I've seen.
Toolbar can be improved; missing some intuitive dropdowns.
Amazing app, balanced and highly underrated at a great price.
I have tried probably every information organizer made for Windows. Although products like OneNote are powerful, its free-style actually made it difficult to use for me. I prefer a hierarchical approach but with flexibility (e.g., multipage, multilevel).
This one fits the bill.
The only 2 snags I have run into are:
1. Although it will export to multiple formats, it is hard to figure out how/if it can export outlines in indented format. For example, if you have header levels and text underneath, I would like to see:
Header1 Text1 Header2 Text2 Header3 Text3
As of today, I think I can make it work but it requires extensive paragraph formatting in your notes.
2. I would like to have toolbars for features show in the editor (e.g., paragraph styles with dropdowns), but so far have not found out how.
The multiple license levels gave me a choice to buy the standard level without paying for features I did not need.
Updated on Feb 19, 2014
The formatting for Con#1 did not show up as I had intended. Header 2 should be indented from Header 1, with Text 2 at same level as Header 2. Header 3 should be indented from Header 2, with Text 3 at same level as Header 3.