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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 30, 2012

When you pull out one of your spiral-bound notebooks, do they all come out at once? And not in a good way, but snared by the dangling ends of their spiral bindings? If so, try KeepNote, a simple but effective tool for saving and using notes for class, lab, meetings, papers, accounts, journals, and more as XML or HTML files. You can insert or attach images, spreadsheets, and other files, too. KeepNote offers a lot of flexibility, but it leaves out bells and whistles like contact managers, task schedulers, and other distractions from the job at hand. Its main job is to replace that stack of notebooks you're lugging around.

KeepNote's no-nonsense Explorer-style user interface is built around an easy-to-navigate hierarchical folder structure displayed on the left side. The main window is split horizontally between a file list view and a blank entry field. We jumped right in by creating and renaming new folders, pages, and child pages from the program's menus as well as the toolbar. KeepNote saves files automatically. Right-clicking any entry calls up an extensive menu of options for copying, attaching, and managing files and folders. We attached and inserted a variety of image and data files, including XML files and Excel spreadsheets. We sometimes had to refresh the view by navigating between levels to make attached files appear in the list view, but then we'd really just gotten started. KeepNote is optimized for the task at hand and offers few extras, as we noted, but we could change some colors, format text, and even switch between the default Western-style text encoding to a variety of alternative input methods, from Amharic (EZ+) to Inukitut (transliterated). KeepNote can work with a variety of helper applications like IE and Paint; we could change these and many other options in the program's Preferences.

KeepNote is simple yet can organize massive amounts of data. If you're looking for an easy-to-use (and free) notekeeping application, you ought to try KeepNote. And if your idea of keeping your notebooks together is to let the spiral bindings get all tangled up, you need to try KeepNote.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.7.8

General

Release March 26, 2012
Date Added March 26, 2012
Version 0.7.8

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

KeepNote will help you store your class notes, TODO lists, research notes, journal entries, paper outlines, etc in a simple notebook hierarchy with rich-text formatting, images, and more. Using full-text search, you can retrieve any note for later reference.

KeepNote is designed to be cross-platform (implemented in Python and PyGTK) and stores your notes in simple and easy to manipulate file formats (HTML and XML). Archiving and transferring your notes is as easy as zipping or copying a folder.