The Guide v2.0

smaragdus on 18 Mar 2017
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 13 Dec 2008
  • Suggested by remialdo

The Guide is a dual-pane outliner. It supports the creation/rearrangement of nodes, rich text with lots of formatting options, searching of full/subtree for matching text, hyperlinks to other nodes/files/directories/e-mails/URLs, configuration of node icon/checkboxes etc.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Apache
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice.
  2. Edit guide.ini and change: portable=0 to portable=1
  3. Launch Guide.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Flashnote, MemPad, minipad2

11 comments on The Guide  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

vagablonde 2011-05-11 06:55

love this little app works perfectly for what I use it for,with the addition of a couple features id even but it,never had any issue using this app,the lack of an auto sort feature would be a great addition.


l.o. 2010-10-12 09:51

Just tested The Guide and it crashed within two minutes use. It has a severe bug and crashes on startup if you have selected "Load last used document" in the preferences. As development seems stopped it is unlikely the bug will be fixed.

Trevor Lukey 2009-08-14 01:11

Lots of potential. I currently use whizfolders and like the cleaner interface of the Guide but one feature I consider critical is the ability to copy nodes between documents.

sascia 2009-07-29 07:07

I tryed to install The Guide on Ubuntu via Wine, but it doesn't work.
Exist similar product on linut (Ubuntu)?

SilverB 2009-07-17 14:20

Where is password protection?!!!!! Not useful without it.

Billy-Bob 2009-07-17 00:49

I also totally disagree with the comment about TotalText being a more mature product. I previously tried it and it was buggier than a pond of mosquito larvae. People were complaining in the comments for TotalText, I found there was a bug fix for some of the instability problems so I downloaded the latest version and gave it a try. Based on that, I gave positive feedback, it seemed ok. A day or two later I went back to look some more, and it was misbehaving again, even after a reboot and no other apps running. Back to the mosquito pond ... I deleted it and won't bother again.

In contrast, Both The Guide and Mempad are truly stable, both good in their own ways, but I think The Guide has more potential if the developer takes note of my (and I assume) other suggestions for password protection and encryption, multi-window / multi opened file support, and others.

Iggy 2009-07-16 16:45

Totaltext seems to have more features, but considering I got one unexpected exit and one c++ floating point exception within a few minutes of trying it out, I disagree with the description of Totaltext as a "more mature product".

Scooby 2009-07-15 00:33

Ack. These are less than steller. Guys, try out Totaltext, a much more mature product. Even the old Keynote from 2000 beats these poor examples of outliners.

Billy-Bob 2009-07-13 16:49

I should have added above, one thing that really makes search far better in The Guide, is that if I type Ctrl F and then a word. e.g. 'split' Mempad searches and shows each occurrence of the word split. The Guide shows me a dialog box with a fragment of text containing all occurrences of the word split so that I can far more quickly choose the one I want and go right to it, instead of F3 / Shift F3, or arrow clicking backwards and forwards looking at every occurrence to see if it is what I want.

Billy-Bob 2009-07-13 16:44

Better is very subjective.

Mempad uses less memory, it does have password protection and encryption, but it does not have the ability to to have Rich Text formatting, export to RTF, embedded graphics capabilities, different fonts and colors on the same page as well as highlighting again, different colors on the same page), icons for different nodes in a tree, check boxes, bullets, numbering, search doesn't work as well for me as The Guide.

I like Mempad, but I think The Guide has far more for me than Mempad. I have already suggested password protection / encryption and a few other new features to the developer of The Guide. It could well be better (more features) than Mempad if he's as receptive to adding features as he says on his web pages / forums and just adds a few new things.

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