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RedNotebook v2.20 Updated

billon on 3 Aug 2020
  • 277MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Aug 2020
  • Suggested by Hydaral

RedNotebook is a modern journal that includes a calendar navigation, customizable templates, export functionality and a "cloud" box containing frequently used words and tags. The program also includes spell check, formatting, insert images, files and links, automatic backup, templates, export to multiple formats. You can also format, tag and search your entries. Your data is stored in plain text files - no database needed.

Cross-platform and available in more than 30 languages. Alternatively, RedNotebook Portable is stealth, smaller, re-opens your last journal and has faster startup times. X-RedNotebook is also available.

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System requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates:
%userprofile%\webkit\icondatabase\WebpageIcons.db
%userprofile%\.recently-used.xbel
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Move the contents of {app} to a folder of your choice
  3. Open \files\default.cfg with a text editor and change "portable=0" to "portable=1"
  4. Launch rednotebook.exe

Problems? This process requires an up-to-date component (Innounp 0.36 or above) for Universal Extractor. If you have difficulty extracting the files, follow the steps below and retry:

  1. Download the latest version of Innounp
  2. Extract the RAR package to the \bin folder of Universal Extractor, overwriting the existing innounp.exe
What's new? See:
https://github.com/jendrikseipp/rednotebook/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md
Latest comments
Checker on 2012-11-06 17:51

Uups, sorry.
Changed back to v1.5.0

smaragdus on 2017-06-11 06:08

I cannot find RedNotebook version 2.0 for Windows (as of 2017-06-11):
https://sourceforge.net/projects/rednotebook/files/
it seems that currently it is available for Linux only.
The latest version available for Windows is 1.15.

ashghost on 2017-09-09 01:36

@smaragdus: Version 2.2 was recently released for Windows according to changelog here: https://github.com/jendrikseipp/rednotebook/blob/master/CHANGELOG

The project seems to have moved to GitHub. Downloads (Windows .exe and source archives) are here: https://github.com/jendrikseipp/rednotebook/releases. The link to Windows versions on the website now links to there.

I have not tested it for portability.

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Info-Base v9.9 Updated

agam on 4 Aug 2020
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Aug 2020
  • Suggested by agam

Info-Base is a very fast, effective, and easy PIM (personal information manager) and a freeform database for any kind of texts, notes, snippets, and similarly other data. It is a clone of the good old "Info-Select", Version 1.0 for Windows (3.x) - by Micro Logic Corp. with some new options like links, spell checker, tagging, global search, clips from browsers or other programs (with , global hotkeys) , and much more.

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System requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. In all texts, searches etc., but not in file names.
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch InfoBase.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language, help and dictionary files.
What's new?
  • added: Check unlinked files
  • delete the file "Hotkeys.ini", if existing
  • some fixes and improvements
Latest comments
Tr3b0r76 on 2018-05-16 14:36

I love this little program. Small, fast, easy to use, and free.
Thumbs up :)

FileHandler on 2019-04-04 09:13

Great tool. Super-fast, customizable in many areas (key shortcuts, font-sizes for sidebars and editor, BG-colors, very reliable, filters and additive (AND) search function, fully portable. Takes a bit of getting used-to, but it's worth the effort.

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MSD Organizer Freeware v13.7 Updated

billon on 28 Jul 2020
  • 31MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Jul 2020
  • Suggested by Ennovy

MSD Organizer Freeware is an personal information organizer that includes a wide variety of modules. These include a phone book, todo list, calendar with reminder function, password manager, foreign currency support, word processor, calculator, import/export capabilities etc.

Note: The free version does not include password protection, password encryption, Google sync, history manager, advanced filter, network messenger and news.

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System requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
License: Liteware
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch MSDOrganizer.exe
  3. For the free version, uncheck the "Enable the additional features of the professional version of the program"" box at the bottom of the window that appears
Optionally, leave this checked to test out the professional version (not freeware).

Note: Settings will only be written to the application folder if the application files are located on a removable drive. Otherwise, settings will be written to the user profile folder.
Similar/alternative apps: Essential PIM Free
What's new? See:
https://msdsoft.com/eng/products/agenda/help/introhistoria.htm
Latest comments
Ennovy on 2015-04-10 06:46

Installed on my harddrive and tested the portable version again, under Windows 7 64 bit.
Settings and data are now written in the application folder.
The user profile folder contains an empty folder C:\Users\my_name\AppData\Roaming\MSD_Soft

Ennovy on 2015-04-10 09:31

MSD Organizer uses the folder I mentioned (C:\Users\my_name\AppData\Roaming\MSD_Soft)for temp files.
The files in that folder are deleted on exit.

dot on 2015-11-26 14:44

It doesn't even run and hangs if you don't allow it to connect to the Internet (at least the first time). Tried three times and dumped it for good after about one minute.

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EssentialPIM Free v9.2.0 Updated

billon on 21 Jul 2020
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Jul 2020
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

EssentialPIM includes a calendar/scheduler, todo list, contact manager, basic e-mail client, and tree-like multi-level notes tool that supports rich text, formatting and images.

While many advanced functions such as synchronization and encryption are exclusive in the Pro version, the program is capable of manually importing from variety of formats including Outlook, TreePad, Google calendar etc. Additionally, it can export to many formats including HTML, vCard, iCal, RTF, CSV, iPod, text etc.

Category:
System requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Liteware
How to extract: Download the installer, run and choose "Portable version". Launch EssentialPIM.exe.
What's new? See:
https://www.essentialpim.com/blog-and-news/version-history
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PAFuser on 2017-01-23 16:51

Monday: 7.22Free is available

CornHolio the Gringo on 2017-07-14 19:52

Always wanted to use this PIM because it has E-Mail integrated.
But the E-Mail function lacks too many obvious functions, like
blocking external web-content.

PAFuser on 2018-03-24 13:06

Starts with an upgrade ad every other start, does anyone know how to disable? Must click skip to go to program.

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iDailyDiary Free v4.20 Updated

billon on 10 Jun 2020
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Jun 2020
  • Suggested by Allen Smith

iDailyDiary Free is a program tailored for taking daily notes, creating a journal, putting your thoughts into writing etc. The documents you create are encrypted and require a password to access. The built-in editor supports graphics, hypertext links and links to other diary pages. iDailyDiary is fully searchable so you can track down important dates and reminders. You can also export your diary to HTML web pages.

A "pro" version is available with additional features including spell checker, thesaurus, topics (group related entries), themes support (50+ themes included), tables, etc.

Category:
System requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Registry: Last window location and last opened diary.
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
License: Liteware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Move the contents of {app} to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch iDD.exe
What's new? See:
https://splinterware.com/info/news.html
Latest comments
Mixture on 2011-12-29 00:32

I have version 3.41 and use it occationally.

@infestedtassadar-x17;
I found this in the Help file:
"All versions of iDailyDiary have always encrypted the diary data files, whether they are password protected or not. From version 3.00 the encryption has been improved to a 128bit Blowfish cipher."

Mixture on 2011-12-29 00:35

@infestedtassadar-x17;
If you need a formless text editor with strong encryption, please try CryptoTE 0.5.390.
https://idlebox.net/2009/cryptote/

dany on 2011-12-29 00:49

@Vavo: with the exception that the files reside encrypted on my HD at home and not unencrypted on an unknown and far away server which you have no control over.

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