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Info-Base v10.4 Updated

agam on 1 Dec 2020
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Dec 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.

Category:
Runs on: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? - improved: viewers
- some small 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.

IanFromBarrie on 2020-09-01 09:18

Today (Sept 1, 2020) Firefox threw up an warning that this file's hosting site may try to install unwanted programs, and wouldn't let me proceed to download.

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TreeLine v3.1.4 Updated

billon on 28 Nov 2020
  • 63MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Nov 2020
  • Suggested by BigD

TreeLine is a unique cross between an outliner and a database. It stores information in a tree structure, but each node in the tree functions like a mini database with its own data types and field formats. It supports a wide variety of import/export options, one of the most useful being for Mozilla-type bookmarks.

Note: This program is not a typical tree-based outliner and requires some effort to read and digest in order to grasp the the program's data model and associated concepts. See the How to Use section of the website.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\Trolltech
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download treeline-x.x.x-install-user.exe to a folder of your choice and launch
  2. Uncheck the file association, shortcuts and uninstaller tasks
  3. Launch treeline.exe and select "Program directory" in the "configuration file location" pop-up window
What's new? See:
https://treeline.bellz.org/
Latest comments
Midas on 2011-10-12 12:52

Treeline can now import plain text, delimited text, Treepad text, bookmarks (both HTML & XBEL formats), generic XML, and Open Document (ODF) files; export options include delimited text, HTML, generic XML, XSLT, and ODF. Hard to beat in one of the weaker aspects for this type of programs... The only downside up to now seems to be the sizable memory footprint (see this for a comparison between an a freshly started Treelines with an empty database and sibling Python based wikidPad bearing 302 pages, which BTW feels somewhat sluggish, both in portable installations: http://i54.tinypic.com/2mflnnt.png )

Checker on 2011-10-12 16:56

@ Midas: DB updated

Midas on 2014-05-23 15:38

Treeline development is ongoing -- latest "development release" is v1.9.4, touted as a major rewrite of this unique program (changelog at http://treeline.bellz.org/).

WARNING: "There are some file format changes between TreeLine 1.4.x and this version. Older files opened in this version are automatically converted when saved. Files saved in this version may not be fully compatible with TreeLine 1.4.x."

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EssentialPIM Free v9.5.2 Updated

billon on 10 Nov 2020
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Nov 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:
Runs on: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
Latest comments
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.

gjsmith1949 on 2020-10-24 15:09

I have used this PIM for many years however since Yahoo inflicted their new security measures I have been unable to download messages from my Yahoo account, I have followed all the instructions provided by Yahoo to add Essential PIM to the list of message services but to no avail.

Even Anton at Astonsoft could not help as his recommendations were exactly the same as those from Yahoo.

DzejPy on 2020-10-26 09:34

EssentialPIM free since version 9 can not add e-mail account Google (Gmail) or Microsoft (Outlook) - fails 2-step verification (OAuth).
Version 8 can do it...
Tested repeated on different computers and operating systems.

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AM-Notebook Lite v6.5.4 Updated

billon on 21 Oct 2020
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Oct 2020
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

AM-Notebook is provides a way to store notes (rich text), formula-supported spreadsheets, to do lists, tasks, and calendar with alarm. The program works via a simple system tray utility, includes spellcheck and tabbed view.

Note: The "Lite" version is missing some features available only in the "Pro" version, including address book, encryption and global search.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Liteware/Free for personal use
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. Create a text file and paste the following content:

    [General]
    Lite=1
    Portable=1


  4. Name this file nbcommon.ini
  5. Launch notebook.exe

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
What's new? See:
https://www.aignes.com/note_history.htm
Latest comments
arnold on 2008-04-09 08:38

The version I downloaded "AM-Notebook 5.0.1" dated "08-Apr-2008" allows for the installation of the lite version on a USB-Stick ...nice app but I'll stick with TreeDBNotes Pro (http://www.mytreedb.com/) since I already paid for it ...AM-Note need the spell-checker loaded on the local machine ..which isn't cool with me (-;

mikek on 2008-04-09 15:53

I've been using version 4.13 for awhile. Love the program. It got even better w/ v5.01. Added Contacts, Calendar, and ToDo list to the notes. Don't need to Extract as it have an option to install portably on a thumbdrive (although no options to choose a folder).

Scooby on 2008-04-10 16:36

AM is good, but others you might want to try are Keynote and Totaltext. Both have more features, are portable, and freeware.

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TreeSheets Oct 23 2019 Updated

billon on 3 Oct 2020
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Oct 2019
  • Suggested by I am Baas

TreeSheets is a mashup of many different program types including spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases. It has a tabbed interface and is lightweight and fast, using few system resources even with large files.

It's like a spreadsheet, but much more suitable for complex data because it's hierarchical. It's like a mind mapper, but more organized and compact. It's like an outliner, but in more than one dimension. It's like a text editor, but with structure. It is capable of many kinds of data organization, including todo lists, calendars, project management, brainstorming, organizing ideas, planning, requirements gathering, presentation of information, etc.

Functional in 64-bit and cross platform (Linux and Mac).

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: zlib License
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract using 7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete $PLUGINSDIR, uninstall.exe and unnecessary translations
  3. Launch TreeSheets.exe -p
Similar/alternative apps: XMind
What's new? See:
https://github.com/aardappel/treesheets/commits/master
Latest comments
Ennovy on 2016-10-07 20:58

@Smaragdus: you are right, of course

Ennovy on 2020-09-30 07:43

A video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB-saQZfrsw

hamasaki on 2020-10-01 01:28

Download link doesn't work here, but does if you visit the website.

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RedNotebook v2.20

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.

Category:
Runs on: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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MSD Organizer Freeware v13.7

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.

Category:
Runs on: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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iDailyDiary Free v4.20

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:
Runs on: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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AlephNote v1.6.34

billon on 20 Apr 2020
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Apr 2020
  • Suggested by smaragdus

AlephNote is extensible, lightweight desktop note manager. Features include search, interactive checkbox lists highlighting, clickable highlighted links, notes backup, drag-and-drop capability for files and text, and sorting notes into folders. The program supports tags, in-editor markdown rendering, customizable shortcuts, stay-on-top capability, tray control, themes and more.

Notes can be saved locally or synchronized with cloud services including Simplenote, Standard Note, Nextcloud/ownCloud.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6+
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: MIT
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AlephNote.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: ResophNotes
What's new? See:
https://github.com/Mikescher/AlephNote/releases
Latest comments
Sinchu on 2018-05-13 23:59

will not load just comes up with errors that plugins will not load then nothing

shnbwmn on 2018-05-14 04:33

@Sinchu

From the dev:

"This sounds like windows marked the dll files as untrusted.

Try going to the properties dialog of each file (right-click -> properties) and clicking the unblock button."

Someone else on the forum said that using 7-Zip to extract the ZIP worked for them.

webfork on 2018-12-15 15:15

My notetaker program of choice for about 6 months now and just keeps getting better.

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UK's Kalender v2.5.6

billon on 11 Apr 2020

UK's Kalender is a personal calendar that sits in the system tray and reminds you of upcoming events or deadlines. Events can be displayed in weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly view. They can also be organized into different categories with their own settings. Documents or programs can be attached to an event so that they are automatically launched when the event fires. The program also allows sharing via network (multi-user).

Category:
Runs on:Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Kalender.exe.
What's new?
  • The colors of the custom tray icon can be changed now.
  • Fixed:
    • Error, where the selected date for entering a new event was overwritten if a new event category was selected;
    • Error, where the color mark of the current day was not updated, if alarms were disabled.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2015-10-11 00:22

The missing forum thread- http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=107

Checker on 2015-10-11 02:13

@smaragdus: Thanks ... forum thread added ;)

smaragdus on 2015-11-04 09:36

The latest version is 2.4.4.

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