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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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CintaNotes v3.13

billon on 8 Mar 2019
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Mar 2019
  • Suggested by AlexJenter

CintaNotes is a tag-based, text-only personal notes manager for collecting bits and pieces of information such as thoughts and ideas, article excerpts, quotes, research etc. A global hot key (by default Ctrl-F12) clips pieces of text from other applications such as web browsers or any local program. The window title becomes title/subject of the note and the highlighted text selected becomes the body.

The program is useful to quickly take down and tag any piece of useful text that you come across and quickly organize by date, keywords, title, link and note size. A search tool searches the entire database with search keyword highlighting.

Note: Some features limited to a "pro" version include tabbed sections, pasting notes into other apps, hierarchical tags and multiple notebooks.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Liteware
How to extract: Download the "Portable Version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch CintaNotes.exe.
What's new? See:
http://cintanotes.com/release-notes/
Latest comments
Checker on 2013-09-18 14:48

@ wkm: Thanks ... and done.

Ennovy on 2016-12-22 15:04

Version 3.5 released, Simplenote synchronization is now also available without a PRO license.

PAFuser on 2017-06-09 02:17

Also available from Portable Apps: https://portableapps.com/apps/office/cintanotes-portable

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ResophNotes v1.7.0

Midas on 21 Jul 2018
  • 16MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by shaggystyle

ResophNotes is a straight-forward text-only note taker where the first line of a note becomes the title in the note list. Can sort by title or last modified date and able to email/print notes from app. Includes an easy indent system and support for markdown (text-to-HTML conversion) with preview. Can recover delete note(s), import text (.txt) file(s), import Outlook exported .csv file and Toodledo Notebook .csv file.

The program can sync securely online with the Simplenote service, which itself has a long list of possible software beyond ResophNotes, including for mobile devices like the iPhone, Android, and others.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ResophNotes.exe.

Optionally, to save each note as an individual text file (the default database file is not easily readable by other programs), create a folder (e.g. Notes) and enter the name of that directory into the File Directory blank under the Storage tab (relative pathways like ..\Notes work fine). Existing notes in this folder will be automatically added.
Similar/alternative apps: AlephNote
What's new?
  • July 11, 2018 - 1.7.0 (Bug Fixes)
    Update OpenSSL library for connection issues

Full changelog at http://www.resoph.com/ResophNotes/Change_Log.html.
Latest comments
xor on 2016-04-08 20:39

They're all good choices @Midas thanks, I'll be trying them, I think Android Apps are yet to evolve a lot

Midas on 2016-04-13 13:12

After writing my previous comment, I stumbled upon iA Writer (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.ia.iawriter) which turned into my current favorite Android editor/noter... =)

Midas on 2018-01-20 10:01

As noted in forum topic, ResophNotes v1.6.0 released, dated 2018-01-14 (no changelog, but 64-bit only)...

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Tree Notebook v1.1.0

smaragdus on 14 Apr 2018
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Mar 2018
  • Suggested by MakoSoft

Tree Notebook is a hierarchical notes manager designed for keeping personal information in a tree-like structure of notes and folders, and any folder can contain more notes and sub-folders. Any item can include text of any size and can keep attachments like images or other files.

The program consists of a public and an encrypted area that requires a password. Data can be imported from from OneNote and Evernote and exported to Evernote and simple RTF formats.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable Version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch tnote.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: CherryTree, CintaNotes, Flashnote, MemPad
What's new? See:
http://www.treenotebook.net/history.htm

Flashnote v4.8

billon on 27 May 2017
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 May 2017
  • Suggested by garbanzo

Flashnote is a quick notes manager for saving and organizing notes in a hierarchical tree structure. It supports word wrap, URL detection, search inside notes and global search, multiple databases, database back-up, restore and synchronization, export of notes, database encryption (AES-256) and more.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Flashnote-portable.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
Similar/alternative apps: MemPad, The Guide
What's new?
  • Added support for data synchronization between computers using cloud services like Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. Use Options -> Database -> Clone and Switch in order to move your database to the corresponding folder. For portable users: don't try to move the whole program folder into Dropbox, only the database file!
  • Please note that this version does not support Windows XP\Vista.

Mini PIM v1.4

webfork on 6 Feb 2017
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 May 2011
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Mini PIM is a personal information manager based on InfoQwik. It includes a contact manager, a mailing labels tool, an appointments scheduler and a password manager.

NOTE: The download for this program is currently offline. Please post in forums if you have an available mirror.

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch MiniPIM.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: EssentialPIM Free
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2016-06-19 22:53

The download link still works but the web-page is no longer available and "Page cannot be displayed due to robots.txt.", it seems NativeWinds has closed.

webfork on 2016-06-19 23:48

@smaragdus: confirmed, linking to Softpedia for the time being

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NeoMem v1.2b

webfork on 6 Feb 2017
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Mar 2006
  • Suggested by Mariwal Jordo

NeoMem allows you to store and organize all kinds of information in a cross between a word processor and database. It can be used to store to do lists, books, website passwords, addresses, account information, and collections of all kinds. The database can even be encrypted for maximum security.

Note: Website offline. Linking to archive.org mirror.

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Windows registry. But given the small number of non-critical settings that is written (most settings are stored in the database), I think it can be accepted as portable.
Unicode support: No
License: MIT X11
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch NeoMem.exe.
Latest comments
Ennovy on 2015-11-13 22:54

Tested it on Windows 10 and it seems to work just fine.
Standard there is no support for reading NeoMem.hlp but you are redirected to a Microsoft site to download WinHlp32.exe(not tested)

Midas on 2015-11-13 23:25

I was an user of Neomem once -- interesting implementation, plenty of bugs, no documentation -- until I eventually abandoned it.

For anyone interested, Treeline (http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=971) is not as light, but has everything Neomem offered and is still in active development...

smaragdus on 2015-11-13 23:57

This seems to be the same project hosted at GitHub- https://github.com/bburns/neomem but I don't expect NeoMem to be revived.

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Transmute v2.70

billon on 3 Jul 2017
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Aug 2015
  • Suggested by guinness

Transmute is a bookmark manager that allow to convert, synchronize and organize bookmarks and more. It supports all major web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Apple Safari, Chromium, Flock and Konqueror.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: .NET Framework v3.5 SP1 or higher
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Standard (Portable)" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Transmute.exe.
What's new?
  • Added Microsoft Edge support.
  • Added Pale Moon support.
Latest comments
Anon on 2010-10-21 09:38

This entry lets the site down
If your bored with collecting portable freeware get yourself another project dont ruin all this fine work

Alain on 2010-10-23 17:19

You can still copy(export) bookmarks from web browser to another one.
Opera do not give the option to export to IE.

hamasaki on 2015-12-24 14:50

Doesn`t seem to work with Opera now as the portable version of Opera has no .addr file (as far as I can tell) and the bookmarks are stored in a 'Bookmarks' file which fails with Transmute Pro, which I did purchase btw.

Also, on the Visit option, no other browsers appear. I emailed the developers but had no response. For paid software, that is very poor. Best file this under junk.

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Contact Contacts v1.1

webfork on 6 Feb 2017
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by kitsaros

Contact Contacts is a secure organizer that supports sending bulk emails and SMS. You can easily search, create categories (groups of contacts), and import/export contacts. All data including program-sensitive settings are encrypted.

Category:
Runs on:WinME / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes. UTF-8 is supported for sending bulk emails
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package (or the self-extractic EXE) to a folder of your choice. Launch Contact Contacts.exe.
What's new? Whats new in version 1.1 :
  • Updated : new compiler used [Codetyphon]
  • Updated : new OpenSSL used [1.0.1.g]
  • Updated : new version of sqlcipher [3.8.0.2]
  • Added Unicode support for email "subject"
  • Added Unicode support for email "from"
  • Added : Unicode support for SMS
  • Fix : Export function fixed
  • Fixed charset bug
  • Notice : Contact Contact 1.0 and 1.1 where not vulnerable at the Heartbleed bug.
  • For extra security reasons we recompiled SQLCipher using the latest bug-fixed OpenSSL library ver 1.0.1.g

WikidPad v2.2

Midas on 8 Apr 2018
  • 22MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Feb 2014
  • Suggested by Fabio Maione

WikidPad is a notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts etc. It allows you to easily cross-link the information entered by using "WikiWords" or mixed-case word typed into the editor (e.g. TodoList or JohnDoe).

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: MSVCR71.DLL
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Apache
How to extract:
  1. Download and run the installer
  2. When prompted, choose Portable installation and specify a folder that:
    • Consists completely of ASCII-characters, this means only 'a' to 'z' letters, lower or upper case, digits, and punctuation characters like underscore, dot and comma (e.g. "wikidpad")
    • Does not require administrator rights to access
  3. Launch WikidPad.exe
What's new? Official changelog now at https://github.com/WikidPad/WikidPad/releases.
Latest comments
Emka on 2011-04-18 15:34

Latest stable version is 2.0_1, a release candidate for 2.1 and a beta for 2.2 are also available. Does extraction still work and make it portable?

Midas on 2014-03-06 15:42

The difference between (Uni)extraction and choosing portable with the installer is mainly the creation of an 'export' sub-folder and a 'binInst.ini' with the following content:

[Main]
CurrVersion=002.002.300.000
wxVersion=002.008.010.001
portableInstall=1

shnbwmn on 2018-04-08 01:38

It's true, "Trying it is adopting it!"

I finally got down to using this for interlinked notes and now I can't imagine going back to anything else. What really sets it apart is the on-the-fly nature of editing. OutWiker is a bit more advanced but it's tedious in comparison.

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TreeDBNotes Free v4.34 (Build 01)

Midas on 5 Jul 2020
  • 26MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by Nuno Leite

TreeDBNotes stores and represents your information in a tree-structured form. Each node in the tree represents an associated note where you can store text infomation with Wordpad-like formatting.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. The application is in the $INSTDIR folder
  3. Copy the files to a folder of your choice
  4. Copy the subfolders (Languages (optional) and Templates) from $[31], $APPDATA\TreeDBNotes 4 to the same folder
  5. Create a subfolder named Documents and populate it with the file $DOCUMENTS\TreeDBNotes 4\DEMO_FREE.treeDB
  6. Create an empty text file and name it flash.ini
  7. Launch TreeDBNotes.exe
What's new? New:
  • Export notes to DocX format
  • Phrases manager CTRL + Double click - copy to clipboard.
  • Export notes subtree in ePub book
  • Global replace (menu: notes/)
Improved:
  • Export to html
  • Better drawing underlines in print preview
  • Save/Load tables in RTF
Fixed:
  • Export notes to web site (incorrect export for notes with hyperlinks)
  • Remember export folder
  • Save/Load registration information in Windows Vista and Seven
  • A lot of minor changes and fixes
Latest comments
portablefree on 2013-06-21 12:54

Tested and I won't keep it, so here is my mini-review, some info for others to decide if it fits their uses.

1. "Dirty" portable installation : Install > Tools > Copy to flash drive > Uninstall, leaves many traces to hunt for and manually delete.

2. Free version much too much crippled for my use. Can't publish to eBook, can't export TOC, so can't use to publish anything outside of the program. Word and HTML export don't preserve internal links and can't be easily navigated.

Sad, because it offers by far the best text formatting I've found (images, tables, links, styles, etc.).

Not a bad product for sure, and respect to the programmer for offering a free version, but if you search for a "simple but just enough options" programs to write and publish lesson notes for your students, just know that you'll have to pay to make it usable / useful.

I'll keep searching, having abandoned EssentialPIMFree (not enough formatting options) and Precision Helper (no more developed since ages). Of course, YMMV, IMHO, etc. ;-)

Have a nice day!

Midas on 2013-07-08 12:00

@portablefree: Thanks for sharing, it's always good to find some personal insight to qualify the feature list.

A1 Binder on 2015-11-18 15:08

If I can move by Hot key operation 
In Notes Folders Tree,
This software is perfect.

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CodeBank2 v2.1.2.100

webfork on 30 Mar 2014
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by J-P-W

CodeBank is tree-based personal information database. Although geared toward storing code snippets with built-in syntax highlighting for a variety of programming languages, the program can storing any information in a clear, hierarchical format. The program supports ZIP compression for a smaller database and AES encryption to keep any sensitive data secure. Its search function supports a filtered view that displays all matching records at a glance.

Supports syntax highlighting for C/C++, Object Pascal, Java, XML, Visual Basic, VBScript, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, PHP, Perl, Python and SQL.

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch CodeBank.exe.
Latest comments
BGM on 2012-07-01 16:56

I have been using this program for years. I have tried every way possible to contact the authour in order to have some improvements made, but can't ever seem to get ahold of him. None of the comments I make on the page ever get moderated and posted.

It has an issue where if you create a new folder and then immediately attempt to delete it, you will get an application exception, even the app won't crash completely. After that exception, nothing you do will get saved, so the best thing to do at that point is to exit the program completely and re-open it. I used reshacker on it and was able to achieve wordwrap in the comments pane, and to remove the functionality where the cursor gets put anywhere you click instead of going to last place available in the line of text. If anyone wants my hacked version, I can provide it. Like I said, I've tried everything to get ahold of the authour, but all to no avail. However, despite all this, I haven't found a better "code bank" than this one, and I've tried them all.

I am Baas on 2012-07-02 01:08

@tproli
Fixed. Here's what happened... I opened CodeBank2's config file with Notepad while testing the program for portability. But I totally forgot about that when I was looking for registry changes. To cut the story short, .xdb2 came up in the search results and I was quick to list it as "not stealth", neglecting the fact that Notepad was the culprit. Thanks, redfaced baas.

Midas on 2012-07-02 01:56

@BGM: I'm interested. I suggest you post at the forum...

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OpenContacts v6.1.9.727

webfork on 6 Feb 2017
  • 14MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by AlephX

Open Contacts is an address book program that allows you to manage and lookup contact information of individuals, departments and organizations, and to manage relationships between them. Along with predefined fields, you can add customized data fields grouped by sections, and also customized "actions" (developers and advanced users). You can also attach photos and files, and search through any data field in the database.

The program can selectively import/export from and to major PIM packages. Multi-user access is possible in a LAN environment using true client/server architecture.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder. It also writes the path of its working folder to the registry.
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Open Contacts.exe.
What's new?
  • Bug fixed: Importing CSV might result in warning about buffer size.
Latest comments
webfork on 2010-04-03 07:47

Really amazing number of imports and exports. Can pull from Outlook, vCard, Mozilla, Eudora, spreadsheets, Vista, and LDIF. Unfortunately I got error messages when I tried to export to excel/csv, which is a format I really needed.

ChristophersTouch on 2010-12-01 09:23

Nearly Two years later... This app is currently hosted at: http://www.fonlow.com/opencontacts/ Having tried numerous contacts and address book apps including Thunderbird, I have yet to find something versatile, portable, configurable and reliable. While it sounds promising, if this doesn't work, I'm going back to Outlook express 6! I'm currently storing my database in MS Office Excel 2003 portable which I found and I love it! I just can't get Outlook .pst files to work.

Emka on 2011-12-26 19:54

v6.1.9.727 is available, dont know if still portable

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minipad2 v3.2.0 Build 101128

smaragdus on 18 Mar 2017
  • 420KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Nov 2010
  • Suggested by tryforsure

minipad2 integrates many useful functions into one program including notepad, calculator, reminder, dictionary, launcher, address list, text template, and clipboard enhancement. All the contents are automatically saved while minimized or closed, and will re-open to the same state. The program can be freely switched between two styles: multi-page style and treeview style. When no longer used, it can be minimized to the system-tray, or hidden outside the desktop. Additional features include password protection and encryption.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch minipad2.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Flashnote, MemPad, The Guide
What's new? Entry updated to include password protection and encryption.

v3.2.0 Build 101128:
Changed again the design of the mini-note window. Now use @xxx to input the title.
Allows to re-define the accelerators of various menu items.
New Options: Remember page scroll; Tree on right; Splitter width; Close note hotkey; Auto-record hotkey; Multi-clipboard: Filter all duplicate items;
Add "Apply" button in the Options dialog.
Add "Match Case" option in the "Search" dialog.
Add two new text tools: Delete all empty lines; Leave one empty line.
Add some new counts in the "Statistics" box.
Alt+Up, Alt+Down: Used to move the selected item up or down (when the list has focus. Only support single-select), or move the selected node up or down (When the tree or tab-control has focus).
Upgraded the language files of v3.1.
Fixed some bugs.
Latest comments
singularity on 2011-02-11 13:58

I tried to use the included tool "dicsorter" but i god an error about a missing .bpl file. any idea?

Nh on 2012-10-27 11:35

@ChemZ: you should try
Tools \ Options... \ Log In
and check "Login with password".

joby_toss on 2015-03-28 08:34

Alternative download page from SP (can't reach the homepage):
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Office-suites/minipad2.shtml

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TreePad Lite v4.3

billon on 16 May 2020
  • 713KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Nov 2009
  • Suggested by acgrego

Small and powerful personal database programs, that allows you to store all your notes, emails, texts, hyperlinks etc. into one or multiple databases. Maintains the look and feel of the familiar Windows explorer as well as editing, storing, browsing, searching.

NOTE: Website is gone, linking to Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Category:
Runs on:WinAll / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Partial. Unicode filenames are not supported.
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete Install.exe, install.script, uninstall.script and uninstall._xe
  3. Create a blank file called treepadlite.ini in the same folder
  4. Launch Treepad.exe
Latest comments
Harry on 2010-12-09 22:12

Excellent program imho. I'v been using it for about five years now.

Kermode on 2011-06-01 14:23

Generally good, thoug the search function is primitive

outatime on 2020-05-16 14:18

Looks like Treepad Software sold their domain treepad.com . https://treepad.com/

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Chaos Manager v2.26

billon on 17 Nov 2016
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 Jan 2010
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Chaos Manager features an appointment manager, a calendar, a contact list and a notebook. The appointment manager can alert you by playing a sound file when an appointment is due. The notebook supports rich text formatting and hyperlinks. The database can be synchronized via Internet, or optionally password protected and encrypted.

Category:
Runs on:WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch cm2.exe
What's new? Added:
  • State of the search all notes option is now saved.
  • When retrieving syncronized data Chaos Manager will
    automatically try the password you just entered before retrieving the
    syncronized data.
Latest comments
HK13 on 2015-10-20 01:02

It is now 2015, Windows 10 is alive & well and my favorite mini app, 'Chaos Manager' is alive, well and working better then ever. It does what it does so well in a compact size, both the software and the UI.. Having looked at many other similar apps, I find them to take up much screen real estate. Chaos Manager is simple and perfect.

Unfortunately it's author has abandoned the website, and last time I contacted him he said he was done. This made me sad as it's software I've used for what seems like forever. But the good news is is that it's functioning better then ever, Windows 95 through Windows 10 (32 bit or 64 bit), and is in no need of change.

webfork on 2015-11-01 00:56

HK13: if you're in contact with the author, could you ask him/her to open source it? So maybe someone could pick it up and keep it going?

Provy on 2016-11-16 16:53

The download link appears to be dead. Can this be repaired, or another link provided? Thanks.

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taskTome v1.53

billon on 13 Jan 2019
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Apr 2010
  • Suggested by Napiophelios

taskTome is a personal information manager which allows you to maintain a list of events, diary entries, tasks, notes and financial information. It is light-weight program that displays the information that you need to keep track of without cluttering it up with un-needed features and controls, while still allowing you complete control over the information - including the ability to search, format, print, export and customize data.

NOTE: Program discontinued.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch taskTome.exe.
What's new? New features:

The major new features that were implemented in this version of taskTome are:
  • General - Printing and Exporting options are now displayed on the main navigation bar
  • Planner - Added a Browse dialog to view events by category
  • Finance - The date range for the chart and table can now be set separately
  • Finance - Added a Changes column to show the changed value between each day
Bug fixes and changes:

The major bug fixes and changes that were implemented in this version of taskTome are:
  • Check For Updates - Fixed an issue caused by my new hosting provider
  • Crash Reports - Reports are now uploaded via HTTP, avoiding problems with email settings
  • Backup Manager - Now uses the Task Dialog boxes on Windows Vista/7
  • Backup Manager - Added an option to ignore the drive letter used for portable installations
  • Finance - Layout and bug fixes to various parts of the Finance module
  • Various - Layout and bug fixes to various dialog boxes
  • Various - Minor other bug fixes, interface and maintenance changes
Latest comments
logear on 2013-04-13 17:28

tried extracting the Softpedia Installer version & no go. Did a search for "task tome portable" & got no results for a portable version. When I searched for "taskTome portable" I got a page full of results. Many download locations for portable version 1.53. I can't believe the syntax made that much of a difference.

metalslaw on 2019-01-12 08:40

Well, I found the portable version on the wayback machine. It is version 1.52, so not quite the final version that was released, but good enough :)

https://web.archive.org/web/20110611150030/http://members.iinet.net.au/~shanemca/download/taskTome-Portable.zip

I also found the final windows installer version 1.53 :)

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Diary-Organizers-Calendar/taskTome.shtml

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Total Text Container v0.a082

Midas on 5 Jun 2014
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by risk

Total Text Container is a personal information manager that lets you to store all kinds of different content within a single encrypted XML database, including rich text, images, spreadsheets, URLs/passwords, contacts, calender events, catalogs, files etc. Each item in the database is capable of supporting a mashup of content types, so you can store and view all related information on the same page easily.

Warning: some users have reported software problems -- program should be considered beta software.

Category:
Runs on:WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. Support Unicode in document content but not in document filenames.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TotalText.exe.
What's new?
  • Code Producer:
  • - Fixed missing column for data groups while importing/exporting to csv
  • - Fixed TFieldvalueisNot command Bug.
  • - Fixed the crash bug in the demo examples of the for loops.
  • Other general fixes and improvements.
Latest comments
akri on 2010-02-20 23:33

Sounds good, but v0.a082 hangs. Useless! :-(

elations on 2010-07-17 02:14

It hung for me too. Then I checked its compatibility/system requirements. Officially, it is only compatible with Win 2000/XP/2003 but, unfortunately, I'm stuck with Vista. Subsequentially, I set it to run as admin and with compatibility set to XP/SP2. This time, it started okay. Unfortunately, it still froze after a while :(

john doe on 2011-01-11 16:30

An embedded web browser would be great. I'm not talking about a full-powered browser like Firefox. Something like Thunderbrowse would suffice. Oh yeah, something like firefox extensions would be also great.

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Total Organizer v2.43

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by konrados

Total Organizer is a personal information manager that stores all your contacts, tasks, notes, and todo items. You can classify the items under a hierarchical tree structure, but each item (be it a contact, task, note or todo) may belong to more than one category.

Category:
Runs on:WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder.
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Run make_portable.bat, which will create a dummy file called portable_on.txt in the same folder to signal that settings should be written locally instead of the user profile folder
  4. Launch Organizer.exe
Latest comments
Jan on 2010-01-08 12:24

Erratum:
It is not payware,
I looked here: http://www.konradp.com/products/organizer/pro_index.htm
but you can still download it here: http://www.konradp.com/products/organizer/

Ken on 2011-03-11 03:21

If you're the sort of user who likes to store all of their portable documents in a single location, such as F:\Docs (where F is just an arbitrary drive letter corresponding to your USB flash drive), and were hoping to store Total Organizer databases in a location such as F:\Docs\PIM\default.db, then this application is not for you.

In general, if you like to double click on files using a file manager such as Explorer, this application is not for you.

Most importantly, if you specify files using the command prompt by TYPING them in, this application is DEFINITELY not for you.

Total Organizer saves user databases under the user's Documents folder or the Application Folder (portable mode). Either way, let's just say that folder is %base%. If you want to access your documents, they will be located at %base%\My Total Organizer Documents\default\{2811-3294832947398374-39483947239}\SomeOtherSubfolder\TheActualDbFile.db

The point is, you're never going to be able to remember where the folder is located at, because it's nested 6 arbitrary levels deep, behind a GUID instead of a name, and NONE of this is user-configurable.

At one point I thought about reformatting my USB drive to NTFS so I could just make a hard link to the file or a symlink to the folder, but decided it was too much trouble.

either way to located in the following subfolder:

Beetle1 on 2011-11-27 23:58

Best pim I have ever used! Easy use, easy backup. Makes organizing way less of a chore. Try this program for yourself and give it a chance.

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Avignon Concept 2008 v8.080210

smaragdus on 29 Sep 2016
  • 13MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by AlephX

Avignon Concept is a Personal Information Manager aimed to integrate data management for Documents, Contacts, Calendar, ToDo lists, Bank accounts, Books and Music. The application has more than 40 standard (filter) reports, which can be run to screen and in PDF format.

Note: This software has gone payware and the only available free version is from Softpedia. Although the Softpedia version claims the software is portable, this has not been tested.

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Avignon.exe.
Latest comments
LordMax on 2008-02-12 07:11

very bad. One of the worse software I've used

Bol on 2008-04-06 00:39

Very interesting application when you take time to invest in it. Much more than Rainlendar although less fancy interface. Has also the import tools and is fully Unicode. Must be used by a large number of users, as it appears in 7 languages already. New search function quite usefull. Imports are possible from Excel. Extra features, such as the Money application, can be used to replace money or quicken in simple households. The music and film functions are quite handy. I'm positively surprised : it's much better than it seems at first hand.

Kea on 2010-07-20 12:52

Apparently not free: "We advise you that the downloaded file gives you the right to try the program for 30 days. If you want to use the program longer than the 30 days, you need to buy the license key with us. The downloaded program is fully functional, and contains all 8 languages"

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