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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.

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 .

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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).

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:
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:

hamasaki on 2020-10-01 01:28

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

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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.

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
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 ( 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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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.

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
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:


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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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.

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.