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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 50% off discount for RightNote - 19 May on: May 21, 2015, 09:59:54 PM
Update to my comment earlier: Rael wrote me to say he will look at issues which I have reported but are still unresolved. Some may not be as easy as they appear. Thank you, Rael!
2  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 50% off discount for RightNote - 19 May on: May 19, 2015, 12:38:25 PM
(This is a slightly edited version of my comment to the Bits du Jour offer.)

RightNote is an excellent note-taking program -- better than roughly a dozen others I have tried over the years. I consider it one of my essential programs, and use it many times every day for both work and personal projects. One of its greatest benefits is easily clipping web pages to become editable notes. That alone is worth the price of the program, and has saved me many hours of manual copying and pasting.

My only disappointment with RN is a number of small but awkward traits which I think would be easy enough for Rael to improve. For example:

 - Ctrl+Backspace deletes the previous word (this is expected) but strangely, Ctrl+Del deletes only a single character (it should delete the entire next word).

 - Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down.arrow selects text to the previous/next paragraph (this is expected) but strangely, Ctrl+Up/Down.arrow scrolls the page (it should move the cursor to the previous/next paragraph).

 - In the find & replace dialog, the "Replace with" field displays the text used in the previous operation, but "Find what" does not (it is always blank).

Quirks such as those (and in other cases, small bugs) make RN feel somewhat rough, and unfortunately Rael has not addressed them months after being notified of them.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The problem with text compare tools - similar, in database compare tools on: April 21, 2015, 11:07:10 AM
Does anybody have an update on the ability of CompareIt! to detect moved words, lines, or blocks? Thanks.
4  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Directory Opus Upgrade w/ Double Disount - Expires 1-1-2015 on: December 23, 2014, 09:09:21 PM
Redemption of an upgrade discount invalidates your previous Directory Opus licence.
Deal breaker for me.
I think that while the license file you have for v10 still will work, you're not supposed to use v10 one one machine and use v11 on another. The v11 upgrade 'replaces' the upgraded license from a EULA point of view.
Yes, this is standard for software upgrades -- it replaces an existing license; it does not provide an additional license to be used on an additional computer. To see the cost savings of an upgrade, compare the upgrade price to that of a new license.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Please help me on: December 21, 2014, 06:23:36 PM
Blogmanoj, welcome to the DC forum.

In the future, please use a more specific title for your posts -- in this case perhaps "How can I save an AHK script as an EXE?" A specific title helps readers know if it is relevant to them or not. But something like "Help!" could be about anything, and readers must open the post to find out more. Thanks.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend image comparison tool, please? on: October 07, 2014, 09:23:45 PM
VisiPics will search and auto-detect "similar" images, then display all matches together (the screenshots page shows four and five images in a row).
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a EXTREMELY basic Multi Clipboard software on: October 06, 2014, 11:17:38 AM
I'm not sure if it meets all your criteria, but you might try OuterTech Clipboard History.

I use a commercial clipboard manager myself (ClipCache -- excellent), but I have recommended OuterTech's CH for people who need a good, free clip manager (and easier, I think, than Ditto). I'd be interested to hear what you think of it if you have time.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Calibre 2 is out on: August 28, 2014, 09:59:02 PM
Apparently anything that Calibre 2 can't open it marks DRM
Strange, really strange. I never used Calibre 1, so I can't verify your experience one way or the other.

I wonder which direction it is going in: Calibre thinks the file is DRMed so it doesn't open it, or it can't open it, so it marks it DRM? Because it supposedly can open most anything, and could open them in Calibre 1, and the file types didn't change in your library, I think the second possibility is not likely.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Calibre 2 is out on: August 28, 2014, 10:22:43 AM
The link ( leads to an 440KB exe! Is it a downloader of the real thing, or will it destroy my pc and leave me bankrupted? Or does one really have to pay for a Premium account, in order to download the money-saving anti-drm extension? The problem could maybe be my browser not allowing some important popup telling me what I should have done.
Curt, I'm sorry for your trouble trying to get the plugin for Calibre. The download page is very confusing; I even had trouble with it myself since my reply to you.

The BIG <Download> button is a decoy which leads to the executable file you got. The Calibre plugin is obtained via the SMALL <Premium download> button (which, as it turns out, does not require payment despite the misleading label). I regret that I did not know that when I posted my reply.

Having said that, note that the link describes how to install the plugin in Calibre, which would have alerted you to the fact that you had downloaded something different.

So to clarify for anyone interested in the DeDRM plugin for Calibre:
  1. Instructions are at http://apprenticealf.word...-removing-most-ebook-drm/

  2. The instructions say "The DRM removal plugin ( can be found in the tools archive linked from the most recent post in this blog."

  3. Go to the most recent post in the "Posts" panel on the right. Currently that is "Tools v6.0.9 posted".

  4. The current tools collection is "", which contains several different tools for removing DRM. Among them is the Calibre plugin, found in its own folder in the archive.

  5. The plugin is FREE. If you have to pay for your download, you got the wrong thing. See here http://apprenticealf.word...removal-tools-for-ebooks/

I agree that this is an unnecessarily complicated way to obtain the plugin, and the hosted download page is intentionally deceiving. However, the plugin does work well once you finally find and install it. [EDIT: The download page is hosted, so not the direct responsibility of the authors of the plugin. Nevertheless, it is nasty to their users.]

Again, my apologies for the difficulties you experienced. I last downloaded it a year ago, and the layout changed since then.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Calibre 2 is out on: August 24, 2014, 12:58:59 PM
but it still won't convert this DRM-protected book of mine :-( ... How can I convert this dinosaur?
I don't know if the DRM is preventing Calibre from converting it, but you might try removing the DRM with a third-party plugin.

The large size of the ebook might be part of the problem. I like Curt's suggestion of getting the individual books or stories from Gutenberg or elsewhere.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote Revisited / Review (in lieu of a RN forum) on: July 12, 2014, 06:31:57 PM
I agree, the new Tree Filter (Ctrl + F when the tree is focused) is very helpful.

But a very basic improvement is still needed: Automatically scroll the tree so that the focused (open) node is always visible in the tree.

Problem: When the focus moves above the top or below the bottom of the notebook tree, the tree does not automatically scroll to follow it; the focused node is then out of view. This happens, for example,
  - When navigating the tree with the PgUp/PgDn, Up/Down, or Alt+Up/Down keys (only the Home/End keys scroll the tree to show the new focused node).
  - After adding a new note and naming it, if the name auto-sorts out of the visible area of the tree.
  - After renaming an existing note, if the new name auto-sorts out of the visible area of the tree.

When this happens, users have to manually scroll the tree to bring the focused node into view.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote Revisited / Review (in lieu of a RN forum) on: July 12, 2014, 04:20:12 PM
e) "History" and "Recent" are totally awful, since those lists are populated by all those dozens of items you just touched a fraction of a second, by kb tree navigation, so those lists become totally useless since for identifying those "real finds" there to which you would like to navigate, using those lists as a "shortlist", you would have to read dozens of irrelevant "false hits". Solution to this problem is very easy: Just have items entered into those list JUST whenever they did appear for more than one second or such on screen (which is not the case for items "touched" by navigation only, and perhaps better, for more than 2 seconds (= opening of parent items), and even better, make it an option for the user to determine the length of display necessary in order for items to be included in those lists; I would probably choose 3 seconds then.
Peter S. -- RN 3.1.0 includes a fix for "Note history tracking did not work properly". I'm wondering if that took care of the problem you described.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sell your MS Office 2010? on: May 14, 2014, 06:29:44 PM
You can also try LibreOffice, which is free.
Thanks, Deozaan. Our organization has gone to LibreOffice in an effort to break free from Microsoft, so I use it as necessary. But it is sometimes surprisingly different or simply awkward in the way it works. It is fine as a free Office suite, but I would never use or recommend it specifically as a replacement for MS Office. That's why I want to try Softmaker Office. If it is as similar to MS Office as I have heard, I would rather pay for it than use the free LibreOffice. (Yes, I know Softmaker has a free version, but I need the more advanced capabilities of the paid version.)

I use both: Softmaker Office is much more compatible with MS Office. Libre Office's compatibility is so-so to poor in my experience. ... I'd highly recommend [Softmaker] if MS compatibility is important
Thanks, Tomos, for that confirmation. Yes, compatibility with MS Office is important for my use, so that's another reason I don't want to go with LibreOffice.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sell your MS Office 2010? on: May 14, 2014, 12:40:19 PM
I've changed my plan. Instead of MS Office I will try Softmaker Office. The price is so much better, and compatibility is reportedly quite good. I'll feel much better if I can get free from MS.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote Revisited / Review (in lieu of a RN forum) on: May 13, 2014, 10:32:05 AM
Why have Tree shortcuts different from general standards, i.e. "bold" is "Alt b" here, instead of "control b".
First of all, Peter, I would be glad to see an unofficial RightNotes forum get started. As you say, the program has great power and potential, so it would be good for users to share their experiences, questions, and solutions.

As for the shortcut Alt+B, I agree it is a bit bothersome to remember a non-standard combination. But it has the advantage of toggling the bold state of the tree node while still in the note editor. That is, you don't have to move your focus from the editor to the tree to make the node bold. Now whether that is an advantage or not is another question, but I think it explains why the shortcut is not Ctrl+B.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Sell your MS Office 2010? on: April 30, 2014, 02:41:33 PM
Do you have one or more licenses for MS Office 2010 which you are not using? I would like to buy one copy of Office Home & Student, and two copies of Office Home & Business, with installation CDs. The licenses would be transferred from your computer to mine, of course. Please send offers by PM, and post comments to this forum thread.
17  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / RightNote 50% discount at BdJ - March 3-5, 2014 on: March 01, 2014, 11:09:47 AM
RightNote will soon be offered now available (March 3-5) at a 50% discount on Bits du Jour. I highly recommend RN as a very capable note and clip organizer.

I'm going to take advantage of this to replace my wife's Standard license with a Professional license so she can integrate with Evernote. I consider that well worth the price.
18  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote Pro 50% Off Thru January 31 on: January 25, 2014, 01:59:32 PM
... there are a number of other tweaks that RN could use IMO. Some I mentioned above but there are more that I didn't list.

Personally I would much rather see the current improvement needs and deficiencies addressed before adding major features, which will naturally take up all development time available and leave the other stuff at the bottom of any priority list or roadmap.
I agree. And this is indeed what seems to be happening with RN for now, at least. I'm hoping Rael will get back to more basic fixes and improvements once the Evernote feature is in good shape. I am confident the past history of RN justifies that hope.

For somebody new to note-taking software, what would be the main advantages of Rightnote over Evernote?
Although I don't use Evernote myself, I'd say they both can collect and save webclips for future reference. But beyond that, they are two different classes of program -- apples and oranges. RN is great for [1.] creating notes of various types (webpage clips, spreadsheets, formatted text, and others) and [2.] organizing notes (using tags, tabs, and a  hierarchical note tree per tab). AFAIK Evernote is weak if not actually incapable in those areas. I hope someone who knows more about Evernote can give you a better answer.

Here's an example of one way I often use RN when researching a topic: (1.) Clip or copy all or any part of a web page to the relevant note in RN. (2.) RN includes graphics, the URL of the source, and the date it was added. (3.) I tag the new note. (4.) I edit the note: character and paragraph formatting, highlighting, delete unwanted images, make annotations, hyperlink to other RN notes, etc. Some of those functions are available only in the paid versions of RN (Standard or Pro).
19  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote Pro 50% Off Thru January 31 on: January 24, 2014, 04:45:23 PM
Is anyone here using RightNote v.3? If so, can you tell me if there are any other changes/features/improvements over v.2, other than the Evernote sync changes?
You can view the history here

Clearly all the recent development has gone into Evernote sync. Although RN is truly useful software and very well done, the interface is sometimes awkward. I'm hoping Rael will also work on improving that -- for example, making the note tree auto scroll to always focus the current note.

Rael, am I correct that the discount applies only to new orders, not to upgrades from v. 2?  Thanks.
Why not just buy a new license at 50% off? I think upgrades for any software are rarely better than that, and often at a lower percentage discount.
20  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote Pro 50% Off Thru January 31 on: January 22, 2014, 09:53:10 AM
Paying for a RightNote license is well worth it, and 50% off is a generous offer. I used the free version of RN for about a year before upgrading to the Standard version. I wish I had done that earlier because of how much time the extra features have saved me -- particularly with links to other notes, formatting preserved in web clips, and the formatting options for RichView notes. I've rarely felt as satisfied over a software purchase.
21  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Process Piglet on: January 16, 2014, 12:30:07 AM
Process Piglet doesn't report processes such as svchost.exe and MsMpEng.exe (MS Security Essentials). I'm curious why that may be. Thanks.
22  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Process Piglet on: January 14, 2014, 11:40:23 AM
... MS Sec Essentials is usually the one that gets out of hand for me, but it's an AntiVirus so I don't know what I can really do about it except let it do its thing.
You might try to find out if MS Security Essentials is using a lot of memory scanning a particular process. If so, and if you are sure that process is safe, you could try excluding it from MSE scans (go to MSE settings > Excluded Processes).
23  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: looking for MS Word on: November 28, 2013, 08:17:33 AM
I presume that older versions of Word will not be able to open the docx files created by the newest versions
This is not a problem. The free MS Office Compatibility Pack enables older versions of Word to open the newer docx format. Likewise for Excel and Powerpoint. I've used it many times myself in Word 2003. Download from
24  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote 3.0 - 50% deal at BitsDuJour - August 12-14 on: September 02, 2013, 10:33:19 AM
I just want Clip to New Note: to automatically put the cursor on that newly-created note, so that subsequent Clip to Current Note: append to it.
Good news, rjbull: Your request is now avaialable in RightNote 3.0.4. In Tools > Clipper Options the user can enable "Move focus to new note (when add new clip)". I really appreciate authors who respond to user requests like that. Not only are our needs met, but their software becomes increasingly polished and sophisticated. Really nice.

I must say, the more I use RightNote, the more I love it.
25  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote 3.0 - 50% deal at BitsDuJour - coming soon! on: August 13, 2013, 10:54:17 AM
Good news, rjbull. Another user recently submitted the same suggestion as yours in the BdJ comments (copied below), and got a positive reply from Rael. Nice  Cool

Brian W - Question: How best to easily manage where new clips go?
Suggestion: Add option: After Win-V to create a new note, change the focus to that note so that additional Win-A appends are added to that note.
Why: Typically, I will want to make several notes on one subject (win-A) but when I change to another subject, I would Win-V for a new note and then win-A to continue on that subject. If I want to go back to the first subject, I probably just Win-v again to create a new note, then later go back to RN to combine or file the notes, but at least all win-A appends are on a single subject.
With the current setup, before taking any clippings, one must open RN and set a focus, otherwise the notes could go somewhere unexpected.

Rael Bauer - @Brian: Yes, someone else has asked for this behaviour, so I hope to add it as an option for the next release. (i.e. move focus to newly created note after clipping).
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