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« on: December 13, 2011, 05:20:11 PM »

[WITHDRAWN] NANY 2012 Entry Information

Application Name EasyNotes (Beta)
Version 1.0.73
Short Description Simple Clean Notepad Application With No Distractions
Supported OSes Any system with .NET 4.0
Web Page This is it!
Download Link Download Coming Soon
System Requirements
  • Windows XP or Above
  • .NET 4.0
Author Stephen66515


Description
Clean notepad application with no border and no menubar.  All Notepad functions are contained within a right click context menu, with pre-defined shortcuts for each options.

Users can also quickly swap between themes by selecting one in the menu (Black text on white background, or, White Text on Black Background.) or they can manually choose a colour from the Menu Option.

EasyNotes supports fullscreen viewing, and normal maximize settings.


Features
  • Show/Hide Form Border
  • Fullscreen View
  • Visual Themes
  • Select All & Copy In 1 Click!
  • Clean Interface
  • Auto-Backup
  • Auto-Save
  • Password Protected Workspace Lock (Which also hides the text window)
  • Remembers Your Settings!
  • E-Mail Backup On Exit (Optional)
  • E-Mail Backup of Your Notes Instantly

Planned Features
Possibly going to add code highlighting and spell checker.


Screenshots (From v1.0.50)


Usage
Installation
Just double click the EXE.

Using the Application
Just click and run! - Right click within the window for menu options!

Uninstallation
Delete the EXE

Known Issues
No known issues in current version - Please post them if you find them smiley



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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011, 05:23:55 PM »

I can see 2 minor issues:
  • Select All doesn't list it's shortcut key (Ctrl-A)
  • Closing without saving the data doesn't give a warning/option to save
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011, 05:25:13 PM »

And a feature request:
  • Option to minimize the window

(Assuming the Move Window issue gets fixed)
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011, 05:26:35 PM »

I can see 2 minor issues:
  • Select All doesn't list it's shortcut key (Ctrl-A)
  • Closing without saving the data doesn't give a warning/option to save

Fixing Now smiley

And a feature request:
  • Option to minimize the window

(Assuming the Move Window issue gets fixed)

Window Minimize option is already there - Just press CTRL-M smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 07:22:13 PM »

Update:
@v1.0.70
  • [Fix] Select All doesn't list it's shortcut key (Ctrl-A)
  • [Fix] Closing without saving the data doesn't give a warning/option to save
  • [Feature] Allow Window To Be Moved
  • [Feature] Allow Workspace to be run maximized, but not full screen

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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2011, 04:19:58 AM »

v.1.0.71 Coming Today

Includes:

  • Show Window Frame
  • Modifed Window Move Setting
  • "Select All + Copy"

Anybody want any other feature before I build and release?
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2011, 07:39:34 AM »

Looking good, Stephen  thumbs up
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2011, 02:42:04 AM »

Update:
@v1.0.71
  • Show Window Frame (Quick Switch)
  • Modifed Window Move Setting (Quick Switch)
  • "Select All + Copy"
  • Background Colour Picker
  • Font Colour Picker

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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2011, 02:59:12 AM »

Current Features & Shortcuts:

File:
  • New (Ctrl+N)
  • Save (Ctrl+S)
  • Open (Ctrl+O)
  • Print (Ctrl+P)
  • Quit (Alt+F4)

Edit:
  • Undo (Ctrl+Z)
  • Redo (Ctrl+Y)
  • Cut (Ctrl+X)
  • Copy (Ctrl+C)
  • Paste (Ctrl+V)
  • Select All (Ctrl+A)
  • Select All + Copy (Ctrl+D)

View:
  • Maximize Window (Ctrl+K)
  • Restore Window Size (Ctrl+L)
  • Minimize To Taskbar (Ctrl+M)
  • Allow Window Move (Ctrl+T)
  • Show Window Frame (Ctrl+Alt+T)

Tools:
  • Font/Font Size (Ctrl+E)
> Colour Scheme
  • White Background, Black Text (Ctrl+W)
  • Black Background, White Text (Ctrl+Q)
> Colour Picker
  • Background (Ctrl+Alt+W)
  • Font (Ctrl+Alt+Q)


     
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2011, 04:16:24 AM »

Next Version Features:

  • Auto Backup (5 Minute Interval)
  • Auto Load Last Backup

Can anybody think of anything else I should add?
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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2011, 04:25:31 AM »

I have a couple ideas.

1. "Whatever it is" that in Notepad comes through as square boxes etc (extra line feeds or whatever), usually from pasted data, always seems to go away whenever I open it in Wordpad and then save again as text. Then the second time it looks fine in Notepad. ("Whatever"  is ... expanded character/stroke interpretation?)

2. What if all the features were in a Toggleable menubar that you can turn on and off? At least for me the muscle memory works better on all apps with menubars, (which is why I hate the new trend in browsers and even gmail!) But then when it gets down to typing, you toggle the menu bar away.

3. I don't yet see Find and Replace/Replace All. I hope you add that! : )

4. Maybe a Recent Documents list.

How many actions can it Undo and Redo? I think that's a chance to beat Notepad which I think only has one or so. Doesn't need to be excessive, quick guess says 25, but 12 is okay if there's a difficulty factor.

I see this as a candidate to replace Notepad, because it's made by a Friend Of Cody and might get a stray new feature some day if it's easy to add! (Notepad "Just Is", take it or leave it.)

If that's easy enough to do, I can start putting it through some live testing and see if there's any other must-haves. (My counterweight is WordPad which I generally hate. Suddenly it feels like it crosses the line with rulers and bullets and insert objects and ... yuk. ) I do a modest amount of stuff with raw text files, so I think you're on the way to a Notepad killer.

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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2011, 06:50:06 AM »

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1. "Whatever it is" that in Notepad comes through as square boxes etc (extra line feeds or whatever), usually from pasted data, always seems to go away whenever I open it in Wordpad and then save again as text. Then the second time it looks fine in Notepad. ("Whatever"  is ... expanded character/stroke interpretation?)

Could you perhaps explain this a little more, I don't fully understand what you mean

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2. What if all the features were in a Toggleable menubar that you can turn on and off? At least for me the muscle memory works better on all apps with menubars, (which is why I hate the new trend in browsers and even gmail!) But then when it gets down to typing, you toggle the menu bar away.

I could add this, but the entire aim of this was to have all the options contained in a context menu and not a MenuStrip lol, so I don't really know if I would add this as a feature, at least...not yet anyway smiley

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3. I don't yet see Find and Replace/Replace All. I hope you add that! : )

Yep, thats on my to-do list smiley

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4. Maybe a Recent Documents list.

Hmm...I guess I could add this.

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How many actions can it Undo and Redo? I think that's a chance to beat Notepad which I think only has one or so. Doesn't need to be excessive, quick guess says 25, but 12 is okay if there's a difficulty factor.

At the moment its just a simple textBox.Undo(); command, so it only doe's the one, however, now that I think about this, I might allow it to undo per word (Not sure how many I will limit it to, will have to research what effects allowing too many would have)

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I see this as a candidate to replace Notepad, because it's made by a Friend Of Cody and might get a stray new feature some day if it's easy to add! (Notepad "Just Is", take it or leave it.)

Hehe, I wouldn't say it could ever replace Notepad.exe, but I sure hope it can be usefull to people smiley

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If that's easy enough to do, I can start putting it through some live testing and see if there's any other must-haves. (My counterweight is WordPad which I generally hate. Suddenly it feels like it crosses the line with rulers and bullets and insert objects and ... yuk. ) I do a modest amount of stuff with raw text files, so I think you're on the way to a Notepad killer.

I might be allowing the addition of rulers and bullet points and such, however, they will not be enabled by default.  Instead, they will be turned on and off within a settings menu, that way you can choose what features you want or don't want to use.


For the moment, the next build will also contain a simple backup function, if the app crashes for any reason, or you lose power to your machine, EasyNotes should automatically backup your file, and save it in the EXE's container folder as "EasyNotes.txt.bak"

Also, every 5 minutes, your work will be auto-saved as "EasyNotes.txt" - Again this will be saved within the .EXE's container folder.  I will be allowing people to manually enter the amount of time they want to wait between auto-save's, but that will be in a later build.  Auto-save will only activate if any changes have been made to the TextBox.

I have plenty of planned features for EasyNotes, one of which includes an SMTP option, which will allow the user to send the EasyNotes.txt.bak to an e-mail address, and will also allow you to compose e-mails to send to a pre-defined e-mail address for backup purposes (Save + E-Mail) - This feature will not initially be used as a replacement for an e-mail client, nor do I intend to ever add any real e-mail client functions.  Backup is the only real reason I am going to be adding this.

I may also be adding an FTP function, with the same intent as the e-mail option.  Instead of e-mailing the saved file to a pre-defined e-mail address, it will upload to a pre-defined (by the user) FTP account and folder.

Other possibilities are to allow reading and editing of MSWord documents, and also exporting your document to PDF format.  These functions are still in the 'thought' phase at the moment and I am not sold on the idea of adding them.

If you have anymore ideas for possible feature implementations for EasyNotes, please feel free to keep throwing them at me.  I am willing to concider almost anything smiley

Also, has anybody found any bugs in EasyNotes yet?  I'm a little bit concerned that nothing is breaking on me lol
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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2011, 09:05:22 AM »

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I could add this, but the entire aim of this was to have all the options contained in a context menu and not a MenuStrip lol, so I don't really know if I would add this as a feature, at least...not yet anyway smiley

I think what he was thinking is that the menu bar would be toggle-able. That way, if a user prefers the context menus, fine, but if a user prefers to user Ctrl-V to paste, rather than right-clicking in the textbox and then clicking on the "Paste" context menu that pops up, s/he has that option. It's a pretty good idea, because many users prefer keyboard shortcuts to having to actually use the mouse to make menu selections.
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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2011, 09:16:50 AM »

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2. What if all the features were in a Toggleable menubar that you can turn on and off? At least for me the muscle memory works better on all apps with menubars, (which is why I hate the new trend in browsers and even gmail!) But then when it gets down to typing, you toggle the menu bar away.
I could add this, but the entire aim of this was to have all the options contained in a context menu and not a MenuStrip lol, so I don't really know if I would add this as a feature, at least...not yet anyway smiley

I think what he was thinking is that the menu bar would be toggle-able. That way, if a user prefers the context menus, fine, but if a user prefers to user Ctrl-V to paste, rather than right-clicking in the textbox and then clicking on the "Paste" context menu that pops up, s/he has that option. It's a pretty good idea, because many users prefer keyboard shortcuts to having to actually use the mouse to make menu selections.

If this is the case, you can already use CTRL-V to paste (as an example) - All the normal shortcuts work like they would in any other text editor.

EasyNotes has been carefully created to be heavy on keyboard shortcuts for this exact reason  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2011, 09:40:33 AM »

I was just using Ctrl-V as an example. I think Tao's emphasis was on making all context menu items available from keyboard shortcuts, so that muscle-memory could be employed after using the program awhile.

Fantastic program, Stephen. I'm using it right now...
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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2011, 09:47:59 AM »

I was just using Ctrl-V as an example. I think Tao's emphasis was on making all context menu items available from keyboard shortcuts, so that muscle-memory could be employed after using the program awhile.

Fantastic program, Stephen. I'm using it right now...
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All the contextmenu items HAVE short-cuts already lol
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2011, 10:20:56 AM »

Update:
@v1.0.72
  • [Feature] Auto-Backup on crash
  • [Feature] Auto-Save every 5 minutes
  • [Feature] Lock Workspace
  • [Feature] Password Protection
  • [Fix] Minor Bugs

There is no default password, so when you first add one in the Settings window, you don't need to enter anything in the confirmation window.

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« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2011, 10:25:09 AM »

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LOL, My bad, Stephen.  I had a menu-suppression utility running so I could test a oCaml script.  So sorry!
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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2011, 10:28:50 AM »

hehe no worries at all cheesy

Hope you like the new version smiley

More fun features coming soon!
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« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2011, 10:37:19 AM »

I do like your program. I'm using it to work on a help file my my application smiley
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« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2011, 10:46:04 AM »

I do like your program. I'm using it to work on a help file my my application smiley

Awesome!

Nice to see it is of use!

Is there anything you specifically want adding?
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« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2011, 12:11:30 PM »

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1. "Whatever it is" that in Notepad comes through as square boxes etc (extra line feeds or whatever), usually from pasted data, always seems to go away whenever I open it in Wordpad and then save again as text. Then the second time it looks fine in Notepad. ("Whatever"  is ... expanded character/stroke interpretation?)

Could you perhaps explain this a little more, I don't fully understand what you mean

He'd have to say for sure, but it's probably non-printable non-plain-text characters that aren't in the default character table.  They show up as boxes when pasted to plain text.
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1. "Whatever it is" that in Notepad comes through as square boxes etc (extra line feeds or whatever), usually from pasted data, always seems to go away whenever I open it in Wordpad and then save again as text. Then the second time it looks fine in Notepad. ("Whatever"  is ... expanded character/stroke interpretation?)

Could you perhaps explain this a little more, I don't fully understand what you mean

He'd have to say for sure, but it's probably non-printable non-plain-text characters that aren't in the default character table.  They show up as boxes when pasted to plain text.

Shouldn't really be an issue in EasyNotes, if that is the case, as it can load RTF documents smiley
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2. What if all the features were in a Toggleable menubar that you can turn on and off? At least for me the muscle memory works better on all apps with menubars, (which is why I hate the new trend in browsers and even gmail!) But then when it gets down to typing, you toggle the menu bar away.

I could add this, but the entire aim of this was to have all the options contained in a context menu and not a MenuStrip lol, so I don't really know if I would add this as a feature, at least...not yet anyway smiley

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I see this as a candidate to replace Notepad, because it's made by a Friend Of Cody and might get a stray new feature some day if it's easy to add! (Notepad "Just Is", take it or leave it.)

Hehe, I wouldn't say it could ever replace Notepad.exe, but I sure hope it can be useful to people smiley


Eek I wasn't clear!

I did mean a Toggleable Menu Bar, because I spent 20 years learning File Edit Tools/Options etc! But then when typing and block layout the menu bar would hide : )  (It's the exact same reason I hate the Ribbon. So I bought a plugin for Office to put the menus back!!)

But yes it really could replace Notepad, because ... the point of Notepad is that it's "honest", it skips all the silliness of MS Word. But truth is, it also "doesn't really do much", so if you are on a dead heat to match Notepad's features, then add cool new ones of your own, I'd switch in a heartbeat. What you guys have as an advantage is you are "here and friendly" - so with suitable begging we can get a cool new feature to an app. Notepad Just Is, Microsoft isn't going to care about a mere User # 163524162.
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« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2011, 12:27:36 PM »


He'd have to say for sure, but it's probably non-printable non-plain-text characters that aren't in the default character table.  They show up as boxes when pasted to plain text.

Yes, I think you're right - (Another thing Notepad won't do!!)

Quick guess is that they're not text characters of any kind, but hard carriage returns or something, more like command codes. So get this, when I open up the offending file in Notepad, they're boxes, but if I open it in Wordpad (as text) and resave it (as text), they're all fixed.

It would be neat if this app meant I could skip that too... I might have to beg and plead for the menubar so I can switch! smiley
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