Note: This review is for the professional version (Version: 220.127.116.11)
|App name||RightNote by BauerApps|
|App version reviewed||18.104.22.168 (professional)|
|Supported OSes||Windows 2000 and newer|
|Upgrade policy||Registered users receive free minor version upgrades (i.e. all updates to v2.x.x) as well as priority support.|
|Trial version available?||Fully functional 30-day trial period.|
|Pricing scheme||Professional: US$59.95. Standard: US$29.95. New freeware version, free for both personal and commercial use. Comparison table at http://www.bauerapps.com/stdvspro.html|
|Relationship between reviewer and product||No relation at all. Just out of interest to try and review.|
RightNote is a notes manager and organizer, it is also one able to import existing text (File--->Import). Each database is represented as a notebook, each notebook is then divided into pages (horizontally tabbed) and each page has its own notes structure within a tree.
RightNote supports several note types, memo or plain text, richedit, richview - which is a more complete version of richedit with contact, expense, to do list and calendar templates - spreadsheet and source code. Richview also supports styles (Tools->Definitions->Style Definitions) for preset font and paragraph colors for example. Spreadsheet supports xls sheet import and export. Source code supports Java, C++, XML and many others.
Additional types of notes are Link to File and Attachment. The former supports .txt, .rtf, .rvf, .htm and .pdf files. These become indexed and searchable. After adding one choose 'Index' from the indexing drop down and and then click open file to work on them within RightNote. Attachment is simply a link to an external file.
The starting point is to create a new database or notebook (Ctrl+N) then clicking Enter or Shift Enter to add a node or child. RightNote uses 'Sibling' and 'Child' to describe the tree hierarchy.
RightNote has a resource panel (F9 or Ctrl+G) that is a central space to search, manage tags, view history and use a scratchpad. The search is as you type and a multinotebook or global search can be enabled and includes options to search while matching whole words, case and note protection status and others. Another method of managing tree items is the Tree Properties option. Right click on any tree location to change its type, color, to sort note items alphabetically and more.
Other options available via the right click include adding tags (also accessed via the icon on the bottom right of the program window), copying contents to clipboard, assigning an icon, password protecting using 128 bit encryption and moving the note to another location in the tree.
Bookmarking a page using Ctrl+Shift+F7 keeps a simple record of the page with visited date, a thumbnail, the page title and option to add a note about it. Capturing is done via selecting a portion of a page from any application (including browsers) and using the Windows+V keys to create a note.
RightNote features a few other interesting options via its Tools menu, one notable being a page transfer option to copy/drag and drop notes between notebooks and another being a multinotebook search.
RightNote has partial unicode support, the limitation is explained in the unicode section of help. Requires Windows 2000 and newer and is available as a portable version too.