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I am a regular user of RN (registered pro) and agree with many of the comments above, especially the need for a user forum of some sort (so thanks!).

The old school appearance doesn't bother me much.  It's so basic it blends into the background. I can't stand how busy AllMyNotes is, for example.

My only other issue with RN is that all the new fixes have been directed at EverNote integration.  I'm not an EverNote fan.

General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote version 3.0.0 released
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:42 PM »

Local Website Archive by Aignes Software (Developer of Website-Watcher) makes the most accurate captures of all that I have used. Not too good with regard to other aspects of data collection/analysis like others, but the captures are as perfect as you will get.
For those pages that aren't easily captured with RN Pro and other programs, I use the Firefox extension Scrapbook and then "capture" the copy that Scrapbook made. Works very well!

I don't understand why the developer doesn't merge LWA with AM-Notebook.  I really liked that program but no attachments... however I believe that the web archive can archive PDF documents (among others) and integrate with the Pro notebook version.  If I didn't have RN, it might have been an okay workaround.

I've been using Chrome for the last six months or so but I miss the Scrapbook tool.  I should get around to importing some of that into RN...  Thanks for the reminder.  :-)  

ETA:  You're right - the web archive program is pretty amazing.  I just tested a couple of pages that nothing gets right.  I need to think about that one now.

General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote version 3.0.0 released
« on: April 13, 2014, 04:27 PM »

I find its web clipping a bit fragile.  Some pages it will import without a murmur, but on some it locks up.  On those, it's sometimes possible to use the clipboard instead.  I've also found it too ready to crash when cutting a sub-tree with Shift+Control+X to move it to another page.

I find myself keeping MS Word open most of the time and often paste into that first and then into RN or whatever program I'm using. I haven't found any organizer/outliner program that will always paste web content correctly.  (I have to copy and paste directly most of the time due to proxy issues.)  But even with all its annoyances, RN still works the best for me.  There isn't a perfect program out there.

My criteria for such a program is probably different than most.  The most important features for me are portability, price (under $50 preferably), robust import/export (mainly export) and the ability to embed files/attachments.  Spreadsheet capability is #5 and seems to be one of the make or break features.  Portability and attachments are deal breakers for me, though.  I would spend more for a great program that does everything but I haven't found it yet. 

One other program I did buy but haven't used much is Library.Net ( It's powerful but not intuitive for me - I keep putting off using it. Not sure why, there's something I don't like about how it does tabs and nodes.  I should use it more just to get past the interface issues.   

General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote version 3.0.0 released
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:19 PM »
I don't know about "love" for RN but I bought the Pro and use it extensively corralling text notes, web content, etc.  I'm not a power user - I don't care about attributes or things like that.  As a (portable app) text archive, with embedded attachments and basic spreadsheet support it does a good job (for me, YMMV).  I have tried almost every tree outliner program out there and the only other program that is comparable is EssentialPIM. I like EPim but wish it had spreadsheet capability.   

What I really don't like about RN is the increasing focus on EverNote integration - since I use the program to avoid cloud-based solutions. EN seems to be crowding out any other program improvements.  Also, the pdf handling drives me crazy.  If I embed it (OLE), it isn't searchable.  I have to attach it if I want the pdf content searchable.  And I agree moving anything isn't fun.    

I am keeping an eye on CherryTree, which I like a lot (no embedded attachments right now but I like the csv imports) and have also purchased Mars Notebook, which might be a workable alternative to RightNote for some users.  It's inexpensive anyway.  :-)

The InfoQube looks interesting but overkill for my needs.  One program that almost worked for me was RIM/Remus Information Management. I'm not fond of Java or Eclipse but it had potential. If only it had attracted a developer following...

N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: Nany 2009 Release: CrushPad
« on: January 11, 2009, 04:27 PM »
I tried out your tool with interest - I've been looking for a small task tracker for a while now and yours is simple and lightweight, 2 very good things.  But maybe because I've been using standard tools for so long, I really miss some GUI standard kind of features.  I know CRUD is boring but it's intuitive.

--- when the program opens up, is it possible to have the list of tasks come up in the bottom?  The only way I can see to list everything is by searching for a period, so a button to list all tasks would be good, if you still decide to open up with a blank screen.

--- how hard would it be to add an option to always save the data in plain text?  That way you could edit mistakes or even import an existing list from another tool or merge with another person.  If it slows down opening if the text isn't compressed, maybe you could just have an index along with the data file? 

--- if I click on a record and then decide to insert a new record, it makes a copy of the one I'm on.  Is it supposed to do that?

--- having your categories read from the file makes it hard to set up some existing projects and categories, especially without an option to do it directly.  You actually have to enter tasks to enter category information.

I've been using Task Coach Portable lately and it also saves all the data, including categories, in the main data file but it has options to enter them separately.  I like Task Coach but don't actually need the overhead and all the features.  It's written in Python, so it takes up a lot of disk space.
I love tools that theoretically fit on a diskette, even though half the computers I have now no longer even have disk drives.  (It's my internal marker for bloat... ) 

I hope you continue to develop your CrushPad.  It's nice to have choices.

Terry (former QA staffer)

Living Room / Re: Opinions on Netflix?
« on: September 02, 2008, 10:38 PM »
wasting away your monies and could be wanted by others.  Newsweek has dubbed this Netflix Guilt.  I really ought to watch American Gangster this weekend.

Ah - so that's what it's called.  :-)

I just ordered the Roku a few weeks back; it was dead simple to install and activate.  The selection of watch instantly is not great but I still managed to put 187 movies and and a few tv series in (we like classics, which helps).  I bought the player because my husband gripes that I hog the dvd queue.

I know the Roku people have gotten some bad hardware reviews but I have an older, slower wireless router and it worked pretty well in spite of that.  Way better than the built-in wireless in my Dell laptop for sure (which barely works at all, off-topic I know but just needed to vent).   

I think the worst genre is for kids, especially pre-schoolers - the watch instantly selections are abysmal.  But then my Tivo is full of Jimmy Neutron, Fairly Odd-Parents and Yo Gabba Gabba, so it all evens out. 

Terry (lurker and long-time Netflix fan)   

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