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Not sure if anything like this exists but I think it would be really amazing if a file manager would allow to index specified files and folders and while navigating to any of the indexed locations, it would allow to perform instant content search only showing results for that particular location.  Kind of like file/folder name filters in Directory Opus or XYplorer but for content as well.  I am surprised that big names in this field like Total Commander or the two previously mentioned don't have this functionality.  It would make document management so much easier and appeal to a larger audience.  Maybe developing a search engine from scratch is a project on its own but why not provide this through a plugin and the end user would have the choice of purchasing the additional components.  For instance, I think DTSearch could be integrated in such a way.
Also, a similar approach could be done for other features such as internal file viewers (i.e. Oracle Outside In) and rich text editing. 
Although still needs to mature and currently doesn't have indexing, there is already a very interesting project called TagSpaces that is taking a modern approach to file management.  I hope other file managers will take example and start thinking towards the future.


You had a similar thread here from March:
(Though as I look at that now, that one was about images).

So to rephrase the question, you're looking for "a free alternative to Acrobat"?

That's correct.  Any ideas?

Sorry for the delay.  Thanks for the tips. Like most have recommended, I will have to use a viewer along with an editor like Gimp to accomplish these tasks.

I am mainly looking for the following functions:
- Add pages
- Delete pages
- Rotate pages
- Crop Pages
- Add Text
- Eraser
- Add Comments
- Add Stamps
- Encryption
- Insert Images
- OCR (I know this one is really pushing it)

I was also thinking of going around PDF's limitations and first convert it to TIFF and use a multi-page TIFF editor but couldn't find anything suitable for this task as well.


Does anyone know of any note taker/organizer software for windows that stores each note in individual files that are searchable and can be previewed by X1?

I've been looking everywhere and so far the only two apps that somewhat cover my needs are XNView and IrfanView but even these two popular viewers leave lots of room for improvement.  Below are the main features that I'm after:
1. Auto-rotate based on EXIF and object detection
2. Crop
3. Borders with transparent shadow
4. Manual rotation
5. Fast image browsing
6. Perspective (vertical and horizontal keystone) adjustments
7. Insert text objects with options to set font, size, alignment, shadow, transparency, glow, and ability to re-modify them before committing (saving) the changes
8. Insert shape objects with options to resize, line width, line colour, width colour, transparency, shadow and ability to re-modify them before committing the edits
9. Insert images with ability to resize and shadow
10. Layers or foreground and background ordering
11. Convenient tagging to simplify organizing
12. Auto-enhance (automatically improve contrast, levels, colours, sharpness, reduce noise, etc) with one click
13. Portability
14. Pixel-level editing like in MS Paint with ability to erase, clone and copy areas
15. Free. If no such free options exist, the cheaper the better.
16. Obfuscate (blur out)
17. Plugin support (photoshop 8bf format would be a plus)

For paid, Zoner or ACDSee would probably come the closest but I'm wondering if somebody has heard of similar free tools 

It's looking much better than the version I tried a year ago but I can't really grasp the extra view feature.  Also, is there a way to sort folders like files?
The tabs and filter work great.

I have probably tried all of the local desktop search tools and nothing compares to X1.
Speed, beautiful previews using Oracle Outside In (acquired from Stellent), stability.

Makes me happy that I am not the only one addicted to this old tool.
@superboyac: Wiznote is one of the better ones at the moment but its cloud approach and server location makes me worried.  For offline, I would still pick EN 2.2 any time of the day.

If anyone follows OutlinerSoftware forum, I have posted this Evernote v2.2.1.386.0 appreciation thread that might be interesting to people looking for a free, powerful, speedy, stable and cloudless note taking/organizing app.  I thought I would share here as well to help out those in need:
After months of searching for a local note taking app, I realized that the only one that still meets all of my needs is the ancient version of Evernote, specifically v2.2.1.386.0 (can be found here).  The desktop version contains additional features like OCR and installs without admin rights.
I have probably compared almost all of the alternatives in the following link that work locally:
Note Apps
In terms of search (multi partial keywords, fast-as-you-type), automatic OCR, rich text support including pictures and tables, tagging, speed, portability, minimalistic GUI, multi-windows if needed, and cloudless compatibility, Evernote v2.2.1.386.0 came out on top, way ahead of the competition.  Even with Win 8 or 8.1, it will still work if installed and ran in compatibility mode.
As most Evernote followers probably already know, with the introduction of v3, the company took a different approach and started stripping features and pushing for full cloud dependence.  By trying to maximize profits, an amazing product had to take a side turn.
I am interested to hear who else is still using this old gem and your views about the subject of negative impact of business factors on software development.

Thanks rgdot.  I remember trying Outwiker a while back and it would not play well with me.  Who knows when CintaNotes implements these features. Inline images have been on the roadmap for 4 years.  >:(
@dantheman: you might be right but depends which version of Evernote. I just finished a comparison of 5 different note-taking apps on another forum.  Below is the text:

Today I’ve performed a series of tests comparing 5 different note taking apps that recently caught my eye, namely:
1. ResophNotes:
2. CintaNotes:
3. Evernote v2.2.1.386:
4. Nimbus Note:
5. WizNote:

The links show the most minimalistic view of each app without distortion.

In my criteria, I’ve mainly compared the following areas:
A. Minimalistic GUI: award goes to ResophNotes with EverNote not too far behind.
B. Fast-as-you-type search: award goes to to EverNote (due to OCR search) with ResophNotes and CintaNotes closely after
B. Rich Text support: split award goes to EverNote, WizNote and Nimbus Note
C. In-place images: split award goes to WizNote and Evernote sine they have builtin simple image editing
D. In-place tables: split award goes to WizNote and NimbusNote with Evernote closely after
E. Offline with Online sync option: split award goes to ResophNotes and CintaNotes.  Evernote database can be synced using Google Drive/Dropbox/etc. but it’s not as convenient.  WizNote and NibusNote require to register online account but can be used offline.  I just don’t like their enforced cloud approach.

Since minimalistic GUI and instant search are my primary requirements, it’s a hard decision between Evernote and ResophNotes.
If I wasn’t dealing with lots of visuals and how-to guides, I would probably stick with Resoph but that’s not the case.  Therefore, it looks like Evernote v2.2.1.386 receives my gold medal.  A little ironic that such an old app from around 2007 is still able to deliver.  It’s all because of those Russian hardcore coders :-)

Don’t take me wrong, Evernote can also handle images and tables pretty well as shown below:

It doesn’t have border styles but a quick paste into MS Word can make it even better:

@lifeh2o: I used to be in the same boat as you but later found out that screen space is too valuable to clutter up with virtual stickies.  After trying about 20 different sticky apps, Zhorn's Stickies seemed the best but now I am leaning towards ResophNotes or Evernote  v2.2.1.386 (last fully offline version before it got crippled).


I am looking for offline note taking app with minimalistic GUI similar to ResophNotes but with ability to paste images inline and possible simple table support (not crucial).  The other key features would be tagging and fast-as-you-type search with keyword highlighting.  Any recommendations?


Thanks IainB for this great review.  After giving WizNote a test drive, I instantly fell in love.  The workflow is almost fits exactly what I have envisioned while outlining my dream information organizer.  However, one thing that is currently preventing me from making it my go-to note app is the enforced cloud sync.  Taking into consideration that I deal with confidential material and their servers are in China, I would love to have the option to work completely offline.  Just like you could with evernote v2.

General Software Discussion / Re: Text editor with filtering of lines
« on: November 01, 2014, 07:25 PM »
I've tried most of the other suggestions except for EmEditor.  It almost seems like it's in a class of its own. Speechless!

@IainB: I am glad that there are others that are looking for more powerful information/clipboard management software.
After your recommendation, I have spent the last few days testing out OneNote 2013 and I must admit it is a very interesting tool.
Rich text formatting including impressive table support and compatibility with other MS Office formats is a big plus.
Individual note windows, built-in ocr, organization of tabs and pages, speedy search are also great.  One part that is a bit annoying is that I couldn't find a way to automatically send clipboard to OneNote.  There are browser extensions but they all require OneDrive.  The "Clip to OneNote" using the port listener is really buggy. I will have to explore it further to provide a final verdict.
Not sure why Microsoft didn't take OneNote step further and integrated clipboard features. They should hire Mouser!

Also, I just discovered a new app called ClipSmartPro that could possibly take the front stage in clipboard managers if the features overview is true.  There is no download yet but I am asking the developer to sign up for beta.



Thanks Mouser for that detailed verification.
I know my list is going way outside of standard clipboard managers features but maybe one day my dreams will come true lol
To narrow down, how about just adding rich text support and multi-keyword search like in X1, google, Evernote to CHS?

Dr. Andus: I will give Clibe a try

Thanks Dr_Andus.  Some great recommendations.  Are they still accepting beta testers for Clibu and will it be fully hosted online?  I would prefer to have a local database with the option to sync.
Surfulater has some cool ideas.  One minus I see already is that you can't separate individual notes/clips in their own minimalistic windows for on-the-fly note taking.  However, the search  is super speedy.  
Rich text editing/formating is kind of limited, lacking most table functionalities and image manipulation.  Also, attaching documents isn't working well.   :(


Donation Coder's Clipboard Help & Spell is a very good clipboard manager but it's still lacking some major features that are pushing me to look for alternatives.  Until now, I think I've tried all the major titles in the category of clipboard managers including Ditto, ArsClip, Ethervane Echo, Clip Cache, ClipMaster, ClipMagic, Clipboard Help & Spell, etc. 
However, all of them had some serious drawbacks ranging from limited search, only plain text, no categories, lack of note taking/organizing, etc. 
In summary, I am looking for something that will allow me to:
- fast-as-you-type search like in Evernote or X1 client with keyword highlighting
- global hot keys to create new notes  (similar to GloboNote)
- capture rich text (including tables, font format, etc) and images
- note/clipping categories with ability to drag and drop
- open individual notes/clippings in their own individual minimalistic windows with always on top & transparency options
- paste text with stripped formatting (like PureText)
- Windows 8.1 x64 compatibility
- portability would be a plus
- alarms
- rearrange notes/clippings based on the urgency/time/flag
- simple table creation and formatting
- simple image in-place editing tools (crop, resize, rotate, draw text arrows lines on top, borders)
- keyword filter for note/clipping titles (similar to TreeProjects)
- local database with ability to sync over the net
- ability to add document files in the database including PDF, Office, etc. and index the contents for instant search.  I know this is asking too much but i think it would really open up doors to people that deal with lots of information like myself.  X1 client for instance uses the OutsideIn libraries from Oracle (previously Stellent) that allow to view approximately 500 file formats without the native apps installed.  TotalCommander has a free plugin called uLister that utilizes the same libraries.

I will be almost surprised if some app like this exists but I though why not ask around.  Looking forward to your recommendations.



Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Does CHS handle Rich Text?
« on: October 24, 2014, 02:21 PM »
Thumbs up for rich text!

This is currently #1 on my CHS wish list.  Please make my dream come true.  8)
Just to add, Rich text formatting (insert pictures, tables, highlight, etc) is #2 lol


I've just discovered your application and so far I am really enjoying it.  However,  is there a way to open previously stored clips/notes in their own minimalistic windows with ability to have them always-on-top (something similar to GloboNote)?

Also, having rich text formating of each clip/note would be very beneficial, allowing to insert images, simple tables, format text, etc.  Such features would attract note takers/organizers like myself.

PS. Is there a shortcut to paste the last clip as plain text (something like PureText)?


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