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A superb program, which I'll be purchasing tomorrow, but I do think it could be improved by the addition of a mini/compact mode which could be opened as a separate window.

I'm thinking something like the bookmarks panel in Opera - quick search at the top and scrollable list of favs/bookmarks below.

The mini/compact mode window could be docked to the LHS of main monitor, parked on a secondary monitor and/or wherever else was handy. I think such a facility would certainly appeal to users and potential users who are used to accessing their favs/bookmarks the old fashioned way.

General Software Discussion / Re: Timeline Software
« on: August 11, 2009, 03:52 PM »

Timeline Studio

I'm not sure how many of your requirements this will meet but it's certainly worth a look.

This is not web-based although I'm told that there's a timeline hosting solution in the works.

Timeline project files are in a proprietary file format but there are import/export from/to Excel and export to Word.

Loads of features and generally pretty slick.

I heard of this one earlier in the week and dived in right away.

ShadowProtect Desktop Edition 35% Competitive Upgrade Discount.

In regards to competitive Upgrades all image back up solutions classify.

Some examples are: Back up Exec System Recovery, Acronis True Image, Echo for Server and Small Business Server.

The order of the competitive product must have happened within the last 2 year and Storagecraft will need to see a copy of the invoice/license.

I can't find a link for this so, until one appears, interested parties can email [email protected] adding "Request for StorageCraft Competitive Upgrade" as the subject line.

Mine worked out at £41.49 including the dreaded VAT, still way more expensive than the competition but then, as I did, you may think it's well worth it.

I hope this is of use to somebody.



Thanks again guys,

I'm going to give ExplorerNotes2 and Quicknote another push and see what happens.

Don't hold your breath though, if I pester too much I'll end up with 'picture but no sound' for a night or two and I really don't fancy that.  ;)

What was the problem with evernote? The fact that it was on the tray area instead of explorer context menu?

If it wasn't that, maybe we can create a simple note handler that'd work from the tray area.

Hi jgpaiva,

Nope, from memory it was just that she found it too complicated.
I have a licence for Evernote myself (though I don't use it much) and tried her with it on my machine - no joy.

The closest I came was with Acetext (one of my 'must have' apps) set to launch 'Tower' by hot-key (or tray icon) and then it's all mouse work from there - no joy, mutterings, pulling funny faces and all the rest of it.



Hefty Hippie: have you tried evernote? It's as simple as it gets. You just right-click its tray icon (the icons next to the clock) and select "new note" to make a new note :)

Yep, tried it pal - no use.

Hi Darwin,

Thanks for your continuing interest.

Nope, I've not found a reasonable and acceptable solution and, to be honest, I've pretty much given up on trying.

I checked out most of the solutions suggested in this thread but, after due consideration and consultation with 'head office' (the wife!), it was deemed that nothing was suitable.

See, it's all about how complicated a program is and how long it takes to learn to use it.
The wife parks herself in front of her machine for maybe only 2 or 3 hours a week so she's unwilling to spend much of that time learning the ins and outs of new software.
Also, she may not even touch her machine for weeks at a time so anything she has bothered to learn (say hot-key combos) may well be forgotten, at least partially, by the next session.

That's the beauty of Opera Notes and why I offered same as an example - quick, simple and there looking at you from context menu. Granted, of course, that Opera Notes is perhaps too limited in scope for what you are or I may require but something similar, available in Windows Explorer, would be absolutely ideal for my better half.

Thanks again,


it's a lot more complex (I think) thank Heftie Hippie's wife requires.

Yep, spot on with that remark Darwin - I tried it already.

Anyway, my thanks to everybody who has joined in and tried to help.

Thanks again pal.

I'll explore those links and see if anything looks likely to fit the bill but, to be totally honest, I kinda doubt it.

See, the emphasis needs to be on simplicity and ease of use (well, my better half's version of ease of use) else she simply wont use it at all - there speaks the voice of experience.  ;)


Mainly for simplicity and ease of use by someone who's more of a mouse person than a keyboard person.

The thing I'm looking for would actually be used on my Wife's machine.
I use AceText myself, I tried the Wife with that (and a few others, CHS included) but she didn't like them at all and reverted to sticking paper notes up all over the place. However, she does make good use of Opera's notes facility which is why I mentioned it as an example.

Thanks Lanux,
I have Filenote, it's very useful indeed for making file-specific notes but not much use for general note taking.
If I get chance, I'll make some 'mock up' screenshots later so as to better illustrate what I'm looking for.

Probably a really daft question but here goes..

Has anybody ever come across any clipboard extender/note taking software that works from Windows Explorer context menu?

I had in mind something very simple just for plain text, something that functions almost exactly like notes in Opera but available via Explorer right click.

Any clues?

Cheers in advance,


I spotted this thread the other day and decided to give QTT a whirl - I'm impressed, very impressed. The image preview/thumbnail on hover/mouse-over feature is a bloody marvel!

I could almost be persuaded to go back to WE/QTT as my main file browser but there's just one thing missing - the easy saving and application of user-defined 'column sets' in details view.

Yep, I know that Windows let you save your selected columns but, so far as I'm aware, you have to do that either on a folder by folder basis or apply one set to all folders.

I've searched for a third party app. that'll let you save and apply column sets to WE but no luck so far, if anyone knows of anything I'd appreciate you giving me the heads up.

Excellent!  :Thmbsup:

Many thanks to all concerned.

I think this is the first time that I've ever won anything anywhere.  8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Handy for quick notes?
« on: May 16, 2007, 06:05 AM »
Thanks chaps,

Yep, I recently looked at DOpus and a ton of other Explorer replacements but pretty much gave it up as a bad job. DOpus (and a few of the others) are great apart from the fact that they don't work with two of my 'pet' tools, Hace MMM and ShellToysXP. I work a lot from mouse right click, I know there are often other (sometimes better) ways of doing things but it's just what I've got used to.
AB Commander and ExplorerXP came closest but neither are ideal.

I'd spotted that one, it looks good and you certainly can't knock the price - I'd give it a go apart from the fact that ShellToysXP has a very similar feature.

General Software Discussion / Handy for quick notes?
« on: May 15, 2007, 08:17 AM »
Hi to all, my first post here so please be gentle  ;)

I was sorting out some problems with an Opera install yesterday (plug-ins 'fighting') and, as part of the fault-finding process, ended up systematically taking certain files out of the equation by re-naming 'em.

When I'm doing things like this I tend to drop plain text notes in the relevant folders so, at a later date, it's easy to see what changes have been made.
The note taking procedure can be rather time-consuming where many different folders are involved so I got to wondering if there was an easier way of doing things.

I found this little gem earlier - FileNote (scroll down a bit)

Description from the site -

"FileNote is a little shell extension that allows you to add textual descriptions to your files. It adds one command to the shell context menu of a file object. This command lets you easily edit or create a text file that has the same name as the initial file, but with the extension TXT.
For example, if you have a file, MyImage.jpg, you right-click on that file and choose the FileNote command from the context menu. A new text file called MyImage.txt is created and Notepad is opened to edit that text file. If a text file with that name already exists, it will be opened for viewing/editing."

It works a treat in XP, I hope you find it as useful as I do.



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