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[Withdrawn] NANY 2012: EasyNotes (Beta)

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TaoPhoenix:
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.

Stephen66515:
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?)
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Could you perhaps explain this a little more, I don't fully understand what you mean

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.
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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 :)

3. I don't yet see Find and Replace/Replace All. I hope you add that! : )
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Yep, thats on my to-do list :)

4. Maybe a Recent Documents list.
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Hmm...I guess I could add this.

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.
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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)

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

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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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 :)

Also, has anybody found any bugs in EasyNotes yet?  I'm a little bit concerned that nothing is breaking on me lol

kyrathaba:
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.

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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

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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.

Stephen66515:
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.

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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

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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.
-kyrathaba (December 15, 2011, 09:05 AM)
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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  ;D

kyrathaba:
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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