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Managing your day-to-day life is not an easy job to do. There are so many things to concern for - housekeeping, shopping, children... And what about cousin's birthday you always forget or important phone numbers? Undoubtedly your working place is covered with dusty yellow (or blue, or pink) sticky notes. If so - PNotes is right for you. Throw the physical stickies away and replace them with virtual ones on your desktop.

PNotes (Pinned Notes or Portable Notes, use what you prefer) exists in two different editions:
  • PNotes - the older one, written entirely in plain C and Windows API (with Pelles C for Windows IDE)
  • PNotes.NET - the newer one, written in C#, requires .NET Framework 4 Client profile
Here is the comparison table of two products:
Feature PNotes PNotes.NET
Portability - the program does not require installation and can be started from any drive (fixed or flash) on any computer Yes Yes
requires .NET Framework 4 Client profile
Rich text - full set of formatting options Yes Yes
Tables - organize your note's content into customizable tables No Yes
Special symbols - for formulas, schemes, equations and other special content No Yes
Subscript, superscript, lines and paragraphs spacing - additional formatting options No Yes
Free drawing - don't want to TYPE your notes? WRITE them or DRAW them. No Yes
Transparency - allows you to set transparency level for all notes or for each of notes separately Yes Yes
Skins - there is a variety of skins for PNotes but if you wish, you can run the program in skinless mode, in which case you can stretch notes to any reasonable size Yes Yes
PNotes Control Panel - central command post, all management is put into effect here Yes Yes
Groups - allows you to divide notes into groups of your choice, create new groups and subgroups, control all by mouse click or drag-and-drop Yes Yes
Scheduling - use various schedule types to be reminded about significant events by many different ways Yes Yes
Overdue notes tracking - keeps you alerted even with overdue reminders Yes Yes
Spell checking - using Hunspell library Yes
may be improper for some Eastern languages
Speaking notes - instead of alarming by sound files you may force the notes to speak with you, reading their text aloud Yes Yes
Notes' exchange over local network - keeps you in touch with your colleagues and friends Yes Yes
Storing undelivered notes on server - when either PNotes.NET is not running on recipient's computer, or his/her computer is off (experimental, requires PNotesExchangeService installed on any local network computer) Yes Yes
Posting on social networks - allows you to post a part of note or entire note on social networks (there are currently plugins for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and VKontakte available) Yes Yes
Import posts from social networks - allows you to insert your posts from social networks into notes Yes Yes
Hot keys - allows you to access frequently used function with your own hot keys Yes Yes
Password protection - prevents unauthorized access to program Yes Yes
Password protection for single note/group - protects your notes even more strongly Yes Yes
Encryption - allows all your notes to be stored as encrypted files Yes Yes
Visual encryption - allows you to encrypt your notes' text, making it absolutely unreadable No Yes
E-mailing - sends notes via e-mail as mail body text, attachment or ZIP archive Yes
except ZIP archives
E-mailing via SMTP - sends notes as mail body text, attachment or ZIP archive via SMTP, without using of client e-mail program. Option to import mail contacts from MS Outlook, GMail and IBM Notes (former Lotus Notes) No
Synchronization - Stay synchronized Yes
local and via FTP protocol
Synchronization with cloud storage services - via plugins (including FTP and SFTP) Yes Yes
Images and smilies - you can add images to notes, making them more expressive and/or use the set of predefined smilies Yes Yes
Export to MS Outlook Notes - requires MS Outlook running Yes Yes
Docking - allows you to dock your notes to any side of the screen, forcing them always to be straightened and look like a panel Yes Yes
Diary group - special group of notes with its own settings, which allows you to maintain diary-like set Yes Yes
Tags - you may add any number of predefined tags to each note for further searching and sorting Yes Yes
Backing up - you decide whether to make backup copies befor any change in notes and what is the deepness of backup levels. Also you can manually make a full backup copy of all notes Yes Yes
Pin-to-window - ability to pin notes to selected window Yes Yes
Ability to save notes as desktop shortcuts - to show hidden notes or to run the program if it is not running. Yes Yes
Searching - search for (or replace) text fragments in all notes, including hidden or in each separate note, or find notes with specified title, or notes modified within specified interval, or notes with specified tags Yes Yes
Quick search in web - searches the web for any selected word or phrase in note using you preferred search provider Yes Yes
Favorites - intensively used notes are accessed by a single click Yes Yes
Menus management - allows you to dynamically hide/show and reorder program menus Yes Yes
Custom fonts - you may use your custom fonts which are not installed on current machine Yes Yes
Customizable UI fonts - change windows and menus font to most suitable one Yes Yes
Auto switching user interface flow direction to right-to-left - for right-to-left languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic Yes Yes
Export and import options - export to MS Outlook notes, import from previous versions or export all/filtered notes to single file of one of following formats: PDF, TIF, DOC, RTF or TXT. Yes Yes

I hope that you will enjoy using PNotes as I enjoy developing it!

24 Feb 2013 - new version released - 9.3.017 Jun 2017 - new version released - 3.5.0
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Andrey Gruber © 2007 - 2017