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#1 Raphaël

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 12:21

Hi everyone!

I'd like to present Note Studio, a little project I've been working on for the last few months.

It's a note taking application with as main goal to provide a quick way to create and organize notes, together with quick searching. I find it particularly useful at work, where I'm storing more than 500 notes about the multiple projects I worked or am working on.

 

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It is written in VB.NET/WPF for the .NET Framework 4.0 and 4.5. It was tested in Windows 7 (Basic and Aero) and Windows 8 and has the following features:

  • Organizing notes into notebooks
  • Basic Formatting
  • Sharing as rtf
  • Printing
  • Export and import of notes
  • Bulleted lists
  • Basic theming with custom themes support, defined by a simple xml file
  • Searching for multiple words in body and title of the notes
  • Clickable links
  • Jumplist with note pinning

The idea for Note Studio came from a need to keep lots of work related information organized and to be able to quickly search and find information. It is inspired by the open source project Tomboy Notes, which works wonders in Linux. The Windows port however was not satisfying for me at the time: slow and bad jumplist support (at least a few months ago).

The installer provides you with the Preview version of Notes Studio. It doesn't contain any crapware, spyware, adware, toolbars (I hate these pesky things) and provides all the features described above. You are free to install it anywhere you want.

Note Studio is not feature complete yet. I still have the following in mind:

  • Linking of notes
  • Synchronizing with a directory (this would allow syncing over SkyDrive or Dropbox)
  • Live sharing of notes between two Note Studio users on the same network
  • E-mailing of Notes (in Rich Text)
  • Better search highlight in the notes

Remark: an issue that bothers me a lot is the performance of the WPF RichtTextBox. Out of the box it is slow, and there is nothing I can do about it. I hope there will be a workaround for that in the future.

You'll notice Studio Studio is heavily Metro-based. I'm pretty sure that will cause it to be loved or hated with a passion :)

I hope you enjoy it! (I enjoyed creating it!)

 

Installer download link: http://skydrive.live...Drive&authkey=!
 




#2 OP Raphaël

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 21:19

Hi everyone!

Too bad I can't update the first post. I'll post some updates here.

This is the changelog since the Preview:

- Hovering notes shows a button to delete them.
- Hovering notebooks shows buttons to edit and delete them.
- You can delete notebooks and notes with the "Delete" button on the keyboard.
- You can drag and drop notes into notebooks in the main window.
- The "LightStudio" theme is provided as an example in the "Themes" directory. You can create your own themes by starting from this example.
  Note: if you installed the preview release, delete the file "Lime.xml" from the themes directory, as the theme syntax has changed.
- Changed the note font from "Segoe UI" to "Calibri".
- The theme name for custom themes is not stored in the XML file anymore. The theme name is now the name of the XML file.
- Greatly improved the performance of the RichTextBox (which is slow out of the box).
- You can create links between notes by selecting text in a note and pressing Ctrl+L.
- Typing a WikiWord creates a linked note.
- You can send notes by e-mail.
- Added more fuzzy dates for the notes.
- Changed the fontsizes to fuzzy sizes.
- Notifications have a title, are shown for a maximum of 10 seconds and have a close button.
- Miscellaneous user interface tweaks and fixes.

And here are some screenshots of today's build:

 

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Greetings!



#3 Growled

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 01:22

That looks really good. :) 



#4 Jarrichvdv

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 08:56

Cool stuff man!



#5 OP Raphaël

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:28

Thanks everyone! Here's an update:

 

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