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New RightNote 4. New Lifetime License

I’ve already stated I’m a big fan of Scrivener and don’t use other writing programs, so why an interest in RightNote? Well, there is a difference between word processing and note taking. OneNote used to be my program of choice, but it’s limitations sent me looking elsewhere. I picked up RightNote a couple years ago because it acts like OneNote in that it has multiple tabs, multiple notes per tab, saves images, links, text and just about everything else, but takes up a fraction of the disk space. OneNote may be free, but that’s because it’s not worth buying anymore.

The document portion of RightNote has a similar look and functionality to Word. There are rulers to set the page margins, text can be formatted, documents can be imported and exported. But unlike Word, there is a folder structure, so documents can be reordered similar to Scrivener.

There is also a spreadsheet portion, which allows for a majority of the same functions available in Excel. If you’re a hardcore accountant or statistician, this won’t compete, but for the average user of summing cells and making tables, this works just as easily.

But now to the note taking portion. Word, Scrivener and other pure word processing tools aren’t good at storing random data. It doesn’t work well to save screenshots, or URL links in Scrivener. Lists, passwords, recipes and other text information doesn’t work well in a word processor. You end up with everything smashed together so it doesn’t make sense, or dozens of files so you can’t find anything.

A few years ago, when I did technical support, the issues I encountered would all be logged in RightNote. After awhile, I had a collection of issues and how to solve them including examples. Each was a separate note within a section category. When an issue came up, I would copy and paste the information I needed, already formatted, with links and screenshots. Everything in one place, problem solved in no time.

Another notable difference is that RightNote stores all it’s information in a database format whereas Scrivener uses standard text files. This is fine until you want to store private information. This could be a Christmas shopping list, or something a little more important like passwords. The RightNote database can be protected and encrypted so that information can be stored safely.

With that in mind, it’s possible to create documents, such as employee reviews, resumes, and personal letters that can be safely stored away. The entire database can be locked so a password is needed to open it, and each folder and document contained within can have a password. This could also be used while writing a book to keep all parts of the plot and outline hidden away.

And yes, the way RightNote is structured, it would be easy to write a book with it. The hierarchy mirrors Scrivener so it could be used to lay out chapters and sections. The export feature would generate files in .doc or .docx format that could be entered in Scrivener or desktop publishing program for final compilation.

Bauerapps has just come out with a new RightNote 4 that adds some new tweaks and features and includes a Journaling feature. This is a nice move toward more general word processing tasks. But with the new version there is another option, a Lifetime License.

I like apps that offer a lifetime license. I would prefer to pay a fee upfront, help support program development and not worry about upgrading every year like a lot of programs are doing. I’m not a fan of software as a subscription.

If you don’t have a solid note taking tool, RightNote is a great place to start. It has a wealth of features and offers Office like functionality with word processing and spreadsheet creation. And if you work in the technical fields, you can clip and save just about everything you come across and easily retrieve it when needed.

RightNote 4 from BauerApps

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Ashampoo Backup Pro 11 for $9.99 with Coupon Code

In keeping with the Spring Cleanup theme and making sure your system is in good repair, here is Ashampoo Backup Pro 11 for $9.99.

If you didn’t take advantage of the O&O DiskImage sale, then I don’t think you can argue with a complete backup solution for $10. Now, I’m not that familiar with their backup tool, but after checking out the demo, it seems like a solid choice. You have the standard tools like file backup, and options to backup the entire system drive. Additionally there are connectors for storing your backup in the cloud such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and others. Additionally, the option to make a rescue disc (CD/DVD) is built right in or you can use a USB stick.

Overall it looks like a pretty solid choice and you get 30 full days for evaluation so you have plenty of time to experiment. If you decide to buy the full version, you should receive an offer after installation to buy it for $12.49, which is a great deal on it’s own. Or you can sign up for the Upgrade off their main page. Either way, you can then add HRE3365QNY and drop the price top $9.99.

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O&O DiskImage 11 Pro For Just US$ 10 – World Backup Day!

Well, this is one heck of a sale. If you don’t already have a backup program in place, or you need to upgrade, O&O DiskImage is a solid product and this is a fantastic price. I don’t believe they’ve ever offered it for this low.

DiskImage does more than just back up files, it’s also a tool for disk cloning including the system files, disk images to make a complete copy of the entire disk and can create a recovery disk.

About the only thing I don’t like is their new UI. They continue this trend of making an interface drawn by a child. It’s so juvenile as to distract from the power of their application. Some may like it, but I’m not a fan.

O&O DiskImage 11 lets you back up an entire computer or single files whenever you want – even while the computer is being used. In the event you should lose your personal data it can be quickly restored with just a few mouse clicks – even when Windows is no longer able to start. It also supports SSD drives and the latest UEFI System.

O&O DiskImage lets you carry out a system restore and to duplicate or clone an entire PC or hard drive. You can even restore this backup onto a computer whose hardware is different from the original machine, for instance, where you have changed a motherboard on the target machine or have bought a brand new PC and want to restore an old backup onto it.

To be safe and not sorry you can get the new O&O DiskImage 11 Pro for just US$ 10, or O&O DiskImage 11 Server Edition for just US$ 49

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O&O Spring Cleanup Bundle and Discount

It’s time for Spring Cleaning and here is another computer bundle, this time from O&O software. It includes:

DiskImage for making a backup of your system or for cloning and entire drive
Defrag to keep files tidy.
AutoBackup for backing up files and syncing files to external drives
SafeErase for deleting Temp files, Internet files, Wiping Free Space and even the entire drive

I’ve used DiskImage in the past and it has worked quite well for me. It’s currently scheduled to make an image of my C:\ drive every two weeks. So if something goes wrong with that drive, it should just be a matter of replacing it, restoring the image and back up and running.

O&O is offering each program for $12 for 1 PC, or you can buy a bundle with all 4 apps to cover 3 PCs for $39. Clearly, the bundle price is far cheaper than buying 1 copy of each. It’s an 85% discount on the cost of each app.

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Ashampoo Bundle System Utilities 13–Winoptimzer, Uninstaller, HDD Control

With Spring Cleaning comes the time to dig through your system and clean out some of those old files and programs you no longer need. Ashampoo has a bundle offer to help with the task and it comes with a really good price. The Bundle System Utilities 13 contains Winoptimizer to help clean out old files, Uninstaller which can be used to remove programs you no longer need and monitor new ones as you go forward, and HDD Control to keep an eye on your drives so you don’t suffer from data loss, a problem I seem to keep running into as I add more and more drives to my system.

Even at the lowest discount price, all three apps would be around $36. However, with this bundle, you can get all three for less than half of that. Using the link below, you can get all three for $19, or just over $6 a piece. That is a really good deal.

Ashampoo Bundle System Utilities 13–Winoptimzer, Uninstaller, HDD Control

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