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RightNote Standard and Professional on sale for 50% Off

As I build up a new writing workflow, I need a new tool to replace Microsoft OneNote since it’s still the 2007 version and isn’t getting updated or supported. I’m not going to install the new version of OneNote for a variety of reasons including I don’t like the way it looks and I have privacy concerns in regards to how Microsoft is treating it’s latest apps. Microsoft is getting far too entrenched in this idea that simply because I use one of their apps, whatever I do with it or create with it is somehow theirs. I prefer to keep my data local and I prefer to make sure it stays mine.

With that, I have brought in RightNote as my new multi-purpose, multi-tabbed writing environment. Like OneNote, you can create multiple "pages" to organize ideas and separate out topics. From there, each page can have multiple notes in a tree structure that can easily be moved around and organized. This will be useful when I’m putting together a technical document and I need to make changes to the workflow order.

Since RightNote is a fully RichText environment, it also allows complete freedom in formatting and the type of content such as images, tables, charts, styles and spacing. In many respects, RightNote combines the power of OneNote with the editing features of Microsoft Word.

For example, the Pages and tree structure on the page are like OneNote, while the formatting, tables, margins, spell-checking, line spacing, indents, styles and images are like the features of Word. And if you say OneNote already has those features, I would respond with, that’s the point. RightNote has all the features of the version of OneNote I love, while still maintaining a UI and usability that the new version has lost.

To me, RightNote is in so many respects the same as OneNote without losing all the features that makes OneNote great. I can structure longer pieces of writing, move documents around, add images and add formatting just like I can in OneNote. However, I can also export all that information with ease so that it can be edited on the go with my iPad or edited at work on my Mac. RightNote supports exporting out to Plain Text as well as RTF, DOC and DOCX. Unlike OneNote, I’m not locked in and can move information around with ease.

Additionally, since RightNote uses it’s own proprietary database file format, it means I can password protect my more important documents away from prying eyes. This allows me to work with financial information as well as work sensitive data without worrying about who sees it. Of course, when it comes to regular writing, it also means I can lock it away until the piece is ready to be seen.

I bring all this up of course because RightNote Standard and Professional are on sale for 50% off. That is an excellent deal for a program that offers so many features. I’ve been toying with the Freeware version for awhile now, but I have upgraded to the Professional version to get the full feature set and support future development.

RightNote is a great "content creation" tool and if you’re looking for an app that lets you write with freedom, yet is feature rich, RightNote is definitely worth looking into.

To get the latest version of RightNote Professional and take advantage of the sale, head to the RightNote site – http://www.bauerapps.com/ and use Coupon Code RNT-ICYV-DEC during checkout to get 50% off. The sale lasts until Dec 24th, so you have a couple of days to check it out and see if it’s right for you.

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Scrivener for Windows and Mac Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale – $25

As a final offer before the all the festive holiday sales come to an end, if you’re a writer, or an aspiring one, you might want to check out Scrivener which is on sale for $25. That’s around a 50% savings off the regular price.

To be honest, I’m not as familiar with Scrivener as I should be. It has long been held as a quality writing tool and is very often mention in November to coincide with National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO). I keep toying with the idea to get a copy and now I simply can’t argue with the price. I think this will couple quite nicely with Notebooks for Windows that I just picked up. I can use Notebooks to write down ideas for articles and then transfer them over to Scrivener if they’re going to take more research and links.

The features for Scrivener are simply to numerous to mention, but from everything I can see, it’s a feature rich writing environment that can be used as a simple text editor, an outlining tool and production tool. I just picked up a copy and will soon get my feet wet. I do know that it has been a couple of years since I’ve used Microsoft Word as it spends more time mangling what I write than helping me complete it.

So, if you’re looking to ditch Word (and well you should) check out this massive discount before it expires.

Scrivener for Windows and Mac Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale – $25

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Paprika for iPad, Windows and Mac – Easy to catalog recipes, shopping list and now a big discount

Since we’re in the full swing of the holiday season, it’s appropriate to bring up another stellar iOS app that has both Windows and Mac equivalents. Paprika is a recipe box app that I bought a few years ago. In fact, I think I picked up a copy within a day or two of it’s initial release. For some strange reason, recipe apps were all but nonexistent for the iPad, which just struck me as odd since the iPad is a perfect cooking companion.

Paprika stepped in with the ability to create a recipe database. It was basically just a shell to give you a place to store ingredients and instructions. On the surface it seemed far to simple, but in reality it was incredibly flexible and powerful.

We now jump ahead a couple of years and not only has the app grown more powerful, there are now versions that run on most platforms. And like Notebooks, Paprika looks and runs the same across different platforms so you don’t have to deal with oddities just because you switched to a different device.

The big features of Paprika are the fact that you can import recipes from multiple sources, you can copy recipes directly from websites wherein Paprika will understand the different sections and set up the recipe correctly, you can set up recipes on your desktop machine and sync them to your device (and vice versa) and you can set up shopping lists using both ingredients needed for the recipes you have planned using the meal planner as well as adding your own items that have nothing to do with cooking such as shampoo. This means you can now put together a shopping list on any computer or device and then have that list with you when you’re actually in the store. I’ve had a couple of different shopping list apps (Shopper being one of the best) and following a list saves a whole lot of time and money at the store.

You could also have someone fill out a shopping list for you on their copy of Paprika and send it over to you so there is no guesswork about which items you need to pick up.

Anyway, I’ve had Paprika by my side for a few years now and like I said, there is now a Windows and Mac version. Better still, all versions are on sale. There is a 50% discount across the board. The iPad app is only $2.99 while the desktop versions are a mere $9.99 each. Further, the desktop versions allow you to install on 3 separate machines which is a great deal. Ironically, I paid $9.99 when Paprika first came out for the iPad.

Paprika is the type of app you can use on a regular basis. You can now plan out meals and put together shopping lists with ease. It works great with the iPad Mini which is what I take to the store with me. Even if you only do a little bit of cooking, Paprika is an app I highly recommend you have by your side.

Paprika Recipe Manager on sale for a 50% discount

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Save 60% on everything during the O&O Cyber Monday Week

So there are plenty of Defrag and Internet cache cleaning tools out there, but if you don’t already have something in your toolbox, then O&O is offering a sweet deal. You can pick up their highly usable Defrag tool or go All-In and grab a PowerPack which features Defrag, SafeErase, DiskImage and AutoBackup.

Since I already have CCleaner Professional Plus, I’m covered on most fronts, however, the PowerPack is still a great bundle since you get O&O DiskImage which I use to make an image of my C:\ drive on a weekly basis and AutoBackup which I use to sync external hard drives. The PowerPack is a 3 computer license so that’s nice.

If you want to just grab an individual product, you still get 60% off. If you don’t have it, I would say invest in O&O DiskImage. It works extremely well, and I’ve used it to restore a failed drive and was back up and running pretty quickly. The copy process took a long time since I was using 3TB drives, but that’s just the amount of data to copy and has nothing to do with the software.

Pretty good deal and last through the end of the month. Use coupon CYBERWEEK15 at www.oo-software.com

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Games to get in the Steam Summer Sale

The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing and there are hundreds of games on sale. I’ve already bought several new collections of games that I’m looking forward to checking out, but there are some games I’ve already been playing that I think you should get while they’re discounted. These are all under $10 while some are under $5.

Banished – A great game of city building, but it’s so much harder and more complex than it looks.

Betrayer – A creepy and mysterious first-person shooter with lots of puzzle solving elements.

Besiege – Build a machine of mass destruction and turn it loose on the sheep!

TinyKeep – I’m not sure why I’m in prison, I’m sure it’s an honest mistake, but I’m bustin out of this joint!

Age of Empires II – One of the greatest city builder/RTS games ever made.

Rise of Nations – Another stunning RTS that goes from bows and arrows to nuclear warheads.

Baldur’s Gate – Deep story and the classic dungeon crawler

Baldur’s Gate II – Enhanced and updated!

Dungeon Siege Collection – All 3 games from the Dungeon Siege series which was a pretty decent adventure game in it’s own right.

Bioshock Triple Pack – All 3 creepy games from the Bioshock series.

Icewind Dale – It’s all about fighting monster and searching for loot!

Spiderweb Software Complete Pack – 13 dungeon crawling games for $13. Come on now, that’s one hell of a deal!

Even though this list is small, it should provide hours and hours of entertainment. Considering a movie costs $11 and will be over and done within 2 hours, spending $10 on a game that will last you several days or even a few weeks is a pretty good investment.

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