RightNote

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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RightNote on Sale for 50% Discount

I’ve written about RightNote before and how it’s replaced OneNote. It’s a great tool for taking down notes, but it has a whole slew of features that make it far more than simple note writing tool. It’s a full featured Editor with enough formatting features to satisfy most people. You don’t need the bulk and expense of Microsoft Word, when all you want to do is write, not format. RightNote offers a very nice hierarchy view of your documents, so you can have multiple documents open at the same time and jump straight to the one you want. If you’re working with longer or multi-part documents, this is far better than the Word approach.

RightNote also has Spreadsheet functionality built in. You can make a standard spreadsheet and put in basic calculations. It might not be sophisticated enough for the boardroom, but considering most of us make simple budgets or ledgers, it’s handle the job without issue.

RightNote supports multiple tabs, formatting, tables, styles, spell-checking and protected documents. It can also save in several formats, including Microsoft Word.  It’s a great tool and goes far beyond the simple act of writing notes.

It comes in three versions, Free, Standard and Professional. At this discount price, I would opt for the Professional version at $30.

I’ve written about RightNote before and how it’s replaced OneNote. It’s a great tool for taking down notes, but it has a whole slew of features that make it far more than simple note writing tool. It’s a full featured Editor with enough formatting features to satisfy most people. You don’t need the bulk and expense of Microsoft Word, when all you want to do is write, not format. RightNote offers a very nice hierarchy view of your documents, so you can have multiple documents open at the same time and jump straight to the one you want. If you’re working with longer or multi-part documents, this is far better than the Word approach.

RightNote also has Spreadsheet functionality built in. You can make a standard spreadsheet and put in basic calculations. It might not be sophisticated enough for the boardroom, but considering most of us make simple budgets or ledgers, it’s handle the job without issue.

RightNote supports multiple tabs, formatting, tables, styles, spell-checking and protected documents. It can also save in several formats, including Microsoft Word.  It’s a great tool and goes far beyond the simple act of writing notes.

It comes in three versions, Free, Standard and Professional. At this discount price, I would opt for the Professional version at $30.

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RightNote Professional 50% off at BitsDuJour

If you previously missed this offer and want to get a great note taking, word processing and spreadsheet combo, then you have another chance to pick up RightNote Professional for 50% off. I’ve been working with RightNote for a while now and it’s a very useful and dare I say a competent replacement for Word and Excel.

RightNote goes beyond just note taking and offers a fully functional writing environment. You can easily compose short notes or full documents. If you were so inclined, it would be easy to rough out an outline for a long document and then dive in and compose the whole thing in RightNote. It’s not a substitute for Scrivener, but it’s a great writing environment that comes with a vast array of features.

I’ve since switched away from OneNote to RightNote and it’s working very well for me. And for today, you can pick up the Standard or Professional version for 50% off. It’s well worth the price.

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RightNote – A $15 replacement for Word and Excel?

Now, Word and Excel are extremely large and extremely powerful programs, but to be honest, people use maybe 5% of the features, if that. You literally end up paying and arm and a leg for a piece of software that does more than you will ever need. Most of us make up a quick document with a couple or bold items, a few bullet points and maybe a heading or two. In Excel, it’s a couple of columns, most likely some sort of budget and that’s it. We aren’t doing desktop publishing, nor are we setting up an account ledger, so why pay for all that nonsense? But here is a neat alternative – RightNote.

The RightNote editor has all the basic features of Word and Excel built right in. You can create a formatted document with the standard bold, italic and underline, along with headers and styles as well as inserting a table if you need it. Then there is the Spreadsheet note that lets you use the old tried and true Excel function such as =SUM(), but you get dozens more such as Average, If, Date, Concatenate, CountIf, SumIf, Weekday, Text and lots of others. So that would clearly cover what most people would use Word and Excel for. And that’s all within one application that’s a fraction of the size.

You can save your documents as Word 2007 .docx files, but there isn’t an option to export out a spreadsheet. That would be a problem is you’re working with real spreadsheets all the time and need to send them off for review, but I doubt it would be that big of a deal for the average home user. When was the last time you imported or send a spreadsheet for home use?

I have to say, RightNote is looking pretty sweet and goes way beyond just some simple note taking tool. With the current sale, I grabbed the Professional version for $30 which I think is a great deal for all the powers and features, but it would be just as feasible to grab the Standard version, which doesn’t include some of the web clipping features, and you would still get the most useful features of Word and Excel for $15. That is pretty hard to argue.

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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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