CintaNotes : A short spin I have CintaNotes sleeping in a partition of mine and I would seldom-to-often use it from time to time then I'd go back to using PolyEdit, EditPad or WordPad for taking down notes plus FastStone Capture for images(screenshot and scrolling mouse capture I can't do without!!). I have the PRO license here with me, which I still haven't used :) but until now I haven't really tinkered with CintaNotes. So this a first in a long time that I have tinkered with CintaNotes for about 2 hours while I am typing this sort of "spin". So since we are soon be having a giveaway thread sponosored by Alex Jenter of CintaNotes for Tweakbytes I'd like to share some info along my spin of CintaNotes --free version. Upon first use alongside applications I often use when online, CintaNotes is very light! I almost did not notice any slowdowns and I was even using Photoshop, Word, Powerpoint, WinRAR, FastStone Image Viewer, PolyEdit Lite, EditPad, Faststone Capture alongside browsers (2) and music/music videos played in PotPlayer. CintaNotes gives you the capability to take notes either, manually, clip text from other applications or paste text from the clipboard. Data whatever it maybe is easy to collect and keep track of both on- and offline. When you run CintaNotes for the first time you will see this blank gui. Settings CintaNotes settings can be seen in the ‘View’ and ‘Options’ menu. The view menu deals mainly with the programs main window. The ‘Options’ menu shows more advanced settings for Hot Keys, clipping,etc. The help menu shows ways to visit Cintanotes websites(About CintaNotes), licensing, updates, etc. Clipping text Entering notes manually is great if you want to write down some brilliant ideas of your own, but often you will just want to store a piece of information you’ve found somewhere else. This is a case where CintaNotes really shines. If you are a fast-typer and you need only to enter a small amount of data, you can do it manually. But most of the time the data that you want to store is from somewhere else. In CintaNotes(assuming that it is running --resides in the system tray) you have to just mark the text you want and press Ctrl+F12. The main window will pop up, showing the new note with the text you’ve just selected. Taking notes manually Sometimes while working an idea pops into your head and you want to write that down, say, a quote, or a draft procedure of some kind. To do this, open CintaNotes>select “New Note” command from the “Edit” menu (or just press the Ins key or Ctrl+N). A new note will be created the note editor is displayed. There you can enter a note’s title, text, tags, link and also add some additional remarks. Pasting notes from the clipboard CintaNotes allows direct text pasting from the clipboard. Go to, Edit>Paste. A new note will be created with the text from the clipboard. Alternatively you can press Ctrl+V to access the Edit command. CintaNotes recommends the use of the clipping hot key (Ctrl+F12) because using that also the link to the note’s source. For example, if you clip a note from a web page, the Link field will receive the URL of this page. Select the text you want to copy, press Ctrl+F12 and automatically what you have selected will be shown. You can also set it to open in Editor. Editing and formatting notes Notes can be edited anytime. Just double-click on any note and th editor will appear with your note. Alternatively you can highlight it and press Enter or F2. CintaNotes supports basic text formatting with the help of the Format pop up submenu. Bold, italics, underline, strikeout, monospace and highlighting are supported. Also you can make bulleted and numbered lists. Deleting notes Deleting notes is also straightforward – select the notes you want to delete, and press the Delete key (or select “Delete” from the “Edit” menu or the note’s context menu). By default, deleted notes go into the CintaNotes own Recycle Bin and is accessible from the File menu. But you can also delete notes permanently with the Shift+Del shortcut. Merging notes While working long across different applications alongside taking notes you end up getting a whole bunch of notes! CintaNotes you can merge all or selected notes together via selecting all of them and choosing the “Edit/Merge” command (or pressing Ctrl+M) or via the right-click>Merge. The selected notes will be merged into one Taking notes on mobile devices CintaNotes supports two kinds of synchronization via Simplenote service. To view and edit notes on your mobile devices, you need to sync them with Simplenote. Simplenote is a free cloud service for sharing and synchronizing notes. First, go to simplenote.com to create your Simplenote account. Then open the Synchronization window and log into your Simplenote account. After this, your notes will be synced. Now install and run the Simplenote app on your mobile device and connect it with your account (links to apps for each mobile platform can be found also on the Simplenote website). Each time you create a note with Simplenote on your mobile device, it will automatically be synchronized with the notes on your PC. This way, the notes you take on your phone or tablet PC will be instantly available on your PC. Using Simplenote, you can access your notes from the web and on platforms other than Windows, such as Mac, iOS, Android and Kindle. However, since Simplenote doesn’t support file attachments, CintaNotes uses own server for syncing attached files (up to 100 Mb per user). They are encrypted with your Simplenote password, this means that no one except you will be able to decrypt them. Note: Dropbox Synchronization is also supported. See source link below to find out how to set up Dropbox Synchronization. Search functions CintaNotes (by default) displays all notes which are in the notebook, organized in a list. You can enter a search query to limit the display to the notes satisfying the query. To begin entering the search string, just start typing in the main CintaNotes window. The focus will go to the search box, and the note list will be updated as you type. CintaNotes highlights parts of notes which matched your search. You can use the F3 and Shift+F3 keys on the focused note’s text preview to navigate forward and backward through the highlighted matches (the same keys also work in the note editor window for searching selected text). Search strings are not case-sensitive. To reset the search filter and go back to the full list, click the ‘X’ (close) button inside of the search box, or press Esc. Adding a new note will reset the search filter as well. By default, CintaNotes searches only from the word boundaries. This means that e.g. when you search for nation, notes containing the word “international” won’t be found. If you want to search also inside of words, you need to activate the “Search inside words” option by clicking on the magnifying glass icon (or simply right-clicking) in the search box, and selecting the “Search inside words” item from the drop-down menu. Notebooks CintaNotes stores all the notes you take in a notebook file. On first run, CintaNotes creates a notebook file called “cintanotes.db” in the install location (or the location of the executable if using the portable version). Create new notebooks via the File>New command, and open existing notebooks using the File>Open command and save copies of Notebooks using the File> Save As command. The PRO versions allows for Multiple notebooks. Sections Sections represent a disjointed set of notes, that is, notes which you’d like to keep separate, but still in the same notebook. Sections are represented as tabs on the Section Bar, which is located at the top right below the main menu and at the top of the main window. It helps you keep notes on different topics apart from each other within one notebook. Sections in a notebook are represented as tabs on the Section Bar, which is located at the top right below the main menu. When CintaNotes creates a new notebook, it also creates a section called “Main”. Right-clicking on a tab in the Section bar brings up a context menu which contains all section-related commands. To create a New Section, right-click the Section bar>New Section or click the "+" sign at the right-most corner of the Section bar. In the dialog box that comes up you need to specify the name of the new section. You can set the color as you like via the color tab. Note that the final tab color can differ from what you’ve picked: to ensure comfortable brightness and contrast levels, only the hue of the selected color is used. To rename a section, or to change its properties, use the Properties command in the section tab’s context menu. Deleting a section is possible through the Delete command of the same menu, or via pressing Ctrl+Shift+Del. Mind that all notes the section contains will be deleted and unrecoverable. If you want to delete the section but keep the notes, you should first move the notes to another section via selecting them and executing the Edit/Move/To Section command (Shift+F6).