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  • Zim icon


    Zim brings the concept of a wiki to your desktop. Store information, link pages and edit with WYSISYG markup or directly typing some lightweight markup syntax and see it previewed as-you-type. Creating a new page is easy by either...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • CherryTree icon


    A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file. The following languages are supported: Chinese Simplified (Channing Wong, up to date) Czech (Pavel...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    • can import treepad (hjt) files supports utf8 encoding Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • ToDoList icon


    A simple but effective way to keep on top of your tasks, 10 languages. ToDoList is a rare form of task management tool, one that allows you to repeatedly sub-divide your tasks into more manageable pieces whilst still presenting a...

    Open Source Windows

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    wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. What makes wikidPad different from other notepad applications is the ease with which you can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • CintaNotes icon


    CintaNotes is an ultra-ergonomic, productivity-boosting notetaking app for Windows. It will help you collect, organize, and find any information.

    Freemium Windows

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  • KeepNote icon


    KeepNote: note-taking and organization. KeepNote is a note taking application that works on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X. With KeepNote, you can store your class notes, TODO lists, research notes, journal entries, paper outlines...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued No new releases since March 2012, but last version, 0.7.8, is still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
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    Notational Velocity

    Notational Velocity is a mouseless application for storing and retrieving notes. With Notational Velocity, searching for notes is not a separate action; rather, it is the primary interface. Searching encompasses all notes content...

    Open Source Mac

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  • MyTetra icon


    MyTetra is open source and cross platform personal manager for information accumulation. It is powerful program for data memorization and structuring notes. .

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • AllMyNotes Organizer icon

    AllMyNotes Organizer

    AllMyNotes Organizer is a multi-functional hierarchical information manager for Windows. Store all your Notes in virtual folders in one file! Everyone is unique so AllMyNotes Organizer offers freedom of individualizing your...

    Freemium Windows

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    Zoho Notebook

    Online Notebook application: Zoho Notebook lets you combine text, images, audio, video, RSS feeds, documents and much more. Online Collaboration: You can share a single image or selection of text from a page rather than the whole...

    Free Personal Mac Web / Cloud Android iPhone Apple Watch

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  • Fetchnotes icon


    Fetchnotes helps you capture and organize short notes like books to read, ideas and shopping lists - like sticky notes for the modern age. Spend less time organizing your notes and more time acting on them! With apps on the web...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Chrome

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  • OutWiker icon


    Outwiker - Personal wiki and outliner License: GPL 3 EN: OutWiker is designed to store notes in a tree. Such programs are called "outliner", personal wiki, or tree-like editors. OutWiker's main difference from...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • My Notes Keeper icon

    My Notes Keeper

    Home Of My Notes Keeper - My Notes Keeper is the premier note/outliner application for Windows 9x/2000/XP/NT. It allows you to store all of your notes and information in an easy-to-use outline, where you can quickly find what you...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Notezilla icon


    Colorful & powerful sticky notes app for Windows & Phones. Set reminder alarms, attach them to any website or document, organize them using folders/tags, sync sticky notes between devices & send notes across LAN or to any...

    Commercial Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

    • Notezilla is a Post-It like sticky notes software while Treepad is a hyerarchical text software. Guest • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • TreeDBNotes icon


    TreeDBNotes is a powerful and easy-to-use personal database program, Word Processor with Tree Structure. User interface in 21 languages available. Features: Search, Replace, Case options, Insert file/ link/ image/ time/ date/...

    Freemium Windows

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    The Guide

    The Guide is a two-pane outliner - a program that allows you to arrange text notes in a tree-like structure. It supports formatted text, exporting to RTF and hyperlinks (both internal and external).

    Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 2.0, released in December 2008, can be still downloaded from SourceForge, but it has been reported as buggy.
  • TreeLine icon


    TreeLine just stores almost any kind of information. A tree structure makes it easy to keep things organized. And each node in the tree can contain several fields, forming a mini-database. The output format for each node can be...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • Mars Notebook icon

    Mars Notebook

    This is the very useful tree-styled personal information manager. English, Russian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, German, Polish, French. You can use it every day as your assistant in your work and life. It always can be close to...

    Freemium Windows

  • labfolder icon


    labfolder is an electronic lab notebook that helps to document, organize and share your research data.

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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  • minipad2 icon


    minipad2 integrates many useful functions into one program including notepad, calculator, reminder, dictionary, launcher, address list, text template, and clipboard enhancement. All the contents are automatically saved while minimized...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 3.2.0, released on November 28th, 2010, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.
  • footnote icon


    A beautiful, fast, and simple note taking app in the style of elementary

    Open Source Linux

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  • myBase icon


    myBase is a unique freeform database software that creates full-text searchable databases and organizes information in the tree-structured outline form, along with capability of capturing information from a variety of data sources...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • Todomoo icon


    Todomoo is a todo manager specially designed to help you manage paid projects. Hierarchical tasks, payment details, timers and notes for each task. Supports task sorting by every main window column. Automatic backups and portable...

    Open Source Windows

  • Golden Rules Organizer icon

    Golden Rules Organizer

    Cross-platform, portable organizer to manage personal and shared projects, tasks, schedule, contacts, bookmarks, notes, goals. Includes diary, expense and time tracking, planner, tagging and search facilities, HTML reports. ...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • Exstora icon


    Built-in quick note: save ideas, contacts, interesting facts With Exstora, you can write down a thought that comes to your mind as soon as possible. To create a new note, just double-click next to the corresponding section. ...

    Freemium Windows

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.9, released in May 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Pingpad icon


    Get things done. Together. Instant notes, messaging, tasks, photo and link sharing to get things done in private groups.

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • Ultra Recall icon

    Ultra Recall

    "Ultra Recall is personal information, knowledge, and document organizer software for Microsoft Windows. * Capture documents, web pages, notes, and emails from almost any application, with automatic capture of content...

    Commercial Windows

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    Info Select

    Info Select is a Personal Information Manager that organizes Internet data, notes, to-do's, schedules, contacts, addresses, forms, ideas, images, and much more. Been around since early Windows, highly regarded but very expensive...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Natara Bonsai icon

    Natara Bonsai

    Natara Bonsai is a Palm OS and Windows Mobile outliner application with a Windows desktop client that also works as a full-featured standalone outliner and task manager. The Bonsai 5 Desktop Edition offers multiple views of a...

    Commercial Windows Windows Mobile HP webOS

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    • Discontinued Official site inaccessible, but app still available on download sites.
  • Intellinote icon


    Intellinote is a Team Productivity Platform that’s reimagining Enterprise Collaboration for teams of all sizes. Used in growing mid-sized companies, small businesses and Fortune 500 enterprises, Intellinote’s growing user base...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Blackberry 10

    • Discontinued Website and app listing now reflects different product/service.
  • Outline+ icon


    Note-taking becomes intuitive again Organize your personal, work and class notes. View and edit Microsoft OneNote on iPad and Mac. Your OneNote companion on iPad Note-taking becomes intuitive again. Organize your personal, work...

    Commercial Mac iPad

TreePad Comments

On Linux only via WINE

Comment by JohnFastman
about TreePad and Wine 15 days ago

As far as I can see, Treepad is available for Windows only and promises to work on Linux via WINE. That's fine, but it's not the same as being Linux native. Just so that's clear for any interested Linuxers.


TreePad has No Competitor

Positive Comment by luizmenezes
about TreePad Dec 2015

I have searched a lot, but did not find an app better than TreePad Business or TreePad X Enterprise for Note Taking and Notes Management.

[Edited by luizmenezes, December 02]


Lacking... but still no viable alternative

Positive Comment by dam2311
about TreePad Jul 2012

Treepad is small, fast, and supports RTF.

I'm continuously desperately searching for an app that will serve me better... Personalbrain / The Brain, OneNote, and Evernote are the closest. However:

  • OneNote and Evernote don't have the infinitely hierarchical structure that I find so important in Treepad. The ability to simply hit a button to add a subtree whenever the detail gets too much and needs breaking out... rather than wrapping your head around categories, pages, sections, yada yada yada,... is crucial for workflow and moving at the speed of your thoughts.
  • PersonalBrain is overkill and very expensive
  • None have a mobile app which is as powerful as the desktop app (ie. you can work/manage from the mobile app, rather than simply doing a partial note/post, which you then have to file when you get back to the full desktop app).

Having said that - Treepad has no real mobile app itself, no cloud service/sync, and no appreciable ongoing development. I'm amazed no-one has come up with a viable cloud/mobile version of Treepad, including Treepad/Freebyte themselves!

[Edited by dam2311, July 04]


[a couple additional thoughts:...]1) TreePad is a tiny app ...

Comment by musichemyst
about TreePad Jun 2011

[a couple additional thoughts:...]

1) TreePad is a tiny app with very little impact on your computer's CPU/RAM compared to Microsoft OneNote which, like most Microsoft apps, is kind of bloated and can be a system resource hog.

2) When you consider that TreePad is free (the Lite version is at least) and OneNote is somewhat expensive piece of retail software, that more the makes up for the clunky interface I mentioned in my previous comment.

Ultimately, quite an underrated app. Give it a try.


The interface may be clunky and outdated, but the app is ac ...

Comment by musichemyst
about TreePad Jun 2011

The interface may be clunky and outdated, but the app is actually loaded with an overwhelming amount of useful features and capabilities while still being easy to get up and running right out-of-the-box. The way it lets me organize my notes, records, etc. in a tree structure really lets you see the "big picture" of everything going on in my life and has greatly increased my level of productivity. I couldn't do without it now.

However, I did briefly try Treepad's popular competitor, Microsoft OneNote, and while it does have some key features that are lacking in TreePad, I found that keeping track of my data (i.e. being able to see that "big picture") was problematic and certain items inevitably got lost in the shuffle. I quickly went back to exclusively using TreePad and have used it ever since as my daily organizer.


I love this program and find it indispensable. I have tried ...

Comment by 10basetom
about TreePad Jun 2011

I love this program and find it indispensable. I have tried pretty much all of the free outliners out there over the years, but I always come back to TreePad for one reason or another. I may be in the minority here, but I like the fact that it does NOT save notes in RTF format, so the file sizes are smaller. It is also very fast and resource friendly as compared to other more bloated outline programs. Probably one of my favorite features is that when you perform a search, TreePad will list all of the nodes containing matching text; you don't see this feature on most other outliners out there.