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  • Microsoft OneNote icon

    Microsoft OneNote

    A digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows RT Windows Phone ... iPad Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file. ...

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • can import treepad (hjt) files supports utf8 encoding
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    Open Source Windows

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    Colorful & powerful sticky notes app for Windows & Phones. Set reminder alarms, attach them to any website or document...

    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
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    Freemium 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    WizNote is a Note software, which is especially designed for Internet users and mobile Internet users. WizNote focuses more on notes...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Windows RT Android Tablet iPad

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    KeepNote Discontinued

    KeepNote: note-taking and organization. KeepNote is a note taking application that works on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X. With...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Notational Velocity

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    Open Source Mac

  • Quiver icon


    Quiver is a notebook built for programmers. It lets you easily mix text, code and Markdown within one note, edit code with an awesome...

    Commercial Mac

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    AllMyNotes Organizer

    AllMyNotes Organizer is a multi-functional hierarchical information manager for Windows. Store all your Notes in virtual folders in...

    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...

    Free Personal Web / Cloud Android iPhone Apple Watch

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    Fetchnotes helps you capture and organize short notes like books to read, ideas and shopping lists - like sticky notes for the modern...

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    Outwiker - Personal wiki and outliner License: GPL 3 EN: OutWiker is designed to store notes in a tree. Such programs are...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    TreeDBNotes is a powerful and easy-to-use personal database program, Word Processor with Tree Structure. User interface in 21...

    Freemium Windows

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    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...

    Commercial Windows

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    The Guide Discontinued

    The Guide is a two-pane outliner - a program that allows you to arrange text notes in a tree-like structure. It supports formatted...

    Open Source Windows

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    Mars Notebook

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    Freemium Windows

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    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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    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    minipad2 Discontinued

    minipad2 integrates many useful functions into one program including notepad, calculator, reminder, dictionary, launcher, address...

    Free Windows

  • 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

  • footnote icon


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

    Open Source Linux

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    Todomoo is a todo manager specially designed to help you manage paid projects. Hierarchical tasks, payment details, timers and notes...

    Open Source Windows

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    Ultra Recall

    "Ultra Recall is personal information, knowledge, and document organizer software for Microsoft Windows. * Capture...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    Natara Bonsai

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    Commercial Windows Windows Mobile HP webOS

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

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    Info Select 2007 is the award-winning Personal Information Manager that organizes Internet data, notes, to-do's, schedules...

    Commercial Windows

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    Golden Rules Organizer

    Cross-platform, portable organizer to manage personal and shared projects, tasks, schedule, contacts, bookmarks, notes, goals....

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    Exstora Discontinued

    Built-in quick note: save ideas, contacts, interesting facts With Exstora, you can write down a thought that comes to your mind as...

    Freemium Windows

  • Outline+ icon


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

    Commercial Mac iPad

TreePad Comments

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.