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RightNote Reviews

Exclent Application for cross platform

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I have been using RightNote since 2009 and love it. I am a linux user and RightNote works perfectly with every version of WINE I have used.


Rightnote - Exactly what I was looking for in a notesaving program

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I invested several weeks in reviewing the available windows note saving programs. I found Rightnote to be exactly what I was looking for. It was easy to use and has an interface that I find to be perfect for the thousands of pieces of information that I use in my business. I had hundreds of text files with information and I find that Rightnote makes it very easy to put them in a format where I can find them and use them.
Even better, I found a small problem with the program and the author immediately set out to fix them. The support is excellent!
While the program has enough features to keep me busy for several months learning them, I was able to immediately start using it to organize my data. I now keep at least two instances of it open all the time on my computer and we access the files across our LAN.


Bought RightNote Pro with Journal - Problem after Problem V4.0.3.0

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I bought RightNote Pro with a life time License for around $140 US. because it incorporated a new Journalling feature ( entry by calendar).
Right note's back engine is SQL Lite - rock solid engine , right ?

At first it worked really well. This version V4.0.3.0 and a few previous revisions to that one then kept having ongoing problems with searches that hang and crash the data base. Copy and pastes from web pages that also hang and crash the data base and so on.

The developer Rael, to be fair has tried hard to rectify each problem as I find them. But really for the kind of money I'm paying I just want to get on with the job of entering saving and searching for notes. I'm not the buggy beta tester thanks. Its exasperating when you enter two notes and crash each time on the third entry and/or search.

It looks like the data base indeed is robust as at least no data is lost. Only lots of time and messing about sending messages and broken data bases to the author to see if he can help fix. In conversations with the author / developer it became obvious the problem was with the filtering of the data to the data base. The thing is getting choked up with incorrect data. For example a common crash message I get on a crashed search is something along the lines of Canvas drawing cannot be done on data. Hey data base what are you doing messing around with canvas drawing - I'm only doing a text search !

Note, I persisted with the crashing and updates for about 3 to 4 months before giving up. So I gave it a solid try.

So , to conclude , I don't know what Kool Aid all these other wonderful reviews are drinking but , Im getting sour notes.

System PC Windows 10, 64 bit all updates installed as of July 2017 No other programs misbehaving.

Back ground - I've been searching for a replacement for Infoselect V 9 ( 2007) that's breaking down. Info select 10 was a disaster , and
Info select 11 even LOOSES data !

I have now worked with V7 of The Journal by RM David and can say that it is ROCK SOLID.
The developer is super responsive. Very happy.

Sorry Right Note , you initially looked like a database to party with.
Problem was all you did was crash the party (and often).

The author is responsive and tries hard but I needed to move on after 4+ months.

[Edited by geor, July 10]


Hi geor,

I'm really sorry that you had such a negative experience with RightNote. As I said to you via email, I am happy to refund your purchase - we strive to make our customers happy, not to give them a bad deal. (And btw, the cost of the lifetime upgrade is $99. The 140 that you mention, is in Australian dollars..)

With regard to the actual issue you were facing, I would like to point out it was a very rare problem caused by some content that you had inserted into a Richview note. (This problem would affect any other program that uses the Richview control, including The Journal). I did inform the developer of the Richview control about this, and he released a fix for it shortly thereafter. However, it is true that it took us a number of months to include this fix, due to technical reasons. When we released v4.3 it included this fix as well as upgrading various other parts of the program.

As you point out, there was no data loss involved with this problem. Anyway, I hope this adds some clarity for anyone who may read your comment.


Geor ! ! ! —

I am Immensely Appreciative of your Review!! In it, you seem to have just HAPPENED to Invoke ""The Journal"" {which appears to be maintained as a STRINGENTLY Closeted SECRET among its Coterie of Users}. And the Discovery of that AMAZING Program has been for me an Actual GodSend!!

Thank you so much for the mention of the Journal, which seems to be a very nice application. I looked for it, liked what I saw and downloaded. Just starting the evaluation, but it seems very polished and functional.

Nothing better or more powerful

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I am a power user for over a year. My databases are large. rightnote scales well with no maximum note file (*.rnt) database size I've seen and I'm well past the developers recommendation. I've used latest Onenote, evernote (not really comparable) treepad, many others, this is clearly the best for me. I use it for technical notes and personal notes and journaling.



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RightNote is a remarkably powerful Information Database, particularly in its Professional version - which is well worth the entry cost.

You can get a good sense of the program by starting with the Freeware version, although the mid-range "Standard" version adds significant features that most users will find invaluable.

But for entering and Using large (and Varied!) amounts of information, it is the Professional version that really shines, adding powerful features such as Multi-Notebook search and the ability to Index the contents of attachments and linked notes.

And, during the 2.5 years we've used RightNote, the application has seen constant updates, unlike some other PIM / Information Databases on the market.

RightNote is not, of course, "Perfect": Although there is a very useful "RNUserGuide" (an actual RightNote database that shows off some of the feature set), plus a local Help File, the program has SO MANY features, options, and potential uses that the most Effective usage will require spending some time Learning the program.
Most users should find the Basics easy enough, but - as with any Advanced / Complex tool - not all of the power is immediately apparent.
To that end, RightNote would benefit from a User's Forum, even though these can be problematical to get up & running (at least in terms of getting program owners to USE the Forum!)

And, of course, in this day of Mobile Computing, RightNote would benefit from having a Native Mobile App (Android, naturally!). To be fair, it does not stand alone in this need: to the best of my knowledge, here are NO Powerful Information Databases that offer both Windows and Mobile versions.
(The old PhatNotes program, for Windows + Windows Mobile, remains unchallenged in this regard. But Windows Mobile is no more, and even PhatNote's Windows version did not offer all of the power of RightNote...)

RightNote makes a decent stab at Mobility Use with its EVERNOTE Integration - which IS a rather neat feature, and may prove sufficient for many users. (Have a personal beef with Evernote, centered around Pricing & Local Storage, but it is obviously a Very Popular service.)

The recent addition of the ability to create "Webbooks" from a RightNote database may also be useful, especially for those who find the need for Mobile Data Access greater than Mobile Data Creation.

Still, after 2.5 years of usage, one of the BEST THINGS about RightNote is that it has NEVER LOST ONE BIT OF DATA - that we did not intend to delete. In the past, have often had Data Integrity problems with Information Database / PIM programs (even with the beloved PhatNotes!), but (thus far) RightNote has proved rock solid.
That alone may be worth the price of entry, with all of the fancy features being mere frosting on the cake!

[Edited by dierkdk, June 28]


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When you buy Rightnote you are told that the developer will have to send you your license information.

The developer seems to have vanished.


RN is the best note-taking application

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Keynote was the best note-taking application I ever used, and RightNote has everything Keynote had plus much more. It is fast, reliable, updated frequently and can easily store vast amounts of text. Works flawlessly with all modern versions of Windows.


RightNote Pro

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I have been a fan of outliners in one form or another for at least 20 years. My old favorite was Ecco, simply because there wasn't anything that was really comparable to it.

Since that time I've worked with several other note-taker / information manager products, and have accumulated pretty good lists of likes, dislikes, and deficiencies for all of them.

I've been seriously working with RightNote Pro for a couple of weeks now and am finding that the overall interface is just about the best possible solution for me. The combination of the outline tree on the left and page tabs on top provides me excellent flexibility and speed while having to open only one file to contain all my information. Finally, it has the least amount of "dislikes" on my list.

It's pretty light-weight (doesn't take up a lot of system resources) but still has ample capability for what I want to do. The FAQ's list a recommended max database size of around 300 MB, which is adequate for me and should be more than ample for most users. My only wish is that I could sorted lists in the text side of RightNote as I can today with Ecco and Notepad++. Perhaps that will come in a future release. (Hint, hint!)

If you want an easy-to-use information manager that you won't outgrow over time, I recommend this highly.


Best desktop note-taking and simple to use

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I have tried out several applications for note-taking. I found RightNote (I use standard version) to be the best as a desktop application for organizing notes. RightNote has several features that are useful for note-taking such as capturing notes instantly with a shortcut key and also formatting text in preset formats that can be customized in order to facilitate remembering the content of a note. Another nice feature is that notes are referenced automatically by including the website addresses from which a note was captured. Such a feature allows one to focus on note-taking more than on referencing. There is a lot of room for development and keeping this note-taking program ranking as top league when compared to other note-taking applications.


Excellent Software

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I've tried a ton of different "information management" programs, and RightNote is the one I chose. I've been using it for a year or two now, and couldn't be happier. It's been very stable, has a ton of options, has a great look to it, and I've found I prefer the "tree based" organization system over others.

Give it a try if you're looking for a good way to handle all your personal and business info!


Very good. Affordable.

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I was pleased to acquire a license for Rightnote. Its portable version was essential, as I could not install any program in my work computer (and running portable apps did not violate any internal rule).It was also affordable, which is important as I hail from a bankrupt, badly administered third world country. Of course, there is room for improvement (wiki-like tagging and generation of search results come to mind), but it does not detract to the final product they currently have.


Simply outstanding software

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I've been using Rightnote for a couple of years now. I don't think there's anything quite like it. Yes, you do have outliners, tree-notes type of programs, post it notes programs, but this is just on a different league altogether.
Lots of well thought out features, reliable, updated regularly...
But there's something else about this program that stands out: the programer CARES about it like if it were his child. And it shows...

By the way, I´m not putting down other useful programs like Notezilla, which I also also like a lot, but this one does a lot more.


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The various functions function as they were intended, and as the program pursues, I feel more intensive than Evernote or Onenote.

Various themes are supported, so the aesthetics of UI. Dark theme!

The browser's capture features seem to recognize only chrome and firefox; they do not recognize browsers such as the Chromium source-based Opera, Vivaldi, and Brave. The browser's exe was specified as the option's 'Use web browser at specified location' but was not recognized.

Dispersal of feature options seems to need improvement. Let's talk about colors: Paragraph colors, background colors, font colors, etc. I wasted an hour to replace the background color of the note, and then I succeeded in replacing the BG color in 'Edit Page'. Before you found this, you could change the background color on the theme or other menus, but it did not respond or went back to its original state.

If I remember anything, I'll rewrite it later.


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I purchased the program in 2017 because it had a lot of elements I liked but one of the most important was "Rightnote floating tree" which the description said it had. After multiple times trying to activate this "floating tree" I finally contacted the developer who said that feature was not available and would be added.
Well I purchased an upgrade but no "floating tree" now 2 years later and another upgrade still I do not see any listing for a "floating tree" so I will not be upgrading software that obviously has deceptive advertising.