At a Glance
Keep your notes effortlessly with this free application, both locally and in the cloud.
We all keep notes–whether they be grocery lists, outlines for a
speech, blog posts, or just private thoughts. Over time, these
notes accumulate, and with a bit of curation can morph into a
journal or a treasure trove of knowledge and experience. What if
you were able to store your notes securely, tag them, search
through them quickly, and share them with others as needed? Using
the ResophNotes software to take notes and synchronize them with
the Simplenote service, that’s exactly what you can do.
In a nutshell, Simplenote
is an online service for keeping notes and synchronizing them
across multiple computers and mobile devices. It has an iOS client of its
own, but developer Simperium lists a number of third-party
applications for various platforms. And this is where ResophNotes
comes in: By itself, it is a simple Windows note-taking
application, similar to many others. But as a Simplenote client, it
lets you make those notes on your PC and take them with you on your
mobile device, without having to synchronize anything manually.
ResophNotes can either be installed on a PC or used as a
portable application that you can run off a USB drive. It can keep
your notes either in database form, or as plain text files in a
folder. If you use the plain-text mode, any TXT file you place in
its notes folder is automatically synced with Simplenote. This is
fantastic, because it means you can use any text editor you wish,
and use ResophNotes as a conduit from your PC to Simplenote–and
from there to all your computers and devices that use
ResophNotes’ own built-in editor is simple and effective, but
where it really shines is search: The search function is “live,”
which means you don’t have to hit Enter after entering your search
query. It is blazing fast: Just start typing, and results instantly
show. It searches both the titles of your notes and text within the
notes, and when it finds a match, the note is instantly shown and
the match is highlighted.
Each note can be “tagged” with one or more tags, which are
effectively categories. You can then have ResophNotes search only
within notes from one or more categories, which makes it easy to
find a word such as “Tomato” in your notes about books, rather than
in one of your recipes.
To format your text, you use a popular form of notation called
Markdown. It’s quite intuitive, and feels pleasantly “low-tech” and
uncomplicated. For example, to make a word bold, you simply
surround it with asterisks **like this**. This is not unique to
ResophNotes; it’s the convention Simplenote uses. It’s widespread
on the Web as well.
As befitting a keyboard-centric application, ResophNotes offers
a plethora of shortcut keys. The most important one, naturally, is
F1. That’s the key for the online help, which lists all other keys.
It came in very handy when I hid all icons and could not figure out
how to get them back (Ctrl-O to get into the options, where you can
toggle the icons back on). You can also enable its “global hotkey,”
which lets you pop up the application from anywhere with just a
Using Simplenote is a habit that might just transform your
digital existence, make you better organized, and preserve your
thoughts for posterity. ResophNotes is the perfect way to get