Key note description
Introduction to KeyNote
Keynote is a flexible, multi-featured tabbed notebook,
based on Windows standard RichEdit control. It's always accessible with a
single keypress, even if you work in another application. Take a look at the
The basic idea in KeyNote is that you can include many separate
notes within a single file. This means that you do not need to open
several files - for most purposes it is enough to create only one file and
hold all your notes inside it. With the addition of the tree-type notes, you
now have a three-dimensional notebook: many notes within one file and a
multi-level, nested pages within a single note. Optionally, KeyNote
can encrypt your data securely using the
algorithms. Keynote's interface and behavior are extremely configurable.
KeyNote was written to overcome major limitations in
other popular information managers, both free and shareware. KeyNote is the
only information manager that offers a combination of simple and tree-type
notes, rich text editor, ability to mix freely many notes of different types
in a single file and secure encryption. This makes KeyNote the most
flexible and one of the most powerful applications of this kind
currently available. Some functions, such as "virtual nodes", per-file
configuration settings, multiple backups or WordWeb integration are unique
and, to my knowledge, not supported by any other notebook program, freeware
With powerful text formatting capabilities, easily navigable interface
features such as styles, macros, plugins, and templates,
KeyNote is has become the favorite note keeper, diary, outliner, knowledge
base and information manager for thousands of users.
What is KeyNote useful for?
In general, any structured of free-form information, especially the kind
of information which lends itself to hierarchical representation, such as
lists or outlines. KeyNote's powerful search facility quickly locates
information you're looking for.
The ability to store many notes in a single file means no hunting for
files scattered all over your computer. For many users it will be enough to
create just one KeyNote file and add notes to it, with each note covering a
separate topic (e.g., "To do", "Addresses", "Bookmarks", "Finances", etc.)
Built-in strong encryption allows you to secure your files against
unauthorized access or modification.
The "virtual node" feature additionally allows you to pull together many
files and edit them all within a single KeyNote file, while the original
files remain on disk (so there is no need to perform any conversion).
Examples of use:
- personal information management
- personal diary or journal
- to-do items
- scratchpad for quick notes and ideas
- writing and structuring small articles or larger documents
- Creating and storing electronic texts (easily structure chapters or
- outlines, projects
- project documentation
- personal contacts (addresses, telephone numbers)
- accounts, passwords, PIN numbers (remember to encrypt the file!)
- Internet bookmarks (clickable hyperlinks)
- all kinds of lists! If you collect books, CDs, DVDs, or just your
favorite quotes or jokes, KeyNote makes it easy to store them in one
place and search through them quickly.
- email archives (you can use the separate, free KNTConvert utility to
import your email archives into a KeyNote file)
- archiving documents, such as articles downloaded from the Internet
or local files
- templates for creating documents with a standard format
- viewing log files (use virtual nodes to view log files without
having to open each file separately)
- for teachers: class notes, student attendance and assessment notes
- for programmers: KeyNote is great for storing and searching through
source code archives
Version 2.0 of KeyNote will further enhance KeyNote's usefulness by the
addition of several new types of nodes, including a grid (a simple
spreadsheet), HTML browser and image viewer.
Information for developers
KeyNote supports macros
are documented in the Help file. Software developers can easily
create independent plugins that will work in tandem with KeyNote, and a
, containing full documentation and source code
KeyNote works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP.
Microsoft standard richedit control,
version at least 2.0 ("riched20.dll")
For Windows 95 and 98, you may need to install version 4.01 of Microsoft
common controls, if it is not yet present on your system. This version is
installed with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.01 or later. A
update is also available
The origins of KeyNote
The concept of KeyNote is based on a similar tabbed
notebook application I have been using for several years:
DaRT Notes, by Andrew v.d. Merwe.
DaRT Notes is an excellent and free program. I have
gotten used to it so much that I never, literally never use pen and paper
anymore. The author was very responsive to all comments, and for a long time
the program grew in features and functionality.
However, the development of DaRT Notes ultimately
stopped. I have finally decided to create a similar program, one that would
have most of the original DaRT Notes features, and then some more. Hence
KeyNote is NOT a "clone" of DaRT Notes, though. It is
similar, but not a one-to-one equivalent. It is a bit slower :) but more
flexible and featureful.
Important note to DaRT Notes users: KeyNote can
read and save files in the format used by DaRT Notes. Since KeyNote
has some additional functionality, certain features or properties will not
be preserved across sessions. For instance, DaRT Notes has no tab icons, so
whatever icons you specify for the tabs in the file, will be lost after you
save and reopen the file in the DaRT Notes format. However, if you would
like to try out KeyNote without having to transfer all your notes, you can.
If you open a DaRT Notes file, it will be automatically saved in that
format, too. If you wish to change the format in which the file will be
saved, open the File properties dialog box and in the "Format" list choose
"Keynote text file". Note that the file extension will be automatically
changed depending on the format in which the file is being saved, so there
is no danger of accidentally overwriting your DaRT Notes file.
Many thanks to the author of DaRT Notes, Andre v.d.
Merwe, for providing a very reliable and useful application, and for
inspiration. Also, many thanks for documenting the file format used by DaRT