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Organize Info Using Searchable Databases

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Platforms: Windows XP, Vista, 7
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Sure, folders were a great idea back in the day, before we started accumulating hundreds of files. Now, even having a hierarchy of folders doesn't necessarily equate to being organized! It's time to bring your information management to the next level, with TreeProjects!

TreeProjects lets you organize all of your information using freeform, hierarchical, searchable personal databases! With TreeProjects, you'll be able to store text, files, reminders, and a whole host of other data types in a way that makes finding information quickly an easy task. And don't think that such power comes with unnecessary complexity -- all of your data is stored in single, small, portable file that can go wherever you do!

TreeProjects boasts an intuitive and friendly user interface that will be instantly familiar to anyone who's ever used WordPad or Windows Explorer! And there's no need to worry about draining system resources - coded in C++, TreeProjects occupies very little space, takes up very little memory, but remains fully capable of delivering fast results no matter what the size of your database!

Check out some of the awesome features available in this version TreeProjects!

  • Databases can be password-protected. Protected databases are encrypted (encryption-decryption is performed on the fly without noticable slowdown).
  • Complex search queries are supported, that allow finding items by any combination of their properties. A visual editor of search queries is available.
  • Multiple, dockable, editable, persistent search results windows, with optional auto-update.
  • Workspaces (positions of windows, opened items etc) are preserved between sessions for each database.
  • Faster search and tag search.
  • Improved drag and drop capabilities.
  • Better looking, more customizable and configurable.
  • ...and much, much more!

Review Written by Derek Lee
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ddalian I see from the change log that it has been over a year since the last update of any kind. Is the software still being actively developed, are there any upcoming changes or improvements?
Apr 19 2014 at 4:03pm Copy Link
Gil Chichester It appears the Blog has been dormant for over a year as well. I too would like to know about the ongoing development of TreeProjects before investing in it.
Apr 20 2014 at 8:29am Copy Link
Yaroslav Pidstryhach Hi ddalian, Gil, after several years of very active development, there indeed has been a development hiatus, caused by personal factors. However, a new release is already in the making. At first, I plan several maintenance releases in the nearest weeks/months, that will deal with some of the more "popular" bugs that the users have reported, and probably also introduce minor new features. Later this year I am planning version 3 (a free upgrade for the owners of version 2), which will add at least one major feature.
Smereka TreeProjects - Apr 20 2014 at 1:15pm Copy Link
bvssunnydale Hi, I purchased this back in Jan 2013 but never actually used it (I don't even remember if I installed it - not unusual for me unfortunately). Anyway, has it changed much since then (is there a link showing new features)? Does it have the ability to index linked docs (like PDFs) - or at least maintain tags to external docs (I'm very big on tagging). Thanks very much for your help.
Apr 21 2014 at 6:06am Copy Link
Yaroslav Pidstryhach Hi bvssunnydale, feature-wise, since January 2013, only automatic recovery of opened documents was added. The ability to index file items (file attachments like PDF and DOC files) was available since the very first release.
Smereka TreeProjects - Apr 21 2014 at 6:16am Copy Link
Bob McLain It's worrisome that user-reported bugs have gone unfixed for at least a year. Why not fix the bugs first, then offer the software on Bits?
Apr 21 2014 at 10:08am Copy Link
Yaroslav Pidstryhach Bob, thanks for your comment. Since TreeProjects was first offered on BitsDuJour in 2011, many bugs have been fixed. Most of them were kindly reported by the users, and there are no known critical, disabling issues. But I concur that, after the year-long break, users should continue to receive improvements, and they are on the way.
Smereka TreeProjects - Apr 21 2014 at 12:31pm Copy Link
Yaroslav Pidstryhach My side of the Earth has turned away from the Sun - so I will resume responding to your comments in several hours. Thanks all!
Smereka TreeProjects - Apr 21 2014 at 12:39pm Copy Link
Ronald Jurman I'm using the trial version and coming across an issue that might be in your bug database. It's a bit of a problem.

I added two HTML items (web pages) from HTML saved files (rather than URLs).

One formatted just fine with pictures, columns, etc., and looks just fine. Great!

The other very similar HTML file comes in looking just as well, with the exception of one very troublesome quirk: The left edge of the page looks to be missing a narrow strip (generally missing the first character of every line of text throughout the article, making it very problematic to read).

Both web page files show up properly when viewed with web browsers (IE, Firefox), (i.e. no missing edge for that one page).

Is this a known issue?

Apr 21 2014 at 2:22pm Copy Link
Richard Andersen It looks like compatibility mode isn't being set for the browser control which means it runs in default mode (IE 7). This will cause formatting problems with many webpages these days. Try to import this page, for example:

- you'll see that the formatting is completely messed up.

Then try to close TreeProjects and set the compatibility mode for "smereka.exe" with this program and see the difference:

(It's totally safe (tested on, it will go on the internet when you start it but that's just to check for an update. Remember to "Run as Administrator" otherwise it won't work.)

Note that in XP there may be problems even if you set the compatibility mode because XP only supports IE 8 or earlier versions of IE. Some things may be fixed in some cases by choosing a higher mode but not all. IE 10 or 11 is recommended if your system supports them.
Apr 21 2014 at 3:29pm Copy Link
Ronald Jurman Richard,

Interesting find.

That looks like it is making the difference. Many thanks!

Apr 22 2014 at 12:28am Copy Link
Peter Martin I don't know if you have it but I am looking for a free form database manager that can split notes , arrange or sort several notes or split notes, and join them
Apr 22 2014 at 12:28am Copy Link
Yaroslav Pidstryhach It is quite hard to capture web pages perfectly. This is due to the dynamic nature of web pages which often need ongoing communication with the web server to render properly. So please keep in mind that generally web pages will look slightly different than live on the Internet, and occasionally they may not display properly. This does not indicate a bug in the database storage, but rather an imperfect conversion to offline HTML. In such cases, I print a web page to a PDF file and store it instead (which is very easy if you use the monitored folder feature).

For those interested in the technical details, there's a blog entry: http://personaldatabase.o...-web-pgaes .
Smereka TreeProjects - Apr 22 2014 at 1:18am Copy Link
Richard Andersen @Yaroslav

True, but you still need to set the compatibility mode for the WebBrowser control, otherwise some pages will look like a mess no matter what you do, like my example above demonstrates.

I'm using the WebBrowser control myself in several programs I've written and I always include code for setting the correct compatibility mode for these programs, otherwise many webpages are displayed incorrectly.
Apr 22 2014 at 2:00am Copy Link
Jason Howard @Yaroslav - what should I do to capture web pages that TreeProjects just shows as "blank" - such as
Apr 22 2014 at 4:47pm Copy Link
Richard Andersen @Jason

Works fine here, though formatting is a bit off (content not centered on page). It may have to do with which IE version you're using (mine is IE11 64 on Win 8 64).
Apr 22 2014 at 5:19pm Copy Link
Jason Howard @Richard, I didn't realise using IE was a requirement. I was using Chrome 33 as my preferred browser. When I changed to IE - looks like I got the same result as yourself (works, but formatting is off).

Normally it works fine using Chrome (just not on some pages).
Apr 22 2014 at 5:45pm Copy Link
Richard Andersen @Jason

The browser used in TreeProjects and many other programs are actually a clone (.NET WebBrowser control) of the IE on the system, so it inherits its properties and settings. And since the different versions of IE handles web content in different ways, the clone will do so as well.

To complicate things further, unless you set the IE compatibility mode for a program using the WebBrowser control it will default to IE 7 mode, meaning it will handle all web content as IE 7 does. See some of my previous posts above.

EDIT: the page you link to looks fine in IE 11 for me, it's only in TreeProjects the formatting is a bit off. The strange thing is that if I set TreeProjects in IE 11 mode which should solve the formatting problems, it gets even worse. May be because that mode conflicts with the way TreeProjects parses the content.
Apr 22 2014 at 6:48pm Copy Link
Yaroslav Pidstryhach There is no requirement to set IE as the preferred browser, IE has simply to be installed (which it amost always is, being part of Windows). On my system, the preferred browser is Firefox, and page capturing is unaffected. Let me see if Chrome affects the situation in some way.
Smereka TreeProjects - Apr 22 2014 at 11:51pm Copy Link
Richard Andersen I like this program but it seems that webpage capturing has some problems. Some pages are severly misformatted, others are causing the program to hang or become extremely slow (Win 8/64 with IE11). Examples:

However, if I shut down TreeProjects after capturing these pages, change the compatibility mode to IE11, and then restart it, the pages now look okay and cause no problems.

Unfortunately, if you try to capture the same pages while TreeProjects is in IE11 mode, formatting is severely messed up so just keeping it in IE11 mode is not a solution. If you could capture in default mode (IE 7), and shift to IE11 mode when displaying the pages it would work I think. But then, I've tried using the same method in Windows 7 with IE10 and here it doesn't seem to work so that's not a general solution either I guess.
Apr 23 2014 at 4:24am Copy Link
Yaroslav Pidstryhach Richard, thanks for your detailed report. I have tried importing in a clean virtual machine, first before installing Chrome, then after installing it. Both times the process was successful, althgouh it was not fast, and there are some differences in formatting. This means that the problems you're experiencing depend on some detail of your computer configuration, that my code doesn't handle properly. If you could post the version of your Internet Explorer, that would help me a lot (TreeProjects uses the API of Internet Explorer to "offline-ize" and render web pages).
Smereka TreeProjects - Apr 23 2014 at 4:54am Copy Link
Sebastian Guzek Hi Yaroslav,

I am very happy the development of TreeProjects is picking up again.
It's currently my main notes organizer. I can't live without it!

Any plans of integrating its own file viewer for popular formats like xlsx, docx, pdf, etc instead of utilizing external apps? Something like Oracle's OutsideIn which is used in X1 desktop search? The viewer could also be used for indexing thus making TreeProjects all-in-one solution.

Also, it would be great to have the option to undock individual notes from the main window with always-on-top button.

In addition, a global hotkey that could create a new note in a desired folder would be great.

Lastly, I've noticed screen refresh issues when scrolling through notes that have both text and graphics.

Please let me know if you need beta testers!

All the best,

May 29 2014 at 2:50pm Copy Link
James User Peter Martin asked, "I don't know if you have it but I am looking for a free form database manager that can split notes , arrange or sort several notes or split notes, and join them"

Info Select had that capability. I've not used IS for a number of years but there is a full-feature demo you can download and try.

I bought and use TreeProjectsXL. I use it mostly for attaching and indexing documents, very little with capturing webpages. It is the only software I have found which can capture and index Lotus Notes email using drag and drop. The file export function is good enough that I sometimes use TreeProjects as a front-end to format information for other programs.

My only complaint is that searching needs to be improved. Searching for indexed items is fast and works well but it is limited to word searches and a simple wildcard search of word*
Nov 3 2014 at 2:28pm Copy Link

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