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Organize Info With Linked Notes and To Do Lists

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Platforms: Windows XP, Vista, 7
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Here's the problem with sticky notes, and with software that replicates the sticky note experience -- no relationships! Think about it. You jot some critical piece of info down on a notepad, stick it to your monitor. Then, something else comes up, and you either squeeze it onto that same piece of paper, or make a new one, and you stick it up there. Before you know it, you're drowning in a sea of sticky notes, all the same! It's time to take control, using today's discount software promotion -- NoteRush!

NoteRush lets you build notes and To-Do lists that are linked in intuitive, meaningful, and natural ways. With NoteRush, you'll be able to build multiple notes into linked sets that can be expanded or collapsed at your whim, containing all related information in one spot. Just a short time spent with NoteRush, and you'll experience better problem solving, comprehension, and data information than ever before. Each of your notes in NoteRush can contain text, icons, images, or hotlinks to the Internet. And all of it just floats conveniently on your desktop for easy access.

First, there's drag and drop. Arrange your notes however you wish by dragging and dropping them, even into other NoteRush documents if that makes sense. Doing online research? Drag and drop text from your browser right into NoteRush! There's never any risk of losing everything, since each document in NoteRush is saved as its own file. You can even use NoteRush with multiple monitors!

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Robert Chan I have a question about activation. I install a lot of software and sometimes I need to reinstall Windows.
My question is: How many times can I activate the product? (I am the only user)
Feb 3 2012 at 10:31am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Robert: a single product key can be repeatedly activated on the same PC, no problem. Also, if you want to use NoteRush on more than one of your PC's then please just drop us an email and we'll be happy to extend the key so that it can be activated on more than one machine. ( That's a standard thing for us to do! )
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 3 2012 at 12:23pm Copy Link
Michael R. Seems to be a very interesting product...

I appreciate to be able to install it on all my computers. Is there a way to let NR synchronize the notes between my computers automatically (e.g. via LAN or even better (encrypted) FTP storage)?

Can I export the complete or only certain contents to another format (e.g. PDF, Word, TXT, ...)?
Feb 3 2012 at 10:32pm Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Michael: the features that you mention are definitely things which we plan for future versions of NoteRush. Some sort of sharing over the local-network/internet together with encryption and export facilities are high on the list.

For now, NoteRush writes content into flat files that can be easily backed-up, moved and shared on network drives.
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 4 2012 at 2:34am Copy Link
Harold Snyder Interesting interface, the default looks cooler than Stickies 7.
Feb 4 2012 at 7:10am Copy Link
Software Guy The software looks very useful and nicely done. Particularly useful for reserch, papers, books and long articles. Any plans for pop up reminders when specific subtasks might be due? Thanks.
Feb 4 2012 at 8:29am Copy Link
Robert Chan I hope that there is the option to resize pictures that have been inserted.

I have inserted the same picture in different notes, and sometimes the picture is large and sometimes the picture is small...don't know why...
Feb 4 2012 at 8:43am Copy Link
Charlotte Sinclaire Hi. I am thinking of using NoteRush to plot a novel. I realize that alongside any notes I may create for To-Do lists, Errands, etc., I could have an initial note for "Writing," and drill on down through "Fiction," "Novels," and then create notes for the specific projects, then work within those. But I was wondering if -- just to keep things uncluttered while I work on my creative projects -- if one can save more than one back-up file and load it at will ... so that I could have one NoteRush file to open for my practical everyday stuff and one to open when I want to work on my creative efforts (novel writing, music, etc.)

Either way, this looks like a great product -- I really like the interface and how it shifts left/right and up/down as the information expands ... at first I was afraid that when the notes got too deep, I wouldn't be able to get back to the control icon to drag them over further, and they would run off the screen, but you've thought of the solution to that! I am excited to find your software!
Feb 4 2012 at 9:03am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Software Guy: pop-up reminders is certainly a feature we'll look at adding - I can see that could be useful in a number of different usage scenarios - another one for the list! - thanks
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 4 2012 at 10:00am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Robert: thanks for the question, pictures can be resized up to the available width of the note. If you want to increase the note's width then grab it's right hand border and give it a pull. Then click the image until the resize handles appear at each corner. You can then click a handle and pull it to resize to the desired size. Hope this helps.
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 4 2012 at 10:04am Copy Link
Charlotte Sinclaire Hi. Another question ... I'm experimenting with NoteRush and it seems that it is almost constantly asking me if I want to save. Is there not some way for it to save in the background every few minutes, or for me to adjust it so that it doesn't ask so often? The Save dialog popping up so often is annoying, but of course, I want my notes saved!.Auto-save would be a great feature if it isn't already in there. (I haven't found it yet, if so.)
Feb 4 2012 at 10:08am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Charlotte: thanks for the comments!
NoteRush can have multiple documents (=files) open at the same time and each document can be edited and closed or opened whenever you want. If you trace a note up through it's hierarchy you get to the owning document.

In your case, you could create two docs (files) and have either or both open depending on, as you say, which particular thing you're working on. Hope that helps.
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 4 2012 at 10:21am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi again Charlotte: regarding the save dialog, NoteRush will keep asking you to give your new document a filename so that it can save it and ensure you don't lose any work. Once you've given the document a filename it will stop asking you to save and it will auto-save in the background to that filename.

The development idea was to make it easy to edit a note / notes and take the burden of choosing when to save away from the user and make it automatic.
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 4 2012 at 10:26am Copy Link
Michael R. Hi Ed4noterush and thanks for your quick answer.

Good to hear, that this Internet/LAN-synchronisation has a high priority on your todo-list. Is this, when implemented, a free update to today's buyers?
Feb 4 2012 at 10:41pm Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Michael: good question! If we can fit those changes into this current major version (2.0) then yes, it would be a free upgrade. I'm not sure that's going to be possible though given the demands on our time at the moment, but we'll see.

What we could certainly do and would be happy to do is to give everyone that purchases today a chance to purchase the next version (when it comes out - at least 6-8 months away I would say) at a special discounted rate. Hope that helps!
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 1:36am Copy Link
Alexander Deliyannis Q1: I assume that NoteRush files can be saved in a Dropbox folder --which is more than enough for me to keep it synchronised across my computers- or is there an issue with that? Being a uni-tasking person I only have one PC open at a time.

Q2: The 'flat files' you mentioned, are they in some standard format (e.g. HTML, RTF, TXT or XML) readable by other software, or some proprietary format? I'm always concerned about lock-in with non-standard files.
Feb 5 2012 at 1:48am Copy Link
Res Hum About: Website say nothing!
Solutions Domain Ltd, is this a real company?
No address only email!

Who am I supposed to do business with?
Feb 5 2012 at 2:07am Copy Link
aladdin T This program is still in the development stage and for what it does it is very expensive. And, then within six to eight a new major update is expected and even at discount it will be very expensive.

The program should be priced at $20 and not $40, for what it does. So at 50% discount now and later when the major update is released at 50% discount for upgrade, it is very expensive at $40.

The program is in it's infancy, and with continued development, every so often it will come out with a major update, asking for more and more money.
Feb 5 2012 at 2:25am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi aladdin T: thanks for your comments. Just to be clear: NoteRush is a new product and we believe there's nothing quite like it on the market today.

As I said, any new versions are at least 6-8 months away and that's on the optimistic side. Our support commitment for each version is unlimited and ongoing and we're more than happy to offer discounts to current (and new) users should we bring out a new version sooner.
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 3:11am Copy Link
Robert Chan Just purchased the product. (using my real name). When activating, there is the option to choose between activating online and activating offline. what's the difference?

Thanks for a nice product and I would like to make a feature request: the ability to add links to files and folders in a note.
Feb 5 2012 at 3:17am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Alexander: some good questions here. In reply:
1) Yes, NoteRush can be used with DropBox, that's actually a good way to keep synchronised, as you suggest. Anyone considering using DropBox in this way would be best advised to only have the NoteRush document open on one PC at a time to avoid any file-overwriting issues - again we'll address this issue of synchronising files in a more complete way in the future.

2) NoteRush's file format is proprietrary. We couldn't find a generic file format with a footprint small enough to tick all the boxes. So for now it's non-convertible. As discussed earlier, exporting to different doc types is on our list of pending new features, and the fact that it's being discussed here does help raise its priority for us.
Thanks for the questions!
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 3:52am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Robert: great, thanks for the purchase! Offline activation is designed for users that do not have an internet connection or are behind (perhaps corporate) blocking firewalls that won't allow a connection to the licence servers. We would always recommend to choose "online" activation as it's much simpler!

Regarding inserting links to files, this can be achieved though drag-dropping the file / folder while holding down left "ALT" key. This will give you a clickable link within the note.

Thanks and we hope you enjoy using NoteRush!
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 4:07am Copy Link
Alexander Deliyannis After playing around with Noterush, I find the interface both imaginative and usable. In practice, it's a modern take to the classic outliner so much discussed in

I have a few points which for me (and, I believe, other outliner fans) are quite important in order for such software to be really useful. You may take them as suggestions/questions re development:

1. With the exception of the hotkey to bring up the pinboard, there seem to be no keyboard shortcuts for working with the program. For example, to create a new note I need to click on (+) with the mouse, click inside the new note title and _then_ start typing. To finish the note, I have again to resort to using the mouse. When writing notes, this can become disruptive to one's flow.

2. The background-less operation is innovative, but not always necessary practical. If there are a lot of icons on the desktop, the background becomes confusing. Same for many programs. An option to fade the background when working on Noterush would be nice.

3. Last but not least, the strict hierarchy provided by an outline has its limitations in associating complex information, e.g. for a book. That's why modern information organisers, e.g. mind mapping programs, provide ways to link to notes across the hierarchy. Is there such a possibility foreseen within Noterush's _data-model_ (even though the interface itself does not provide the option yet) ?
Feb 5 2012 at 5:28am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Alexander: you raise some interesting points for discussion and we very much appreciate the input. In reply to your points (briefly):

1) Keyboard shortcuts: yes, we probably could provide more support for keyboard driven operation and use some more automatic keyboard focus techniques to reduce the amount of clicking required

2) Background fade-in: interesting idea - it would be possible to fit a sort of "page frame" around the app to kind of frame the content when the desktop's quite busy - we'll also look at that

3) Cross-tree linking: yes, it's a posssibility, and been on our minds for some time, but it does introduce further complexities within tree-navigation such as management of recursive node groups. Point noted though, we'll be looking at this one as well. If it can be done in a way that doesn't sacrifice usability then it's definitely a good feature to have

Again thanks for your input, it all helps make the product even better and increases useability and potential product reach!
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 6:46am Copy Link
ddalian Ed,
I watched the video and went through the web site. It is a very interesting product. Something I always appreciate is access to the help manual. A couple quick questions:

1. Are the notes printable, individually and as a complete document with child notes, images, links...?

2. Can the notes be encrypted?

3. Are the notes (or content) and images compatable with most common office software for cutting, pasting & copying?

4. Are there plans to offer a mobile version of the software when sync becomes possible. Android, IPhone...?
Feb 5 2012 at 7:12am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Duane: thanks for your questions, your input is appreciated. In answer:

1) Printing: it's not possible to print at the moment, we'll be tackling that in the future. We want to get it right because there are various ways to recurse the content tree in order to print it

2) Encryption: not possible at the moment. Again, that's a feature we'll be tackling in the future (see discussions above)

3) Cut/copy/paste: links to images can be embedded in any note and text can be copy/pasted into NoteRush notes from multiple sources (e.g. browser, documents etc.). NoteRush always stores links to images, not the images themselves in its document file. This is in order to keep the file size down to a reasonable size.

4) Mobile support: after sync becomes possible we'll be looking into this requirement as well for sure. This will probably require some indepth thought and an interface specially adapted for mobile.

Thanks again... Ed
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 8:32am Copy Link
Charlotte Sinclaire I, too, have a busy desktop, so I totally like Alexander's suggestion, above, re the faded background to make NoteRush pop more when you're using it.

And I definitely would like a way to print, at some point. Not so much for stored info as the fact that I plan to plot my novel using this software (or try to, anyway, to see how the process works in the end), and it would be nice to be able to print that information

But more than any other feature right now, I wish that, once a new note is created -- a hot key would be great, but even if I have to click on the "+" sign to create a new note -- I wish that the note were then immediately editable.

I find it tedious to have to click to create the note, then click again to make the text field editable, in particular because it seems I have to be very precise where I click in the note field, or, alternatively, I must double-click wildly to get the cursor ready.

I am a keyboard person, doing everything I can on the keyboard without going to the mouse. This extra mousing definitely disrupts the work flow, as Alexander pointed out.

If you can possibly make that note field immediately editable -- title and body both -- that would be the biggest boon for me, and a hot key to create new notes would complete it. Alexander had the right idea there! Hope to see THESE particular upgrades very soon -- like yesterday!

(Also, being able to "enter" past the title line and just go right to the body would be great; in my case, I don't need titles for all the child notes; can't even remember if that is possible but hope so, or I'm going to find this not working the way I hoped.)
Feb 5 2012 at 9:09am Copy Link
Randy Martin Can notes be imported to word?
Can they be alt-c to word?
Feb 5 2012 at 9:45am Copy Link
Alexander Deliyannis @Charlotte: Thanks for the support to suggested improvements, hope they contribute to our friendly developer further improving the product soon :-)

I also just bought the product and expect to make good use of it. That said, IMHO strictly hierarchical structures are not ideal for planning novels where convolutions and interrelationships among scenes abound. Same for project-related notes (my own need). I do hope that cross-tree linking will be possible in the near future.

You might want to check out a more specialised product that's been featured here recently --I expect it will be again in the future- namely StoryBook Pro

You may also want to check the relevant discussions in Just search the forum for "novel"; it should bring up several threads.
Feb 5 2012 at 10:17am Copy Link
Gary Robinson Sir
With note software like this it would be extremely handy to have is on USB drive. Can it be used like this.
Feb 5 2012 at 10:18am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Charlotte: thanks for the purchase! Points noted, we can probably give you some of the keyboard useability features you would like with an update before the end of the month - these would automatically get delivered to you by the auto update facility.

By the way, if you hit TAB when you're editing the title field this takes you straight to the description field, no clicking required.

Our support email is:
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 10:31am Copy Link
_*_ Downloaded the trial.
Few thoughts after only a few minutes.

1. Have an auto-save feature. Being asked to save every time you try to do something is intrusive and annoying.
2. If titles are required then they should automatically be activated and the cursor waiting to type when a New Document, or Note is added. Trying to click on the exact spot to type is a unnecessary to make the user go through.
3. As others stated blur the background (better allow user to establish the level opacity).
4. Key commands to add notes. Clicking on the little + is ok but if you use it a lot I can see where it might get tedious.
5. Not sure if this is possible but have it remain on the desktop without showing over other programs.

Otherwise nice looking and I like to ability it appears to offer.
Feb 5 2012 at 10:36am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Randy: you can Ctrl-C/X text from NoteRush to Word. Thanks - Ed
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 10:44am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Gary: great, thanks for purchasing! It would be nice to be able to install to a USB stick, I can well understand the motivation, but it does make licencing a bit of a nightmare unfortunately. If you have multiple of your own PC's that you need to run NoteRush on then please feel free to email us with the number of your PC's you want to use it on and we'll happily extend the number of activations allowed for that product key - thanks Ed.
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 10:55am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi MB: thanks also for the comments, appreciate the feedback.

1) NoteRush will keep asking you to give your new document a filename so that it can save it and ensure you don't lose any work. Once you've given the document a filename it will stop asking you to save and it will auto-save in the background to that filename.
2), 3), 4) , 5) understood - we hope to address some of these new features in a forthcoming release. (It will be a free update).

Thanks - Ed.
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 11:07am Copy Link
Alan Ehrlich Spent a few minutes playing around with NoteRush and see that it can be very useful - almost like mindmapping with added capabilities. Very nice. Just purchased it so I'll have time to really look at it thoroughly.
Feb 5 2012 at 12:19pm Copy Link
bvssunnydale I will probably purchase this but probably will not be able to fully utilitize it until encryption is included in a future version. I just wanted to say that in the hopes it'll help move that feature on top of the programmer's to-do list (I know it's been mentioned before). A portable version would be very nice also. Thx.
Feb 5 2012 at 1:07pm Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi bvssunnydale: points noted, and listened to, encryption will be added I hope sooner rather than later, thanks - Ed
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 1:22pm Copy Link
VLM Recently, the product AllMyNotes was offered here, and before that Total Recall. Is anyone in a position to compare NoteRush to either of these products, even if only briefly at this point?
Feb 5 2012 at 1:29pm Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Alan: thanks for the purchase any feedback/comments are always welcome!
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 1:29pm Copy Link
Alexander Deliyannis @bvssunnydale re encryption: this may be a rather subjective view, but I personally prefer that encryption does not take place at the individual program level, but rather at the folder level. I have an encrypted folder for sensitive files synced across my PCs; there are several solutions for this. The advantages of such an approach IMHO:

(1) I can use whichever software you like for its main features, rather than its encryption capabilities, which rarely go hand-in-hand.

(2) I do not have to remember a multitude of passwords.

(3) I avoid lock-in with proprietary encryption formats, especially for software requiring activation. I wish Ed all the best in his business, but I know some very hopeful software whose developers have eventually closed down and now their users can't get to their files because they can no longer activate the programs in their new PCs. At least if the files are unencrypted one can usually find a way to mine the data.
Feb 5 2012 at 1:48pm Copy Link
_*_ Ed4noterush, ok went ahead and purchased as it looks useful to tack a bit of life with! Thanks for the offer. :o)
Feb 5 2012 at 2:03pm Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi MB: thanks and hope you enjoy using NoteRush!
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 5 2012 at 2:20pm Copy Link
Michael Begley I tried to install this but Norton 360 complained. I told Norton to install it anyway. Install began but then terminated. Norton said the program was doing suspicious actions and terminated it. It even removed the setup file I had downloaded. In 2 years of using Norton, I have never seen it take this severe an action. Has anybody else had problems with security software when installing or using this program? Thanks much.
Feb 5 2012 at 3:07pm Copy Link
_*_ Michael Begley, I too use Norton and had the same issue, I had to tell Norton to allow the program to run and not scan the setup file again. It is (I think) the little blue text in the window you can bring up. After that all went well. It seemed not too many every downloaded or installed this program and Norton did not like that at all.
Feb 5 2012 at 5:17pm Copy Link
unisorce I just purchased and sent a request to your support email to extend the activation for multiple PCs that I own and work on.

How long will it take for this to be taken care of and is there a requirement to mention how many PCs it is going to be used on?
Feb 5 2012 at 11:25pm Copy Link
Michael Begley Thanks MB, I took your advice and got past the Norton problem.
Feb 5 2012 at 11:56pm Copy Link
Tazzie @Ed4NoteRush .... I also had a problem with Norton deleting install files. Like MB said, Norton had a problem with the fact that this program has not been downloaded often. It would be helpful if you could contact Norton and get on their approved list or however that works, so that current and potential users do not have to deal with this with every update.

I, too, have purchased this and look forward to getting acquainted with it! I greatly appreciate the time and effort you spent with us here at BDJ.

I do hope that you consider setting up a forum for NoteRush as it becomes more fully fleshed out and gains a larger user base. Forums are a great resource for users, as well as developers.

Thanks again for your hard work here, and best wishes on the continued development and success of NoteRush!
Feb 6 2012 at 12:22am Copy Link
_*_ Tazzie, I totally agree with the idea of a forum as a place for users to talk, and the developer to hear what is going on with real-life users.
Feb 6 2012 at 3:29am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Michael: yes, because NoteRush is relatively new it has not yet found its way onto Norton's safe "whitelist" yet. I hope it will be recognised shortly, we'll be contacting them. Thanks MB also. - Ed
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 6 2012 at 5:31am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hello unisorce: thanks this has been actioned now, please see email sent to you. Typically we need to know the number of PC's you require to use it on, so we can inform our online activation server - Ed
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 6 2012 at 5:43am Copy Link
Ed4noterush Hi Tazzie: thanks for the comments and the purchase - we'll be getting on the Norton approved whitelist list as you say, to try and avoid this happening in future. Comments about setting up a forum are noted and will be actioned also - this could be a great idea...

Yesterday was a really busy day for NoteRush and we really appreciate everyone's comments and feedback - best regards Ed
Solutions Domain Ltd - Feb 6 2012 at 6:08am Copy Link

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