Sticky Notes & ‘Show Desktop’ feature of Windows

Dear Notezilla users,

The ‘Show Desktop’ icon in the Windows taskbar intends to show the complete desktop without any windows. This icon includes Notezilla sticky notes too. Clicking on the ‘Show Desktop’ icon will hide all sticky notes also.

For this reason, Notezilla installs another icon called ‘Bring Notes On Top’ in the same taskbar. Clicking on this icon will bring the notes on top of all the open windows. Alternatively, you can use the hotkey Ctrl+Shift+T to bring the notes on top.

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A must have document, folders and website launcher!

Thanks to Lee Garber for his excellent review on RecentX Launcher

A must have document, folders and website launcher!
I have heard much about RecentX and decided to try it. It’s truly a great and time saving program.

Recent X is a fast file launcher. It allows you to open recently used documents, media, folders and websites in a flash. But why use it you ask? Why not open these files and folders manually? The answer is the fortune of time and aggravation you will save using RecentX and the refreshing convenience that comes from use of well designed program.

RecentX puts all your recently used documents, media, folders and websites in an easy accessible and searchable hotkey triggered list for super fast identification and access. The most recently used files, folders, programs and websites get priority.

Want to keep working on a Microsoft Word document you were editing yesterday, last week, last month, and know its name but forgot where you saved it in your tree file structure? Call up Recent X with CTRL+SHIFT+1 and your recently used documents list will be in front of you, type a bit of the file name you are after and in a flash and your document is there, and you can open it and work on it with a minimum of fuss. All I can say is wow! Increased productivity here I come! Also hotkeys are configurable.

The program can also be accessed from the system tray or from clicking on a floating tab panel. Best of all it is not complicated and it is user friendly and intuitive. Microsoft why don’t you design software like this?

Better still you can easily configure it to open folders in any file manager of your choice. You can drag your recently used files right out of Recent X as attachments into e-mail – which is just awesome – it is worth buying for this alone. Recent X even allows you to cut recently used files from your recent files list and you can them paste them to locations of your choice within the folder list of Recent X itself!

You can also list all matching items in searches you conduct so your searches are not limited to recent documents, media, folders and websites only. Also the Windows explorer menu is also accessible while in Recent X.

In short Recent X is a wonderful, well thought out application that will save you a fortune of time, aggravation and money once you use it and you will soon wonder how you ever got by without it.

I strongly recommend you purchase a copy. It will pay for itself in no time!

Notezilla with other language dictionaries

By default, Notezilla comes with English language dictionaries. Here is a trick suggested by one of our customers ‘RM’ to make Notezilla work with Spanish, French, German, Italian & Dutch dictionaries.

Sticky Note With Unicode Support

Quote from ‘RM’

I found one solution through Jarte 4.1 from Carolina Road Software.

Jarte is a free WordPad Word Processing Engine (.tlx,.clx, .dic) that includes these spelling dictionaries: English (American, British, & Canadian), Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Dutch.

Install Jarte on C:\ Disk and copy the two french spelling files
(sscefr.tlx and sscefr2.clx) in C:\Conceptworld\Notezilla\Dictionaries
and then, change the Main Dictionary language inside Notezilla Spelling Options for French (Canadian or European).

For example, try a simple text in French like Ceci est un Essai (This is a test), with these errors Cecci esst un esssai, and the french spelling dictionary will correctly suggest Ceci est un Essai.

Thanks for all the support and the awesome reviews.

RecentX and Mac

One of our customers Harold Hauer has shown a way to access both Mac & Windows files from RecentX:

I have been using RecentX for a number of years on my PC. About a year ago, I cloned my PC laptop onto my (new) iMac. I am running Windows XP simultaneously with the Mac OS under VMWare Fusion. When I run in Unity Mode, the Windows windows appear separately as programs are called, within the Mac space. In this Unity Mode, the Recent X bar appears at the top of the desktop, just as in Windows and provides instantaneous access to Windows AND shared Mac folders and files! This program has really simplified working in both operating systems.

Thanks Harold!

Making Directory Opus work with RecentX

RecentX lets you quickly launch any file, folder, program or bookmark. What is special about it is that it automatically tracks what file & folder you access. While it successfully tracks ‘file/document‘ opened in different file managers, it can only track ‘folder‘ opened from within Windows Explorer.

Recently John (one of RecentX users, don’t know last name) showed us an innovative way of making RecentX track files & folders opened in Directory Opus.

Here is a screenshot showing steps to configure Directory Opus so that RecentX can track the files & folders opened in Dopus.

RecentX & Directory Opus

 

Copywhiz 4.0 launched – Piky Basket’s new version

We are thrilled to launch the new version of Piky Basket called ‘Copywhiz‘. After receiving several feedback on the name ‘Piky Basket’, we have finally renamed Piky Basket to Copywhiz.

Piky Basket was part of a suite of products called PikySuite – a suite of 3 products: PikyBasket, PikyFolders & PikyTools. Out of all the three products, we have discontinued PikyFolders & PikyTools due to redundant features in Windows Vista & Windows 7. While PikyBasket has been retained as Copywhiz.

Copywhiz has many cool enhancements. Plus, it has been made simple & intuitive. The new version is very easy to understand and use.

Please do have a look at the benefits & features at the product website: https://www.conceptworld.com/Copywhiz

Thank you.

RecentX performance due to bug in Google Toolbar

Due to a bug in Google Toolbar, the size of Firefox history/bookmarks file (places.sqlite) bloats up drastically. Instead of being in the range of 20MB-30MB, it can grow as big as 300 MB. And it keeps growing as you browse more websites.

Google Toolbar, instead of keeping only nine thumbnails in Places.SQLite file. It stores the thumbnail of each website you visit.

This affects RecentX‘s performance as RecentX reads the history from Places.sqlite.

Here is a tool called CompressSqliteDatabase that can compress any sqlite3 database. As it was designed for RecentX, the tool automatically detects a firefox database and asks you if you wish to delete all the Google Toolbar thumbnails so that it can compress it back to a minimal size.

If you have Google Toolbar installed, then chances are that your Firefox history file will be too big.

Download the below tool to compress your Firefox history file. The file is stored under Firefox’s profile folder. Typically – %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ . Copy and paste this path in Start->Run window and press OK in the Run window. This will open the ‘Profiles’ folder. Open the right profile folder here. The profile folder is normally named as (something).default. Here you will find the places.SQLite file.

Download CompressSqliteDatabase from here

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RecentX 3.0 Launched



We are pleased to announce the launch of RecentX version 3.0.

This new version of RecentX has been improved from many dimensions. Nice new features, better performance & stability, improved usability and attractive looks.

Learn more about RecentX 3.0
Know what’s new in RecenX 3.0
Upgrade to RecentX 3.0  
Note:
Just download the new version and install it over the existing one. Existing data will be migrated automatically. If you don’t wish to keep the new version, you may revert back to the older version easily.
In the next few weeks, we will keep tweaking the new version. Do let us know if anything is missing or if anything needs improvement.
Finally, if RecentX has saved a lot of your time in the past, please do mention about it in forums, twitter, blog or your own website.

 

“My sticky notes are gone. What should I do?”

Often we get support queries that say ‘My notes are gone. What should I do?’.

In all the cases we have seen, there was nothing to panic. The data did not get corrupted, or the data was not lost. It just misplaced due to some change in configuration settings (Windows profile, moving of folders, reinstallation, etc.)

Here are the different things you need to try when you do not find your notes:

May be the sticky notes are just hidden.

Right click on Notezilla icon in the taskbar (next to the clock) and choose Desktop Notes->Show All Notes.

May be the sticky notes are off your desktop

Sometimes, when changing the display resolution of your desktop, the notes go off the desktop. Right-click on the Notezilla icon in the taskbar (next to the clock) and choose Desktop Notes->Layout->Stickers.

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May be Notezilla is not seeing the right data folder.

  1. Go to Notezilla’s preferences. To access Notezilla’s Preferences, go to the Notes Browser, choose Advanced->Preferences from the menu.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab and note the data folder where Notezilla is looking for the notes data.
  3. Exit Notezilla.
  4. Search your whole computer (all drives) for Notes.db file. Check the size of this file and its date modified. Find the biggest file and the latest one. Copy this file to the above data folder.
  5. Launch Notezilla and check if you see your sticky notes.

May be the backup folder has your notes data.

Notezilla keeps five copies of the backup under the backup subfolder.

Windows 10: C:\Documents and Settings\(user name)\Application Data\Conceptworld\Notezilla\backup\
Windows 8/7: C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Conceptworld\Notezilla\backup\

Each copy is stored in a subfolder, date wise. Go to each folder and check the size and date of the Notes.db file. Find the biggest file and the latest one. Copy this file to the above data folder. To know the exact path of the data folder, go to Notezilla Preferences. To access Notezilla’s Preferences, go to the Notes Browser, choose Advanced->Preferences from the menu. The Advanced tab will show the right data folder path.

 

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The quick reply feature in NoteZilla

Quite a few customers have requested a ‘Reply’ feature in Notezilla. When somebody sends a sticky note, you should be able to reply to the sender using a single click quickly.

Notezilla does have a way to reply quickly. But it is not called ‘Reply.’

When you receive a sticky note, modify it and press the Ctrl+G key and hit enter to send the note to the sender. What exactly happens here? Ctrl+G brings the ‘Send To Contact’ window. Also, Notezilla automatically selects the sender of the note in the list. Hitting enter picks the selected sender and sends the note over the network.

Thank you all the customers for asking. It helps us to make the product better.