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FreeText 1.46

Make quick notes, to-do lists, more

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 May 2014
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Downloads To Date: 202
Developer: SoftConstructors
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FreeText 1.46
Make quick notes, to-do lists, more

FreeText is an easy-to-use portable tool for making ad-hoc notes, creating to-do lists and generally recording anything interesting throughout your day.

Launch the program and it displays a Notepad-like interface. It's extremely basic, but of course very easy to use - and this version does have several advantages. The FreeText window will by default stay on top of others; it minimises to the system tray; links you type are recognised and made clickable; and the program automatically saves your current file at regular intervals.

You can customise your text notes in several ways, too. These are bizarrely hidden by default, but clicking View > Palette displays a toolbar with the various options.

You're able to insert simple icons alongside your notes, for instance: green ticks, red crosses, yellow stars, question marks, exclamation marks and more.

An Image tool allows you to insert JPEGs, PNGs, GIFs, BMPs, even ICO/ CUR files, and open them in an editor.

There's basic table support. It really is basic - you can't define the default size (it's always 4x3), and inserting/ deleting rows and columns is awkward - but it's enough for simple needs.

A Comment tool adds text notes in a frame with a yellow background, great when you need to highlight something.

And the set is complete with a "Logic Frame", which is essentially a collapsible list box. You can give a list a title, then add various items, and collapse or hide these at a click. Sounds simple, but each Logic Frame item can itself be a Logic Frame, so you're able to build up a complex series of folders to represent and organise whatever you like.

If there's a problem here it's that your notes can't easily be shared with others. FreeText can't export them as Word documents, PDFs or anything else: the only option is to save them in the program's own FRT format.

That aside, FreeText provides an easy way to make ad-hoc rich text notes on your own system, and if that's all you need then it could be worth a try.

Verdict:

FreeText is a straightforward note-taking tool with some useful bonus features. However, you can't easily share your document with others - or even use it in other applications - and that's a definite weakness.

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

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You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

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