Sticky notes apps are nowhere near as prevalent as they used to be, but that’s not to say that they aren’t still incredibly useful. There are fully featured PIMs such as Outlook that have somewhat taken over the role of such programs, but when you try out PNotes, you’ll understand once again just how great a simple, dedicated utility can be. The program is available in portable and installable desktop varieties and both offer the same great set of feature and the latest release – version 9 – includes some great improvements and new features.
Just because a note is a quick note, it does not mean that it needs to be misspelled, and the latest release of the app includes an all-important spell checking feature. While there is support for English by default, it is possible to install others that you want to use. PNotes is the type of app that you are likely to find that you end up using a great deal and if you start to create a lot of notes you will undoubtedly make use of the grouping option to keep related notes together. Another new feature of the app makes it possible to define the default skin and coloring for groups.
A great feature of PNotes is the text-to-speech option that can be used to have notes and reminders voiced aloud to you. PNotes 9 adds the ability to adjust speed, pitch and volume so you can customize the voice to suit your tastes. If you’re using the app as a reminder tool, there is a new option that enables you to silence an alarm if it has been sounding for a certain period of time. This is a program that is packed with features, and a quick right click of the system tray icon and a browse through the preferences dialog will reveal the extent of what is possible.
To make it quicker to perform common actions, it is now possible to define not only an action that should be performed when the system tray icon is double clicked, but also when it is single clicked. If you find that you are creating a large number of notes, you’ll find that the ability to tag notes is very useful, as these tags can then be used in searches. You can use the app to make notes while you make a phone call, or to jot down ideas you think of throughout the day. Support for formatting and the creation of lists means that this is an ideal app for drawing up shopping lists, to-dos and much more. This is an app that will help you to drop all of the scraps of paper that are littering your desk and could replace other calendar tools that you may be using.