Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Notecase Pro v4.2.3 desktop released

Notecase Pro v4.2.3 desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

This release is dedicated to my mother who recently died of cancer.

Major changes in this release:
- opt-in option to share anonimized program telemetry data with the program author (usage statisctics will help to steer further development)
- add: Options window ("06 Operations" page) has new setting "Enable telemetry"
- you can hide menu bar completely by adding the "ShowMenuBar=0" line under "[Display]" section within the notecase_pro.ini file
- when exporting to RTF, added option to export each note to a new page
- make selecting inline target (anchor) easier when creating a hyperlink
- drastically speedup "Save As" from .ncdb to .ncdb file format (use backup operation instead of copying notes one by one)
- "Save as" to .ncdb/.ncde operation is now cca 3x faster
- "Save" operation for .ncdb/.ncde is now noticeably faster for large documents
- much faster export from .ncdb to .html
- add check box setting under "Clipboard Manager" section to enable/disable embedding images from the content pasted by Clipboard Manager
- add support to match whole word while doing Boolean search (Boolean search for "zzz" will not match "zzz1" if "Whole word" is selected)
- new Lua method Nc_Config_Docs_ReloadLast_Suppress allows user to skip loading "Reload Last" documents, by calling this method on "Application started" event
- new Lua method Nc_Config_Docs_ReloadLast_Get returns string of "Reload Last" document paths delimited with ";"
- new Lua method Nc_Config_Docs_AlwaysLoad_Get returns string of "Load at Startup" document paths delimited with ";"
- new Lua method Nc_Config_Docs_AlwaysLoad_Add allows you to set document file to be loaded on each start of the program
- improved 59_GlobalSearch.lua script (keep result list after selecting some search result, no error on cancel, add document file name in result list)
- fix: add "/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/" folder to the list of folders where we search for aspell on 32-bit Linux distros
- fix: if starting the search operation was started from the middle of the note, search may skip matching the start of the same note when the search wraps back to the start of the document
- fix: tree view columns might shrink on startup when the last active document was not equal to the last document tab
- fix: Tree Pane column size could shrink when searching into List Pane two times in the row
- fix: revert code to skip loading predefined initial list of documents in the 2nd instance of the program (this caused the program to forget the initial list of documents)
- fix: improve text editor behavior when using invalid default font (i.e. font not exists on this platform and we copied .ini file from another PC)
- fix: drastically speedup the search within titles only for .ncdb/.ncde file format
- working with List Pane is now enabled in Lite mode too (this includes showing search results within the List Pane)
- printing is now enabled in Lite mode too
- help file updates by Paul Marrell
- Croatian translation updated
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Russian translation updated (work by Sergei Yansons)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)

Important news, OpenBSD v5.7 builds were replaced with new v6.0, FreeBSD 10 with v11.
I plan to deprecate following builds: Fedora 22 and 23, Solaris 32-bit. Please let me know if you still need any of these builds.

For detailed change list see: http://www.notecasepro.com/history.php

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

NoteCase Pro v4.2.0 desktop edition released

NoteCase Pro v4.2.0 desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- add: when dropping folder onto Attachments Pane or Attachments Dialog, add all the files within that folder as attachments (recursing into subfolders as well)
- add: support to show tray icon permanently by defining .ini file key "PermanentTrayIcon=1", "Display" section
- add: new application event "After attachment dropped" created (short name "after_att_drop")
- add: new Lua sample script implementing global bookmarks window (not limited to current document): "58_GlobalBookmarks.lua"
- add: new Lua sample script implementing global search (search across all open documents): "59_GlobalSearch.lua"
- add: "Merge Document" window can now detect when two document have different bookmarks or different document custom properties
- add: "Merge Document" window can now detect when two notes have different custom properties
- fix: sqlite bug (present from sqlite 3.11.0) related to conversion of NoteCase files from old to new format causing the indexes to become corrupt (major). If you notice that the note "lost" an embedded image or a text formatting, just run "Compact Document" within this new NCP v4.2.0 or use some Sqlite database editor to run "REINDEX" command
- fix: Tree View title wrapping mode has been improved
- fix: do not show conversion dialog when synchronizing a single note clone being created
- fix: custom note background color (available through right click menu in Text Pane did not work properly, forcing the color of the 1st item with custom color tto others)
- fix: crash when deleting the note that was just converted from clone to the original note
- fix: better behavior on multi-monitor systems, open child windows within the same screen where the main window is placed
- fix: when the document with expired tasks is reloaded, "Expired tasks" window was not being displayed the 2nd time (after the reload)
- fix: "Merge Document" now allows to compare read-only document with others (but you won't be able to merge changes)
- fix: exporting OPML in HTML mode might not work correctly for .ncdb/.ncde file formats
- fix: after installing the .deb package, menus were not instantly updated on Ubuntu Mate
- add: support bold/italic within the OPML note title when by using "TitleIsHtml=1" .ini file setting within the "[OPML Format]" section (similar to already existing "ContentIsHtml=1" related to OPML note contents)
- per user request, "Recent" documents submenu was moved back one level up to a more prominent position
- help file updates by Paul Marrell
- Croatian translation updated
- Russian translation updated (work by Sergey Yansons)
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
- Spanish translation updated (work by Miguel Latorre)
- Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
- Dutch translation updated (work by William Ouwehand)

Important news, I plan to deprecate following builds: Ubuntu 15.10 (end-of-life July 2016). Please let me know if you still need this build.

Other news is that Kagi.com, payment processing company used by NoteCase, ceased operations. NoteCase Pro has now switched to using Paypal as the payment service.

For detailed change list see: http://www.notecasepro.com/history.php

NoteCase Pro v4.2.0 desktop edition released

NoteCase Pro v4.2.0 desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- add: when dropping folder onto Attachments Pane or Attachments Dialog, add all the files within that folder as attachments (recursing into subfolders as well)
- add: support to show tray icon permanently by defining .ini file key "PermanentTrayIcon=1", "Display" section
- add: new application event "After attachment dropped" created (short name "after_att_drop")
- add: new Lua sample script implementing global bookmarks window (not limited to current document): "58_GlobalBookmarks.lua"
- add: new Lua sample script implementing global search (search across all open documents): "59_GlobalSearch.lua"
- add: "Merge Document" window can now detect when two document have different bookmarks or different document custom properties
- add: "Merge Document" window can now detect when two notes have different custom properties
- fix: sqlite bug (present from sqlite 3.11.0) related to conversion of NoteCase files from old to new format causing the indexes to become corrupt (major). If you notice that the note "lost" an embedded image or a text formatting, just run "Compact Document" within this new NCP v4.2.0 or use some Sqlite database editor to run "REINDEX" command
- fix: Tree View title wrapping mode has been improved
- fix: do not show conversion dialog when synchronizing a single note clone being created
- fix: custom note background color (available through right click menu in Text Pane did not work properly, forcing the color of the 1st item with custom color tto others)
- fix: crash when deleting the note that was just converted from clone to the original note
- fix: better behavior on multi-monitor systems, open child windows within the same screen where the main window is placed
- fix: when the document with expired tasks is reloaded, "Expired tasks" window was not being displayed the 2nd time (after the reload)
- fix: "Merge Document" now allows to compare read-only document with others (but you won't be able to merge changes)
- fix: exporting OPML in HTML mode might not work correctly for .ncdb/.ncde file formats
- fix: after installing the .deb package, menus were not instantly updated on Ubuntu Mate
- add: support bold/italic within the OPML note title when by using "TitleIsHtml=1" .ini file setting within the "[OPML Format]" section (similar to already existing "ContentIsHtml=1" related to OPML note contents)
- per user request, "Recent" documents submenu was moved back one level up to a more prominent position
- help file updates by Paul Marrell
- Croatian translation updated
- Russian translation updated (work by Sergey Yansons)
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
- Spanish translation updated (work by Miguel Latorre)
- Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
- Dutch translation updated (work by William Ouwehand)

Important news, I plan to deprecate following builds: Ubuntu 15.10 (end-of-life July 2016). Please let me know if you still need this build.

For detailed change list see: http://www.notecasepro.com/history.php

Sunday, May 15, 2016

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.5 released

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.5 has just been released.

Major change was supporting permissions system (thus preventing crashes on startup) on Android 6.0 and newer.

Download is now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Detailed list of changes in the new release:
    - remove list entry to go to parent directory in File Open/Save window (pressing Back key does that)
    - hide formatting toolbar when there is no text selection target in the note text editor
    - support to backup and restore app settings (export/import settings as .cfg text file)
    - added preference to define base font size (note text) for Android
    - allow app to be moved to SD card
    - allow typing suggestions to be displayed for Note Text editor
    - sqlite database updated to latest v3.12.2
    - fix crash issues when app is missing storage write and camera permissions on Android 6.0 (implement support for Android's new dynamic permission system)
    - fix: note data changes may be lost in some rare case when the app was killed using "o" soft button
    - Croatian translation updated
    - Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
    - Spanish translation created (work by Miguel Latorre)
    - French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
    - Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
    - German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
    - Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
    - Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
       
Feedback is appreciated. I am interested in your design and general ideas, bug reports, ...
If you would like to volunteer for translating program to your language, feel free to contact me.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Notecase Pro v4.1.7 desktop edition released

Notecase Pro v4.1.7 has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major desktop editon changes in this release:
- loading HTML based documents cca 60% faster
- tree view browsing is faster now
- loading group of documents is faster now
- faster "Expand/Collapse tree" operations for .ncdb/.ncde formats
- importing Keynote file format is drastically faster
- improved OPML import/export
- fixed some printing issues
- Bookmark Editor got the "Peek" button to show note without closing editor
- "Show Pending Tasks" window is now resizable
- fix: could not paste image from clipboard on OS X
- new builds: Slackware 14.1

For detailed change list see: http://www.notecasepro.com/history.php

As always, you are invited to share your ideas on how to improve this product directly with me or using the Google group at: http://groups.google.com/group/notecase-pro

Thursday, February 25, 2016

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.4 released

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.4 has just been released.

The new release redesigns the looks of the app (more modern theme and icons, 'hamburger' menu) but it also fixes issues and adds some new features (text alignment formatting).

Download is now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Detailed list of changes in the new release:
    - moved the initial screen "New" and "Open" buttons into the action bar
    - fix: report error and remove "Recent documents" entry if the file does not exist anymore
    - fix: possible crash when searching the document
    - fix: possible crash when opening Tag View by swiping Tree View from left to right
    - fix: closing Tree View in phone mode by pressing logo icon did not work
    - fix: reduced minimal required Android version from 3.0.x to 2.1.x
    - add: GUI adapted to use more modern style
    - fix: formatting actions in the Text Editor are now placed in the standard toolbar (having overflow menu for actions that did not fit)
    - moved font/name settings for "recent documents" list from settings page to the list context menu
    - add: add "Hamburger" menu to the main app page featuring major app actions
    - add: updated action icons to more modern ones
    - fix: replaced + and - tree view icons with more modern ones
    - moved "Hide hidden items" action of file dialog to file list context menu
    - increase padding around collapse/expand indicators in Tree View for easier use
    - fix: make search action a background task with progress, so that the app does not look frozen when searching big documents
    - fix: "Find all" operation is now up to 30 times faster (noticeable on big documents)
    - add: support for align left/right/center text formatting
    - fix: improve image resizing algorithm (when using app settings related to image resizing/stretching)
    - Croatian translation updated
    - Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
    - German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
    - Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
    - Spanish translation created (work by Miguel Latorre)
    - Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
    - French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
       
Feedback is appreciated. I am interested in your design and general ideas, bug reports, ...
If you would like to volunteer for translating program to your language, feel free to contact me.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Notecase Pro v4.1.5 desktop and v1.1.3 Android edition released

Notecase Pro v4.1.5 desktop edition and v1.1.3 Android edition have just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

The reason why the both editions were released simultaneously is due to the file format changes done in this cycle.

Changes were needed to implement Android synchronization feature, marked experimental in this cycle. Android synchronization should work OK other than few things that are not yet being synced: document custom properties and bookmarks, note custom properties and note task fields. This is not critical because those fields can not be edited yet on Android.

Thanks for anyone who helped testing this and other features, your feedback helped to improve the program.

Major desktop edition changes:
- file format upgrade: attachments now have unique ID code, store records of the deleted attachments
- incremented sync protocol version number due to many API changes, new server will minimally require NoteCase desktop v4.1.5 and Android v1.1.3
- NcSyncServer now prints certificate fingerprint value on startup (SHA1)
- implement certificate pinning support into NoteCase Pro synchronization; user gets asked to verify the key fingerprint on first connection
- option to do "Replace all" operation within the currently selected text only
- task notes now can have a Lua script assigned to be run when task expires
- colorize note task within Tree Pane (all columns except "Title" field) based on Task Status value and "Is Due" state (colors can be customized in Settings window)
- import XMind topic attachments
- improve Basket file format import, adding support for images, links and attachments
- improve MindManager import, adding support for hyperlinks in titles, image topics, ensure that all topics have titles
- import Freemind hyperlinks
- convert Freemind relative hyperlinks to absolute ones (based on the path of imported file) so that they work regardless of where we save NoteCase file later
- when importing HTML file format, convert hyperlinks with relative paths to absolute form so that they work regardless of where we save NoteCase file later
- show "Sync" button on each document tab (optional, see "Synchronization" settings page)
- Sync Admin program now automatically refreshes the data in the current tab every 15 seconds
- setting to show/hide Close button within the Document Tabs ("Display" page in General Settings window)
- passing empty font value into Nc_Note_Format_Font_Apply method allows you to remove font formatting in requested note text range
- support for site license (unlimited number of users within a single company site)
- fix: program can start slow on Windows if any of the files listed in the "Recent documents" list are placed on the drive that is currently not accessible
- fix: improve importing Chinese text file
- fix: improve importing HTML file using character set other than UTF-8 (where character set is specified with tag, example:
http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=gb2312">)
- fix: improve importing RTF by adding support to importing hyperlinks (fixes some "no links when pasting from browser" issues on OS X where RTF may be used as main clipboard format)
- fix: improve speed of Synchronization Server API calls when being called from Android client
- fix: when importing HTML file format, do not import JScript code within the block
- fix: possible crash when importing .epub file
- fix: much faster import for XMind and MindManager files having images; images are now loaded as note attachments
- fix: much faster synchronization for notes with attachments
- new Lua method to convert string from Utf8 to Ansi encoding (Nc_String_Utf8ToAnsi)
- new Lua method to load file contents given the file path in UTF-8 encoding (Nc_String_LoadFile)
- fix: rewrote several LuaFileSystem methods to use/return UTF-8 encoded file names instead of using ANSI, this fixes issues with reading files having Chinese names (WARNING: this change may break compatibility for scripts using LuaFileSystem)
- fix: improve Lua script "22_ImportTextFileTree.lua" to correctly import files with Chinese names
- fix: recent regression with parsing CDATA sections in HTML, causing issue with Evernote file import
- fix: issue with print pagination algorithm, sometimes a line or two may end up missing from the bottom of the printed page
- fix: halve the file import loading time for most file formats by doing note content hash calculations in the background
- fix: change text wrapping mode from wrapping by word to wrapping by character AND word (improves wrapping for long lines with programming code)
- fix: remove Windows OS "Please insert disk in drive X:" popups when building the "Recent files" list containing currently unavailable entries
- fix: NcSyncServer program did not work correctly for Windows 64-bit build
- NcSyncServer can now use .ini file to read its configuration, also got new "--config" command line parameter to specify custom .ini file (default .ini is "sync_server.ini" in the same directory where NCP stores its .ini file)
- update Lua library to latest version 5.3.2
- help file updated (work by Paul Merrell)
- Croatian translation updated
- Dutch translation updated (work by William Ouwehand)
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilvio)
- Russian translation updated (work by Sergey Yansons)

For detailed change list see: http://www.notecasepro.com/history.php

Changes in the Android edition:
- fix: when opening note contents from (phone mode) do not show soft keyboard initially
- fix: when opening encrypted document, keyboard stayed open after password dialog was closed (phone mode)
- sqlite database updated to latest version 3.10.2
- fixed several crash conditions as reported by crash logs
- fix: add missing handler for "out of memory" condition when inserting image into the note
- file formats upgrade: attachments now got their own unique ID code, new records of the deleted attachments
- native synchronization support through NcSyncServer desktop program (experimental)
- Croatian translation updated
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
- Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Notecase Pro v4.1.1 desktop edition release

Notecase Pro v4.1.1 desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- removed limitation that unregistered version can not run multiple program instances at the same time
- add: Attachment Pane can show a toolbar with action buttons, activated with "Toggle Toolbar" context menu item
- add: Tags Pane can show a toolbar with action buttons, activated with "Toggle Toolbar" context menu item
- add: support to use custom date/time format using format flags for strftime function (edited within "Insert Date/Time" window)
- add: importing RTF document as multiple notes, using outline information within RTF contents
- add: double click on document tab title opens document properties window
- add: support to import "Comments" field added in the latest XMind v7 file format (comments are imported at the bottom of the note's text)
- add: make document import action abortable (showing abort button within a progress dialog)
- add: make synchronization action abortable (some changes may be committed, but you can finish committing the others with the new try)
- add: show progress when downloading file from sync server ("Available Documents" window)
- add: added "Cut", "Copy" and "Paste" actions into Tree Pane context menu
- added hidden .ini file to enable standard GTK font pickers (set "UseCustomFontPicker=0" under "Display" section to switch back to old version)
- fix: much faster code to fetch image from remote URL when being embedded into document (embedding test image went from 3sec to 100msec)
- fix: boolean search into List Pane make take forever (looping foever through the notes)
- fix: improve code page detection for content being pasted from clipboard
- fix: improve RTF file format import (support alternative keyword for background color)
- fix: regex search could match 0-width text part before (possibly creating eternal loop if using "replace all" action)
- fix: removed support for importing "The Guide XML Export" file format, because "The guide" does not produce such format anymore (it only exports to .rtf now)
- fix: when synchronizing document with new branch having more than one note, just list the top note for synchronization, children will be synced along with the parent (drastically reducing network traffic)
- fix: fix HTML parser to accommodate for rare case when HTML tags are written unescaped within the tag parameter value
(solves issue when pasting from New York Times website)
- fix: show error when trying to overwrite read-only document file
- fix: issue when using Chinese text in "Replace all" action
- fix: lower memory usage when searching .ncdb/.ncde document file
- fix: crash in Lua method Nc_Note_Content_Set when acted on a clone note within .ncdb document
- fix: support for importing special characters (non-ASCII) from note titles for Keynote file format
- fix: after successful save operation, program must remove auto-save copies of the saved document (it did correctly for "Save as", but not for "Save")
- fix: load initial documents on startup regardless if the crash (auto-save) documents were found or not
- help file updates (work by Paul Merrell and Daniel Hertrich)
- Croatian translation updated
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- Russian translation updated (work by ?????? ??????)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Spanish translation updated (work by Miguel Latorre)
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)

Important news, I plan to deprecate following builds: Fedora 21 (end-of-life December 1st, 2015), Ubuntu 15.04 (end-of-life January 2016), Mageia 4 (end-of-life September 2015) and Maemo 5 (Maemo5 PR1.2 will still be supported).
Please let me know if you still need any of these builds.

For detailed change list see: http://www.notecasepro.com/history.php

PS. Few remaining builds will be done tomorrow.