Monday, June 29, 2015

Notecase Pro v4.0.5 desktop edition released

Notecase Pro v4.0.5 desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

This is a bugfix release, fixing an issue where deleting branch can cause the program to crash in some cases. You are advised to upgrade.

Changes in this release:
- fix: clicking date icon for the date field in Tree Pane should edit date of the clicked item, not the currently selected item
- fix: per user request, "Cut","Copy", "Paste" items were reinstated into Note Pane context menu
- fix: "Join marked notes" operation had issues with .ncdb/ncde file format
- German "tips of the day" file updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
- fix: Lua method Nc_String_AnsiToUtf8 regression (returning only success value)
- add: NcSyncServer program now supports setting the custom port through "--port" command line parameter
- add: two new Lua methods to read/modify automatic icon settings: Nc_Config_AutoIcon_Get, Nc_Config_AutoIcon_Set
- Lua library upgraded to version 5.3.1
- add: new sample Lua script "51_ImportTextFileTreeAnsi.lua" to import set of files encoded as ANSI (analogous to "22_ImportTextFileTree.lua" which imports UTF-8 files instead)
- fix: regression in tabbed text file format (.tab) import
- fix: issue with delete branch code after import

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Notecase Pro v4.0.4 desktop edition released

Notecase Pro v4.0.4 desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- new supported platform: OpenBSD
- add: search bar feature added for more convenient simple, plain text search (can be enabled with "View" > "Panels and Bars" > "Search Bar" menu)
- add: new "Jump to Search Bar" shortcut action that ensures that the search bar is visible and puts focus to search box in it (having default shortcut Ctrl+Shift+F)
- add: multiple GUI related changes, cleaning up the menus, merging related menu items under a common sub-menus
- add: new command line "--noevents" makes the program disable emitting of application events (used by Lua scripts) for the duration of entire program session
- add: new command line "--noplugins" disables the initial load of the program plugins
- add: new Lua methods to query the relations between two notes: Nc_Note_IsSibling, Nc_Note_IsAncestor
- fix: removed several redundant (already present in the main menu) actions added by GTK library from the Note Pane context menu (Undo, Redo, Copy, Paste, ...)
- fix: cca 50% faster loading of .ncd file format documents (speeds up loading .ncz and .nce formats too, cca 40%)
- fix: cca 30% faster loading of .ncdb file format documents
- fix: cca 34% faster saving to .ncz file format document (at the expence of slightly larger file than before)
- fix: drastically speedup the note (branch) delete operation, should be more than 100X faster now (noticeable in large documents); not available on  OS X, Maemo and some builds having older C++ compiler
- fix: pasting branch of notes in the Tree Pane is now cca 100x faster (noticeable when pasting thousands of notes within a huge file)
- fix: clipboard monitor should not copy data if the operation originated within the clipboard monitor target document
- fix: file selector doesn't recognize image files with a capitalized extension (e.g. a file "file.JPG" doesn't show up)
- fix: improve clipboard handling code so that it doesn't interfere with Clipboard Monitor actions (Windows only issue)
- fix: workaround GTK/Pango library issue where applying font formatting using unknown font can lead to the Enter key to stop working when editing such text
- fix: export to RTF could generate file that fails to load (unterminated formatting tags)
- fix: moved "Page Setup" menu item as a button within Print Selection dialog ("Print" menu item)
- help file updates (work by Paul Merrell and Daniel Hertrich)
- Croatian translation updated
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Spanish translation updated (work by Miguel Latorre)
- Spanish "tips of the day" file created (work by Miguel Latorre)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)

For a complete list of changes in this release, see change log at: http://www.notecasepro.com/history.php.
Thanks to everyone who helped during this cycle.

I am now trying collect more user testimonials for my website, so if you want to help and get quoted, feel free to contact me.

Another important poll for OS X users: is there anyone that is using 32-bit only Mac?

I am considering to moving NoteCase Pro build for OS X from 32-bit to 64-bit, but I need to be sure that the users are using relatively modern systems.
The easiest way to see if your Mac supports 64-bit software is to install it and try to use it.
I've prepared the 64-bit installer here: http://notecasepro.com/get.php?osx_leopard/notecase-4.0.4_x64.pkg
Please do give it a try and let me know if it fails to work on your Mac or if you find any issue with it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.0 released

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.0 has just been released, this is mostly a bug fix release.

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

NoteCase Pro for Android is the companion app to NoteCase Pro desktop program, and supports the .ncdb and .ncde (encrypted) file formats, so the same files can be shared between desktop and Android editions.

It can be activated by buying the 5USD license through PayPal (use "Buy Now" at the http://notecasepro.com/buy.php page) or by using the "All OSes, lifetime" license for the desktop version of the program. When shopping, please leave your email, so that after the payment, I can send you the key file in the email.

Changes in the new release:
    - sqlite database updated to latest version 3.8.10.1
    - fix: issue with handling of the custom fonts with the new editor
    - fix: new editor was missing implementation for text alignment
    - fix: note sort operation was speedup at least 100 times (noticeable when sorting trees with 4000 notes for example)
    - fix: try to preserve original (desktop) font formatting name when editing a document on Android
    - fix: improve handling of out-of-memory issues when loading a note with large number of (or big) images
       
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, May 15, 2015

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.9. released

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.9. has just been released.
It features major text editor redesign, not using WebView component anymore (Google broke text wrapping in recent Android versions, other issues too).

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

NoteCase Pro for Android is the companion app to NoteCase Pro desktop program, and supports the .ncdb and .ncde (encrypted) file formats, so the same files can be shared between desktop and Android editions.

It can be activated by buying the 5USD license through PayPal (use "Buy Now" at the http://notecasepro.com/buy.php page) or by using the "All OSes, lifetime" license for the desktop version of the program.
When shopping, please leave your email, so that after the payment, I can send you the key file in the email.

Installation instructions for your Android device:
    - prerequisites: program requires Android 3.0 or newer
    - download the .apk file and transfer it from your PC to the internal/primary SD card of your Android device (note: program is not being distributed through the Google Play store because Google does not support payments to Croatia)
    - enable installing applications from unknown source ("Settings" > "Applications" > "Unknown Sources" check box or "Settings" > "General" > "Security" > "Device Admin" > "Unknown Sources" check box for newer Android versions)
    - use some file manager application installed on your phone/tabled to click on the Notecase.apk file to start the installation ("ES File Explorer" free file manager app is a good choice)
    - if you get problem installing the app, try uninstalling the previous version first
    - copy your license key to your SD card root folder (usually named "/sdcard" or "/mnt/sdcard")
    - start the app

Features:
    - uses .ncdb and .ncde file format identical to the one used in the desktop version
    - you can create a new document or open an existing document file
    - Tree Pane is displayed featuring the hierarchical tree of your document notes
    - basic note operations supported in the Tree Pane are: insert, delete, rename
    - short click on the note title in the Tree Pane open Text Pane featuring rich text formatting editor
    - there are two different GUIs, one for phones and one for tablets (landscape mode) embedded in the same app
    - in the file open dialog, there is an additional way to navigate to the parent folder by using the swipe from right to left gesture action
    - you can create a shortcut to selected document on your phone's desktop

Changes in the new release:
    - sqlite database updated to latest version 3.9.8
    - support for read-only document state, no changes can be done to the read-only document
    - support for read-only note state, no changes can be done to the read-only note contents
    - warn user when the document is being loaded from read-only storage (starting from KitKat, Google forbids apps to write anywhere within the external SD card, only some paths are allowed)
    - .ncdb/.ncde: create database table for hyperlink anchors to be compatible to file format changes introduced by desktop version v4.0.0
    - fix: search operation crashes if no note was selected when started
    - fix: ask to save unsaved note changes when starting the search operation
    - "new link to web" now uses custom keyboard with keys to quickly enter web address parts
    - major rewrite of the note editor
    - test network connectivity when starting sync
    - list of remote documents got a file size column
    - fix: listing remote documents on sync server was slow, reduced read timeout value to speedup the operation
    - fix: improve handling of Back key (sometimes the form wouldn't close on back key press)
    - fix: possible crash in Sort command
    - fix: crash in Tag Pane when user goes to some other app and back
    - Croatian translation updated   
    - French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
    - Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
    - Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
    - Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
    - German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
    - Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
       
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 23, 2015

Notecase Pro v4.0.1 desktop edition release

Notecase Pro v4.0.1 desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- implement support for hyperlink targets being inline, i.e. placed within exact position of the note contents
- support for "Find Previous" search
- support for importing .epub book file format
- implement mouse reordering of items in bookmark manager window
- new Lua method to find inline link target (aka "anchor") within the document: Nc_Link_Inline_Target_FindByName
- support for exporting inline targets when exporting to RTF file format
- make .ncdb file format the default suggestion when saving some newly created document for the first time (you can modify the default in "General Settings")
- move "Delete note" and "Rename note" items in the Tree Pane context menu to a more prominent position in the menu (near the top)
- support to style attachment list with CSS within the exported HTML (mark attachment list with class="nc_attachments")
- Lua library upgraded to version 5.3.0
- sqlite database updated to latest version 3.8.9
- fix: per user suggestion, file names for automated backup now contain mandatory time stamp suffix (before it was an optional prefix)
- fix: "include source URL when pasting" stopped working correctly on Linux when pasting from Firefox
- fix: when exporting branch to .txt format, note numbering must be counted relative to the branch root
- fix: find operation should start from currently selected text
- fix: possible crash when using option to fetch embedded pictures in the HTML being pasted (if the link does not have a valid image name extension)
- fix: improve handling RTF format contents being pasted into the note on OS X
- fix: issue when saving document to folder with non-ASCII letters in the name (on Windows, directory with name made by bad encoding is created)
- fix: when user chooses to overwrite some existing file with "Save as", operation would fail if the file was read-only (we now delete such file)
- fix: search highlighting goes out of sync if you switch it off, do some editing and then switch it back on
- fix: NcSyncServer can't be started on OS X, due to binary not being properly packaged
- fix: improve setting locale (program language) by trying to automatically detect what code page suffix is used on the system (.utf8, .utf-8, .UTF8 or .UTF-8)
- fix: "Execute Current Note" may not have added the note into the "Recent scripts" menu if the executed action closed the document
- fix: improvements in the code that collapses multiple white spaces in HTML being imported
- fix: hard-to-reproduce issue where tree view column widths collapse to some small value when closing one of the open documents
- fix: faster speed when searching for note that has an attachment
- fix: improve code to select note (hard to reproduce issue when the tree view is not scrolled to show the selected note)
- help file updates (work by Paul Merrell and Daniel Hertrich)
- Croatian translation updated
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- Spanish translation updated (work by Miguel Latorre)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)

For a complete list of changes in this release, see change log at: http://www.notecasepro.com/history.php.
Thanks to everyone who helped during this cycle, especially to our slowly growing group of translator volunteers, now bigger for a member who resurrected the Spanish translation.

The following builds are deprecated and will be removed in the next cycle: Fedora 19 and 20 (v21 soon to be released), Ubuntu 14.10 (end of life coming in July), Debian 6 (Debian 8 to be released soon). Let me know if you depend on any of these.
 
Few remaining builds (Maemo) should be online within a day.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Notecase Pro v3.9.8. released.

Notecase Pro v3.9.8. desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- change backup file naming, making .bak go before real file extension (for example "ZZZ.bak.ncd") so that the file can be quickly opened in NoteCase Pro (no renaming needed)
- option to prepend current time stamp to document backup file on document save
- sync server now supports syncing note property changes (title formatting, custom properties, task info, read-only, is-template, is-done, tags, icon, hyperlink, syntax highlighting)
- Lua method Nc_App_Action_Execute now supports showing current note's custom properties using action name parameter "dlg_note_custom_prop"
- pressing + and - key when focus is in the date field of Task Properties window increments/decrements date by one day
- "Close All Open Documents" option added to "Open Documents" submenu
- display attachment sizes in human readable form (using kB, MB, ... instead of bytes)
- add support for embedded pictures when importing from Evernote export file (.enex)
- fix: much faster document tab switching for big documents (by delaying tree view icon loading process)
- fix: much faster search speed when searching .ncdb/.ncde document notes by date into the List Pane
- fix: word count did not show correct values for "current branch - title and text" column
- fix: sometimes selected item in the List Pane was not scrolled into view when switching to the Tree Pane
- fix: changing most of the note properties did not cause note modified date to be updated
- fix: code to calculate free drive size on OS X improved (should be more reliable now)
- fix: "Find Next" then "Replace" can shift replacement text by one character to the right if the picture was preceeding the text to be replaced ("Replace All" worked OK)
- fix: improve HTML handling when imported/pasted from external sources - collapse repeated spaces to a single space
- fix: document file change monitoring did not work on OS X
- fix: improve RTF support for OS X (new line encoded as empty control word "\"), solves issue of paragraphs
  pasted from Safari being concatenated into the single long text line
- fix: selecting multiple files for opening did not work when the program is set to use Windows native file pickers
- fix: when when opening new NoteCase instance on Windows with a "single instance mode" being used, just silently exit and bring old instance to the foreground (before Windows version used to display an error message)
- fix: SyncServer and its clients should not use SSL 2 or 3, should use only TLS versions (security fix to prevent POODLE attack)
- fix: removed Estonian and Czech program translations because they fell to cca 10 or lower percent of of total phrases being translated
- fix: enable support for loading binary module files (.so) in Lua on Linux/BSD/OS X/Solaris platforms
- help file updates (work by Paul Merrell and Daniel Hertrich)
- Croatian translation updated
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)

For a complete list of changes in this release, see change log at: http://www.notecasepro.com/history.php. Thanks to everyone who helped during this cycle.

I am curious how many OS X users use NoteCase Pro on older versions of OS X (ie. less that v10.10). If you are one of those, let me know. I am trying to see what is the lowest version that I need to support...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.8. released

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.8. has just been released.
It features Sort and Search functions.

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

NoteCase Pro for Android is the companion app to NoteCase Pro desktop program, and supports the .ncdb and .ncde (encrypted) file formats,
so the same files can be shared between desktop and Android editions.

It can be activated by buying the 2USD license through PayPal (use "Buy Now" at the http://notecasepro.com/buy.php page)
or by using the "All OSes, lifetime" license for the desktop version of the program.
When shopping, please leave your email, so that after the payment, I can send you the key file in the email.

Installation instructions for your Android device:
    - prerequisites: program requires Android 3.0 or newer
    - download the .apk file and transfer it from your to your phone's SD card
    - enable installing applications from unknown source ("Settings" > "Applications" > "Unknown Sources" check box)
    - use some file manager application installed on your phone/tabled to click on the Notecase.apk file to start the installation
      ("ES File Explorer" free file manager app is a good choice)
    - if you get problem installing the app, try uninstalling the previous version first
    - copy your license key to your SD card root folder (usually named "/sdcard" or "/mnt/sdcard")
    - start the app

Features:
    - uses .ncdb and .ncde file format identical to the one used in the desktop version
    - you can create a new document or open an existing document file
    - Tree Pane is displayed featuring the hierarchical tree of your document notes
    - basic note operations supported in the Tree Pane are: insert, delete, rename
    - short click on the note title in the Tree Pane open Text Pane featuring rich text formatting editor
    - there are two different GUIs, one for phones and one for tablets (landscape mode) embedded in the same app
    - in the file open dialog, there is an additional way to navigate to the parent folder by using the swipe from right to left gesture action
    - you can create a shortcut to selected document on your phone's desktop

Changes in the new release:
    - add support for "strike" tag ("s" was already supported)
    - fix: improve anychronous communication with WebView editor, hyperlink operation is more reliable now
    - fix: process click to hyperlinks pointing to .ncdb/.ncde files directly in the app, asking to open the target document instead of current one
    - show explicit explicit message if insert picture from camera was canceled by user
    - fix: possible crash when double-tapping the hyperlink
    - fix: do not allow insert picture operations if no note has been selected
    - add: implement document tree Sort operation
    - add: implement document Search operation ("Find Next" and "Find All")
    - sqlite database updated to latest version 3.8.7
    - icon to add new note (+) was branched into a submenu with add root, add child and add sibling note options
    - Croatian translation updated
    - Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
    - Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
    - German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
    - 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 donate the program translation for your language, feel free to contact me.

Important news:
Note that the Android edition price will rise from 2USD to 5USD in a day or two.