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.

Monday, November 02, 2015

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.2 released

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.2 has just been released.

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.

Changes in the new release:
    - add: "Resize images" setting to choose if you want to scale images or not
    - fix: hyperlinks to note were not stored compatible to desktop version
    - fix: reverted the code to follow hyperlinks by single tap, "Follow links" menu must be used
    - fix: possible issue when following hyperlink to the incorrect note
    - report an error if user did not select any note text before trying to create a hyperlink
    - fix: preserve hyperlinks when copy/pasting note text content
    - fix: typing text directly after the hyperlink should not expand link
    - sqlite database updated to latest version 3.9.0
    - removed "What's new" screen (changes can be found at the project's blog)
    - fix: update Sqlite tables/indexes to match recent changes in the desktop edition
    - fix: removed several translations that were not updated for a long time now (Italian, Czech, Dutch, Romanian)
    - Croatian translation updated
    - Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
    - Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
    - German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
    - Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
    - Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
    - 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.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Notecase Pro v4.0.8 desktop edition released

Notecase Pro v4.0.8 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.

Major changes in this release:
- add: support to import font formatting when importing from RTF document
- add: support to synchronize document properties (title, custom properties, bookmarks, read-only)
- add: "Merge Documents" now reports notes being moved within the document
- add: when the program is started in portable mode, try to use relative paths within the "most recent used files" list (so that paths continue to work if the USB stick where NCP is installed changes the drive letter)
- add: use ini key "WordSelectionCharsAllowed" under "[Operation]" section to customize process of double-clicking text to select word (define additional non-alphanumeric characters to be part of the word)
- add: when editing task dates, show additional "Remove" button in date picker window so you can quickly clear the date field information
- add: redesigned document tab context menu adding "Sync" and "Properties" items, removing "Open" item
- add: text in all message boxes is now select-able, so that user can copy text using with context menu
- Lua methods Nc_Doc_ExportHtml_Header_Get and Nc_Doc_ExportHtml_Header_Set were modified so that HTML header contents now include complete header starting from DOCTYPE until (but not including BODY tag); before, we only passed the data in between the HEAD tag block
- add: new Lua script to demonstrate importing tabbed text with note content lines having the ";;" prefix ("52_ImportTabbedText.lua")
- add: new shipping script "53_CollapseAllOtherNotes.lua" to collapse all notes in the current document other than the current note
- add: application logging system was improved in all programs (NoteCase Pro, NcSyncServer, NcSyncAdmin); you can define up to 3 log targets (screen, action/crash log, file) using command line parameters
- add: added "--log_file level file_path" command line parameter for logging to file (level is a number from 0 to 7, used to filter messages by severity; file_path is an full/absolute log file path)
- add: added "--log_screen level" command line parameter for logging to console screen (level is a number from 0 to 7, used to filter messages by severity); not implemented for Windows and OSX GUI apps (who don't have console by default)
- add: added "--log_action level" command line parameter for logging to internal action/crash log buffer (level is a number from 0 to 7, used to filter messages by severity)
- add: "Case Sensitive" search option added to search bar
- add: OPML export got .ini file setting to write files having UTF-8 BOM (use .ini key "ExportUtf8BOM=1" inside "[OPML Format]" section)
- add: support importing OPML files having UTF-8 BOM
- add: in "Column Settings" window, double clicking a column in the list of already existing columns will now remove that column
- fix: note deletion action is now stored within the document itself, so that sync knows to apply correct action even after we reload such document
- fix: Windows 32-bit uninstaller always forwards to the feeback web page (even when called silently from within installer itself)
- fix: drastically improve typing speed in Text Pane
- fix: hacked GTK+'s font picker button/dialog to hide font "Style:" list (bold and italic are now set separately)
- fix: inserting image file by drag-and-drop into the Note Pane does not work every time on OS X
- fix: text disappears from screen when zooming the Note Pane showing the text formatted with custom font but having no font size defined (Linux only)
- fix: improve support for pasting formatted text from LibreOffice (background color formatting did not work)
- fix: improve .epub import for files that store multiple chapters in the same file (table of contents referencing
sections within the content file)
- fix: spell checker on Windows may forget words added to the custom word list after program restart (set aspell home directory to "aspell" subdirectory of dir where we keep .ini file)
- fix: improve pasting from QQ Messenger (www.imqq.com) which seems to put plain text followed by binary data as "HTML format" format on clipboard
- fix: huge speedup when pasting large amounts of plain text into the note
- "Change case" set of actions is now available to Lite mode users too
- help file updates (work by Paul Merrell and Daniel Hertrich)
- Croatian translation updated
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- Russian translation updated (work by Sergey Yansons)
- Spanish translation updated (work by Miguel Latorre)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
- Dutch translation fixes (work by William Ouwehand)
- "Tip of the day" file for Russian language created (work by Sergey Yansons)

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

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.1 released.

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.1.1 has just been released.

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:
    - add: weekly check for program updates, notify user if new version exists
    - add: new setting "Stretch images" causes images in the note to be up-scaled to fill in the available screen space
    - add: "Save as" window got a format picker button for easier .ncdb/.ncde format selection
    - add: support for custom shortcuts when using hardware keyboard (bluetooth), added "delete note" configurable setting
    - add: support for custom synchronization server port
    - sqlite database updated to latest version 3.8.10.2
    - fix: reinstate code to follow hyperlinks by a single tap on them
    - fix: "save as" action must not be allowed to overwrite currently open document (that would cause data loss and crash)
    - when creating "New Link to web", pre-populate input box with "http://" (so that user doesn't need to type this part)
    - fix: preserve hyperlinks created by pasting content from web browser app
    - fix: tab characters are displayed as ordinary spaces by TextEdit Android widget
    - fix: allow for Tab character to be inserted in the text (when using bluetooth keyboard)
    - fix: improve code that loads pictures within the note, using less memory so "out of memory" error is less likely to happen (unless the number of images is huge)
    - fix: improve code that loads pictures within the note, allow images to be scaled to match the size of text view window (previously the maximum withd/height was 400px)
    - fix: in the phone mode, show "hyperlink" icon in the menu instead of "underline" (if there is not enough space for both buttons)
    - fix: adapt editor toolbar, adding/removing some icons "on the fly" to fit the to available screen space
    - fix: reorganized settings in Preferences screen for better grouping
    - Croatian translation updated
    - Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
    - French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
    - Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
    - Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
    - German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
       
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.