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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Notecase Pro v3.9.5. released.

Notecase Pro v3.9.5. desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- support for exporting to Markdown file format
- add: support "Whole word" search matching in Find and Replace windows (plain text search only)
- add: support for "Transform backslashes" in both search and replace operation text (except for regex fields), currently supported escape sequences are: \\, \t, \r, \n
- add: updated Sqlite to a snapshot (as of 2014-09-26 18:30 UTC) of incoming v3.8.7 (having up to 18% speed improvements in some tasks over the previous version)
- add: Lua method Nc_GUI_InputDlg got an option to show check box below the text input field
- add: new Lua script "49_DistractionFreeMode.lua" that puts the program into a mode where toolbar and Tree Pane are hidden (and program put to full screen mode) for distraction-free mode text editing
- add: new Lua script "50_ExitDistractionFreeMode.lua" to restore program from didistraction-free state back to normal
- add: new option in Global Settings/Loading page, "Ask to reload when document changes on disk" allows  you to disable default file change monitoring mechanism
- add: new command line parameter "--force-reload" forces silent reload of all documents in the previously opened instance of the program
- fix: when adding attachments from files having accented characters within the name, file name is not correctly displayed in the Attachment window
- fix: improve document loading speed for big .ncdb/.ncde documents (when loading test document with 10k notes, loading time went down from 8.5sec to 3.4sec)
- fix: last used note scroll position was not restored when switching between documents and back
- fix: "Save All" operation is now substantially faster when saving set of documents where some documents have not been changed (do not switch to tabs of the documents that don't need to be saved)
- fix: Text Pane context menu sometimes does not show image related menu items when the menu was started over the image inside the note
- fix: improve loading .ncd documents being corrupted by having "binary junk" content in them, program crash is now less likely in this case
- fix: "Send via email" fails with error "One or more invalid recipients" if the email client is Microsoft Outlook
- fix: when exporting to RTF with "done" notes marked as deleted, mark both title and text as deleted (only title was marked before)
- fix: choose better default email title in "File" > "Send via E-mail" (old one was 'Hi'), title depends on the selection of document part to be sent (doc. title or note title or 'Note List')
- fix: when trying to create a hyperlink by selecting some text preceded by an image, erroneous error "Selection must not span both text and image" appears
- fix: disable use of menu mnemonic characters on Mac, it is not a standard and it enables user to use Alt+E to enter Euro sign inside the note
- fix: hard to reproduce issue when creating a hyperlink of type "email" actually creates a "link to file" type
- fix: searching regex expression in the mode to fill results in the list never ends (until aborted)
- fix: after successful search, when searching for a non-existent term "No Match Found" message does not appear anymore
- fix: issue using regex "." to match every character in the document (in order to replace them with some other character), not every letter was matched
- fix: Lua method Nc_Note_Tag_Exists always returned 1
- fix: Replace dialog's search action does not honor case sensitivity
- help file updates (work by Paul Merrell)
- Croatian translation updated
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)

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.

Monday, September 08, 2014

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.7. release

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.7. has just been released.
Thanks to good feedback from several users, it features several important fixes and few highly requested features (creating/removing/following hyperlinks).

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:
    - fix: Webview editor using DIV instead of BR tag for new lines in some cases (add support)
    - fix: possible crash when pasting some particular content from browser (hard to reproduce)
    - fix: show error message box when there is no app installed to handle opening the hyperlink target file
    - add: support to create hyperlink to file
    - fix: convert tab characters to 4 spaces, before they were removed by the text editor
    - store/restore last used file open path (was missing for save as, insert pic from file, link to file, add attachment, sync download file actions)
    - add: support to create link to web site or email (or some other supported link type)
    - improve support for accepting HTML from external sources (convert many HTML tags to our own subset)
    - support to remove link
    - support to create link to note (internal link)
    - do not ask "Are you sure to close document" when closing Text View (editor) in phone view (returning to the Tree View)
    - possible issue with inserting picture from camera in phone mode (hard to reproduce)
    - attach files to notes is now a paid-only feature
    - support to parse large number of escaped characters in HTML (greek letters, symbols etc.)
    - fix: editing of note clones was not supported
    - fix: crash when changing the device screen orientation while the document is loading
    - add: when in phone mode, add another button in the "save note confirmation" message to allow user to skip closing the Text editor
    - support to parse entities specified by number value like
    - fix: doing note insert after "Collapse all" operation can cause app to stop responding
    - fix: possible crash when editing note and changing screen orientation back and forth between prtrait and landscape
    - fix: same code used for Back key press (confirm save changes, confirm document close) should be used when icon in the action bar is pressed
    - add: double-tap on link to open the link target (address, file, phone number, email)
    - Croatian translation updated
    - Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
    - French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
    - German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
    - Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
    - 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 donate the program translation for your language, feel free to contact me.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.6. release

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.6. 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 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:
    - you can now exit "Tag List" view with right to left swipe, returning to Tree View
    - file dialog now supports file rename operation through list item context menu
    - Tag List view now has a title in the main action bar, not using separate label anymore
    - you can now add, remove or view note attachments through the Tree View context menu item
    - on Back button press in main form, ask user for close confirmation (preventing accidental closing)
    - support to insert pictures from file or from gallery (only from camera was supported before)
    - support to format text color and text background color using color picker window
    - new icons for formatting action buttons within the note text editor
    - support for "remove formatting" editor action
    - support for strike-through text formatting action (button visible only in landscape mode due to lack of screen space in portrait mode)
    - issues with applying colors on older Android phones, older versions of WebView chrome using special formatting tag: font class="Apple-style-span" color="#da2e2e" style="background-color: rgb(60, 210, 24);"
- show attachment icon in tree view next to the notes that have files attached
    - much faster saving changes for notes having the complex content with lot of formatting (test note saving time went from 1700msec down to 118msec)
    - add long-press tool-tips for rich text editor buttons (similar to ones already present for the icons in the action bar)
    - fix: links can not be activated if the note text is editable (added toolbar button, currently visible only in landscape mode, to activate link on text cursor)
    - add support for tags like: i style="background-color: rgb(187, 30, 30);" (fixes rare cases of issues with colors)
    - fix: when opening encrypted document, when the password input is closed with Back key, the behavior should be equal as if the Cancel was pressed
    - fix: important issue with sqlite database doing random "unable to open database file" errors
    - updated internal sqlite database to latest v3.8.6
    - fix: add support for text alignment formatting (left,right,center,justify)
    - Croatian translation updated
    - Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
    - Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
    - French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
    - Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
    - 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 donate the program translation for your language, feel free to contact me.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Notecase Pro v3.9.3. desktop edition released

Notecase Pro v3.9.3. desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- add: check disk for available free space when trying to save the document
- add: new Lua method mimicking existing "Send via Email" feature (Nc_Doc_SendViaEmail)
- add: support for resetting sync admin password to default one (just start sync server with "NcSyncServer --reset-admin-password" command line)
- add: added "Insert Image" action to the Note Pane context menu
- add: new Lua methods to get last used note color formatting (Nc_Note_Last_Text_Bkg_Color_Get, Nc_Note_Last_Text_Color_Get)
- addd: new Lua method to list all task notes within a document (Nc_Doc_Task_Notes_Get)
- speed up Lua API that inserts new note for special case of adding at the end of the tree (adding 4000 notes sped up from 72 to 4 sec)
- when exporting to RTF with option "Mark strikethrough text as deleted", notes marked as done/finished now have the titles marked as deleted too
- remove several rarely used action buttons from default version of the toolbar, to make it look more tidy ("save as", "print", "superscript", "subscript", "align left/right/center/justify", "bullets", "note properties")
- fix: .ncdb file downloaded from sync server as .ncdb.ncd file (Windows only)
- fix: issue where export to LaTeX did not export entire contents of the note (part of the text was missing)
- fix: report warning on save action when we fail to create a backup file (due to insufficient disk space for example)
- fix: setting note's background color did not activate document modified state (user was not prompted to save the change unless he did other changes as well)
- fix: "Insert Date/Time" action does not support "Undo"
- fix: add missing support for removing color formatting in Lua methods Nc_Note_Format_Bkg_Color_Apply, Nc_Note_Format_Text_Color_Apply
- fix: revert moving focus to Text View after note insert, that might confuse users; old behavior can be activated by key "FocusTextAfterInsert=1" within [Operation] section of the .ini file
- fix: color picker (text and background color) should be initialized to the color used at current cursor position (or to the last used color)
- fix: issues with Replace dialog skipping some instances of matching text
- fix: if using Windows native File Open windows, folder selection mode does not work in this dialog, switch to using similar SHBrowseForFolder Windows API
- fix: Tree Pane column spacing changes were not saved when closing the document or switching to another document tab
- fix: within "Shortcut Editor" window, when assigning a shortcut that is already taken by other action, editor may fail to notify you of the fact (Mac-only issue)
- fix: hyperlink text color, when exported to RTF, should be blue, not black
- fix: when the string to be replaced is in a note title, the Replace button has no effect
- fix: if the string to be replaced in a note is the last word in a hyperlink label, the replacement is placed immediately after the hyperlink closing tag rather than inside it
- fix: search by date-only can loop forever (can be aborted though)
- fix: date picker window does not scale well on systems where users use large system fonts
- fix: for plugin developers: when locking a plugin (either through Lua or with lock button), new locked document should keep the old document ID value
- fix: hard-to-reproduce issue on failing to install new version of the plugin after plugin upgrade notification should be fixed now
- help file updates (work by Paul Merrell)
- Croatian translation updated
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
- German translation updated (work by Marcus Hennig)
- Italian translation updated (work by Fabio Iannone)

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.

Note that Ubuntu 13.04 (end of life Jan 27, 2014), openSUSE 12.3 (end of life Sep 15th, 2014), Freebsd 9 (end of life March 31, 2013) and Gentoo (no downloads in last cycle) builds are being deprecated and will be removed in the next release. Let me know if you need any of those.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Notecase Pro v3.9.1. desktop edition released.

Notecase Pro v3.9.1. desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- add: bundle aspell spell-checker into installer for OS X (no need to setup it by yourself manually)
- add: after inserting new note, move focus to Text Pane so we can start typing note text immediately
- add: new option when exporting to RTF "Mark Strikethrough text as deleted" (when RTF is loaded to Word, this enables easy removal of all striketrough formatted text parts)
- add: new Lua methods to work with environment variables (Nc_Env_Variable_Get, Nc_Env_Variable_Set)
- add: new Lua methods to map the document to the tab index on screen (Nc_Doc_Tab_GetIdx, Nc_Doc_Tab_SetIdx)
- add: embed UTF-8 module for Lua into the NoteCase Pro to add methods to work with UTF-8 strings (https://github.com/starwing/luautf8); library name was set to "utf8ex" so it would not clash with future utf8 methods in Lua 5.3
- add: add optional document ID parameter for Lua methods Nc_App_List_GetState and Nc_App_List_Switch (faster work with non-current documents, no need to force them to become active)
- default target of Replace window was changed to "Current Note Only"
- sqlite database updated to latest version 3.8.4.3
- fix: when doing "undo" action on image insert, hyperlinks after the insertion point can shift for one letter
- fix: set correct document tab height when using custom GUI theme/font settings
- fix: improve typing speed within a big document note
- fix: RTF exporting issue related to using background colors in ncdb/ncde document (in rare case generating invalid RTF)
- fix: assigning custom shortcut for action "Note Tag Properties" did not work
- fix: rewrote clipboard code for Windows, should fix hard-to-reproduce rare issues with being unable to paste plain text into the program
- fix: faster typing on OS X platform
- fix: reduce CPU usage when loading, saving or exporting files
- fix: forbid having multiple custom properties with the same name in the same custom properties set (global document set or per-note property sets)
- fix: applying Bold to tree view item (Ctrl+B) ignored custom font setting for Tree View causing font change for the item
- fix: when pasting text in "Replace with" box in the Replace window, if the replace mode is set to HTML, pasted content is invalid (random Unicode characters)
- fix: make "require" call in Lua work correctly (requires setting current directory to folder where the script is placed)
- fix: possible crash when using Find Next operation on the document other than the one which started the original Find operation
- fix: "change case" functions, when executed on note clone, deleted clone/note content
- help file updates (work by Daniel Hertrich and Paul Merrell)
- Croatian translation updated
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- 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)

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.

Note that Ubuntu 13.10 and Freebsd 9 builds are being deprecated and will be removed in the next release. Let me know if you need any of those.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Notecase Pro v3.8.9. desktop edition released

Notecase Pro v3.8.9. desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- add: support for RTF clipboard format on OS X enables passing text formatting on OS X through copy/paste to external programs (tested with Mail application)
- add: option to copy style from the current cursor position and apply it to some other place ("Format" > Style" > "Copy Style"/"Paste Style")
- add: Replace window now has an option to specify group of notes to be searched (all, current branch, ...)
- add: new date format option "DD/MM/YYYY" (used in Belgium)
- fix: complete rewrite of "Find"/"Replace All" operation (cca 1500 TIMES faster when compared to v3.8.7)
- fix: font rendering looked fuzzy on Macs having a retina display
- fix: pasting formatted text to LibreOffice did not work correctly (LibreOffice does not seem to support utf16 encoded text for HTML clipboard format)
- fix: improve typing speed in .ncdb/.ncde documents
- fix: when opening program by double clicking its document file, program skips loading the files defined to be loaded on startup (Windows only)
- fix: unneeded "Failed to write to the registry" error message when closing the Settings window with "OK"
- fix: cursor position written in the status bar does not take into account that tab character is worth more than one standard letter
- fix: Lua method Nc_App_Action_Execute did not work correctly with some action values ("view_toggle_toolbar", "view_toggle_status_bar", "view_toggle_note_titlebar", "view_toggle_doc_tabs", "view_toggle_audio_toolbar")
- fix: improve tab size, previously the default sizes on Windows and Linux were different
- fix: "Find next" feature does not stop after reaching the end of the document (recent regression)
- fix: if using tab characters for indenting line, text formatting in the subsequent lines can be shifted when inserting new line in the text (pressing Enter key)
- fix: issue with using relative file paths in hyperlinks on Linux
- fix: allow using both slash and backslash characters as path delimiters in relative hyperlinks to allow file sharing between Linux and Windows (Windows issue) 
- fix: enable progress window for find/replace operation (making the operation abortable)
- fix: detecting empty lines with regular expression "^$" did not work (multiline feature of regex is now enabled)
- fix: forbid running "Replace" operation on a read-only document
- fix: "Replace all" operation must skip read-only notes
- fix: "Replace" operation now shows error when trying to run it on a read-only note
- fix: improve behavior of "Task Events" dialog on OS X
- fix: hyperlink color setting was not used in the Text Pane
- fix: when exporting document as HTML with definition lists, somewhat reduce spacing on notes with no content
- fix: improve progress window when loading/saving ncdb/ncde file format
- fix: synchronization crash when syncing file with note attachments
- fix: issue importing OPML with self-closing tags (node gets imported to wrong position)
- help file updates (work by Daniel Hertrich and Paul Merrell)
- Croatian translation updated
- Dutch translation updated (work by Patrick Vijgeboom)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- Romanian translation updated (work by Alexandru Bogdan Munteanu)
- 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.

Note that Ubuntu 12.10, Fedora 18 and Mageia 3 builds are being deprecated and will be removed in the next release. Let me know if you need any of those.

PS. Few remaining builds will be released by the end of the weekend.