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.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Notecase Pro v3.8.7. desktop edition release

Notecase Pro v3.8.7. desktop edition has just been released.
Downloads are now available at http://www.notecasepro.com/download.php

Major changes in this release:
- support to open document from command line specified using relative path
- new program event added "After Content Copied"
- Lua method Nc_Note_Format_Font_Apply now implements mode to remove any custom font formatting in the given range by passing the empty string for the font
- new sample Lua script "48_ChangeAllFonts.lua" to change font formating for all notes in the current document (work by Paul Merrell)
- OPML export got the option to export new line as standard new line character instead of using " " sequence
- option to use native Windows File Open/Save windows instead of using the GTK ones (Windows only)
- fix: when closing the program on OS X using system menu Quit command (not "File" > "Quit"), program did not as to save changes
- fix: Lua method Nc_GUI_View_Layout_Set did not wait for the layout change to be redrawn on screen
- fix: applying the same font on the same selection two times in a row actually removes that font formatting when applied 2nd time
- fix: improve support for font formatting in XMind file format
- fix: copying and pasting text formatted with custom font could cause the font size in the pasted text to be smaller for one point compared to the original size
- fix: find next operation can get stuck in place if the note has matching text within its title
- fix: rare case when pasting some text adds space prefix to each line of pasted text
- fix: when pressing "Find next" (F3) after moving the cursor to another note, search should restart from that new position
- fix: .ncdb/.ncde document fails to upload to the sync server for the first time (file being locked)
- fix: removed a number of program translations which fell below 10% of total phrases being translated (Malay, Norwegian, Norwegian Nynorsk, Turkish, Tamil, Swedish, Slovenian, Slovakian, Serbian, Portuguese, Portuguese Brazilian, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Hungarian, Greek, French Canadian, Estonian, Danish, Catalan, Arabian)
- fix: improve FreeMind/FreePlane (.mm) file format support (better HTML note content import)
- updated GTK for OS X to the latest stable version 2.24.21
- Lua library upgraded to version 5.2.3
- sqlite database updated to latest version 3.8.2
- help file updates (work by Paul Merrell)
- Croatian translation updated
- Chinese Traditional translation updated (work by Richard Sun)
- French translation updated (work by Jeff Malka)
- Chinese translation updated (work by Stephen Zhu)
- Romanian translation updated (work by Alexandru Bogdan Munteanu)
- Polish translation updated (work by Kamil Dembkowski)
- Dutch translation updated (work by Patrick Vijgeboom and PhpFox Holland)
- Finnish translation updated (work by Ville Pilviö)
- 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 Fedora 17 build (new Fedora 20 will be released soon) and Open Suse 12.2 (new version 13.1 was released recently) are being deprecated and will be removed in the next release.
Let me know if you need any of those.

Friday, December 06, 2013

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.5. released

NoteCase Pro for Android v1.0.5. 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 desktop, 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:
    - remove dependency on compatibility library now that the minimal Android version is 3.0
    - fix issues related to inserting the image from camera
    - code to insert picture was moved to a separate thread so that it doesn't block main thread
    - pressing to logo icon in the title bar should cause the page to close (going back one step)
    - when adding a new note, window to define note title should have focus on input filed and soft keyboard visible
    - improved debug log file generation code
    - write device name and program version to debug log file
    - fix: sometimes note editor page fails to close when used in non-tablet mode
    - improve font substitution algorithm for webkit (add fallback font names for some fonts)
    - added custom font scaling factor preference (default 1.0)
    - enable pinch-to-zoom view scaling for note text editor
    - fix: add support for new line being generated by WebView as "div" tag
    - fix: display error when you fail to load note parts (usually due to "out of memory" error, when having a lot of big images in the note)
   
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.

PS. New desktop version will be released the next week.