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

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: 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

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 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

    - 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.