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

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

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:

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)