Thursday, September 27, 2012

STICKIES (portable), a powerful alternative for Windows 7 Sticky Notes

sticky_notesI’m using the Ultimate edition of Windows 7 and I found out that it has the Sticky Notes feature which will be helpful when I’m going to scratch a note or just to make a reminder. But while using this feature, I’m quite disappointed because I can’t find any menu available to change the default font.

Then, I turned to PortableApps.com to find any alternative free app for Sticky Notes.  Within the Office category I found what I was looking for. The Stickies Portable, a lightweight sticky notes app. This app was developed by Zhorn Software (www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies) and it has many awesome features, more powerful than the Sticky Notes of Windows 7.

As detailed within the vendor website, the main features of Stickies are as follows :

  • Once on screen, stickies will remain where placed until closed, even through reboots
  • Stickies appearance can be customised; fonts, colours and buttons may be changed, and styles saved. Stickies can be resized.
  • Stickies can store text or images
  • Stickies can snap to each other and to the sides of the screen to keep them neatly lined up
  • Stickies can be attached to a web site, document or folder so they only show when it's on screen
  • Stickies can be transferred from one machine to another either over a TCP/IP network connection, or by using an SMTP mail server or MAPI client:
    • Hierarchical friends list, which may be automatically transferred from other friends
    • Play a sound file on receive
    • Signature for transmitted or emailed stickies
    • Favourite friends, and custom lists can be made
  • Stickies can be hidden for a certain period, until a specified date and time, or to wake every day, week or month, to act as reminders.
  • Stickies can have alarms set to ensure you notice them at a point you choose
  • International language, Unicode and RTL text support
  • Stickies works with Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Stickies is small and simple, it writes to a single text file, and does not alter the registry
  • AD network administrators can use Group Policy to control settings
  • API to allow integration with other applications
  • ...and Stickies is completely free!

Download this app  from here (portableapps.com)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Instapaper, the best offline webpage reader app

ip4-icon-bigAre you looking for a good web tool for saving a webpage you’re visiting and want to read it later ?

If you do, you should try Instapaper. Just visit the official webpage at http://www.instapaper.com, create your free account and you may get started. So easy and simple. When you find something you want to read but you don’t have time, just click and save it to your Instapaper account.

And if you’re also an iPad user, you may get the iPhone and iPad version of this app from iTunes App Store. The latest version 4.2.2 will only work under iOS 5.0 or later. 

It also has the extension for  Firefox and Chrome web browser.

I’ve tried several similar offline webpage readers, and for me this is the best tool of all. It works like a charm (Hrd)***