PNotes – Fast, Lightweight, Open-Source Sticky Notes Program For Your Desktop/USB Flash Drive [Windows]

Jessica Cam Wong 22-12-2010

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PNotes, short for either Pinned Notes or Portable Notes, is a feature-packed sticky notes program, but not just any. It’s a worthy addition to your collection of portable applications as it includes ways to protect your notes, reminder alerts, support for drag and drop of pictures, it’s been translated to many languages, etc. Here are some of the more interesting features of the PNotes sticky notes software.

Password-Protect & Encrypt Your Notes

Once you grab the latest version of PNotes, 7.0.107, here, you’ll see a lot of options on system tray icon right-click.

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This is perhaps one of the big features that held my attention at first: You can set a password to protect your notes in the Control Panel for PNotes.


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Once you set it, you’ll be give the option to store your notes as encrypted files, and even hide the program icon from the system tray when it’s locked. Thus, this is probably THE notes program you should have on your flash drive so if your jump drive gets stolen, your precious tidbits of information will be locked away.

Create Notes With Rich-Text Formatting & Add Pictures

You have most options you’d want in rich-text formatting, including ability to insert bullets, change fonts, and even highlight text. What’s also neat is that you can create a new note from the text contents of your clipboard while retaining clickable links.

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The feature reminded me of CintaNotes How To Sync Notes & ToDo's Across Your PCs and Mobiles with CintaNotes Read More and QuotePad, applications which allow you to customize a hotkey to create a new note instantly from highlighted text, but of course, PNotes can do it also with just two or three more clicks, and it looks like it bundles a lot more features, like hierarchy of notes, grouping and ability to include images.

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While it says in the Help section for the program that you can insert images by copying and pasting them, I couldn’t quite get the copy-paste of images to work (only text was copied).

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Luckily, drag- and dropping pictures worked really well. You can also right-click on each note, then selecting Insert > Insert picture to paste an image from your hard drive. PNotes also has an extensive collection of smilies, which could be useful for the Diary notes. You can set transparency, font, color and size (unless you use a custom skin) defaults for all or individual notes.

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Honestly, there are so many customization options that you can spend more time exploring those than actually creating notes. I’d just start writing notes and then customizing things as I go because the defaults might work just fine.

Set Reminders For Any Items

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You can set reminders or due dates for notes at very specific schedules. You can choose to remind yourself at repeated intervals as well, and whether PNotes should track the overdue items or not.

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You can also toggle high priority status for individual notes, and sort notes by high priority, completed items, schedule, last saved times, and tags (which you need to define first in PNote’s Control Panel).

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Diary Mode

If I can encrypt my notes and/or password-protect them, I’d definitely want to use this program for my journal entries. It’s highly convenient that PNotes also bundles a Diary mode or category, where each entry’s title is automatically populated with the date.

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So if you’re wary of publishing your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or even dedicated journal applications (like Penzu) that are still hosted on third-party servers, PNotes can be a good alternative as you can password-protect your note database and encrypt your notes.

Overall, this program has an unbelievable set of features. You can even set hotkeys for hiding and showing your desired group of notes. As someone who relies on keyboard shortcuts a lot, I would like the program even more if it had more keyboard shortcuts than the universal ones for copying, pasting, saving, printing, etc. but I shouldn’t ask too much as this powerful program is being offered for free, and it’s open-source so the developer probably isn’t making much money.

Do you use an offline note application or prefer web-based services, like Evernote? Share your experiences in the comments below!

Related topics: Note-Taking Apps, Portable App.

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  1. Aibek
    December 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    excellent review! excellent app!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      December 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

      Aw, thank you! PNotes is definitely a powerful program!

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