oNotes v1.0 (The WebDAV Experiment)

I have a problem, and it has nothing to do with cowbell. It does, however, have to do with the eleventy-thousand text files that I have lying around my hard drive(s). I just can't keep them organized enough any more!

I've had this problem for a while, actually, and I've gone through a few different softwares trying to keep my notes organized. Freemind (too structured for general note taking. Mind-mapping FTW though!), Evernote (too bloated/relying on external systems for my data), mempad (no automatic off-disk backups so I can access it from anywhere, but close), and finally my blog (too public. heh.) were all options at one point and I spent some time with each one to get them to "fit".

Welp, nothing did. Mempad came the closest to what I was looking for, but when I emailed the author about adding some off-disk backups, like WebDAV, he in-not-so-many-words-but-still-friendly told me that he wasn't interested.

But, to be honest, that was exactly the answer I was looking for :)

I have been a fan of WebDAV since the way-back-when days of SVN infancy. The idea that I can turn a simple web server into a universal file system is incredibly powerful! Add versioning to that and you get oh-I-want-to-crap-my-pants awesome-ness-ity. What do you think Sharepoint is?

Anyway, with my interest in WebDAV, boredom of being away from the internets for a few days, and my recent inspiration from a Lifehacker article, I set out to build my own solution.....

.....And I present to you oNotes!


  • Sync to WebDAV share
  • Notes can either be a Document (text) or Table (like a spreadsheet). Very useful for contact lists, etc.
  • Image embedding (by clicking on the toolbar button)
  • Any-object embedding (by drag and drop)
  • Basic formatting (bold, italics, underline, strikethrough and bulleted list)
  • Multiple Notes per file
  • Categorize your notes by hierarchy with drag-and-drop
  • Hotkey support to bring it up by a simple (configurable) hotkey. This is useful, say, if you put oNotes.exe in your Startup folder and set it to start minimized. Then you can simple press your shortcut key! (Control-Alt-O by default)
  • Encryption support - encrypt your notes with a password!
  • Print your notes
  • Import text files
  • Export text or RTF (RTF format retains your formatting and embedded objects and can be openned in MS Word, for example).
  • Auto-save every (configured) minutes

I am really looking for suggestions on how I can improve oNotes. Please leave a comment with any suggestions or problems.



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