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SOHO Notes is the premier digital note-taking application for Mac. Use it to capture, organize, and share all of your personal and workgroup information. It can store rich text, PDF's, images, files, movies, audio, bookmarks, and Web archives. Synchronize notes between multiple computers, iPod's, and Palm handhelds.

Single And Multi-User Capable - SOHO Notes is as equally suitable for the sole proprietor with a single computer as the small business with a few dozen networked computers. This all new note manager is based on a commercial database engine for high-performance and reliability.

Its client/server design more...

What's New

Version 9.3.5:
  • Fixed problem changing folders wile a bookmark note was loading
  • Fixed minor OS X 10.9 issue

Requirements

OS X 10.5.8 or later

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Nick Collingridge Member IconComment+138
Nick Collingridge
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Looks like 9.3.6 will probably be the final ever version of SOHO Notes - Chronos have announced that "Development has ceased on SOHO Notes" and it will be replaced "in 2014" (December?) by a new product called NoteLife which will be based on SOHO Notes but will use cloud-based synchronisation rather than local database synchronisation.

On the face of it this should be a good move because it may avoid the problems there have always been with sync services synchronisation (which database is authoritative? - leading to inevitable duplication issues), but the devil will be in the detail. Whose cloud will they use, for example?

NoteLife will also integrate into a product called iTriumph (totally rubbish name IMHV), which they are introducing in Jan 2014, which appears to be a conflation of Calendar and Contacts.

I must note that although I have seen some minor problems with SOHO Notes on Mavericks, I have not in any way experienced the database problems that others have reported here.

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Version 9.3.6
Bad-Dog
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Thanks for the update Nick. I'm anxiously awaiting cloud-based synchronization, and assuming it works reliably and the upgrade is reasonably priced, I'd likely be willing to continue supporting the developers. I've spent a lot of money over the years (all the way back to StickyBrain), have a huge database, and other than sync frustrations and often spotty support, I've not had major issues and enjoy using the application. I've tried a few other similar apps, looking to migrate away, and nothing comes close to matching the functionality, IMHO, so I continue to hang in here. It's been working well for me under Mavericks as well.

Peternew Member IconComment+15
Peternew
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I downloaded this latest 'update' this morning - it said it would recover the database, but although it said it was successful it refused to open the database and will not even let me create a completely new database, and, of course, absolutely no response to my support request[s] now over 20 days old.

My patience with this company, their products and what they think passes for support for a long time and previously loyal customer is exhausted!

Perhaps even they don't know how to fix the problem[s]!!!!!

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Version 9.3.6
Peternew Member IconComment+15
Peternew
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Totally agree with Harristype - completely broken under Mavericks. Current file will not open and backup will not restore. Support ticket lodged with Chrono 17 days ago - absolutely no response, not even an acknowledgement. Years of data now locked away. I doubt that I can trust this software, or the Company, again!

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Version 9.3.5
Harristype Member IconComment+731
Harristype
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Totally broken under Mavericks. It may work for a while (like it did for me), and the wham:

The database was successfully restored, but could not be reconnected, because the following error occurred: The file couldn’t be opened.

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Version 9.3.5
Peternew
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Totally agree! Completely broken under Mavericks. Worked for a few days until an unrelated install needed a reboot - after that - nothing. Support Ticket lodged with Chronos 17 days ago - absolutely no response - not even an acknowledgement - almost as if the Company no longer exists. Years of data, and careful backups, lost!

Bigboysdad Member IconComment+492
Bigboysdad
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Got an email today advising how support has been seriously beefed up. Whilst that may be too late for me returning from Eaglefiler, it's nevertheless very positive news, as it was the insufficient support and lack of improvements resulting from that which drove me away in the first place. Good to see the developers being a bit more active and I look forward to seeing how things develop now.

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Version 9.3.2
burkanov Member IconReview+62
burkanov
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I find SOHO Notes to be generally quite sympathetic software. I tried to use it to manage and organize my "paperless office" - a bunch of (then) around 400 scanned searchable .PDFs. Unfortunately, SOHO is not really suited for that: it lacks any cloud sync (like dropbox or google drive or icloud) and there are too few "fields" you could use to sort the notes. (For the Paperless Office you'd need at least an "Author" to sort by source and "Date" to sort chronologically). The interface is also somehow unfriendly and requires lot of unnecessary actions to fill the forms. There are some kind of attempts to connect notes with contacts (could be fantastic for paperless office), but implementation is very poor and this part of GUI is simply terrible. But for notes taking SOHO Notes should be OK.

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Version 9.3.0
Jweisbin
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see this:
http://support.chronosnet.com/customerservice/kb_article.php?ref=5065-WYKL-0355

it's working for me

Nick Collingridge Member IconComment+138
Nick Collingridge
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Now at 9.3.0:

• Fixed several issues related to scanning under Mountain Lion
• Fixed problems where opening the Preferences from DockNote if SOHO Notes wasn't already running would result in a messed up Preferences window

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Version 9.2.9
Cocoanut
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Nick, just wondering if you're still using Soho Notes? How's it going? I see nothing but bad reviews and problems BUT I'm still thinking about using it again our of frustration with some of the others in this space.

Nick Collingridge
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I must admit that I don't understand the negativity. While not perfect it is probably closer to it as any other product of its type that I have tried. It does have some extensive functionality and is very flexible in the ways you can use it.

It has been very robust in my experience, although I have seen a couple of minor glitches since updating to Mavericks. These have always been resolved by re-launching the application without any data loss.

My main reservation is that it has not been updated for quite a long time now, and I worry that Chronos may be more interested in other projects. This would be a great shame, and I am starting to wonder if I should be looking elsewhere to find something that may have a longer term future.

My most-desired additional features are related to forms and their use for password storage - I would like to be able to identify a field as a URL so that I can click on it, and additionally I would like a single click copy feature to copy userIDs and passwords.

Obviously the step beyond this would be for SohoNotes to have some dedicated password-keeping functionality but I am less interested in this than having the functionality to do it manually as I describe.

Cocoanut
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Thanks for the insight Nick. I'm not sure if I'll be using this, or not, but it would nice to see an update to help me make up my mind. I agree the features are nice but in this case that may not be enough for me.

Dlwhite Member IconComment+153
Dlwhite
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I've tried SoHo Notes, but does anyone know of a note-taking/organizing program that allows manual ordering of notes within a group or folder?

Most programs offer the options of sorting by creation date, by edit date, or by title (alphabetically), but don't allow true ordering capability.

A simple example - I have a group of notes titled WEEKLY, and there are 7 notes in that group - Sunday, Monday, etc.

But I cannot arrange the days-of-the-week notes in order - I'm locked into sorting options that don't apply.

Is there a note organizing program that actually allows you to ORGANIZE your notes?

Help, MacUpdate!

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Version 9.2.8
Aargl
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You could try iNotepad, depending on which OS you have, it still runs very well on Snow Leopard, but probably not in Lion or ML.
It has the Finder style approach (folders > notes)

Nick Collingridge
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This may not help, but you could label them 1.Monday, 2.Tuesday etc. Alternatively you can sort by other attributes such as Label, and set up labels in the way you want the notes to be sorted.

Bigboysdad Member IconReview+492
Bigboysdad
+1

As someone who has relied on it for approximately 2 years, I feel that SOHO Notes does what is says it will do most of the time, but places too much reliance upon its GUI at the cost of speed as well as bugs which come and go with each update but, accumulated together, eventually become quite irritating. The latest bug for me with this 9.25 update (after overcoming the fact that the app would immediately crash upon launching) is not being able to use the sidedock at all. No agenda here - you may not enounter these problems and its certainly worth installing this product to see if it fits your needs - just my experience.

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Version 9.2.5
Llongley
+2

Check your system because I have not encountered the problems you describe on either 9.25 or 9.30 and no crashing at all. I agree with your assessment about the recurrent bugs but believe the GUI is what makes this software so good. It is easy to navigate and learn. I have used it since it was Sticky Notes back in the day and have dropped it a couple of times because of lack of personal support and bugs but keep coming back.

I have wasted my money on so many of the others just to eventually come back to Soho. I again urge you to take a look at your system or maybe some other app just conflicts but the crashing and sidebar issue are not an issue on my system. Good luck.

Bigboysdad
+0

Thanks for the response. Although I wished the difficulties I was having were because of my system or some other app, in this instance, that definately wasn’t the case. So I started using an alternative product, which isnt as pretty as SN, but is just as, if not more effective and 100% reliable. I’d say if SN is working for you then for sure, there's no need to change. As for me, I might have another look when version 10 is released.

THECompound Member IconReview+4
THECompound
+3

Just LOVE IT!

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Version 9.2.1
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Version 9.0.4
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Version 9.0.2
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Date 27 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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