SOHO Notes
SOHO Notes
9.3.7

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SOHO Notes free download for Mac

SOHO Notes

9.3.7
10 November 2016

Premier digital note-taking application.

Overview

Note: SOHO Notes is no longer under development, and it is no longer available for sale. The developer has created a new app, Notelife, as their premier note-taking application.

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 makes SOHO Notes ideal for anything that needs to be shared such as meeting notes, confidential company documents, employee handbooks, approved company artwork and logos, product plans, marketing campaign documents, etc. Sharing notes is easy with its manageable user access privileges.

What's new in SOHO Notes

Version 9.3.7:
  • Required version for migration of data to Notelife

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Sheagirl
20 October 2010

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I have written many reviews of this product going back to when it was sticky notes and offered free with Then .mac. I must say most of those review have not been glowing as this piece of software has had its issues which were compounded by a total lack of Customer Service Savvy on the part of the developers. That said this is the most full featured, thought of almost everything piece of software in the category. I own Devonthink, Yojimbo, Notebook, yep, etc (most wasted money). Not wasted because they are all bad software but there is always something missing or the interface is just crap. But SohoNotes is my go to software and I am rarely left wanting. I get by the prospect of future service issues by making sure that my chose of database structure leaves an untouched copy of my data in my docs folder. I like many will not use any of these database products unless I can assure I have an untouched copy of everything available incase of the unthinkable. Let's face it a database is a database and they get corrupted, etc. As a person who has not bitten my tongue in the past when Chronos has dropped the ball, I also feel obligated to speak up when a product is just good. Version 8 has been the best of the best. The 4 ratings a are because of the cloud that hanges from previous expreiences…with time (and continued functionality and stability) they will become a 5.
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Version 8.37
cl-lagache
07 June 2018
The recent version 9.3.7 is running on High Sierra ! But translate the DATABASE is difficult
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Version 9.3.7
Nick-Collingridge
01 December 2017
Does anyone know whether this version works OK with High Sierra? This is the only reason I haven't updated yet to High Sierra, as I don't want to risk losing access to my SOHO Notes database and I haven't had time yet to migrate the data (a VERY slow process) across to my selected alternative, Yojimbo. Note that Yojimbo does not replace all of SOHO Notes functionality, but it is the closest equivalent I have found so far, and it is, at least, rock-solid and supported.
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Version 9.3.7
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cl-lagache
cl-lagache
07 June 2018
essayez DEVONnote qui est très pratique et récupère la database pourvu que vous l'ayiez exportée en fichier rtf dans un coin de votre MAC
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jedijiver
12 July 2017
SOHO Notes is now Notelife.

I've been a user of SOHO Notes since version 1.0. It has been an indispensable tool, integral to my daily work flow for years and years.

I'm a private IT consultant with 500+ clients. SOHO Notes holds all the private accounts, logins, passwords, alarm codes, gate codes, etc, etc, etc for all my clients. 99% of the data belongs to other people, not me. I’m just the custodian of the data. No way is it my right to cloud sync data of this nature, so having local syncing is a must.

Several years ago Chronos finally released an iOS companion app called NoteLife (iPhone) and NoteLife HD (iPad). Finally SOHO Notes in my pocket. Fantastic!

Anyhow, Chronos recently killed SOHO Notes. I had been checking the site weekly for months hoping that the serious bugs introduced with macOS Sierra’s release would be addressed in an update. Finally when I made my check on June 13th, I was greeted with a new updated home page heralding the “Coming Soon” release of “A premium note manager for the rest of us” - NoteLife. There was a button to buy a special 18 month subscription for $20.00. I clicked the button, made the purchase and received an eMail with my License Key and Download Link. I was surprised that there was a download link for a product listed as “Coming Soon”. I thought great, they’re giving the early birds an early version, but no. Clicking on the download link brought me right back to the main product page. There was no language stating anything about when I might get the product I had just paid for. Annoyed already!

I opened a trouble ticket on Chronos’s support portal. To date I have received no reply. When I login to the portal my ticket is still listed as “being processed” a month later. So much for customer service.

I kept checking the site everyday for a download. Several days after I purchased, the site had been updated again, but this time the button to purchase had been removed. Finally last Friday the download link appeared - excited to FINALLY see what I had paid for a month ago.

Beyond disappointed! Where to begin?

They took an amazingly functional app with a long legacy of innovation and unique features and replaced it with a slash and burn, hatchet job of an app, renaming it NoteLife. They removed virtually all of SOHO's rich feature set and whittled it down to minimalist kids app. On top of it, they moved to a subscription based model which I would have totally been behind had the product been a modernized version of it formal glory, instead of useless regurgitation of Apple's own useless Notes app and the sea of other mediocre “Notes” apps on offer at the App Store. The subscription was described as a necessary change in their business model to ensure continued development. I understand that, but they have years of future development ahead of them to get the app anywhere close to what SOHO Notes was.

NoteLife migrates your SOHO 9.3.7 database into it’s new database, but what a half assed effort that is. Like I said, I have over 500 clients. All this data was nested in an organized hierarchy of folders in SOHO Notes. The migration did not retain the nested hierarchy. Instead, it imported each folder to the top level. I had to spend over 2 hours going back and forth between SOHO Notes and NoteLife moving folders around to rebuild the hierarchy. Really? What a joke.

NoteLife does not have note types. All the notes are rich text (rtf) files. SOHO Notes had many different types of notes. My data consisted of many different notes types. All my form notes were converted to rich text loosing all of the usefulness of the Form type. All my PDFs, of which I have hundreds, became attachments to rtf files, represented in NoteLife as a thumbnail. The interface still sports the familiar three column arrangement with the big preview pane on the right. However, since PDF’s have been relegated to an attachmnet, when you select a PDF note the big preview pane is blank, only displaying a tiny thumbnail of page 1 of a PDF. To view the PDF you have to click on the thumbnail which opens a large black window in the middle of your screen displaying the PDF within it. There are no tools of any kind for zooming, navigation, or any other familiar and expected interaction modes.

But, worst of all, you can only sort your notes by Modify or Create date. Thats it. No alphabetical option. Unbelievable. I guess the developer skipped “Sorting 101”.

The promised and currently advertised on Chronos’s website iOS app is still a no show on the App Store, so I have no info on it. Given what I have seen from the desktop version, which historically has richer feature sets than iOS counterparts, I can only expect an even poorer offering.

I will be demanding my money back if I can ever get ahold of anyone at Chronos. If not, I’ll be disputing the charge. I’ll get my money back one way or another. NoteLife is useless for my needs. I was expecting to move forward in a modernized version of an app I have used for a ages, not take a trip back a decade.

Stay away from this piece O’ crap. Don’t waist your time. Research and look for an alternative, you’ll be happier. I am going to move over to NoteBooks at notebooksapp dot com. The local sync feature is of paramount importance to me and this app offers wifi local sync and ticks most of the boxes for my other needs.
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Version 9.3.6
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immaculate
immaculate
03 August 2017
I share your disappointment with the wrecking of SOHO Notes and its unworthy replacement Notelife. I wasn't even able to migrate my data from SOHO Notes - I was given messages that the databases couldn't be found or accessed, resulting in a hang that lasted an hour, and then finally a restart. So my data base in SOHO Notes was destroyed, and the app itself will no longer launch and has to be force quit.

I was able to retrieve a database file via Time Machine and use it on my laptop instead, so I could open SOHO Notes there and export all the files as rtf. I then had to laboriously re-enter each individual record in NoteLife manually - it took about six hours, and I had few jpgs or pdfs in there, so I've no idea how long it would have taken you to do that with your data.

My next problem is synching to my iPad. I've followed the steps provided on the web page with no success, and tried the basic trouble-shooting advice on the Chronos web page - also no success. My data simply won't sync. The iOS app says that it's synching, but nothing happens - the data from NoteLife on my iMac isn't being taken over.

If you've managed to get yours to sync, could you tell me how you did it? I'd be so grateful.

Meanwhile, iClipboard no longer allows me to delete anything, so it looks as if they've messed that app up too.

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Steven-Goodheart
Steven-Goodheart
07 August 2017
PREACH IT! Right on target...it's virtually a scam at this point. And as you note, too bad. It was a pretty good app at one point.
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Nick-Collingridge
Nick-Collingridge
01 December 2017
Totally agree with everything above. Soho Notes was an app of rare and unparalleled talents. The failure was not with the product, but its marketing. There is no equivalent out there with its capabilities, and I have searched very extensively. It wasn't perfect and had room for further improvement, but to just drop it like they have for a truly mediocre replacement is incredibly disappointing. What a waste of a great product.
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nc301
21 November 2016
GOOD NEWS! SOHO Notes has made a special update for macOS Sierra only, 9.3.7. Seems to be OK. Hope that SOHO will re-commit to SOHO Notes and NoteLife and keep them up to date. Have tried many alternatives, none are as full featured and easy to use and as versatile as SOHO Notes and NoteLife.
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Version 9.3.6
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Madoc1
Madoc1
26 November 2016
In my version 3.9.7 crash with Sierra.
But Sierra is installed in virtual desktop with Parallels.
While version 9.3.6 in 32 bit works
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nc301
nc301
26 November 2016
Using macOS 10.12.1 and SOHO notes 9.3.7. Continues to work well, including Encrypted Notes, which is a major benefit of SOHO Notes for me. It does occasionally spontaneously quit, but I have other apps that do that in Sierra, including Safari. Sierra may have some issues yet that need corrected, but SOHO Notes is working as well the others. Because of SOHO Notes ease of use and versatility,, I'm willing to tolerate an occasional crash. I hope Chronos is motivated to continue updating SOHO NOTES and NoteLife.
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Cvb
Cvb
31 March 2017
But what is the current program that does this? Works on the latest MacOS and iOS and features individual encrypted notes and/or folders? SOHO Notes and NoteLife handled this with ease for many years.
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Cvb
Cvb
04 April 2017
Update: Soho Notes 9.3.7 is working well with Sierra - even encrypted notes are a-ok. Syncing is not working via Wi-Fi and network. Tethering directly to the cell phone did work with syncing and Notelife. You may have to erase the database on Notelfie, pair and then sync.
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anonymous-dingo-568
12 November 2016
SoHO notes is no longer being supported. It would be best to find another resource .
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Version 9.3.6
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Wayne7
Wayne7
17 November 2016
First it simply disappeared from their list of products, but now they have it listed as “discontinued.” They do provide downloads of many previous versions for those who can boot into in a pre-Sierra version of OS X. Anyone know whether their iOS app, NotesLife (?), will open a Notes database or backup?
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anonymous-dingo-568
23 October 2016
SoHo notes is not compatible with Sierra and Chronos has not responded to my question about the problem. I like the program but Chronos should not advertise that it is compatible with all OS. At the moment I cannot use SoHo Notes and have no way of transferring my data, that I know of. .
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Version 9.3.6
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mdley
mdley
27 October 2016
They also didn't respond to my question. :( I did back up SOHO Notes manually before the Sierra upgrade, and I keep my prior laptop on the old OS, so I was able to use a USB stick to move the SOHO backup to the older laptop, restore the database, export the notes in rtf, and manually move 1200 notes to Evernote, which I don't like as much but which I think will be around a while and which has decent customer service. Hope you can get yours somehow. I had significant content in mine.
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rwebber
rwebber
03 November 2016
You can get SOHO Notes 9.3.6 to function if you do the following:
(1) select the app in finder and choose get information
(2) select the "open in 32 bit option" and close the dialog
(3) notes will open now but is a bit slower
Attn Chronos -- this should be an easy fix to get 64 bit functionality
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anonymous-dingo-568
anonymous-dingo-568
05 November 2016
Thank you Rwebber. Your solution works for me. But I am still concerned that Chronos does not reply anymore. Are they out of business? Should I be looking for a different note app and will I be able to transfer my existing file to a new app? Is anyone from Chronos following this discussion?
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rwebber
rwebber
09 November 2016
@georgehd: Chronos has ignored every attempt I have made to appeal for support. I have even done the trouble shooting for them and still no response. I know they monitor these MacUpdate posts, so one more attempt to see if they are planning on keeping SOHO Notes version 9 or a newer version alive, and if they fail to respond after two days, I will share my solution to a permanent migration away to another program with active support and equal capabilities. I have been testing three programs to replace SOHO Notes and have decided on the one I believe to be the strongest and best solution for moving into the future. Check back here Friday at 3:15 central time for my suggestion.
ATTN CHRONOS: Posted Wed, Nov 9th at 3:15 PM central time.
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mdley
mdley
11 November 2016
Chronos replied to my ticket today: SOHO Notes is built on a code base that is over a decade old. Each time Apple introduces a new version of macOS they discontinue APIs that have been replaced by newer and better APIs. When this happens, developers have to rewrite any code that is based on the old APIs to instead use the new replacement APIs. Sometimes this is quick and easy to do. Sometimes it’s really time-consuming and difficult.

As SOHO Notes ages, we’re running into the situation where discontinued APIs are becoming more common and causing show-stopper problems. For example, SOHO Notes won’t even launch under macOS 10.12 (Sierra). We’ve spent the past month working through the various API changes and Xcode changes that were the causes of this and other problems. We’re pleased to announce that we were finally able to successfully build a version of SOHO Notes that runs on macOS Sierra. We’re calling this special version of the software version 9.3.7.

Three IMPORTANT notes:

1) Version 9.3.7 only runs under macOS Sierra

2) We were not able to preserve some features like audio/video recording, TWAIN scanning, and timed backups. Besides these features, the software seems to work well and will allow you to access your data under macOS Sierra.

3) Version 9.3.7 will likely be the last release of SOHO Notes. Unfortunately, providing compatibility updates will likely require resources we no longer have.

You can download this special 9.3.7 release on this page (3rd paragraph down):

http://www.chronosnet.com/Download/older_versions.html

Enjoy,

Jerry (Chronos Agent)

Unfortunately I already migrated to Evernote. If they'd replied quickly that they were trying to find a fix I'd have hung in for them.
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Madoc1
Madoc1
26 November 2016
Thanks to RWebber it works fine.
Before I try the new version 9. 3.7 on Sierra instal with parallels desktop.
The version 9.3.7 did not works cash when I log it.
The version 9. 3.6 modified in 32 Bits works
Merci beaucoup....
I am a french user
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Brian21
Brian21
04 January 2017
Having read medley's post of Nov 11, I am extremely disappointed to hear that Chronos has abandoned SOHO Notes. This is one of my key applications and I have been using it and sticking by it through its whole development since I bought the original StickyBrain from them at MacWorld.. I took the time to learn it thoroughly and have never found another app to take its place. I have looked at a few but I couldn't find one to match Notes. However, now that they've discontinued it, I guess it's time to abandon ship. Rwebber said that he woud discuss three applications that he has studied and so I would like to say to him that I am very interested in what he has to say. If he has posted this response, please direct me to it.
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rwebber
rwebber
05 January 2017
Really wish Chronos would rewrite this, but since they do not intend to do so ... I'd recommend Eagle Filer -- interface is not quite as pretty, but database is coded for greater integrity. It has many of the same options as SOHO Notes including tagging, quick captures, sorting, indexing, etc. The best benefit is the active development and the manner all data is stored. All documents are stored in original formats so data will aways be accessible with creator applications. Full price is $40, but Michael will offer a competitive upgrade to owners of a SOHO Notes license.
http://c-command.com/eaglefiler/
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anonymous-dingo-568
anonymous-dingo-568
06 January 2017
Eagle Filer seems to work well at least as far as importing all of my notes. The file organization was not imported but will be easy for me to fix. Thank you Webber.
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Nick-Collingridge
Nick-Collingridge
18 January 2017
Unfortunately EagleFiler may have a robust code base, but it has very limited functionality. I have yet to find any Notes app with the richness of functionality of SOHO Notes.

My top contender right now is Yojimbo, but although somewhat similar it is not as richly capable as SOHO Notes (in particular no ability to create new form templates). Its iPad app and synching capability is good though.

Others I have tried and discarded include DevonThink, Together, Evernote and Apple Notes. All so much more limited in capability than SOHO Notes.

Personally I don't understand why Chronos never marketed SOHO Notes better so that its sales would support bringing its code base up to date. Ten years surely isn't that old! I bet most of the other notes products out there have similarly old code bases, but have been updated rather than abandoned.

Chronos should have more ambition for such an excellent product rather than simply churning out their other products which all seem to be variations or different flavours of the same code.
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mdley
mdley
18 January 2017
I, too, wish SOHO had marketed (and provided sufficient customer support) such that they could support keeping code updated. I've migrated to Evernote and Apple Notes. Had tried and rejected Yojimbo, Nozbe and a couple others before. Giving up and making do now with the chosen 2 and their limitations.
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rwebber
rwebber
18 January 2017
@nick_collingridge I'd love SOHO Notes to continue ... definitely my preference, but since they announced they would not be rewriting the code base, I evaluated others. Also loved Yojimbo when it came out but rejected it because of the stagnated development. cf. the current version of Yojimbo was released around June of 2014 ... that's several years of neglect. I chose EagleFiler for several reasons: robust database was one, but another essential was the ongoing development cycle ... Michael has released regular updates since 10/13/2006 with the most recent just a week ago. In software the value isn't just in what it can do, but in who keeps it doing those things. I am not a long time fan of anything other than SOHO Notes. Now it looks like Eagle Filer is my best choice. But whatever makes you happy and works for you. Take care.
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rwebber
rwebber
18 January 2017
Correction ... there was a increase from 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 in Feb 2015. Two years.
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Brian21
Brian21
18 January 2017
This is a reply to Nick Collingridge's reply to me. Your take on SOHO Notes is very much in turn with mine. In considering a replacement, I had read a lot of good things about DevonThink Pro, but you seem to dismiss it as not being functionally up to snuff with SOHO Notes. My previous take on DevonThink was that it had all the bells and whistles, but it was more complex and nowhere near as approachable as SOHO Notes. Could you elaborate a little bit more about why you decided against DevonThink?

Also, do you or anybody know how to comment on a specific reply rather than the first message in the thread?
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rwebber
rwebber
19 January 2017
@Brian21 Hi Brian. I actually own a license for DevonThink Pro Office. It is a great database with many bells and whistles. One of the best OCR programs out there. My exclusion had to do with Price. Price was the only restriction in my recommendation. I was trying to offer something in the SOHO Notes price range ... around $30-$40. DTP Office is $150. The interface really needs a graphic designer to take this great tool and make it look more appealing. For functionality and integrity, it is fantastic. As for a flexible database, only EagleFiler allows access to your data if something goes awry ... all the others store the data is inaccessible formats apart from their applications. That is a huge feature in the software world. If SOHO Notes or DevonThink went away overnight, so did my data. Not so with EagleFiler.
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Nick-Collingridge
20 October 2015
SOHO Notes still works for me on El Capitan with one minor glitch in text fields where the auto-correct "bubble" pops up but cannot be dismissed. I have not noticed any other issues. Having said that I have lost all faith that Chronos will ever update this application.

I have had emails from them about new products such as PrintLife, Labelist and Business Card Shop, but never a mention of any future for SOHO Notes or the replacement product (NoteLife) that they pre-announced in 2013. Who knows what will come along - I really do think they are shocking in terms of respecting people who have loyally used this product for years.

Personally I depend on it as I have used it for all my passwords, along with a host of other stuff, ever since I first purchased it. It is still a really powerful product with a vast range of capability, but it could certainly be improved and it would be very nice to see the glitches ironed out.

The biggest positive for me is that it never crashes in my experience, and I have it running constantly for weeks and months at a time in the background. But I would still like to see a new version coming out, or just have some confidence that I am not using a product without a future.
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Version 9.3.6
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zo219
zo219
14 June 2016
Hope you've copied your passwords elsewhere.
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Nick-Collingridge
Nick-Collingridge
14 June 2016
zo219 - Are you are implying that you know something relevant, or is that just a trolling comment?
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Donbullockjr
19 October 2015
Loved using this for many years. However, it fails to open under El Capitan and I have not had a response to my support request. Sorry to see the app die.
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Version 9.3.6
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Madoc1
Madoc1
26 November 2016
On El capitan it works fine by me
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Sonnendeck
13 October 2015
For me, this version (9.3.6) does not work with OS X El Capitan (10.11). I think the developer has finished working on SOHO Notes for some time. There has long been any updates or other information.
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Version 9.3.6
Nick-Collingridge
29 November 2013
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
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Bad-Dog
Bad-Dog
29 January 2014
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.
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Panocha
Panocha
03 October 2014
Thanks for the info. Seems like if this is true, it is now a dead and worthless product. Cloud needs t be an option, not forced down your throat. The user needs to be in control of their data.
I have been looking for an app like iTunes for Documents for a while, and none are there yet. I wish Apple would do it.
Nothing is perfect, but nothing is even acceptable. There are so many problems. I think Together would be nice if it didn't freeze all the time. I am now looking at iDocument Plus, and EagleFiler.
If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them.
As long as I have control over my data, and have true iTunes like database and control, that is all I am looking for,
Many apps are a joke. They have file size limits, proprietary database formats, or force cloud storage.
I would like some files on a cloud, but most on my Mac and local servers.
Evernote is a joke, and many simply don't work and are not thought out.
I want to click on a file, show in Finder, and see my uncorrupted native file in my library folder.
Is all of this really too much to ask?
I am now seriously looking at and trying to narrow down Together (locks up a lot), iDocument Plus (new and don't know much yet), ad Eagle Filer.
If anyone know of others, or has good pros and conns, I would love to hear it!
COME ON APPLE, iTunes for Documents and Files, PLEASE!!!
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Sheagirl
Sheagirl
27 July 2015
I notice that Chronos has come out with a new version of StickyBrain I believe to replace SOHO Notes? However they make no mention of syncing (this is the issue that stopped SOHO from being my go to App) and while it is only currently available from the Chronos web site they do mention purchasing from the App Store. No explanation of iCloud storage use, etc, they also never define the differences in features between the one purchased from Apple or Chronos. They also do not mention if there will be another companion app for this or if Notelife will be adopted or what their plans for syncing are?.

While many have had legitimate complaints about Chronos as a company and even more seem to have had issues with the SOHO program performance I was one who had very few if any issues with SOHO Notes and that makes this new program of interest if I can get my questions answered.. I am unable to find enough info to determine if I should consider purchasing or not.

The biggest issue I have had on the free trial is no documentation either in writing or on the site, and apparently no way to import my previous SOHO Library??? Has anyone else taken a look? I know this page is about SOHO notes and not StickyBrain but there is no page for that yet.
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