SOHO Notes
SOHO Notes
9.3.7

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SOHO Notes free download for Mac

SOHO Notes9.3.7

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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168 Reviews of SOHO Notes

4
Sheagirl
20 October 2010
Version: 8.37

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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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cl-lagache
07 June 2018
Version: 9.3.7
The recent version 9.3.7 is running on High Sierra ! But translate the DATABASE is difficult
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Nick-Collingridge
01 December 2017
Version: 9.3.7
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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jedijiver
12 July 2017
Version: 9.3.6
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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nc301
21 November 2016
Version: 9.3.6
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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0.5
anonymous-dingo-568
12 November 2016
Version: 9.3.6
SoHO notes is no longer being supported. It would be best to find another resource .
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anonymous-dingo-568
23 October 2016
Version: 9.3.6
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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Nick-Collingridge
20 October 2015
Version: 9.3.6
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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0.5
Donbullockjr
19 October 2015
Version: 9.3.6
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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Sonnendeck
13 October 2015
Version: 9.3.6
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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Nick-Collingridge
29 November 2013
Version: 9.3.6
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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Peternew
28 November 2013
Version: 9.3.6
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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Peternew
25 November 2013
Version: 9.3.5
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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JamesHarrisPhoto
18 November 2013
Version: 9.3.5
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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Bigboysdad
20 April 2013
Version: 9.3.2
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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2.5
burkanov
19 October 2012
Version: 9.3.0
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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Nick-Collingridge
16 October 2012
Version: 9.2.9
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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Dlwhite
27 July 2012
Version: 9.2.8
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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3.5
Bigboysdad
23 March 2012
Version: 9.2.5
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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3.5
THECompound
03 January 2012
Version: 9.2.1
Just LOVE IT!
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4.5
Nick-Collingridge
15 December 2011
Version: 9.2.0
I am a pretty heavy user of SOHONotes with it running all the time and many folders of notes of all types in the database. My experience is that the current version is totally reliable, running for many days (even months) at a time with not a single crash. I did have one issue (documented in a comment below) with the contents of fields in a form disappearing from view after a context switch to another application (but not losing the data), but after reporting this to Chronos it has been fixed and I do not have any more functional bugs with the product. I find this an incredibly feature-rich Notes product; indeed I find it hard to think of a feature that is missing. Adding its stability to this I don't think there is another similar product on the market that compares. Obviously there are some rather critical reviews of this product below but my experience does not replicate theirs in any way. I can't help but wonder whether there is actually some hidden motive to them.
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Nardrat
04 December 2011
Version: 9.2.0
With version 9.20, there's a bug, this time with the side bar which seemingly refers to all of your specified folders as "Untitled". Just when you think the issue has gone away, back it keeps coming. As I see the sidebar as a main feature of the app (getting quick & easy access to your notes whether or not you happen to be in the app), I'd say this is a bit of a problem. I'm not nailing this program, in fact I find it essential and need it to fully function but as reflected in the below posts, there are some issues that prevent it from being able to fully function. It's these kind of issues that customers will consider if and when we're asked to pay for version 10 for example. There are seemingly good alternatives out there; what us users need is for the devs to just fix the bugs to stop us considering the alternatives.
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0.5
Ccstephe
29 November 2011
Version: 9.2.0
I have used this application since it was called Sticky Notes. I have paid for many updates over the years even though most companies would have provided free updates for most of the features that were provided in the updates. Now I have to update again just to be able to sync my data with my iPad and iPhone. Over the years I have invested hundreds of dollars in updates and iPad and iPhone Apps but this is the final straw...I am no longer going to be suckered into another update...I'm going elsewhere which is a shame because it is a good product...just greedy management and poor customer service.
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kcamp0
21 November 2011
Version: 9.2.0
The app worked well for a while. Then it started crashing my Mac. Support told me that was impossible and that it was an issue with my Mac despite the fact that it only happened while running SOHO Notes. Ultimately they found the solution. Clearly it was always their problem but they were more interested in treating me like an idiot. I am no longer using the product.
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El-Duderino
18 November 2011
Version: 9.2.0
When I briefly played with this program a few versions ago my thoughts were that there was a wealth of features which made for a potentially terrific package but ultimately spoilt by poor programming. And when I say poor programming I mean arguably the most bafflingly bug-ridden major Mac OS X application I have ever encountered.
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0.5
Andy49
17 October 2011
Version: 9.1.7
Why did I ever switch from Together to this crap? At least it never crashed. This is the second time I lost work. This time the program crashed after entering information for an hour. Do I charge the developer like they charge us? I think we should all start doing that. I'm on 10.7.2 on a Mac Pro.
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Trance
04 October 2011
Version: 9.1.7
can't even try it because as soon as i import a note which opens fine on yojimbo it locks up, crashes, and then on re-open gives me a msg: "Couldn’t connect to database ...SOHO Notes failed to connect to the database, because the following error occurred: The file “Personal.sohodb” couldn’t be opened because it isn’t in the correct format." with an option of either "Restore backup database" which doesn't open because it is either blanked out or doesn't exist, and "Quit" ....so i have to quit ....and that's it ....cannot open it again. Same thing happens again after deleting all files and starting from scratch.
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JBX
10 July 2011
Version: 9.1.4
Application crashes at quit in OSX Lion 10.7
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Surfspirit
07 July 2011
Version: 9.1.4
The best Note app and lot more on Mac OS X, and, I had made a small review on Soho Notes and the experience was not good, I read a remark on my comment and decided to try again and it works pretty well now, so I guess it wasn't soho notes fault after all. Getting Back to the review, it's the most compatible and easy to use Note App I ever used, it even can record iSight video logs easily, it has a very convenient menu bar search engine for all your notes, it's very flexible, and it has amazing features like direct scanner input, Blogging post, Syncronization, MacOS X spotlight integration and much more. I honestly now think it's the best app for organization and note keeping, and most simple to use, there's room to improvement but it's by far the best on Mac OS X.
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Surfspirit
01 July 2011
Version: 9.1.4
This could be a killer app, if it worked, It's just slow and Buggy!! Maybe I got a bad version, I will try later, but this one is more an Alpha state app than final app, and other comments seems to correlate this fact!
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Nick-Collingridge
29 May 2011
Version: 9.1.4
Whilst I use SOHO Notes a lot and love the wealth of features - it certainly knocks any other Notes product into a cocked hat - there is one big bug in present versions that drives me round the bend. I have a number of folders set up so that any new note in it is a form which I have defined, and the notes will automatically be encrypted. For example I have one folder for website login details and another for credit cards. In itself this is a great feature. However the problem comes when I want to copy the fields to paste into another program, such as Safari, and have to context switch backwards and forwards between that program and SN to copy and paste user name and password, credit card details, or whatever. This will sometimes be OK but very often what happens is that the contents of the fields in SN just vanish, and you switch to SN to see nothing in the note at all apart from the title. The remedy is pretty straightforward - simply close the note and reopen it and the contents reappear. But this is a real nuisance and time waster. Please fix this! Whilst on the subject of fields in notes, a great enhancement would be to be able to add a copy button at the end of a field (a simple checkbox for this in the Form Editor would be the easy way of presenting this) so that you could quickly copy the content of a field with a button press instead of having to highlight the contents of the field and press Cmd-C. It doesn't seem like much, but it would be much quicker when there's lots of fields to transfer. In addition, being able to set a form to stay in front of other windows would make this process even easier by not requiring a context switch - this might even be a simple way of avoiding the problem with the fields clearing themselves...
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Bigboysdad
14 May 2011
Version: 9.1.3
If you are using version 9.12 and use the Docknote feature then do not upgrade. Docknote doesn't work with this version 9.13.
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Sonnendeck
13 May 2011
Version: 9.1.2
The syncing with the iphone app works much better now. It only could be a little faster...
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JamesHarrisPhoto
22 April 2011
Version: 9.1.0
SOHO Notes just keeps getting better and better. Ever since the release that warned you about Bluetooth causing sync problems with Notelife, I've had NO problems with syncing. For those who are still having problems with syncing to Notelife, MAKE SURE BLUETOOTH IS TURNED OFF on your iPhone. Bluetooth had been the culprit behind my previous syncing woes. I'm reading about other stability problems in this thread, but I'm not seeing any of those in my day-to-day use, including the last version (9.0.4). So it must be something inherent to their setup. I'm running SOHO Notes with 5000+ notes, and the program is fast and responsive. I've tried just about every competitor, including DEVONthink Pro Office, and I still keep coming back to SOHO Notes.
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3.5
Bigboysdad
16 April 2011
Version: 9.0.4
This software continues to have iPhone syncing issues with Notelife. Developer, please fix asap.
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0.5
Hafdis
12 March 2011
Version: 9.0.4
Soho Notes is not ready for prime-time. The performance issues are just too much to deal with. I've been plagued by constant spinning beach balls and progressive memory leaks. It actually bogs my machine down. Even on my Quad-core MacPro with 9GBs of RAM it is slow, slow, SLOW. This software should never have been released. It is not throughly tested and not ready for daily use. Do not waste your money as this program is incapable of supporting your daily workflow.
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anonymous-swordtail-5389
21 February 2011
Version: 9.0.3
Comparing to earlier 8.x versions, support is absolutely TOP-NOTCH. I mean it is incredible how fast they take care of everything! The application itself work pretty good. It is not perfect, but I think it is the best offer on the market currently if you need integration between Mac and iPhone. Speaking of integration/sync - there are still huge amounts of stability problems. Many times sync won't complete, hang in the middle of operation, complete prematurely, leaving everything in unsynchronized state. The company seems to be working on more stabile sync, but so far, I'm yet to see any progress AT ALL in that area. Only promises, and for a long time now. They also promised cloud-based sync, but at this point, they seem to not even started working in the implementation. But overall, I'm happy with the software. I wish there were competitors, but so far there aren't. Yojimbo could be the closest one, but the laziness of BareBones folks is beyond any common sense (still no iPhone client?? Come on!). And I'm not even talking about Evernote, which STILL doesn't have note-level encryption.
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4.5
Znoborg
16 February 2011
Version: 9.0.2
So far, working great for me. Have been using SOHOnotes since v8 got stable, and this is a good upgrade. Syncing works great with an iPhone. Also am giving Organizer a shot.... as I've not touched it for a while.....since the v7-v8.x syncing mayhem. Looking very much forward to the iPad release... hint...hint...!
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0.5
Lord-Lightning
04 February 2011
Version: 9.0.1
I so wanted to use this again after several years, but there is slow, then there is very slow, then tectonic, then SOHO notes. At least it is pretty, that must count for something.
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Bad-Dog
03 February 2011
Version: 9.0.1
I've been a loyal and satisfied user of this software since the StickyBrain days and have always found it extremely useful, well designed and packed with features. As others have pointed out, tech support leaves something to be desired, but I've eventually gotten answers to my questions using the dev's website. I have paid for every upgrade, which has gotten quite expensive in the last couple of years. Largely as a result of the cost, but also since multi-user support was removed, I've been looking for alternatives. Until now, I haven't really felt the need to switch or found a compelling reason to do so after looking at competing options. However, I really think in this day and age, this type of program needs a functional and robust cloud syncing capability, beyond iPhone access via the NoteLife app. I do not have nor want to pay for a MobileMe account, which is the only sync option supported, and the developer's have not indicated any intent to address this, e.g. via DropBox compatibility, so I think now I may finally take my $ elsewhere.
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Sonnendeck
01 February 2011
Version: 9.0.0
The syncing with the iphone app doesn't work. The Developer has to solve this problem!
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JamesHarrisPhoto
01 February 2011
Version: 9.0.0
Really like the new features in version 9, but it still fails miserably when trying to sync with NoteLife on my iPhone. I can't even get past the pairing stage without instant timeout errors even before I can type in the 4-digit pairing code. Hopefully they'll finally get this fixed.
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Bigboysdad
22 November 2010
Version: 8.51
I really like this. It's not first thing I use when I instantly need to jot down something relevant - that would be the simpler and quicker Justnotes/ Simplenote combination. But if I want to expand on something from Justnotes and store it, it goes straight to SOHO Notes for later use. I do like the side dock feature for quick and easy access and all other tagging, searching, alarm and folder features. The encryption of notes is a necessary and useful feature too, albeit the storage of confidential receipts and credit card information is better directed towards 1Password than this type of application. Having got familiar and set up the application to my needs, together with the companion iPhone app (NoteLife), I've found this to be a very stable and useful program for regular use.
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Sheagirl
20 October 2010
Version: 8.37
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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Ctshop
07 October 2010
Version: 8.37
Version 8 is Soho Notes reincarnated. The support replied to ALL my questions in reasonable time. The Mac app sync well with iPhone app. All reported bugs are fixed! Both the Mac and iPhone App. This is the MOST feature rich Notes Taking software in the Mac. I used it everyday.
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Nick-Collingridge
01 September 2010
Version: 8.37
Although I use SOHONotes very extensively and have found it in recent times to be pretty robust, there is one main thing that still really bugs me about the product, and that is the very poor implementation of the finding and searching functionality. This is a pretty big deal for me, and, I would hazard to guess, others, as being able to easily search for the data you have used SOHONotes to store is almost certainly a pretty basic requirement for all. There are two ways in which you can trigger a search - either from the box at the top of the window or by typing CMD-F. Firstly, let's address the CMD-F approach. It is not obvious unless you read the manual that the CMD-F search only works WITHIN A NOTE. So at the very least you have to click on the title of an (unencrypted) note in the list before you are able to execute a search using this approach. If the note is encrypted you have to open it, typing your password as you do. Then you can find text within the note. It took me a while to work this out and I am sure there must be a better way to make this behaviour clear in the UI, but I suppose the rationale is that everything in the Edit menu is a function that you perform on an open document, rather like a word processor which doesn't have an encompassing database like SOHONotes does. On to the search functionality which is performed from the box at the top of the main window. There are a couple of fundamental issues with this functionality as follows. Firstly, I think the scope of the search should ALWAYS be the whole of all of the databases (or accounts as they are called). But it isn't - the scope is defined by what you have selected in the folder list. So if you are looking at a note in one of your folders and you try and find something elsewhere in the database you must first click on the All icon to force the scope to be all of your notes in that database. Furthermore, if you have multiple databases then there is no way of searching across all of them at the same time that I have found from within the application. Spotlight will do this but I think it should be possible from within the application. Secondly, if any of your notes are encrypted then the search function within SOHONotes will not find anything in them. This is just pathetic because obviously there are many things you have to encrypt for security purposes (like bank details etc) and not being able to find things in encrypted notes is pants. The application obviously has to be able to access the password so that it can use it when encrypting notes, so why can't it use it when searching? What SHOULD happen with search is as follows: 1. It should default to always searching through all notes in all accounts/databases. It is possible that some users MIGHT want to be able to restrict the search, but this must be a small minority of users at most. 2. The search function should be able to search through all encrypted notes as well as unencrypted ones. Either this needs to be enabled by bringing up a dialog to enter the encryption password (there is only one for the whole database, after all) when the search is initiated, or the application should just access the password in the keychain automatically. I do somewhat wonder if this is the way that it is designed to work but the functionality is just broken at present. It may be that this should be implemented as a preference along with the other security preferences, but however it is done it must be changed from its current behaviour. I have held off on flagging this up before now even though it is a big issue for me with this product and significantly reduces its utility to me because I did mention the problem in an email to their support a while ago and hoped it would be fixed in one of the fairly regular updates. But it hasn't been fixed so now I feel it has to be made public in an attempt to get it attended to. A notes product without proper search is undoubtedly very compromised in its useability.
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Lux
30 August 2010
Version: 8.36
This app is so 'Mac-like' that some weeks ago I reported a problem with 8.36 not backing up to MobileMe - some months ago I reported the same problem in a previous version - via a 'question' on the Chronos website. I finally received a reply on 13 Aug explaining that Chronos were aware that 8.36 would not back up to MobileMe. I was informed that this probably had something to do with the Mac Os X firewall and was advised to turn it off if it was running. I pointed out that the firewall is always turned off. I was then informed that the problem had something to do with "writing codes" and it was probably Apple's fault. I was advised that a fix could be expected on Monday or Tuesday of the following week - that was 2 weeks ago. I now notice that Chronos "Support" has deleted my open questions on ther website concerning this matter.
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Lux
19 August 2010
Version: 8.36
One thing that doesn't change concerning this app is the total lack of customer support. I wonder if that constant is related to the completely unspecifc and non-detailed 5 star reviews that tell prospective purchasers absolutely nothing about this software.
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Sonnendeck
13 August 2010
Version: 8.36
This is in my eyes the best app for notes. Especially with the brilliant iPhone app it works and syncs fantastic. The look and feel is modern and mac-like.
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Izdale
21 June 2010
Version: 8.33
I heard a lot of negative things about their customer support, and it turns out that it's true. I contacted them and got a response a month later, and it was only 4 words. No matter how good a product may be, I don't support developers who don't care about their customers. I suggest you avoid anything from these guys.
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allanmacam-1
03 May 2010
Version: 8.32
When will it support iWork files and let us view the content in Notes rather than showing ab icon that then opens iWork etc?
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Cocoanut
30 April 2010
Version: 8.32
The company is getting it's act together because the program is becoming more stable and reliable. In fact, I'd say it's the most reliable its ever been and I really like it. At this point, I wish they'd stop adding "features" and focus on enhancing the features already there. For me I would like to see enhanced scanning that works better and is less buggy; forms that included drop-down fields, radio buttons and media files and blogging enhancements that included Metaweblog API posting. Otherwise, this is a great application once again and the addition of the iPhone client is a great thing....
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Cvb
12 April 2010
Version: 8.30
This is the ONLY note program to seamlessly handle syncing ENCRYPTED Notes with ones iPhone. On the desktop I've had a couple of crashes when editing documents but Tech Support has been top notch to address any problems with SOHO Notes or NoteLife. 8.30 has (so far) been rock solid. CVB
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No-One
09 April 2010
Version: 8.30
Good, but A couple of things really aren't appealing. For one, I don't like the sidebar that it places on the right hand of my screen, annoying and doesn't go away even after I close the app. Second, I hate the menubar item (flashlight) it places at the top of the screen and I cannot figure out how to get rid of it. Based on those two annoying things, I don't know if I will buy it.
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Nick-Collingridge
16 March 2010
Version: 8.17
Update on my recent problem report - the crashing problem I was experiencing does seem to have been fixed now, even though it was not specifically mentioned in the release notes. As of 8.16, SOHONotes has been very stable again and I am very happy with it once more. I have avoided the problem with the backup issue by setting it to not backup at application launch and set a new location for the backup which is present on the network, so I don't know if this problem has been fixed or not - I doubt whether it will be acknowledged in the release notes if they do fix it so I would recommend avoiding the problem.
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Nick-Collingridge
16 February 2010
Version: 8.15
I have to modify my previous comments somewhat, as the last two versions of this product have been rather unstable, crashing once a day on average. The crash seems to always be in a call to libobjc.A.dylib - objc_msgSend_fixup with a selector name of endProgressWindow. I'm surprised that they haven't fixed this yet as it has been present in both 8.14 and 8.15 at least. Also the SOHONotesService module (which is responsible for the menu bar and shortcut facilities) is crashing at a similar frequency with a call to libobj.A.dylib of objc_msgSend. There's no point emailing tech support as all you get is a reply saying they are totally bogged down. I still think this is a great product, but I do hope they quickly get on top of its current instability. I hasten to add that no other app on my system is displaying any instability at all, so I am sure this is not a system-wide problem. One other problem to beware of is if you set the backup location to be on a network volume and set the application to backup on launch; and then that volume becomes unavailable on the network, you will get into a deadlock that can only be fixed by making the volume available again.
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Mark97
22 January 2010
Version: 8.13
I've used this app and its predecessors since StickyBrain 2. StickyBrain worked great and was an indispensable tool for my work flow. As time went on StickyBrain became more and more unstable on my machines. This continued right up to Soho Notes 7. I considered not upgrading again because I felt they'd taken my money and given me crapware in the past. The only reason I did upgrade was the special offer they had where I received a copy of clipboard as an add on. I decided that it was worth one more shot. Boy, am I glad I upgraded. This version feels solid and has caused me no problems thus far. I have confidence in it and have returned to trusting it with my most important data. The search works fast and the various features are finally living up to their billing. This app really deserves another look. I think they finally got it right and are supporting it well. I own and have used a variety of other apps in this class and can say this one is now the best. I hope they continue to move in the direction they are. This app is much better than it probably ever has been.
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Znoborg
21 January 2010
Version: 8.13
Have been using SOHO notes heavily since 8.12 and so far, I'm very happy with the upgr from previous versions. The feature set is fantastic. I still use Yojimbo, EagleFiler, and occasionally DevonThink, but am gravitating back to SOHO, after a hiatus. The integration with NoteLife is why...! For daily use, you can't find a better combination than this. For those waiting to come back to SOHO Notes, I think it's time to give it a shot, as the feature set is too good to pass on. Speed and stability issues have been largely fixed.
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No-One
22 December 2009
Version: 8.12
This app is a gem. I like how I can write enter notes in a variety of different formats (text, audio, pictures, etc). I would like to see these two features however: 1. Being able to highlight text 2. Being able to point arrows at certain pictures / text overall, I plan on buying this app very soon
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Nick-Collingridge
20 December 2009
Version: 8.12
I do get a bit depressed sometimes at how much people love to gang up on anyone or anything that is vulnerable. Why can't we remember that very rarely are things all good or all bad? My experiences with software and support from many companies have been terrible but for some reason Chronos never seem to get the positive credit they deserve for their products. Take SOHO Notes for example - I've looked at all of the competition and none of them even come close. It is as completely featured as you could want and a very ambitious (and successful) product. But people keep on harping on about the flaws without much mention of the positives. It is not perfect yet, but it doesn't fall far short. Furthermore new versions are coming out every few days at the moment which, for me at least, have fixed all of my problems. I do entirely accept that their support should be better, but it is a big challenge for small companies to get the balance right between the cost of providing good responsive support and the time involved in developing the product to make it better in order that any flaws get fixed as soon as possible. And it all has to be taken in context. We are talking about a thoroughly excellent product here, but that factor seems to get lost in the noise. I have no involvement with the company whatsoever except as a customer and someone who has worked with their products over the years. You will find an earlier comment from me where I acknowledge how terrible their products used to be in terms of robustness, but I am very happy with SOHO Notes now and use it extensively. Give it a go - Chronos deserve for it to be a big hit because of its excellence.
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Fanchee
19 December 2009
Version: 8.12
Ok, fellow commiserators, I just downloaded this new version and my only test was to (1) create a new form note and add a serial number, which coincidentally, crashed instantly last time I tested SOHO Notes.... and (2) see if the contextual menu plugin crashed my other programs, which it also did last time I tested. I'm here to report that both were successful. I instantly closed the program for fear I might actually start to become hopeful again! LOL!! Oh, SOHO Notes, what a tease you are! Please conduct your own tests on this new version and report back instantly! Could this actually be getting better? Dare to dream?
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Igregor
14 December 2009
Version: 8.11
I downloaded the demo from the Chronos site about 4 weeks ago. Spent a few hours evaluating it over a couple days. Genuinely liked the software. Slick, lotsa neat features, very intuitive, and did a lot of things I needed it to do. I was primed to buy it. But, having noticed Chronos poor reputation for support, thought I'd put them to a test. So, using the Chronos website "Ask a Question" link I sent off a series of 6 messages to support and pre-sales -- seeking answers to several questions that I had been unable to answer for myself during my evaluation. To date NOT ONE of my inquiries has received a reply, let alone an answer. I have not so much as received an automated courtesy reply that they received any of my questions and hoped to answer any of them -- ever!!! Sorry, but this is just NOT acceptable. So, buyer beware. You've been warned.
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Znoborg
14 December 2009
Version: 8.11
OK... was waiting until the beta testers cleared the air. My experience, after the first day, so far so good. Went clean with 8.11, with no notes. Got NoteLife. Very impressed ...and no combination of desktop>
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JamesHarrisPhoto
09 December 2009
Version: 8.10
Version 8, combined with NoteLife on my iPhone, has been fantastic. I've not had a single crash, and it's much faster than version 7. There is not a single other note-taking app for the Mac with this feature set. 3,900 notes and counting. No problems. That aside, the company's tech support is horrendous to nonexistent. They need to put their forum back up on their website so at least other users can help those with problems.
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Velgor242
04 December 2009
Version: 8.09
I don't understand all the negativity surrounding Chronos. Perhaps I've been lucky, but not only has SOHO Notes not crashed on me, I'm now syncing hundreds of PDFs (encrypted and otherwise) to my iPhone without incident. I've also been corresponding with Chronos support the past couple of days over a small sync issue and they responded to my initial query within 24 hours. I guess your mileage may vary.
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Photogenec
02 December 2009
Version: 8.09
A Testing Experience I am somehow inclined to regularly download and test the latest version of SOHO Notes. It doesn't take much to move me to action: an html announcement from Chronos, a mea culpa email about SOHO technical support, the introduction of NoteLife. I constantly venture over to MacUpdate to check out the star ratings of the product. Would the rating still be two and a half stars out of five? At version 8.09, most of the v8 release bugs should have been eradicated. Alas no. Two and a half stars it was. And holding. More negative chatter. I would not let this negativity dissuade me. So this morning, I once again navigated to the Chronos site and re-downloaded v8.09 of SOHO Notes. I convinced myself that I was going to stick it out this time; I was going to help Chronos as a self-described Macintosh evangelist. Sort of an Apple software medic. I decided my first Notes writing assignment would be to create a Crash Record. I thought this might be insightful for me (perhaps looking for patterns in my own work would be helpful to Chronos too). I fired up a new blank pages document, titled it SOHO Notes Crash Report, added a three column, multi-row table, then closed the note. And SOHO crashed. Being a dedicated Chronos supporter, I dutifully copied out the SOHO details from the error report with the expectation of copying this into my very first crash report table entry. I reloaded Notes, opened my SOHO Notes Crash Report document, and, using a Notes shortcut, entered today's date in the second row's first cell. But that date refused to stay in the cell - preferring to paste itself in the third cell of the first row - The title row. I deleted the recalcitrant pasting and tried again. No success. For some reason, the date wanted to cuddle up inside the first row's third cell. In addition, the top two rows' cells resized themselves into a crazy quilt of disordered formatting. Thank goodness for Command Z. Being a highly dedicated Chronos supporter, I thought "Okay, operator error, I'll fix this." So, like a football referee, I decided to jump into the middle of six misshapen table cells to sort them out. And then SOHO Notes crashed. Being a fanatically dedicated Chronos supporter, I did what I always so. I removed the product and all shreds of it's tenancy from my MacBook Pro and dragged these to my trash bin. Unfortunately, SOHO Notes seems to be more at home there then in my applications folder. Kudos, as always, to Apple for making the elimination of non-performing software so dreadfully easy. So. . . being the frightfully dedicated Chronos supporter, I fully expect to yet again download the next version of Notes - be it v8.10, 8.11, 10.11, or 20.11 - and check it out. I have faith in the company that one day in the not too distant future - as long as aluminum is still readily available, Chronos will provide the Mac community with a blessedly bug-free SOHO Notes. After all, I am a dedicated Chronos supporter.
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Lee123
26 November 2009
Version: 8.09
Pay attention to the readme in the intaller (8.09). You have to select the quit button which is Not the default. It is clearly outlined in the readme splash.
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Mar6473
26 November 2009
Version: 8.09
I don't know this company that well but when I have requested help in the past they have responded. They sent out an email saying that they are backed up on support replies because there have been so many inquiries since their latest major release. They fully explain why the iPhone app has been delayed. It's Apple's fault. Apple is crazy about approving apps that have anything similar to what they have released. This new release is a huge improvement and a quality product. Think about what you get for $39. Seriously, it's a small company. Give them a break. Support third party developers by being fair. Sure, complain if it's legitimate but be nice about it. Don't try to trash a whole company that's making useful apps because they fall behind on support inquiries or there are some bugs they still need to work out.
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Goodwill-:)
25 November 2009
Version: 8.09
The quicknote is boken in this version. Can not save quicknote.
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Nick-Collingridge
25 November 2009
Version: 8.08
I know that it's fashionable to knock Chronos, and I also know from bitter experience that in the past most of that criticism has been justified. However I have to say that SOHO Notes is an immense improvement on their previous products. I have been searching for a notes application to replace my much-loved copy of NotePad Deluxe (not Intel native and has some problems with SL) for a while now, and of all of them out there (and there are quite a few) SOHO Notes is the best by quite a long way. The UI is excellent, the feature set is extremely comprehensive, it's fast, and best of all the app itself is very stable. I have had minor problems; FlashNote quits on occasion and an issue with form notes which are encrypted losing their data, but other than that it really is excellent. It's not perfect (I've got a long list of suggestions!) but it is better than any other notes app at present that I have looked at. Just for the record - this version does not use OpenBase but Apple's CoreData, which is fast and stable. Also there is a lot of detailed info on their blog as to why the iPhone app, NoteLife, is not out yet, and it really doesn't look like it's Chronos' fault but down to Apple's cumbersome review process. Take a look at http://www.chronosnet.com/blog/index.html.
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anonymous-heron-1581
19 November 2009
Version: 8.07
Got a canned email from Chronos tech support today saying that they're FORTY DAYS BEHIND in answering their tech support queries!!! This is just totally unacceptable. They blame the fact that they released a new version, but any competent company knows and expect an influx of questions when a new version is released. Sorry, Chronos, but you've lost my business and I will be recommending to all my users that they select software from a company that has sufficient technical resources to test and support their products adequately.
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anonymous-heron-1581
13 November 2009
Version: 8.07
A unique feature set if it could be relied on, but every version has had bugs, many very obvious to even the minimal level of testing, and Chronos "tech support", if it can even be dignified by that title, can only be described as terrible if not outright nonexistent. I recommend avoiding Chronos products unless you just can't find anything else that will do the job for you. It's just not worth the headaches and interminable waiting for responses and bug fixes.
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zx
10 November 2009
Version: 8.07
Openbase data...Just say no!!!
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Savan7
03 November 2009
Version: 8.07
I hope NoteLife exist...
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Orion-Mk-V
29 October 2009
Version: 8.07
I really want to like SOHO Notes. It's more flexible than Yojimbo and more attractive than Devonthink, but it's painfully slow and crashes randomly for me. Ah well.
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Just-A-User
23 October 2009
Version: 8.06
so is the iPhone app vaporware or what? It is well above a month now, as bad as the app store is, but sooo bad? What´s the deal Chronos??? Should sue them for selling something that does not exist.
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Steven-Gray
21 October 2009
Version: 8.06
Using SOHO Notes v8.06 on a MacBook Pro 15-inch (late 2008) running Snow Leopard 10.6.1. Try this: Create a text Note. Make sure that you have text in the Body of the Note. Duplicate the Note (command-D). The Body Text in the new Note is missing. I have contacted the authors about this, but no response yet. I just wanted to pass this along to see if anyone else has noticed this behavior.
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Dehartzell
14 October 2009
Version: 8.05
I bought this program for the feature of syncing to iPhone with NOTELIFE App that you could be bought from the App store. I have been waiting since Sept 18th for this to become available. Everytime I inquire to Chronos about availability I get a rude reply that Apple is holding things up. I Chronos is the problem. The notes application works ok but so do lots of others.
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Anon-Bud
09 October 2009
Version: 8.05
So is anyone else having a problem with Soho Notes search function not working? I've not been able to search since version 7.
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Mark97
09 October 2009
Version: 8.05
I've used this app since it was Stickybrain 2 and this is the best version yet. This one seems to be more bullet proof than either version 6 or 7. Thus far it has fully worked for me and I've had no issues at all. This is huge for me as I had a lot of problems with previous editions. Maybe this rewrite fixed a lot of my bugs. I also use DevonThink and Bento. I keep coming back to SohoNotes. Thus far it seems to be working better than ever, but we'll see. The only reason I gave them another chance was their offer of getting iClipboard for free.
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Orion-Mk-V
09 October 2009
Version: 8.05
Pretty UI, but buggy and slow for me.
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Stosh1985
08 October 2009
Version: 8.04
Smart folders do not respect the "is in folder" criteria and haven't for any of the 8.x releases. I've submitted info to them and have not received any reply or acknowledgment. I'd like to know that this feature will work - and the lack of response from Chronos is harboring me from purchasing the product. Real shame, because this app looks promising.
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Igreg
07 October 2009
Version: 8.04
v.8 opens and seems to work faster than previous versions, at least it does for me in Snow Leopard. I gave this a straight average rating of 3 stars mainly because, for all that it does, it just does a bit too much in some areas and lacks some seemingly simple things common in other programs. For example, as far as I can tell it still has no way to highlight selected text, which to me is a simple and necessary feature for a notes program. Yet the program has a zillion other features (most of which I do not use). I have also never been thrilled by the fact that SOHO Notes uses a separately created and produced database called OpenBase. Installation, uninstallation, & updating of SOHO Notes is made more complicated by OpenBase. OpenBase is NOT Chronos software. I had a problem with SOHO Notes v.7 updating which locked me out of my own database completely until I realized I had to select the additional installation of the database engine in the SOHO installer, which (for some reason) was not selected by default. If SOHO Notes must have a database ( and not separate files for each note), then Chronos should write and maintain their own database. Actually, I prefer that a notes program maintain each note in a separate file (which I think is a safer and more flexible approach). I really only recommend SOHO Notes to those who like some feature or features that SOHO Notes has that separate it from other software.
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Lux
06 October 2009
Version: 8.04
I first began using SOHONotes version 6 just before 7 was released. I stopped using it because it was very slow and buggy, poor support and also because I was asked to pay the full upgrade price. I have used DEVONthink ever since. However, when I saw that SOHONotes version 8 had been released I was intrigued with the complete re-write, new look and new features - I was hopeful, so I tried it. Alas, nothing substantial has changed. SOHONotes has poor Spotlight integration, still quite slow on an iBook running 10.5.8 with random freezes during searches of the database etc. etc. As I have also posted, it does not back up to MobileMe iDisk. I have emailed Chronos Support three times during the past 7 days about the problems with MobileMe back up and have received no reply. Conversely, during the same period while trying out DEVONhink Pro beta, which is much more stable than SOHONotes final release, with fantasic Spotlight integration, I came across a problem. I emailed DEVONTechnologies and 4 hours later had received a reply, albeit one which did not fix the issue. However, following the initial response from DEVONTechnologies yesterday, I was able to provide more information today. I received a reply in a matter of hours with a fix. I have decided to give up on SOHONotes again and stick with Devonthink Pro.
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Lux
03 October 2009
Version: 8.04
8.04 will not back up to MobileMe. Still no reply from Chronos Support.
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anonymous-swordtail-5389
01 October 2009
Version: 8.02
No wonder the software is bug ridden and support is slow - that's what happens when you redo everything from the scratch. Personally, I think they shouldn't have been releasing software at this stage - with too many bugs which just had to be caught on the development stage, given a proper testing. But anyways, the thing is out there in the wild, and though it lacks features (for example, comparing to yojimbo, it can't open a PDF in Preview, which is kinda almost a show-stopper for me, but oh well), a bit on the slow side, I would like to give it a try (esp. taking in account the upcoming iphone client). Support is definitely swamped with reports, that's why even emergency tickets take days to get processed. Well.. it's still their fault, but at least they have the proper support with progress tracking and stuff! Compare with Yojimbo, or Evernote! I think it will still take a couple of months until things calm down, but the potential is here, features are here, and company is listening to the users (they fixed at least 2 tickets I have filed them). However, a word of warning - if you need perfection, Soho Notes 8 is not the product for you just yet. Wait till 8.1 or something - and it will probably feed your needs aplenty. I have tried Yojimbo (actually switched from this barely developed POS, and they won't EVER have iPhone client), and tried Evernote - but for the price (if you are a paid user), the software is underdeveloped, lacks features, has clunky interface (both desktop and iphone versions) and their way of thinking how things should work just isn't for me. So, I want to believe Soho Notes will get rid of most of its annoying bugs, adds the only feature I need very badly (opening PDF in external viewer) - and we'll have a winner.
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Slarkin
01 October 2009
Version: 8.01
I have owned/used Chronos products from before Stickybrain. I sent the following request on on 9.24.09 to Chronos concerning problems I was having with SOHO Notes 7.0.8 & SOHO Organizer 7.0.7[Question Ref #4151-EYOH-2404]: "I recently bought a new iMac with Snow Leopard and Time Capsule. I am able to open SOHO Notes 7.0.8 to the point of seeing my alarms, but a dialog box keeps appearing that says: "Backup Failed SOHO Notes failed to backup the database because the following error occurred..... You might want to check the backup preferences and make sure everything is set correctly. OK[button]" I saved my Notes backup to my new hard drive, whereas previously they were saved to a LaCie external drive. I am unable to get into SOHO Notes to set my new backup preferences. I have even clicked on my last SOHO Notes backup from Chronos_robertrifkin 2009-09-02, but am still unable to open SOHO Notes. It should not matter if my external hard drive is connected or not, since I MANUALLY saved my backups to another folder on my new iMac. Also, the Apple dealer used Migration Assistant to transfer everything from my former iMac. Every time I click on the OK[button] it opens one of my six alarms. The data is there as I was able to copy one of my To Do lists. The dialog box will not go away no matter how many times I click OK. SOHO Organizer opens but is not usable. iClipboard does not accept my registration information. Bottom line: I am unable to use my applications." GOT NO REPLY >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sent 2nd request to Chronos on 9/28/09 as follows: "I am still waiting for your help on the above situation. I have a lot of important information in SOHO notes that cannot be accessed." STILL NO REPLY!!! It is now 10.1.09 & STILL NO RESPONSE FROM CHRONOS!! I did receive an e-mail from Chronos for each of the above requests for help as follows: "Thank you for adding a message to your question. We will respond to your message by email." So, what's Chronos' problem?? Everyone should be wary of buying this software, because if you need help from Chronos you may not receive it. Also, when SOHO notes was working it took forever to backup. I could easily manually back up 3 other applications and their backups would be completed while Notes was still backing up.
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Lux
29 September 2009
Version: 8.01
Trying out this software and cannot get version 8.0.2 (the most recent version according to the dev website) to back up the database to mobileme - reports "http error".
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StevenW
27 September 2009
Version: 8.01
I have been trying to use SOHO Notes 8 since its release a few days ago (22 September at 10pm ... who ever heard of a release so late in the day?). I say trying because it seems like there are so many bugs that every time I try to do something I hit upon another problem. I really want to like this software, I really do. It has a great user interface, a big feature set, seems to be updated more often than Yojimbo and the appeal of syncing my notes with an iPhone version was compelling. So far (4 days in) I have reported 6 bugs and, quite frankly, have now given up telling anyone at Chronos about new things that I am discovering. Its all so tedious. Maybe I should have not bought the program the day it came out, instead waiting for it to be thoroughly bug-tested. But you would have thought the program would have gone through enough alpha/beta testing before it got to being released as a commercial program with so many problems. IU'd really like my money back, to be honest, as I think the program right now is unusable or, at the very least, frustrating and untrustworthy. I don't want to put all my info into it and find it crashes whenever it feels like it. Yojimbo, whatever else you might criticize it for (painfully slow development cycle, age-old feature set, support / developer attitude that really puts you off), well at least it worked and seldom crashed. The trouble is, Chronos' "buyer protection" (as they call it) amounts to you having a 30-day period in which to trial the program for free before deciding whether to part with your hard-earned cash or not. Once you've made up your mind and paid your cash there's no going back, bus or no bugs. Seems it a bit harsh under normal circumstances. I know of other software houses that are much more generous. In the case of version 8, however, there was a special offer to potential customers like me who were thinking of buying version 8 a few days ago. You could pre-order at a discount (but not download until the launch day). All well and good. But that's where the Chronos Buyer Protection fails: you have to part with your cash BEFORE you can try the program. And if, after parting with your money you find it is riddled with bugs, can you now get your money back? We'll see. I've reported a number of bugs to the company this weekend (no reply yet - but it is the weekend and we all need time off after a big product launch, don't we?).
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Lee123
25 September 2009
Version: 8.01
I am using Soho Notes 8 and am a long time Devon Think Pro Office 1.5.x user. I also use Shovebox. First, I like the program and have purchased it. Second, It is not all a positive experience and I will point the things out that are/were annoying. For me this program has replaced both of the programs above and this works out to save me time and effort with the mouse and keyboard. It has also finally aggregated all of my collections of 'stuff' in one place. The workflow is better for me because basically I found it easier to get web archives, bookmarks, snippets of text etc... into Soho as opposed to Devon. I used Shovebox (I really like this program) mostly for the web capture stuff and Devon for Scans, PDFs, more important documents. Now I can just use Soho which gives me the easy web capture stuff and a solid database type product. It also does the scan ocr stuff as well. I like the way spotlight works with Soho better as well. In DTP if I search in spotlight and then select an article to display, the main window would open but I would still have to search in Devon to get the article to open (this may be fixed in DT 2 or maybe it was just my setup). With Soho the article opens right up. I like the Flash Note feature in Soho. This is a menubar item that lets you search your notes database for quick access. It shows a list of the matched notes that you can page down through if needed. The list also has a preview pane where you can see the highlighted note and even copy txt and images from. Very handy. There are some things I would change for sure. I had a few glitches with the install right off the bat. I had to race to push the Ok button on the second part of the install because it kept crashing as I tried to read the text on the window. Finally on the third try I clicked as soon as it popped up and the install finished fine. How did that one get out the door? There is also the little matter of the contextual menu items not working. I ended up removing them all together. The 'Services' menu items work fine and are actually really handy. So if the other menus don't work and are not even needed then why in the world have them installed? I get the feeling the company needs a better beta testing program. I find it annoying that you do not have complete control of the placement of the 'Dock Note'. This is the main thing you see on the screen used for capturing and dragging notes too. It can be completely hidden which is nice but my wife needs the other view. This view is a little tab which you can only place at the lower, middle and top of the sides of your screen. Why not just make this so you can drag it wherever? This program could also be so much more attractive. Sure its way better than all the other ones in this class but that does not take much. You did a complete re-write of the program and did not include any of the cool new leopard interface stuff? What about a quick view type look for Flash Note and the Dock Note? Have a look at Qu-s or even KeyQue for some ideas. Maybe there would be a trade off with functionality that would make it a bad idea? Thats it for now. I have only been using it a couple of days so I am sure some of my views will change. I do not want to start a debate over who is best or what features are best between Devon Think and Soho. I completely understand that there are plus and minus to each. I only want to review this product.
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John-C
24 September 2009
Version: 8.0
I've only been using the new version for a day but it is amazingly fast compared to version 7 and working well and no issues so far. I used to avoid using the old versions because they we so slow I think it will become one of my most used applications once the iPhone app is released
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Dave-Brock
24 September 2009
Version: 8.0
I really love what SOHO Notes looks like, what I don't understand is how the company can put in so much time and effort making a really nice GUI, but seemingly can't hire one decent programmer to make sure that oh I don't know, the program doesn't constantly break down, fall apart, and go approximately 20 times slower then anything else I have ever used for the same purpose. Devonthink which is industrial looking ugly, screams in comparison to this thing with a much larger load of documents. Eagle Filer is a close second, Together is starting to go the same route as SOHO notes, it keeps adding bling while failing to fix some fundamental problems and Yohimbo is doing I don't know what. First app update in what like 3 years is very unimpressive. BBedit is the shiznit but aside from that one app I haven't the foggiest idea what BareBones thinks its doing. For me right now Devonthink which is both kind of ugly and confusing, is leading the heavyweight best in class pack, with Eagle Filer which has some of the ugliest icons ever seen by man on any platform is a close second. Why is it that nobody can seem to make a good looking program that works reliably?
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Sherman-Wilcox
23 September 2009
Version: 8.0
Tried it. Importing a folder full of files that EagleFiler imported and indexed in less than 5 minutes took around 45 minutes, and locked up my machine while it was working. Searches are considerably slower than EagleFiler. SOHO Notes and its predecessors have always had a nice feature set (but perhaps a little feature-bloated), but for now v. 8 is not for me. EagleFiler wins handily.
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Just-A-User
23 September 2009
Version: 8.0
wish it had a tag browser, otherwise I really like soho notes, can´t wait for the iPhone client to be released!
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Zx81
13 September 2009
Version: 7.0.8
I tried to install SohoNotes, but something seems to have gone wrong with the OpenBase install ; Soho fails to launch. Tried to uninstall and run the installer again, but the OpenBase app. is missing.
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Tankknight
13 September 2009
Version: 7.0.8
I used to love Notes & Organizer, but after PhoneValet updated Openbase to 11 I had to uninstall SOHO. I asked Chronos, but they said it was Openbase fault that it did not work with SOHO. I thought this version would work as the update notes said it does, but no go. It just hangs saying "Opening Database...". I tried all variations of uninstalling/installing, including the database, restarting and even uninstalling PhoneValet. I will wait and see if version 8 will work. I have started using Devonthink and if it works out (looking pretty interesting) I may move on from Chronos products. I still recommend Notes & Organizer ... When they work.
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Igreg
12 September 2009
Version: 7.0.7
I can not get the uninstallers for Notes 7 or the database Engine to launch. I get message that I need Admin Privileges. But I am the Administrator. I even tried creating a second Admin Account and they still will not launch.
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Mark97
06 September 2009
Version: 7.0.6
I'm torn. I have to make a decision, between updating and using DevonThink Pro. There are some great things about both, but I don't need multiple packages doing the same thing. What do you think?
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Ginopiazza49
02 September 2009
Version: 7.0.4
I would like to know what all of you previous posters think of Yojimbo 2.0. Barebone's seems to not added too many features. Also, I guess we will have to wait till September 22nd to see what the new SOHO Notes 8.0 will contain as far as features.
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Lee123
03 June 2009
Version: 7.0.4
I just finished a 30 day trial of this software and really liked it. It is very easy to get things into the notes database through the services or right click menu and via drag n drop into the sidebar thing. You have quick access through a little menu item to all your notes. I have used devonthink for a couple of years now and would switch to soho with no problems. The one thing I would miss if I did switch is the spotlight integration of devonthink. I had no stability problems at all. I transferred my notes from devon, about 600 mb, in a matter of 30-60 secs. Searching in soho was pretty much instantaneous for me and worked well even in pdfs. One thing I wished for was a way to add the notes from the organizer events to the notes database. I contacted support on two occasions about how to use the program and received an email response in 24hrs which seemed reasonable to me.
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Just-A-User
02 June 2009
Version: 7.0.4
really like the features and the interface. I tried them all and found soho notes the only one really useful plus fun for note taking. I use it with DT (which is a pain as it has no permanent license, just beta releases). I also own Circus Ponies Notebook, but began hating the interface. Soho notes is kind of buggy, however. Also, the search really seems to be slow. Concerning customer support: It does exist and they even respond in a useful way to pre-purchase technical questions. If anyone knows anything better than soho notes for note taking, please come forward with suggestions other than yojimbo (no comment), shovebox (which I use for iPhone sync, it is not bad, but not really powerful), evernote (I really do not care for online sync via a web service and annual payment) or caboodle (which is totally ok, but not really as powerful).
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