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Brad Stone (developer) commented on 15 Dec 2007
This is the developer. First, I'd like to thank Anon for downloading proNotes and trying it out. I'm also appreciate him taking the time to post his comments. I'm interested in as many thoughtful comments as I can get!

First, to get my Mac credentials on the table. My first machine was a 128k Mac back in 1986. I've been developing on a Mac since. My primary work machine is, and always has been, a Mac. proNotes was developed on the Mac for the Mac. Anyone who's used Apple's i-Apps will intuitively know how to use proNotes. I intentionally designed it to look like a Mac app. No compromises were made on the Mac side for the Windows version. I'm sure our Windows friends will complain this looks too much like a Mac app.

Regarding categories and titles. I found during beta testing that most users like the ability to add a category and/or title on the fly instead of having a separate user interface to set them up in advance. To keep you productive I figured your time is better spent doing your work and not setting things up. You'll notice proNotes doesn't require you to set anything up in advance. I did that on purpose. Also, to make things easier, when you create a new note the category and title is filled in if you have a note selected when you hit the "new" button. If you want a different category or title, the fields type-ahead for you or you can select an existing category or title from a drop down. In fact, after you select a particular category, the titles listed in the drop down are only the ones associated with that category. There was no advanced set up to make this connection, just by creating notes it gets set up for you. That's one of the many little things I designed in proNotes to help you stay organized and stay productive.

I can't really comment on the text rendering. I'm running Leopard on a MacBook Pro. I'm writing this on an iMac and I've seen it on other machines too. It looks fine to me. The text features are not as powerful as Word but they're not intended to be. Yes, I would like the urls to show up blue with an underline. I expect to implement that in a future release. Regardless of how the urls look, I do personally think it's cool that you can highlight a web address, command-click (or right-click), and have it open in a browser. The same thing works for e-mail addresses and names in Apple's Address Book. That saves you a bunch of clicks. The more clicks I can eliminate for you the more productive you'll be.

Regarding the dates. I'd like to learn about the invalid date format. I've never seen that and would like to fix it if it's a bug. I have 1,000 notes in proNotes. I haven't seen that bug but I've developed enough apps to know things slip through. Please e-mail me the details at I'd also like to know how you want to attach address book entries.

Bottom line, proNotes helps me and many other users keep themselves organized and, just as importantly, helps them find things really fast. I can't tell you how many times I found a comment someone told me (that I jotted down) or an attachment (attachment names are searchable too) in about 3 keydowns. That's it's real power. You build up a category and title system as you go along, can change it at any time (I built in a mass change system in the edit menu) and you can find stuff quickly.

Again, I want to thank you for giving proNotes a chance and writing your thoughtful and balanced comments.
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