Resophnotes: take notes quickly on your desktop, then access them in the cloud on other devices or computers

Resophnotes is a free note taking software that syncs with the “SimpleNote” cloud-based note taking service.

This means that your notes from Reshopnotes can be accessed from multiple computers and devices (including the iPhone via this free app). Resophnotes can also be used portably from a USB drive.

This software is designed for simple, quick note-taking and is organized via a tagging system rather than a hierarchical (outline) structure.

This software is similar to some other note-taking apps previously posted on this site (simple, tagging), but different in one important respect: it syncs with cloud service “SimpleNote” and, consequently, can broadcast and share your notes across multiple computers or devices such as smartphones and tablets, etc.

Here’s a list of PROS and CONS:

PROS:

  • Syncs with SimpleNote cloud service: instantly, as soon as you edit or add a note.
  • Organized via tags: you can associate your notes with multiple tags simultaneously, and create them on the spot (and they will instantly sync with SimpleNote).
  • Imports notes from other sources: text files, CSV files (including Outlook, Toodledo).
  • Offers some interesting features:
    • Quick note email option: email your note (using the default email client) with a single click.
    • Internal note linking: via [notename] – i.e. brackets with the name of the note inside them
    • Sort notes: by title or last modified date.
  • Minimizes to the system tray: and stays in the background, for quick access when needed. You can (optionally) set a hotkey combination to quickly invoke the program in a single click.
  • Very light footprint: approx 12 megs in memory
  • Quick Search: searches contents, not just tags (and is really very cool). Flitering by tag(s) is also available, as you might imagine.
  • Can be run portably: from a USB drive. Download the portable version if this is what you want.

CONS:

  • Allows for multiple instances to be running simultaneously: which is strange, and hopefully will be fixed in a future release.
  • No rich text options (no font styling, pasting of images, etc.). Which really is no big deal, as from my experiences these aren’t very practical anyway. Could be construed as a ‘pro’.
  • No outline/hierarchical structure: which I know some people like; however, omitting this and keeping things simple can also be considered an advantage (I personally do not care for a hierarchical structure).

The verdict: a very nice and simple notes app that can help you put your notes everywhere you need them simultaneously (i.e. in the cloud), all the while keeping things clean and simple.

If there’s anything I could wish for it would be for tooltips in the ‘settings’ page, that might explain the various options. Otherwise I really like and recommend it.

[Thanks to reader Phil for letting me know about this program in the notes section of my Freeware Top 30 post]

Version Tested: 1.1.7

Compatibility: WinAll. You may need to download MS Visual Studio 2008 runtime library.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 7.46 megs).


 
 
 
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Samer Kurdi

Samer Kurdi

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  • Joe

    What really makes this great is the cross-platform availability of the Simplenote cloud service: you mention one iOS app, but there are quite a few options for iOS. There are also several Android apps (my choice is JadeNote, which adds a nifty checklist feature), a WebOS (Palm) app, other Windows clients, several OSX apps, Firefox and Chrome extensions, and finally, of course, the webapp.

    http://simplenoteapp.com/downloads/

  • Steve

    This is a great little app, works very well and has always been stable for me. Synchronization is good, I have never lost information. As Joe says, the big feature of this app is synchronization with SimpleNote service (which itself ties in to multiple platforms/apps.)

    It all actually started with Notational Velocity (the inspiration for SimpleNote), but I like ResophNotes a lot on the Windows side.

  • Michael Graham

    Is there any benefit signing up with this service as opposed to just creating text documents and saving them in DropBox? Is it a very stripped down EverNote? I think I already have way too many cloud sync apps.

    • Samer

      @ Micheal: if you would rather not sign up for a new cloud service, then DropBox might be a better solution for you. Resophnotes is attractive insofar as it is well suited for quite note taking and tagging, as opposed to using text files, etc.

  • Daniel

    I shared your review with the author, here’s what just came in:

    Hi, Daniel,

    Thanks a lot for the review! I really appreciate your nice words and opinions. All the “CONS” have been added to my “to do list” now. :-)

    Best Regards,
    C.Y.

    • Samer

      @ Daniel,
      Thanks for sharing the interchange. To be honest I kind of wish that they will NOT add either rich text formatting or a hierarchical structure to this program ;)

  • Alex

    Nice program. In my opinion, Notepad++ and a DropBox account offers much more flexibility, but for simplicity, this is neat too.

    Keep up the great work Samer.

  • Phil

    @Samer:

    Thanks for the shout out! I really do use this program all the time.

    @Michael: With ResophNotes you don’t have to sync with simplenote, you can turn that off and either have ResophNotes store your files in it’s own database or create individual text files (which can be located in dropbox). This really is a simple, lightweight way to deal with text file notes.
    ;
    So yeah, I suppose it’s kind of like a stripped down evernote; way smaller and simpler. if that simplicity takes away from what you want, just use evernote.

  • skguzek .

    Great app. Too bad you cant paste images and format text. Switched from cintanotes since it has missing simple features. Any other recommendations for a rich text note app with fast as you type search?