By Martin Courcelles
I need to write something down:
Ever have an idea you want to quickly jot down, or just want to quickly note someone's phone number? You could always run Notepad, write it there and then
save it into a file. But, it's not really a centralized way of doing things, and like me, you'll probably forget where you saved the darn thing. This
is where Flashnote comes into play. Flashnote is a quick notes manager. Press the hotkey and it will appear on your screen ready to take down whatever
you want to write. Press ESCAPE and it disappears back into the background.
Yes, it's finally time to start flexing your internet muscles. If you've been following my tips, we've touched on many things which will now come into
play. So let's get started.
If you've been aware of the internet world around you for the last 15 years, I'm sure you've heard of downloading. If not, here's a quick explanation.
Essentially, downloading is a process in which you receive data from a remote computer. For example, when you look at a web page in Internet Explorer,
that page needs to be downloaded before you can see it. Similarly, this message was downloaded to your computer. So what we're doing here is downloading
a copy of the Flashnote program.
First, we need to go to the download page.
Have a gander at this page. There are 2 links which presently concern us and I'll explain them below.
Usual installer, exe file:
In many circumstances, before you can use a program, you need to install it. This is what this file provides. This file is a container for the program
and gives you a cute little wizard which walks you through setting up the software on your PC.
Alternatively, this file contains the program itself without any install procedures. Many programs are packaged this way so that you can use them on USB
sticks or on systems which you may not be able to install things due to your access rights, but I'm getting ahead of myself here.
So, when do I get to download?
Good question, how about now? If you're going to install the program on your home computer, I would suggest using the installer. If, however, you're
wanting to use this at work, use the portable version. So with no further fan fair, let's download it.
Create a folder called downloads in the U drive. For more information on folder creation, refer to "Jaws Tip #24: The File and Folder Experience".
Get back to the download page and press ENTER on the "Portable version" link. You will get a dialog box which will ask you whether you would like to save
this file (ALT+S), or open it (ALT+O).
Let's open it. The file will be downloaded to your PC in a few seconds and a new window will open.
All contents (4 files) will be presented.
Select them all by pressing CONTROL+A.
Copy them to the clipboard by pressing CONTROL+C.
Create another folder on your U: drive called Flashnote.
Go into that folder and press CONTROL+V.
It's all done:
So the portable version of Flashnote is now ready to run. Find the "flashnote-portable.exe" program and press ENTER on it. The following dialog will
Open File - Security Warning
The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?
Publisher: Unknown Publisher
Before we run this for the first time, TAB until you hear:
"Always ask before opening this file", and press SPACEBAR to uncheck it. You don't want to be asked every time this program is run.
You can now press ALT+R to run Flashnote.
So you ran the program and nothing seems to have happened? Actually, the program did run, but it has been added to the system tray. This is where the
shortcut key comes in. Press ALT+S and FlashNote will pop into view.
Press ESCAPE and the program goes back into the bakground; patiently waiting for you to summon it with the shortcut key.
The first thing I would suggest to change is the shortcut key, as ALT+S is used to send messages in Outlook. Although, an alternative Outlook send message
key is CONTROL+ENTER. To change settings within FlashNote, press F4.
Okay, I've gone on for long enough this week.
I have a variety of applications which I'll be showcasing in the next few tips. If there's a particular program you would like me to review, send me a