Wonderful WPF Apps: Notescraps

Tim Sneath is doing a series of posts about great WPF applications, and his #8 caught my eye

Great WPF Applications #8: NoteScraps

I love this little application: it's a joyous example of how the subtle use of WPF can add greatly to an application experience.

NoteScraps is a handy little tool for jotting down little nuggets of unstructured information - when you're on the phone and someone needs to give you a reference number or an email address, when you're just jotting down a short list of to-do items, when you're just scribbling down a quick reminder. You can launch it with a keyboard shortcut or directly from the system tray, and then you simply start typing to create your note.

This application is 100% WPF and managed code: you can download a shareware version from their website, or just watch a Camtasia demonstration of how its used.

Here are a couple of things that I really like about the way the application is done:

  • The notes are slightly rotated - not enough to make reading awkward, but just enough to add a more casual look to the application;
  • The notes size to content: there's no manual management to be done for the layout;
  • As you type characters into the Find field,the notes that don't contain the search text snap out of the way and the others animate back together in an appealing manner: the animation really helps you see what's going on in an inductive manner. It just feels polished.

Try it out - it's a fun little app!

I did try it out and I loved it too. So much that I forked out my cash and became a registered user

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  1. Justin King says:

    Frank, I tried this as well and thought it was quite good. Only problem I found was it was very hard to delete a note.

    You have multiple ways to add one, but no remove button, no right click remove.

    After turning the brain on I deleted the content in a note and the note removed itself.

    Maybe the author(s) will work on the usability via feedback and version 2 RC1 build 6500 will be a rock solid product and then will get my money.

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