Version 3 planning

Posted by – June 14, 2014

As mentioned below, version 3 is well into development, with a planned implementation of very early 2015 (possibly even a bit sooner) if all continues to go well in beta testing.

The major changes in the initial implementation are:

  • Support for encrypted (aes128) libraries
  • Removal of reminders
  • Removal of clipboard collection support under Windows XP
  • Support for HTML clip collection
  • Visual indicator for Clipboard activation (on/off)
  • AES encryption offers virtually unbreakable encryption for your NoteFrog library. The encryption is for all user accessible data in the entire library. You will need to enter your encryption key each time you open an encrypted library. This will normally be at program launch. Be aware, your key is not stored anywhere in the database and is not available except through your entry, so if you lose/forget your key, none of your data will be accessible! We can not recover a key.

    Encryption comes with an increase in overall library size of 30 – 50% although in extreme cases, an image database, we have seen a 300% increase in size and an increase in processing time, so you might want to take this into consideration when deciding if encryption is really necessary. I would estimate for a normal NoteFrog user (do we have any of those?), neither of those issues will present a major problem, but it is something to consider.

    We’ve struggled with the issue of “reminders” ever since they were introduced. At the time, it seemed a nice capability, and they can be useful. However, the necessity of maintaining this separate code branch, which is unlike the maintenance of “Notes”, has taken it’s toll on feature development and maintenance. Reminders are “nice”, but they’re not “great” and making them “great”, which is what we want all of NoteFrog to be, would take too much away from core product development. Rather than continuing to offer, what we consider to be a sub-standard capability, we’re removing reminders from version 3. Most of you already use or know of capable alternatives. Respond with your suggested replacements and we’ll list them here.

    As you probably know, Microsoft has dropped support for Windows XP. As you may also know, particularly if you follow this blog, the clipboard collection process under Windows XP can be problematic. In order to take full advantage of the changes to clipboard management introduced with Windows Vista, we’re dropping support for legacy clipboard collection in version 3. You should still be able to use NoteFrog under XP, however it will no longer be able to function as a clip collector – which is something we tend to discourage anyway.

    We’ve added support for HTML type clipboard collection. Like images, you will have an option to store HTML from the clipboard in the NoteFrog library. Please note, NoteFrog is not an HTML editor. HTML items will be stored as collected from the clipboard. Any edits to the item text will NOT be reflected in the HTML content or HTML display. HTML clipboard content is not a complete copy of the actual site content.

    We’ve added a visual indicator (tiny button) for the status of clipboard collection (on/off) as well as a hotkey – CTL+A – to toggle it off/on. This should make it easier to edit/cut/copy an item without having each cut/copy change the selected item – simply toggle autocollection off while you’re editing and back on when you’ve finished editing.

    edited by berry July 18, 2014 at 11:40 am EDT

    4 Comments on Version 3 planning

    1. Travis Hughes says:

      Berry,
      When the NoteFrog icon is pressed on my desktop, the program request a password (this is expected because one of my stacks is password protected). If I enter the correct password the program opens correctly.
      I have discovered though is if I enter an incorrect password, or make any selection on the password screen, I get the ‘Incorrect Password’ screen followed by the program opening to the ‘Trash’ stack. Then by simply selecting the password protected stack (from the stack list) the password protected stack opens (without ever entering a password at all). So if I click the icon, put anything or nothing in the password screen, I get into the program and protected stacks (directly or indirectly).
      I tried the same process from another ‘user account’ on my computer, and got the same result. This sequence completely bypassed any security on the program. I was wondering if this is a know problem, or something unique to my computer. Thanks In advance for any info.

      Cheers, Travis

    2. berry says:

      Hello Travis,
      What version of NoteFrog are you running?
      Are you sure the password protected stack is really open? Or is the original stack, in this case Trash, still open however the stack name drop down is incorrectly reflecting the passworded stack name?

    3. berry says:

      A fix is available – see NoteFrog 2.7.4 above.

      Sorry for the inconvenience.

    4. Michael Mortimer says:

      I mentioned in 2011 that I really wanted encryption. That will be great when it comes out.

      I am tired of having to turn off automatic capture or open the library to delete a password or account number for a credit card that accidentally got captured.

      With my libraries encrypted no more fussing and no more worries about someone hacking my cache, clipboard, or Notefrog lib.

      I assume the product will become more desirable once the Company can offer Notefrog database encryption and other security features.

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