WhizFolders, Note Taking Software
Supports Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / XP

Note Organizer and Outliner that helps you think and plan! Start organizing your Notes, Ideas and Links on Windows.

Better note taking involves being able to cope with new ideas and cross thoughts as and when they strike you.

A List is the "Easiest interface" for organizing your notes.

You can do mutli-selects and moves easily in a List as compared to an Editor or a Word Processor. See next section on how you will be using this list.

You won't find this powerful list metaphor in a word processor or text editor

WhizFolders is a List-based tool allowing you to write short notes in a list, classifying and keeping each piece of note separately as you go.

Hierarchical Notes in WhizFolders

Adding your notes and reorganizing them as parent and child notes is very easy in a List.

You will get started in minutes! Once you get the hang of it, you will never go back to a regular editor or word processor.
  • Add your ideas and thoughts as notes in a Hierarchical List as shown in the left pane of the picture.
  • Add the rich text content of each note in the right pane.
  • This helps in many ways. You keep the related notes and ideas together, and that helps you get a better hold on your subject matter whether you are planning or learning.
  • You can move around the pieces later to change their order as your ideas change (as they often do).
  • What is more, you can bunch up any number of notes to export a full document any time. Save your effort in brainstorming new ideas and plans. Use WhizFolders for all your note taking.

How does this Hierachical List help you think, write and learn better?

  • If you are working on a difficult or new concept, you quickly break it down into multiple notes in a hierarchy.
  • Move the notes around or insert more notes to aid in your thinking.
  • If you are a writer, you will understand this process as "outlining." This helps you plan your book in pieces.
  • When you are done, you can print or export everything together to make that first draft, ready for your word processor for advanced formatting.
  • This makes WhizFolders a first-class Research Tool with free format notes.

Note taking for study and learning

When you are making notes in order to learn a new subject, the list helps there too.

Making Study Notes in WhizFolders For example, please see the screenshot above where I was studying ASP.NET, a development framework, from a book.
  • I made notes only for the things I didn't know and in the order that I understood them better.
  • I broke the difficult concepts into many notes and child notes as necessary. This helped me classify them better.
  • I made my own Tips and Tricks branch as I read along.
  • This study session was even faster because the book I was studying was an eBook, and I saved time by copying and pasting pictures of the sample source code instead of typing it.

In study and learning, the "reviewing" phase is equally important.

  • I often review these notes and mark important notes by colors and icons.
  • I insert hyperlinks that allowed me to go from one related note to another when reviewing.
  • I assign my own keyword tags to notes in order to find them by keywords later.
  • Finally, I often print all the notes together with an automatic Table of Contents, made up from the list.

Note taking for writing and research--Use of the powerful "List Metaphor" in all the stages of writing

Outlining list in WhizFolders

Research and organization is the first stage of all writing.

Thoughts come to you in a disjointed, fragmented manner. You add them to a tree list in WhizFolders, one short note at a time, putting each note in its proper place in the hierarchy. This helps you think and write better by following separate train of thoughts in their individual hierarchy.

In the second stage, you write, revise, rearrange and discard the text till you are happy.

For this stage too, a List is the most powerful metaphor. Because you can move multiple items by drag and drop. You can discard items or move them to an unused last section of the list. A "Hoisting" feature is also available that lets you concentrate on a part of the outline.

Finding notes is equally crucial. There are many different ways of finding notes in WhizFolders. You can use links, text or boolean search, keyword tags, icons, color and more to highlight the notes that need attention. For example, you can mark "unfinished" notes in a different color or icon. As another example, you can assign the same tag to the notes that describe a character to refer to them when neeeded.

Third stage is the presentation stage where you might want to print a quick draft for review.

For this purpose, you can merge, print and export all or only a group of notes to make a draft. Your word processor and other presentation tools take over from that point onwards and not before.

Creative writing is nothing but a repetition of the above stages.

What you want is a tool that helps you quickly go from one stage to another. A tool can only boost your creativity. It can not "replace" the creativity by a magic formula. Yet, early writers keep buying expensive software in the hope that some magical software will write for them.

Major distinguishing features of WhizFolders

Tree list of note titles

Convenient tree list to manage and outline notes by their titles. A list is better for managing your notes as compared to a word processor or editor where too much scrolling is involved.

Powerful rich text editor

You can insert pictures, tables and OLE objects, such as Excel Spreadsheets. What's the use? You can keep usage notes about the spreadsheet in the same note.

Find notes by Keyword Tags

Assign Tags (Keywords) to your notes and find them easily. Tags are used to assign relevant terms not present in the actual text of a note.

Changed notes archive

If you accidentally changed or deleted a note, you can recover them from a "changed notes" database.

Logical search with AND, OR

You can find one or more notes easly by doing a boolean search for words with AND, OR, NEAR. Regular Find Text for exact text is also there.

Print full or partial list

Just select complete or partial list of notes and do a print or export to get a merged draft that you can use in your word processor for those final finishing touches. A copy, paste operation can also merge the selected notes, with or without headings, with or without level indents.

Clipboard auto collect

A note is automatically pasted when you do a copy to clipboard in another application. There is no need to switch back and forth between the other application and WhizFolders.

Web clippings

When you paste information from a web site, the location is automatically pasted for reference. This is a great way to quickly collect information from the Internet and later research it by using the links pasted with them.

Highlighting a note in the list

You can highlight specific notes in the list by changing their highlight color or by changing the icons.

Connect notes with links

You can insert links that allow you to jump from note to related notes. Helps tremendously when reviewing and brainstorming the notes.

Bookmarks for files and web

You can insert links going to external files, folders and web sites. So you can use WhizFolders as a launchpad or bookmark manager with the added feature of keeping helpful notes about those links.

Inituitive copy, paste with merge

Copy, paste works just the way you would want it to work. If you copy some notes and paste them in the same or another list, the child notes are automatically pasted. If you paste them in an external application like Microsoft Word, a merged copy is pasted.

Precise drag and drop

When dragging notes in the tree list from one position to another, precise drop marks appear to guide you as to where the dragged notes will be dropped. You can drag and drop multiple notes and even complete branches of notes. Alternatively, buttons are also there to move or change levels of the notes in the tree list.

Word compatible RTF export

You can export the merged outline (a bunch of notes) in Word compatible RTF or outline format. This helps give fine finishing touches to your final draft in Word.

Todo List or Task List

You can turn your notes list into a simple, free format To Do List by showing Checkmarks on each note. See the presentation for an example.

WhizFolders is also a powerful outliner. If you have only done outlining in an editor or word processor, this is different!

The note titles are outline items

In WhizFolders, you outline the titles of the notes in a powerful tree list with drag and drop features. If you have never outlined in a list before, you will love this aspect. See the presentation to know how this gives you the combined power of an outliner and an organizer.

Word-wrapped outline items

You don't have to horizontally scroll the outlining list to see complete note titles. Each title is word-wrapped.

Hoisting and hiding

You can hoist part of an outline to concentrate on it. Other parts of the outline are hidden from you to avoid distraction.

View combined outline of notes

WhizFolders is primarily a two-pane outliner. But at times, you want to view the complete outline along with note contents, indented. Deluxe edition supports this feature.

Why not download a Trial and try out all the features for 30 days?

We offer full support during the trial so you can send questions by email and get a response quickly.

Or, you can buy the software risk-free with our no-questions-asked return policy.