wikidPad 2.3 Beta 05

4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 (90 votes)


Windows (All) / Open Source / 11,843 downloads

WikidPad is a wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. What makes it different from other notepad applications is the ease with which you can cross-link your information. Links in a wiki are created by typing in WikiWords. A WikiWord is any case word (also called CamelCase) typed into the editor. TodoList or JohnDoe are example WikiWords. The term wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian, and wikis are all about quickly linking your information together. Wikis are not a new concept, in fact there are many web based wiki servers available.

Reviews of wikidPad

  1. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.9 Beta 20 (Dec 16, 2008)

    This reminds me of an extremely light version of Microsoft OneNote or a couple of DOS era applications for stacking notes and topics of various data.

    It is free, so that is a plus, and it is handy.

    However, if you can afford OneNote (student edition is very cheap), get it instead, as you get a lot more features from integrated OS level searching to even Voice or Handwritten (ink) notes.

    OneNote is one of the MS Office applications that really doesn't get enough accolades, which is a crime because a lot of people would find it to be a lifesaver for storing everything from web receipts and screenshots to even using it to outline your next great project or novel.

  2. 4 out of 5 stars
    Ain Soph Aur

    Reviewing 1.9 Beta 19 (Nov 15, 2008)

    really a cool software but i have problems using it :-/

    its very hard to start...

    there should be a short how-to. not ONLY this endless documentation

  3. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.9 Beta 13 (Nov 29, 2007)

    This software has potential (why I gave it a 3 instead of a 2), but potential alone is not enough to overcome what I see as some huge shortcomings:

    1) it is anything but intuitive. I really wanted to like it and use it, but I am really struggling to even get my simplest Wiki organized.

    2) because of #1, I can not determine what is a "bug" and what is a "feature". I think I am using the software properly, and if so, it definitely has some bugs / issues. For example, on the "View" menu, I TRY to use the "show doc structure" option, but it apparently does nothing (ditto with "show time view"). Is there some particular context under which this stuff works? If it doesn't do anything (all or part of time), why show the option? Inconsistencies like this made evaluating the software nearly impossible.

    3) help is less than helpful. Sure, there is a somewhat detailed section on "features", but how about a simple "getting started" section that helps you figure out how to effectively use the software. Features mean nothing if you can not even get past the most basic operations.

    4) Perhaps it is a Python on Windows shortcoming, but why can I not use my 5-button Intellimouse "back" button by default (to navigate "backwards") like I can in FireFox, IE, and so many other applications? There must be a way to make this work, and though it seems like a small thing, it becomes a large PITA when the app doesn't respond as expected and I have to learn a new set of shortcuts or click a form-button instead.

    I could go on, but I am really hoping for an improved version of the software. Maybe it is just "beta bugs" I keep hitting that are preventing me from finding this software useful.

  4. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.9 Beta 13 (Nov 28, 2007)

    Wiki's the first thing I "launchy" (google it here). Takes a whole SMIDGEN of time to learn but it's your whole life in a notepad. Images, urls, recipes, phone numbers, text, code, all fully searchable by keyword .. your life is in that Wiki. It's a web representation OF your life.

    I've not checked out this new update so I probably shouldn't be writing but there IS a learning curve with Wikipad. Just like with anything else important in life. I don't consider this a CON but .. there's just too much stuff in it to even learn. I get by with just knowing the bare basics but when I get to work ..

    right after Outlook it's the first thing that opens up for the day.

  5. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.9 Beta 12 (Nov 1, 2007)

    To thehunger:

    If Tomboy notepad is "infamous", why the hell would anyone want to use it??

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