WhizFolders is file based, that is it stores its data in files so you have to explicitly save the file before quitting. There was no significant slowing of the response times when using a file with over one thousand notes. I don’t like the name of this program but the program itself is OK. WhizFolders can have multiple files open at once.
There is a hierarchical tree of notes and a tagging system, although the tagging system is not separate from the notes as far as searches go. It does not have a calendar or a sense of time, so it cannot be used to set reminders.
There are two editors and they are quite interactive, you do not need to manually switch between edit mode and view mode, it will automatically switch to the quick editor mode if you just start typing. When it does switch to edit mode the note pane lurches down by a couple of lines as the toolbars suddenly appear at the top and all the links expand into an ugly mess.
The other editor is the advanced editor which opens in a new window, as its name suggests it has more options than the quick editor.
The only real problem with both editors is that in edit mode the links suddenly expand to show their contents. This is unnecessary as you are unlikely to want to manually edit them once they have been inserted. Many other notetaking programs have a dialog box which opens when you request to edit a hyperlink allowing you to change the destination and the displayed text.
WhizFolders is a commercial program and is available at www.whizfolders.com/ , it costs $49.95 (at 20th April 2013). There is a free 30 day trial version.
Overall score 41 out of 60
Verdict Worth Buying.
1. Connectivity = 10
Any note can contain a link to any other note, to a disk file, to a group of files or a folder or to a web page. WhizFolders also supports universal links so that you may link to a specific note from any external program that supports universal links, there is a context menu item which says ‘Copy Universal link to this Topic to the Clipboard’. When you paste this into another program you have a link back to that specific note from the other program. You can also call up notes or e-mails or any other item in another program from WhizFolders using universal links.
So notes can be linked to everything which they might need to be linked to in a nice simple way.
2. Classification = 7
Notes can be tagged with keywords but the keywords are in a flat list (no hierarchy). Once keywords have been assigned they can be used in searches. The keywords cannot be searched for in isolation. If you search your notes for a keyword then any occurrences of that keyword within the body text of the note will also be found. The occurrences found in the keywords will be listed separately however. You can use AND & OR in the searches to refine the search.
There is an option to search only within the keywords, this has been introduced in the latest version (version 6.64).
3. Text layout and formatting = 7
The editors are not up to the standard of a good word processor but all the normal formatting which you might expect from a word processor is available. Font, font size, colour of letters, bold, italic, superscript, subscript, alignment, indenting and bulleted and numbered lists.
WhizFolders can insert pictures and tables into notes but the table handling is not very good. Once the table has been inserted you can edit the contents but you cannot move the cell boundaries as you can in a word processor. This is a common fault with note taking programs and is caused by the limitations of the RTF editor tools available in Microsoft C++ and C# compilers.
4. A sense of time = 0
WhizFolders has no sense of time.
5. Ease of use = 9
WhizFolders is very easy to use. The toolbars are a little cluttered but that is understandable for a program which can do this much. You can re-configure the toolbars if you want. You can also assign keyboard shortcuts to suit your own preferences.
6. Visual Appeal = 8
This program is very configurable, if you want a ribbon with big icons then you can have it. The way I have it configured the look and feel of WhizFolders may not be the most modern but is very nice with little wasted space.