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Create and save note theme(s)

December 28, 2012 Leave a comment

In this article I will show you how easy is to create your custom note theme(s). First you change note color for example in dark green, set note text color to white, then also change title color like I did on image bellow. After that open note menu and select “Theme” – “Save themes as …” item in note menu.

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You will get small dialog to write the name of your custom theme. That is all !

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You have created your custom note theme. Also your theme is saved in list on themes in note menu. So if you want to change note theme on some other note you simply open note menu and select your saved theme. Then your for example yellow note will be changed.

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And finally in note menu under “Theme” sub menu you can select “Organize themes” item and then you will get dialog like this one on the image below and in that dialog you can change order of your custom saved theme(s) also you can change name of your theme. I hope now you understand how easy is to create and use note theme(s).

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Kind regards,

Ozren Sirola
admin@shixxnote.com
ShixxNOTE program developer

ShixxNOTE program on Wikipedia

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Check popular encyclopedia Wikipedia and you will find ShixxNOTE in it. There is a page with all info about ShixxNOTE program and some images. Also you can find program under many categories on Wikipedia. It is listed in categories Desktop notes, LAN messengers and instant messaging. That is great award for all effort I used as a programmer and developer.

Default and saved Themes in ShixxNOTE

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment

By default in ShixxNOTE program you have 11 default themes. This notes can not be deleted. But you can always change note and title color, note font and after that if you like your new customized theme you can save it under your own name. That saved note will appear on every note. So you create new note and apply your saved Theme and voila colors and font is changed. I have about 20 Themes on my computer. But I am always playing with colors. Also there is option that every new created note have random Theme. Check that under main program settings. On this image you can see only 11 default notes which will be avaiable in version 7.net which will be released soon. If you have some cool note themes you can send me note by email and then I can save your note theme in my theme collection.

ShixxNOTE Default Themes

Kind regards,
 
Ozren Sirola
 

Main menu in Windows 7

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

 
ShixxNOTE main program menu

ShixxNOTE main program menu

In Windows 7 when you install program and run it after program tray icon is visible for few seconds. Then program icon disappear but you can always find it. This is important for ShixxNOTE program because main program menu with “Settings” item is located on it. So check this picture to see how to get ShixxNOTE program main menu on Windows 7 if tray icon is not visible.


On this picture you will see how to find and get ShixxNOTE program main menu.

Kind regards,
Ozren Sirola,
admin@shixxnote.com

ShixxNOTE 6.net on Windows 7

February 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I can say that ShixxNOTE 6.net is working on latest Microsoft operating system Windows 7 (all editions Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate). Soon I will put some screenshots so you will be able to see it.
Reason for this is that ShixxNOTE program is written in C++ program language using Visual Studio 6. And because of that it doesn’t require any framework or runtime. Program is using all functions from Microsoft original libraries (DLL’s) except one “dll” which is used for image handling but this “dll” is also written in C++ program language.
So my ShixxNOTE program is ready for all future operating systems released from Microsoft Corporation as the latest one Windows 7 which is really good operating system.

But there is one minor “problem”. When you start your computer ShixxNOTE is reading your network neighborhood, before on Windows Vista and all old Windows operating systems that last few seconds or maximum few minutes. On Windows 7 you can experience that you see small ShixxNOTE program dialog above the clock in the task bar, which says “Reading your network neighborhood. Wait for few seconds …”, for up to 5 minutes if you have more than 20 computers in your LAN. In a new version which will be soon released I have implemented fast network reading which will solve this little “problem” and program will read your network in a seconds on all old and future Windows operating systems.

ShixxNOTE program reading network (LAN)

Also if you have problems with sending or reading note(s) then you should manage Windows Firewall and add “ShixxNote.exe” program in exception program list. If you get dialog like picture bellow, click on button “Allow access” and check box like on the picture. This is picture from Windows Security and that could be reason why suddenly you can send or receive note. If you still experience some problems with firewall be sure that port 2000 is open for ShixxNOTE to run normally and that “ShixxNote.exe” file should be in list where are programs that are not blocked by firewall or some other security program.

ShixxNOTE Firewall Alert

Write me if you have any problem running ShixxNOTE on Windows 7 operating system if you read this article. I will always answer you promptly on any email with some question.

Kind regards,

Ozren Sirola
ShixxNOTE Program Developer

Backup your notes

April 8, 2009 2 comments

 
If you didn’t know there is option in program for exporting all notes or just one note to a file on your disk. File extension is „*.shx“. In that file program save all info about note(s) like note text, font, color, size, etc.

For example maybe you have bought new computer and you want to import all note(s) from your old computer to this new one. This is very easy task. Just follow this steps.

Open program main menu (right mouse click on program tray icon) and select „Export note(s)“ option from menu. See picture below. 

 
After you select option „Export note(s)“ from ShixxNOTE main menu, you will get „Export note(s)“ dialog with all notes from your desktop or hidden notes. If you want to backup (export) all notes click on button „Check all“ it will check all notes in list. If you want you can uncheck (remove) note(s) you don’t want to backup. See picture below. 

 
When you are finished with checking note(s), click on „Export“ button. Then you will be prompted to write file name and to choose directory where to create ShixxNOTE program backup file („*.shx“ extension). In my case file name is „MyBackupNotes.shx“ located in „C:\Temp“ directory on my hard disc.

 

So now you have all your notes in just one file with all data in it. After that for example copy file „C:\Temp\MyBackupNotes.shx“ to USB memory stick and copy file in some folder on new computer with ShixxNOTE installed. Now on new computer open main program menu (right mouse click on tray icon) and select „Import note(s)“ item and browse to “MyBackupNotes.shx“ ; click on button „Import“ and you will get all your exported notes on your desktop.

So please use this options to backup your notes or to export it from one computer to another (both computers have ShixxNOTE installed).

Kind regards,

Ozren Sirola
ShixxNOTE Program Developer
http://www.shixxnote.com/

Sending note via NET SEND

April 8, 2009 2 comments

ShixxNOTE 6.net can send note to other computer in your LAN which doesn’t have installed program, that receipient will receive simple message box with note text. Program is using NET SEND command and Messenger Service.

Here is example picture of what will recipient receive (which doesn’t have ShixxNOTE program installed) if you send him note (computer name or IP address) :

Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista has a special program – Messenger Service – that provides for receiving and sending winpopup-compatible messages. If this service is running, the system will receive messages. The received messages are immediately displayed as simple message boxes. To send messages, you can use any winpopup-compatible messenger and also ShixxNOTE 6.net

Windows XP operating systems have this service. Before SP2 service was started automatically, but after release of SP2 for Windows XP this service has been stopped by default. So when ShixxNOTE 6.net is sending (trying to send) note via NET SEND and recipient doesn’t have Messenger Service started he will not receive note text in simple message box. That is why you should have Messenger Service running for NET SEND to successfully send a message.

You can start or stop Messenger Service at any time. And you can also configure it in such a way that it would start automatically at the system startup. There is a special program for controlling all services in the system – Services.


See below the guide on how to launch Messenger Service and configure it to be launched automatically.

Windows XP Professional

  1. Click Start->Settings ->Control Panel
  2. Click Administrative Tools
  3. Click Services
  4. Double Click Services Scroll
  5. Scroll down and highlight “Messenger”
  6. Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties
  7. Click the Start button
  8. Select Automatic in the Startup Type scroll bar
  9. Click OK

To receive messages in Windows 95/98/Me you can use Microsoft Winpopup to receive and send messages. The program is included in the standard distributive package, but you could have failed to install it when you were installing the system.

To install it or to make sure that it is installed:

Windows 95

  1. Open Add/Remove Programs from Control Panel.
  2. Select Windows Setup tab.
  3. Select Accessories and click Details
  4. Check Winpopup and click Ok
  5. Click Ok

Windows 98

  1. Open Add/Remove Programs from Control Panel.
  2. Select Windows Setup tab.
  3. Select System Tools and click Details
  4. Check Winpopup and click Ok
  5. Click Ok

In ShixxNOTE 6.net recipient list you can insert computer name or IP address of recipient who doesn’t have installed ShixxNOTE program. In this case program will use NET SEND command and will send note text to recipient via Messenger Service. Off course if recipient doesn’t have Messenger Service started he will not receive nothing and ShixxNOTE will inform sender that note was not delivered.

ShixxNOTE 6.net ready for Windows Vista

April 8, 2009 Leave a comment

 Everybody is talking about Windows Vista and how will old programs work on new Microsoft Windows platform. So I decided to check if ShixxNOTE 6.net is ready for Windows Vista. I have installed Windows Vista Ultimate version on one new computer in my LAN. Everything was prepared for installation of ShixxNOTE 6.net latest release (December 2006).
After running setup file, I got security message if I trust publisher (simple click on yes). Then second question from Windows Firewall asking you to choose „Block“ or „Unblock“ ShixxNOTE program, you must click on „Unblock“ button because network functions, sending and receiving notes will not work properly if you click otherwise (read more about this topic in previous articles). And that was all, installation was completed and ShixxNOTE 6.net was ready for use.

ShixxNOTE Main Menu on Windows Vista

I must say that I was very excited with new look and style of all program dialogs and menus. Dialogs and menus really looks great on Vista. Here you can see some screenshots.

ShixxNOTE Dialog and menu on Windows Vista

Sending and receiving notes works without any problem. I have tested sending and receiving notes, between computer running ShixxNOTE 6.net on Windows XP and this new one running program on Windows Vista Ultimate and everything works perfect. Reading network neighborhood and all other network features works normal.

ShixxNOTE reading network LAN

ShixxNOTE Send To Others Dialog

So if you have bought Windows Vista you can freely install ShixxNOTE 6.net program on your computer. Program is 100% „Windows Vista ready“ and you can be sure it will work.

ShixxNOTE note main menu on Windows Vista

So at the end I must say that I am proud, because ShixxNOTE 6.net (developed in Visual C++ 6.0) works on every Windows operating system from Windows 95 to newest one Windows Vista. And you can send and receive note(s) without worrying which Windows operating system is installed on other computers in your LAN.
Ozren Sirola

New Release December 2006

April 8, 2009 1 comment

I have just released new program major release. ShixxNOTE 6.net (Released December 2006) Build 125. This new version is now available on program homepage site under Download section.

  • Critical security bug is now fixed. Parsing network message is improved and now possible attacker can not cause buffer overflow. This bug was discovered by Luigi Auremma.
  • Important bug fixed. All received notes will be visible after computer or program restart. Problem with disappearance of received notes is now fixed. In previous version, received notes sometimes were lost after program restart. Now in this new release you will always see all your received notes and no more lost notes.

Luigi Auremma discoverer of security bug was informed and he changed his ShixxNOTE program change log file with new update that bug is fixed and that new release is now available on his site. Check now ShixxNOTE program info on his official security site.

UPDATE 27 Dec 2006: The author has released a patched version (build 125)

Also I have to inform you that ShixxNOTE 6.net is ready for Windows Vista, check program homepage under section What’s New or Awards to see more.

Ozren Sirola
ShixxNOTE Program Developer
http://www.shixxnote.com

Set Alarm to note(s)

April 8, 2009 Leave a comment

In note menu (right mouse click on note) you have option “Set Alarm”.When you click on that menu item you will get dialog where you can choose alarm settings.
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As you can see from picture above. For this note I set alarm with sound at 14:50 which will be repeated every month on day selected in “Date” text box. If you have more than one note, you can set different alarm settings on each one. After you set and apply alarm settings to note, small alarm icon will appear in note title on left side.

When note alarm you, it will play a sound and will popup in front of all other windows you have on your screen, so you will hear it and see it for sure. Also small alarm icon in title will change color to red.

In note menu you have also “Set Expiration” option. With this you can set when note will expire. When note expire it will be deleted. Dialog settings are similiar with alarm settings.

Regards to all,

Ozren Sirola
ShixxNOTE program developer

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