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TreePad PLUS 

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TreePad PLUS main screen, with icon pane open and all toolbars visible. Click to enlarge.

TreePad PLUS main screen, with icon pane
open and all toolbars visible.
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TreePad PLUS search engine. Click to enlarge.

Powerful TreePad PLUS search engine with
results-pane showing on the right/below
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TreePad PLUS is an intuitive and powerful Word Processor, PIM and personal database, the program itself is only 1300 Kb in size.
It allows you to store all your notes, images, emails, texts, hyperlinks, etc. into one or multiple databases. With the look and feel of the familiar Windows explorer (file manager), editing, storing, browsing, searching and retrieving your data can not be easier!
TreePad PLUS can also run directly from an external/USB disk, including data.
To find any article you previously created or imported, you can browse the tree, in the same way as you browse directories/folders in the Windows explorer. You can also use the powerful internal search engine.

Articles and nodes
All data is contained in 'articles'; an article is a text shown in the right pane of the program window. Any article is contained in a 'node' which is the most basic part of the tree (left pane).

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Article editing
TreePad PLUS allows full rich text editing of articles; font: bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, subscript, superscript, color, font background color, font name, font size; paragraph: left, right, center, justify, bullets (normal, numbered, alphabetic, etc.), indents, adjust left/right margins; tables: create, insert/delete rows, insert/delete columns, combine rows/columns/cells, show/hide table borders.
Articles without any Rich Text formatting are automatically stored as plain text, to save disk space.

TreePad PLUS allows you to display, insert, export, copy/paste and store hundreds of images (tens of megabytes). Images are stored in compressed form (bitmap compression ratios of up to 90%).
The program currently supports .png, .jpg, .gif, .emf, .wmf, .ico and .bmp images. Images are stored in their native format, and can be exported to other image file types.
Note: TreePad X Enterprise can store
many Gigabytes of images.

Tree icons
Each tree node can be marked with its own icon. TreePad PLUS comes with a set of 160 tree-icons by default. Additionally, you can an import and use an unlimited number of alternative icons.

Hyperlink Manager
TreePad PLUS supports active hyperlinks (blue and underlined) to internal TreePad nodes/articles, to documents, folders and programs on your hard disk, to Web pages, email addresses, FTP sites, newsgroups.
A real time saver is the fact that you can insert multiple hyperlinks to local documents in one go.
Relative and absolute hyperlinks are also supported.

Many drag-and-drop features! Rearrange the tree by dragging nodes to another location. Drop text blocks from the article into the tree. Drop texts and hyperlinks from other programs (like Netscape or MS Word) directly into the article or tree. Drop one or more files from the Windows Explorer (or another file manager) into the treepad article to create file hyperlinks. Drop one or more files from the Windows Explorer into the tree to directly import those files.

Tree editing
You can create any tree structure you want! It is very easy to add nodes/articles to the tree, delete nodes/articles, move whole sub-trees around using 'drag-and-drop'. You can even copy/cut/paste complete sub trees including all contained articles. 
Moreover, nodes can be individually marked, by setting a different icon, color, size, style, background color and font-name for the title of each node (using the formatting toolbar and formatting menu).
Also: copy/cut/paste of sub trees between different documents and active TreePad programs.

You can create a template as easily as you create a TreePad article. When you apply a template to a newly created article, everything contained in the template will be automatically added to the new (child) article. TreePad templates can contain texts, text-formatting and images.
Templates can save you a lot of time and effort! For instance, when you set up a database of friends or business relationships, you can create an address template containing the fields 'name:', 'address:', 'phone:', etc. All newly articles created using that template now contain these elements by default.
In short, all images, formatting and texts which are part of the template article will automatically be included into newly created sibling nodes/articles.

Distribute your documents!
You can distribute all your TreePad generated documentation (including images, tree icons, hyperlinks, etc.) without any royalties or additional costs, using the freeware TreePad Viewer program.
The viewer now also can read TreePad PLUS (5.x beta) password protected files.

Instant Intranet!
TreePad is also a very powerful documentation tool! With only a few mouse clicks you can generate a complete Web site from your data, including all HTML pages, images (GIF, JPEG, PNG), hyperlinks and index page. With TreePad PLUS you don't need to edit, manage or maintain any HTML pages or worry about broken hyperlinks!
Non-internet image types, like BMP and EMF are automatically converted to JPEG and GIF during export. As an example, you can look at the online TreePad PLUS manual, which has been generated by this program just one second.

TreePad saves disk space!
Storing data in TreePad will save space on your hard disk! Images are compressed up to 90%! Besides, putting your data into a separate (HTML, RTF, DOC, PNG, BMP, JPG, GIF, EMF, WMF, ICO, text) files would use up much more disk space then having the same information into one or two TreePad files.

The contents article can be zoomed from 10% to 1000%. The toolbar system is fully customizable, toolbars can be hidden, shown, you can move them around and place them anywhere, even in the main area of the program so that they become little floating tool windows.

A very useful feature is the internal search engine (screenshot), which is able to locate any article inside the TreePad database.
It features a number of 'smart' options which can also be combined:
(1) search the whole database or only a selected sub tree.
(2) search only articles, only the captions of the nodes, or both.
(3) find items containing the the exact phrase entered in the 'search text' field, find items containing all the words (boolean AND), find items containing least one of the words (boolean OR).
(4) search/replace on article texts
(5) easy switch between article and tree search

Disk catalogs
TreePad can easily create catalogs of your disks and directories! A disk catalog can be useful e.g. in creating a searchable database of all your removable disks (CD's, floppies, ZIP disks, etc.). Having such a database will simplify finding the right disk when you need a certain program or data file. With this function you can also create and manage shortcuts to files and directories on your hard disk.
This option is more extended than what can be found in specialized disk-catalog programs like CatFish and Cathy which do not possess TreePad's advanced search, organizing, reporting, print, export, import and HTML generation capabilities.
And last but not least, files and directories are represented as hyperlinks, activating the hyperlink will automatically open the file or directory if the corresponding disk or directory exists and is accessible by your system.

Disk reports
The disk catalog function has some additional features which usually are only found in disk-reporting tools like e.g. Disktective: TreePad not only lists the name, size and date of individual files, and the amount of free disk space, but also the total real size of a directory (that is, the size of a directory including all containing subdirectories and files!). Disk reports can be printed, exported to HTML, RTF, Web site, etc.

Online Manual
For yet more information, please see the online TreePad PLUS manual. This online manual has been automatically generated by TreePad PLUS.

Data format
Information on the TreePad PLUS and TreePad freeware .hjt dataformat is freely available. TreePad PLUS databases can contain HTML, Rich Text and plain text articles. The .hjt file format is ASCII based, the newer .tpd file format is binary.

TreePad PLUS is fully compatible with any TreePad file format. Any TreePad file can be automatically read by TreePad PLUS. Since TreePad PLUS articles can contain Rich Text formatting codes, the freeware version, in turn, will not necessarily read TreePad PLUS files automatically. The PLUS version, however, is fully equipped with all conversion capabilities. In other words, you can convert any TreePad PLUS file to a format that can be read by TreePad freeware.