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How to Send large files up to 30 GB free

If you need to send very heavy files or folders (e.g. 2 GB) by email, most email providers will not allow you to use your inbox.

You can circumvent this limitation by taking advantage of the service offered by the FILEMAIL website

Through this site you must:
  • select the huge files present on your computer and that you have to send, 
  • write your email address and the recipient's address
  • enter a title (subject) and a text for the message. 
Then press enter and start uploading your file to the FILEMAIL servers.

Once the upload has been completed, the website sends an email to the recipient containing the link to click to procede the download of the file.

In essence, the recipient receives only the file link in his mailbox, and has a predefined number of days to download the file,

This website offers 3 tariff plans (with different characteristics), one of which is completely free of charge.
  • Free FILEMAIL 
  • FILEMAIL Pro - €8,15/month
  • FILEMAIL Business - €15.00/month
Already with the free FILEMAIL plan you have a remarkable service at your disposal:
  • Maximum size of annexes: 30 GB
  • Days of availability on servers: 7 
  • Unlimited Downloads
  • Tracking of items
In addition, there is a specific FILEMAIL APP for Android and iPhone/iPAD devices so you can easily send huge files from smartphones and tablets.

[Web Link]: FILEMAIL

FILEMAIL Free is one of the few services that provides free of charge such a large space (30 GB), usually you get to a maximum of 2 GB. You can also use FILEMAIL Free of charge without having to register an account.

Directly from the FAQs of the site you can learn that FILEMAIL servers are connected directly to the main networks of Level3, GTT, NTT, Tata, NLayer, AMS-IX, Cogent and many others with BGP4. This means that all file transfers are faster than other cloud services.


Corrupted file system ... how to retrieve data from file.CHK? 5 software to repair the damage!

Sometimes, unfortunately, it may happen that the operating system (Windows) is no longer able to read some files. This typically happens because the file system has been damaged because of a problem software and / or hardware.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible remedy easily and, depending on the files or folders that have been damaged, it may become impossible booting the operating system!
Example: Checking the File System on Disk C:
The various versions of Windows (98, XP, VISTA, SEVEN, 8) over time have increased their level of security, and in the meantime the file system has changed (from FAT, FAT32, exFAT to NTFS) and has increased the its robustness to errors.

"Under FAT or HPFS (1), if a sector that is the location of one of the file system's special objects fails, then a single sector failure will occur. NTFS avoids this in two ways: first, by not using special objects on the disk and tracking and protecting all objects that are on the disk. Secondly, under NTFS, multiple copies (the number depends on the volume size) of the Master File Table are kept." Microsoft Source
Note (1): HPFS file system is introduced with OS / 2. HPFS is only supported in Windows NT versions 3.1, 3.5 and 3.51. In Windows NT 4.0 is not supported, nor is it allowed to access HPFS partitions.

Even today, some computers have storage devices that use File System older and less secure (FAT). More simply, many of us often use USB keys that are usually pre-formatted with FAT32 (not NTFS).

When problems occur in the file system, often already during system startup or when you insert a USB flash drive, the operating system performs automatic procedures that attempt to correct errors using the controls and procedures are already in Windows:

1) Chkdsk: from a DOS command that checks and tries to repair the file system. For example chkdsk c: / ​​F / R

2) Scandisk: a Windows program that checks and tries to repair the file system. For example Scandskw.exe

If these steps fail to "fix" the file system often creates a hidden folder FOUND.000 that contains all the files or file fragments recovered. They are renamed in the form FILExxxx.CHK, where xxxx is a sequential number.

Files with the extension. CHK (Checkpoint) identify precisely lost file fragments and often contain files mixed together so unusable.
Unfortunately, this type of extension does not facilitate the inspection of the files to see if they are still usable or not, but they can rush to the aid specific software (some free) that help in retrieving data such as:

2) FileCHK Martin Kratz (download from the website of Eric Phelps)

3) CHK-Mate of DIY DataRecovery 

All these software examine and replace the extension of file.CHK with the most appropriate depending on the nature of the files (photos, documents, music, etc..). In this way it is easier to open and check if they are valid.
In some fortunate cases the file is in fact intact and usable!

There are also other Shareware software (for a fee), but for which I have NOT been able to verify the effective capacity...

5) CHK File Recovery of CHEAP Recovery Solutions

Finally, for those who want to examine the contents of your files manually (e.g. with Notepad) I recommend watching the first few characters of the file and compare them with the legend below to understand the nature of the files examined and associate the correct extension.

PK: compressed file (.ZIP)
MZ: executable (.EXE,.DLLs, .OCX)
BM: image (.BMP)
GIF89: image (.GIF)
II: image (.TIF)
Rar!: Compressed file (.RAR)
By: Microsoft Office files (.DOC, .XLS)
ITSF: compiled HTML file (.CHM)
% PDF: Adobe Acrobat file (.PDF)
‰ PNG: image (.PNG)

Supports most fragile and sensitive to problems of file system are USB flash drives and external USB hard drives, especially when using the old FAT system. Often the errors on the file system appear after you have removed the USB stick from your PC without first having "disconnected" with the specific function of Windows system tray, especially when the operating system was still copying or saving data on the stick or still had open files on it.

I remember one day in a USB flash drive (FAT32) used with Windows XP, I happened to lose the contents of an entire sub-folder (which showed "strange" characters instead of the name of the file). By inserting the same key on a PC with Windows 7, the OS I was properly warned of the problem and unfortunately "correct" File System automatically transforming however corrupt files on more than 1300 files with. CHK!
Thanks to the above mentioned software are quickly able to recover at least a portion of the documents from 1300!
Then I used a utility for Low Level Formatting (Low Level Format) to clear the entire contents of the key, and reuse the usb stick, see here: HDD LLF: how to low level format the hard drive.

Council No. 1: when you buy a new USB stick, which occurs with the operating system will use mainly:
  • If you use them only as a support for exchange between multiple PCs with different operating systems (XP, VISTA, SEVEN) then you need maximum compatibility then leave it as it is (pre-formatted FAT32).
  • If instead you use to store important data (such as backups) and mostly with 1 PC and 1 single operating system (eg Windows 7) then re-format it immediately into NTFS (New Technology File System), as the latter is more robust to errors. It 's true that NTFS loses compatibility with some older PCs, but there is for them a special reading software (NTFS Reader for Win 95, 98, Me).

Council No. 2: If you have hard drives or USB PC that already contain some data (FAT32 file system), you can convert it to NTFS without losing data by using the system command convert. For example, to convert the C: drive just writes from the command prompt: convert c: / f's: ntfs


NAS4Free: the heir of FreeNAS 0.7, an Open Source Network Disk

NAS4Free version 9.2.1 is a free distribution of FreeBSD 9 that has been optimized to provide a service of Network Attached Storage (NAS) or external network drive. It is a software distribution that can be installed on your obsolete computers and turns them into storage disks with redundancy and security features often available only on paid and high-end products!
NAS4Free logo

I have already reviewed a previous version of FreeNAS (exactly the versions 0.7.x and previous in FreeNAS - How to create a network drive free), but since then there has been a fork of the project by the new partner / sponsor iXsystems, which has brought several changes, so now there are two types of products: 

a) FreeNAS 9.1.1 - which is a new project, always open source, completely renovated and improved both in graphic and in functionality and that is managed by iXsystems which bought the brand FreeNAS in 2011. 

b) NAS4Free 9.2.1 - the direct heir of the old FreeNAS version 0.7, which has been renamed and is developed and maintained by a team of volunteers and also Open Source.

NAS4Free volume manager

NAS4Free 9.2.1 supports data sharing systems: Windows, Apple, and UNIX / LINUX

Hard disks and volumes can be managed with:
  • ZFS v.28 (RAIDZ, RAIDZ2, RAIDZ3), 
  • Software RAID (0,1,5) or mix (1+0,1+1, ecc…), 
  • disk encryption (with adapter hardware acceleration if available),
  • Filesystem ZFS v.28, UFS, Ext2/3, FAT, NTFS, 
  • Partition (MBR andGPT)
  • iSCSI (initiator), 

Supports the following network protocols:
  • SMB/CIFS (samba3, samba2, samba) 4.1.5, 
  • AFP (Netatalk), 
  • NFS, 
  • FTP (ProFTPD), 
  • TFTP (tftp-hpa), 
  • RSYNC (client / server), 
  • Unison, 
  • SCP (SSH)
  • iSCSI (target), 

The Extra Services available are:
  • UPnP server (FUPPES), 
  • BitTorent client (transmission)
  • iTunes/DAAP server (Firefly),
  • Webserver (Lighttpd),
  • Network Bandwidth measure (IPERF),

About Networking:
  • 802.1q vlan tagging,
  • Wireless,
  • link aggregation,
  • Wake On Lan,
  • Bridge
  • CARP (Common Address Redundancy Protocol)
  • HAST (Highly Available Storage)

About monitoring::
  • S.M.A.R.T (smartmontools)
  •  E-mail notification
  • SNMPSyslog
  • UPS (NUT) 

Everything is configurable through its web interface.

NAS4Free 9.2.1 can be installed on Compact Flash memory / USB / SSD and HDD, or it can be started on LIVE CD and can use a small USB key to store the configuration data. Also exists in two versions: 
  • 32bit, with which you will be able to use the hardware with MAX 4 GB of RAM
  • 64bit, with which you can install and use more than 4GB of RAM

Despite having improved compatibility with newer hardware (thanks to an upgrade of the operating system) remains compatible hardware "obsolete" and therefore suitable for use on a PC also "very old" for their re-use. Here is the list of compatible hardware supported
The user interface (GUI) has undergone a makeover but remains very similar to the previous version. 
Among the goodies available, there is also the possibility of installing an LCD panel that displays in real time the most important information, and that is managed through the service LCDproc.

NAS4Free 9.2.1 adds support for SMB3, the ability for FreeNAS to be a Windows Domain Controller, and advanced features like server-side copy support in Windows 2012 and later.

[Source:] NAS4Free

I recently upgraded an older PC (already used as FreeNAS ) and consists of an Intel Pentium III with about 704 MB of RAM, reformatting and passing from the old to the new FreeNAS 0.69 NAS4Free 9.1. Because I thought that the hardware of this particular PC was NOT suitable for use as Zettabyte File System ( ZFS), due to the limited RAM and processor 32-bit inappropriate, I decided to fall back on a simple RAID 1 volume mounted on two SATA disks and shared with the service through Windows CIFS / Samba. Everything works great !
Also on this NAS4Free also use the service RSYNC client to synchronize the contents of a folder on disk to another PC version of FreeNAS 0.69 ( so for now not yet updated ) .

For some years now I'm running some old converted PC , here's the list :
n.2 - FreeNAS 0.69.2 PC - Intel Pentium 3
n.1 - FreeNAS 0.7.2 PC - Intel Pentium 3
n.1 - NAS4Free 9.1 PC - Intel Pentium 3 (*** Updated ***)
n.1 - FreeNAS 8.3.1 PC - Intel Pentium 4 (*** new project created by the fork ! ***)
Until now ... I was very pleased with their behavior !

One of the features I like the most in these products ( FreeNAS and NAS4Free ) is the ability to upgrade the firmware ( or the whole operating system software ) without having to reformat the whole thing!
Another feature important to me , is the presence of both an editor of an internal file manager, which eventually delete or modify files and folders that you do not have permissions to the share level .
NAS4Free has developed very good diagnostic functions and LOG disks , and the system.

Now some advice about the options in the BIOS of the PC:
If you can enable BIOS to automatically start the PC every day at a set time , so if you miss the current PC would restart by itself at the latest the next day!
Select the option that indicates hardware failures other than the keyboard , or "ALL, but keyboard" , so you can run the PC without having to connect a keyboard .
Disable the cache VIDEO or otherwise any kind of cache memory that subtracts the main RAM , since in any case there would benefit significantly to the functioning of the operating system.
Update of 03/09/2013 : Occasionally you have to upgrade the operating system of yours NAS devices in order to fix bugs and possibly take advantage of the new features implemented. So I proceeded to upgrade to one of the 5 NAS systems that use. In particular, I updated the software on the NAS already mounted NAS4Free (revision 531) NAS4Free to version (revision 847) using the function updates the firmware. I did not expect any particular problems in upgradin , in fact everything went well , very fast!


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HDD LLF: how to low level format the Hard Disk

HDD Low Level Format is a free software tool ( for personal / home use only ) that allows the Low-Level Format (LLF) of hard disks (and mass storage devices in general).
What is LLF
"Typically this involved subdividing each track on the disk into one or more blocks which would contain the user data and associated control information. Different computers used different block sizes and IBM notably used variable block sizes but the popularity of the IBM PC caused the industry to adopt a standard of 512 user data bytes per block by the middle 1980s. " Source Wikipedia English

HDD- LLF has the following characteristics :
  • Supported interfaces: S-ATA (SATA), IDE (E-IDE), SCSI, SAS, USB, FIREWIRE.
  • Big drives (LBA-48) are supported.
  • Supported Manufacturers: Maxtor, Hitachi, Seagate, Samsung, Toshiba, Fujitsu, IBM, Quantum, Western Digital, and almost any other not listed here.
  • The program also supports low-level formatting of FLASH cards (SD, MMC, MemoryStick and CompactFlash) using a card-reader.

HDD- LLF can also work with external drives connected via USB, and Firewire as well as with supports SD , MMC, MemoryStick and CompactFlash .
There is also an option to quickly delete the partitions and the sector MBR (Master Boot Record) of HDDs .
The utility is available in two versions: can be installed on Windows or directly executed ( portable).

WARNING: After running this low level format tool, the whole disk surface will be erased.
Data restoration is impossible after using this utility!

I used HDD- LLF for low-level format an external drive connected with USB no longer wanted to learn to operate and above who do not " want to be" formatted by Windows. With both Windows XP and Seven, the format utility (which try to format only high-level) returned an error message and did not proceed . With HDD- LLF I managed to break the deadlock and then, through the utility of Windows XP " DISK MANAGEMENT " , I was able to format ( high-level) disk with the NTFS file system and now it works !


2013: Kingsoft Office Free / Professional

I had already written about this product for the office, and even then I was very excited, (see this post: New: "Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012", but the new 2013 version has exceeded improvements in the previous !

Kingsoft Office 2013 has totally changed its graphical interface to align with the new standards of similar products competitors, so it looks very much like the so-called "Ribbon"  interface of Microsoft Office 2007/2010. However, you can also set the old interface similar to Microsoft Office 2003.
The software has a built-in PDF converter and an automatic spell check!

The compatibility with Microsoft products is always the first place:
Kingsoft Writer Professional 2013 is fully compatible with Microsoft Word 2007/2010.
Input file format: (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) doc, docx & dot.
Output file format: (97/2000/2003) doc & dot.

Kingsoft Office 2013 exists in two versions: totally Free fo personal use, and Professional ($ 69.95). In this table you can see the differences between the editions.

[Source LinkKingsoft Office 2013 Free
[Source Link] Release History

Updated 18/10/2013
Kingsoft Office exists in a "reduced" version for Android systems, and is an alternative to Microsoft Office for Tablet.
[Link] Kingsoft Office for Android Free

Updated 3/11/2013
There is also free Kingsoft Office for LINUX (in alpha).
[Link] Kingsoft Office for Linux Alpha version 12 patch 2 - Free.

In my opinion the compatibility with Microsoft products has increased. In particular, examining some Excel files I noticed that some features such as Macro, notes and graphics, in the 2012 version were still partly incompatible, while in this 2013 version were fully compatible! Some Powerpoint files very large (with many photos and effects) are now handled correctly.
In addition to compatibility with read and write files to DOC and DOCX, I point out the extreme compatibility with RTF (Rich Text Format)
An other peculiarity is thas the suite is smaller (50 MB) and faster than most other office suites. 
The only downside now is always the same, or the lack of the other language (non english)!
However, there is the possibility of including a spelling dictionary ! To download and install it, follow the instructions (in Italian) provided by Kingsoft hereof other languages.
There is a support with questions and answers in English on the website of Kingsoft. Also on this web page are available some user guides  of all the products of the office suite (both in PDF and browsable online).


Artensoft Tilt Shift Generator for miniature scene

Artensoft Tilt Shift Generator is a software that permit to Re-create the tilt-shift effects (Wikipedia) by using your PC 
So is not required tilt-shift lens ! 
With Tilt-Shift Generator you can reproduce the appearance of a miniature scale model in post processing without restricting yourself to a certain angle at the time of shooting and obviously without investing in expensive tilt-shift glass.

Tilting the lens simulates a macro shot or a miniature scene. 
This one effect is easy to reproduce in the post. You don’t lose anything by doing the tilt-shift effect in post-processing, and you won’t gain anything by using a real tilt-shift lens to capture the same scene. In fact, by using a real tilt-shift lens, you lose much of the convenience provided by modern autofocus cameras, sacrificing the AF and automatic aperture control. Check out today’s tilt-shift lenses: they cost an arm and a leg, yet they’re all manual focus, and some of them still require you to set aperture manually and use stop-down metering, slowing down your shooting a great deal.
Only Today (08 january 2013) and only for Giveaway of the Day users is possible to download FREE. 


New: Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012

A new suite of office software applications (freewae) was added in 2012, a new name to keep in mind, is: Kingsoft Office 2012 Suite Free.

This set of applications to be used as an alternative to Microsoft Office, contains the free version of:
  • a text editor (like Word)
  • a spreadsheet (like Excel)
  • a presentation software (like Power Point)

The strong points in my opinion are:
a. High compatibility for both reading and writing files with Microsoft applications, it allows you to:

Open, view and edit Word (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) .doc, .docx, .wps and .wpt formats; output to (97/2000/2003) .doc, .wps and .wpt format.
Open and view Excel (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) .xls, .xlsx, .et and .ett formats; edit and save (97/2000/2003) .xls, .et and .ett format.
Open and view PowerPoint (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) .ppt, .pptx, .dps and .dpt formats; edit and save (97/2000/2003) .ppt, .dps and .dpt format.

b. graphical interface of the three applications familiar to those who already uses Microsoft software (version XP/2003).
c. ability to convert a file directly to PDF.
d. use of the product completely free without any limitation

Required Operating System:
Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows Vista(32bit,64bit) / Windows 7(32bit,64bit)

Basic Configurations:
CPU: Pentium II 266 MHz or higher
Memory: at least 128 MB
Hardware: at least 200 MB available space

Recommended Configurations:
CPU: Pentium III 450 MHz or higher  Memory: 256 MB or larger
Hardware: 250 MB available

Consistency of Document Layout 
Open a 157-page word document (in *.docx format) with Kingsoft Writer and Microsoft Word 2007:

The number of pages are totally the same, which means the page margin, line spacing, character spacing, picture and all the content in the document are displayed according to the same parameters. When we tried to open the same document with other word processors, like Writer, the number of pages changed to 184. In this respect we can clearly see that different word processors usually apply different layout standard. However, Kingsoft Writer keeps the same with MS Word. Similar with Spreadsheets / Presentation, when we open *.xls / *.xlsx / *.ppt / *.pptx files created with Microsoft Excel / PowerPoint with corresponding Kingsoft programs, the layout and functions are successfully inherited and displayed. Conclusion: By installing Kingsoft Office, when you send or receive documents, you don't need to worry about file compatibility and layout issues. You can open Microsoft Office documents with Kingsoft Office, and others can open your documents created with Kingsoft Office with their MS Office.

Click here to reach the site where you can download Kingsoft Office 2012 Suite Free 

Upgrade 21/12/2012

The following is a list of updates for Kingsoft Office Suite. The list order is from the latest version to the initial version. Each version description includes the version number, release date and the update details.
Note: Features with * marks are only available in Professional and Standard Editions.

Kingsoft Office 2012 New Features List

Release Date: 17-09-2012

[Office Suite]
1. * Support various interface color schemes
2. * In the 2012 interface, support customization of Quick Access Toolbar
3. * In the 2012 interface, support CommandBar API
4. Support Ctrl+P Print Options, the cursor can be positioned at the Score option
5. Support Shift+F10 to call up the context menu
6. Support recently used document management function
7. Support recording recently used font list, memory task pane settings and memory to display or hide the function area feature.
8. * In the 2012 interface, the tab supports mouse wheel control horizontal scroll function
1. Support recording formats amendment
2. Support arranging windows side-by-side
3. Support watermark function
4. Support amendment function and recording revised format
5. Support background color for inserted text annotations
6. In the "Page Layout" tab, support 6 text direction options, and in the "Text direction" dialog box, support two direction functions
7. Support directly entering a space before the first word in the paragraph wrap
8. Support page background function
9. Support memory document map width function

1. Support converting Kingsoft Presentation files into Kingsoft Writer file format
2. * In the "Home" tab of 2012 interface, added "Slide Show From Beginning" and "From Current Slide" quick play entrance

1. Support editing link function
2. Support "Pick From Drop-down list" option in the right-click menu
3. In the "Home" tab, on the "Paste" drop-down list, added "Paste As Unformatted Text" option
4. Support the formula evaluator by single-step function
5. Support edit and open file function
6. In the Equation Editor mode, support function insertion in name box
7. The statistical results of the status bar use thousands separator by default
8. Column width units support pounds, inches, centimeters, millimeters, character units Introduced new chart color scheme
9. Introduced the ET new engine to enhance the computing speed in Kingsoft Spreadsheets

Kingsoft Office 2012 Improved Features List

[Office Suite]
1. Fixed the backup management problems, improve backup management system
2. Solved dictionary crash problem including Youdao, Lingoes and Power Word
3. Optimized the document tab display problem, solve the problems of the document tab bar
4. * In the 2012 interface, optimized the layout and application button under the applications drop-down menu
5. * Solved crash problem after upgrade
6. * Optimized the bubble pop-up mechanism when click "upgrade online" from the "Help" menu before the serial number is expired.
7. Optimized the default background color when you save picture as GIF, BMP and JPG formats
8. * In the 2012 interface, fixed the controls display problem in the 1024 resolution on the "Home" tab
9. Optimized status bar display effect
10. Fixed the problem that title bar does not display the file name

1. Changed "Show / Hide paragraph layout" icon button in the "Home" tab
2. * Support navigating to the last cursor position before the document was closed
3. Optimized the document map
4. * In the 2012 interface, Text tool is presented as large icons
5. After continuously merge multiple cells in the same column, when set the merged cell text orientation to vertical, the height of the first row will change, this problem has been fixed
6. Optimized paragraph layout

1. Optimized the notes pane below the slide
2. Adjusted the picture clarity in the "Slide Layout" task pane
3. Beautified the effect of slide thumbnails for the Hover and Check state
1. Edited reconstruction, including the Function Wizard dialog box, the Advanced Filter dialog box, edit field, the parentheses of formula coloring in the edit field
2. * Adjusted the "Draw Border" position in the "Home" tab
3. Improved circulation reference dialog box, the interrupt calculation (status bar) and automatic archiving experience
4. * In the 2012 interface, classifying and extracting functions in the "Insert Function" dialog box
5. In the pie chart, the percentage cannot be accurate to decimal places, now this problem has been solved.

Update 15/04/2013: Just for today (24 hour time), you can download and install the free standard version of the product (Kingsoft Office Suite Standard 2012) from the site Freebiest

I was extremely impressed by the product's compatibility with Word and Excel files. In particular I found that can properly handle some VBA macro that does not work on OpenOffice / LibreOffice.
For those who want access to a more professional version (, here is where to find a table comparing the various versions of the product. Only add that in the paid version you can edit and modify VBA macros and you can choose whether to use the new Ribbon interface (similar to Microsoft Office 2010).

NOW, you can see also: "2013: Kingsoft Office Free / Professional"


STICKIES: notes and colors on desktop

Stickies is a free utility with which you can write reminders on your desktop (the equivalent of colored slip of paper and sticky going to attack anywhere).

Among the notable features the ability to point out: 
1) use different colors for each "package". 
2) use different fonts, sizes, font styles. 
3) store, discard, retrieve, export the package. 
4) include an alarm reminder to show only when appropriate.
5) insert images. 
6) customize the "themes" or "skin" of the leaflets. 

But the feature I like best is the ability to send reminders to other users connected to the same LANFrom the book of STIKIES you can choose to which and to how many users send reminders (with confirmation of receipt).Also you can update in real time the shared address book for all users stickies on the internal network. This enables some scenarios in companies with very large offices or arranged on different floors. For example: "I remember a meeting with my colleague in an office which is 3 floors below me and that is currently busy on the phone? Well then I send him a reminder using stickies!" 
Another feature allows you to send reminders by email

Update: 17-10-2014: Stickies version 8.0b add these new features:

  • Images can be inserted into text stickies
  • Stacks for desktop stickies
  • Friendly name hyperlinks
  • Periodic automatic full backups
  • Properties dialog added for all stickies in all categories
  • Screen grab directly to an image sticky
  • Skin browser dialog
  • Stored sticky category icons
  • Image undo levels can be configured
  • Restore from backup
  • 'Solo' a sticky to work with just that one
  • Option to offset screen position of new stickies to prevent overlap
  • New image editing operations: rotate, greyscale, invert, flip, mirror, border, blur, jitter, flood fill, border
  • Configurable tab stops
  • Feature to move data file location
  • Save image stickies as JPG
  • Show recurring parent
  • Default note content files for text and image notes

[LINK] Stickies

I use this software since version 5 (now we are at 7.1a), I'm excited and I think it useful to write reminders for myself and for other office users.
In one company than I knowm it is used "heavy" side by side with the utility "sticky server" that manages the shared address book for all users on the LAN.