PpcSoft iKnow features
The Ribbon is a replacement for the standard menus and toolbars.
In order for you to feel at home, we've made our Ribbon similar to the MS Office 2007/2010 ribbon. However, our Ribbon is a bit simpler than the MS Office ribbon.
Why a Ribbon ?
- better overview (you see all main commands at a glance)
- one-click access to most commands (instead of minimum two clicks with menus)
- bigger buttons (easier to click)
- labels on most buttons (easier to identify than a toolbar)
- better familiarity for MS Office 2007/2010 users
You can quickly and easily toggle the Ribbon on/off by clicking on the active tab (or use F10 or Ctrl+F1).
The Ribbon in iKnow consist of three tabs (Home, Options and Help), and each tab is divided further into sections. There is also a special 'File' tab to left.
Home - Notes
|New note||Create a new, empty note - Ctrl+N|
|Template||Create a new note based on an existing note - Ctrl+Shift+N|
|Rename||Change the title of the note (no shortcut)|
|Delete||Delete the note (no shortcut)|
Please note that when you delete a note, you still have a chance to un-delete by selecting Recover (which replaces the 'Delete' button when you activate a 'deleted' note) until you exit iKnow or refresh the file.
Home - Clipboard
|Paste||Paste text, images or iKnow formatted text - Ctrl+V|
|Copy||Copy formatted text (for use inside iKnow) - Ctrl+C|
|Copy -||Copy plain text - Ctrl+Shift+C|
|Cut||Cut formatted text - Ctrl+X|
Home - Hyperlink
|Hyperlink||Add/Edit hyperlink - Ctrl+K|
Home - Headings
|Large||Maximum heading size|
|Avg||Medium heading size|
|Small||Small heading size|
Please note that you cannot change the size and colors of the headings. The colors are chosen to be easily distinguable from each other, and the size is relative to the general font size you choose.
Headings are not meant to make your note prettier, but more readable (and easier to scan quickly). Shortcut Ctrl+H to toggle between heading sizes.
Home - Capture
|Screen shot||Capture Screenshot - Alt+S|
|Web page||Capture web page - Alt+C|
Home - Dictionary
|Dictionary||English Word definitions (Alt+W)|
Home - Font
|Font||Select a font for all notes|
|Size||Select a font size for all notes|
|Bold||Toggle Bold on selection - Ctrl+B|
|Italic||Toggle Italic on selection - Ctrl+I|
|Strike||Toggle Strike-through on selection - Ctrl+D|
|Zoom||Zoom text in/out - Ctrl+Numeric + - *|
Please note that there is no 'underline' as it could be confused with hyperlinks.
Home - Find
|Find||Toggle incremental search - Caps Lock / - Ctrl+F)|
|Previous||Jump to previous search match - Shift+F3|
|Next||Jump to next search match - F3|
The matches will be highlighted while searching. You may navigate to the previous/next match using the up/down arrows. Pressing Enter will select the current match, and Escape will return to the position you were before activating the search.
Use the left arrow to erase the search field, the right arrow to autocomplete the current active word, and Tab to toggle between the Find and the Replace field.
We recommend using the Caps Lock for incremental search.
Options - Usability
|Links underlined||Toggle underlining for hyperlinks|
|Transparency||Toggle transparency on/off (turn off for slow computers)|
|Line space||Select line spacing for better readability|
Autolinks and hyperlinks may be underlined for easier readability. Transparency may also be turned off for increased readability.
Different linespacing may also increase readability.
Options - Settings
|F12 hotkey||Enable/Disable F12 hotkey|
|Autobackup||Toggle automatic backups on/off|
|X pages||Select max. captured pages|
When capturing web pages, PpcSoft iKnow will automatically scroll the page and capture as many pages as you select here. Default is 5 pages, maximum is 9 pages. More pages requires more memory, and also requires more disk space when saved.
Options - Sharing
|Share Sync||Enable sharing/Syncing|
Options - Preview
|Preview PDF||AutoPreview of PDFs|
|Preview Web||AutoPreview of hyperlinks|
If you enable these, iKnow will try to capture the text from PDF files / Web pages and show an AutoPreview of them (and it will cache the captured text).
PDFs will often fail due to their complexity (or security settings), but you may edit the preview to add your own personal comments.
Options - Colors/Background
|Color X||Select a color theme|
|Tiles||Tiled background graphics|
|Load tile||Select an image as tile/background image|
|Alpha X %||Select the transparency for the tiles|
You may personalize PpcSoft iKnow by changing color themes and/or tile/background image. You may also load your own custom images if you want to. The alpha allows you to control the transparency to increase readability (background graphics/color may increase contrast and readability, but may also reduce readability if misused).
Tip: You may use different instances of PpcSoft iKnow (see Multiple instances) at the same time, and having different colors and/or background can be useful to quickly separate them.
Tip II: Right-click the preview-images in SplitView to quickly change the background image.
Help - iKnow
|About||Information about iKnow|
|Register||Register iKnow when you have purchased it|
|Updates||Go to a web page to check for the latest version.|
Help - Learning iKnow
|Get Started||A Getting Started tutorial|
|Tips||Tip of the day dialog - Alt+T (recommended)|
|Shortcuts||Quick overview of the shortcut keys - Ctrl+Q (recommended)|
Help - Send Mail
|Ask for help||Primary support (urgent)|
|Report bugs||Help us fix bugs by reporting them|
|Contact||Contact Ppcsoft (not urgent)|
Help - Goto Web Page
|PpcSoft Support||Our support pages|
|iKnow homepage||Main information about iKnow|
|Buy iKnow||Purchase page|
Help - Bonus Notes
|Invite a friend||Send invitation code for bonus notes|
|Get Bonus Notes||Enter bonus code to get extra notes|
iKnow is also designed to be used with the Ribbon hidden, and because of this some commands are below the Ribbon (and therefore closer to the editor).
|Full-text search||Search for text in all notes|
|Go back||Go back to previous note - Alt+Left arrow|
|Go forward||Go forward (after going back) - Alt+Right arrow|
|Undo||Undo last change - Ctrl+Z|
|Redo||Redo last undo - Ctrl+Y|
|Find||Incremental search - Caps Lock / - Ctrl+F|
|Split||Split (View) notes list - Alt+V|
|Favorites||View Favorites list - Ctrl+0|
|Browse Images||Image browser - Alt+B|
|Share||Share current note|
|Sync||Sync current note|
You also have two buttons in the Editor heading area
(to the right and top of the Editor)
- Template - Ctrl+Shift+N
- New note - Ctrl+N
The file dialog is normally not used in iKnow as all your notes are stored in a single file, and they are all saved automatically.
You can create a new file or open an existing file instead of the current one (you can also drag-and-drop an ".iknow" file to open it). If you frequently want to open different files, we recommend that you create multiple instances and run each datafile at the same time (in separate iKnow-instances).
|New File||Create a new datafile|
|Open File||Open an existing datafile|
|Refresh File||Update links, deletes, shared notes - Shift+F5|
|Snapshot Copy||Create a copy of current file|
|Page Setup||Page and printer setup|
|Print Note||Print current note|