Pin 'em up: No-frills sticky notes tool

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

May 21, 2009 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Sticky notes utilities for Linux are a dime a dozen these days, so what makes Pin 'em up so special? For starters, it's written in Java, so it runs happily on different platforms -- a boon for users who have to deal with different operating systems on a daily basis. Pin 'em up also lets you categorize your notes, and you can define as many categories as you need. To edit the default list of categories, right-click on the Pin 'em up icon and choose category actions -> Manage categories. You can then specify the categories you want and assign specific note colors to each category.

The Settings item in the Pin 'em up menu lets you tweak the utility's settings. For example, you can adjust the notes' default size and position in the Notes Default Settings section. The Load/Save section allows you to specify FTP settings, so you can keep your sticky notes in sync on different machines via an FTP server. This is a very useful feature, albeit a rather simple one. It only allows you to download and upload Pin 'em up data files, overwriting the existing local or remote file. This means that you have to remember where you have the latest data file, on your machine or on the FTP server. Using Pin 'em up, you can also export your notes as a plain text file, and the utility allows you to export all notes or only those belonging to specific categories. While Pin 'em up is not the most advanced sticky notes tool out there, it offers all the basic features and does its job rather well. So if you are in the market for a no-frills sticky notes tool, Pin 'em up is definitely worth a closer look.

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