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These pages allow you to add notes to web pages. To use it, you can either browse public notes, or register for an account and add your own.

Registering for an account is entirely free, you just need to provide your name, along with an email address that you have access to. No other information is needed. This information will be retained, but it won't be made available to other organisations or used for marketing etc. However, If you post public notes, your email address will be visible to other users of the website.

Important

Nodiad has been tested on Mozilla, Opera and IE 6, and should work okay on them all (although there are some selection glitches when dragging with Opera). However, it's really only a personal site and isn't being run by a company or for any sort of profit. Please bear this in mind when you're using it.

Unfortunately it can't be guaranteed to work all of the time, or with every website. There are a number of known problems and in particular form entry on web pages won't work when using notes.

Sorry about this, but it unfortunately can't be helped at present.

If you want to contact me about Nodiad, please feel free to do so via email. The details can be obtained from my personal website.

If you find Nodiad useful, you can also add a Nodiad badge to your site which will add the Nodiad interface to the page when clicked upon. Take a look at the badges if you're interested.

Instuctions

Control boxWhenever you visit a website using the Nodiad interface, you'll notice that a pale green control bar will appear towards the top of the page.

This bar allows you to visit new pages using the Nodiad interface, and to filter the notes that are displayed, so that you can remove any unwanted notes.

If you want to temporarily make the bar less intrusive, simply double click along the top edge of the bar and it will reduce in size to become a small lozenge. To access the bars features you'll need to revert it to its original larger size. To do this, simply double click it again and it will change back.

Visiting a site

If you want to add notes to another website, you have to visit it through the Nodiad interface. There are a couple of ways to do this.

  • If you're not already viewing a website using the Nodiad interface, you can visit the website Nodiad website, where you will be prompted to enter the address of the website you want to add notes to.
  • If you are already viewing a website using the Nodiad interface, simply enter the web address into the URL field, and hit OK.

Once at a site, you can control the notes using the green control bar. You can bookmark the page to return to it at a later time, or take a copy of the URL.

Filtering

You can filter notes by user, by tag or by whether the note is public or not.

Filter by userIf you want to view only those notes from a particular user, enter their email address into the user field and hit OK. The page will reload showing only those notes that can be edited by the user with the email address entered

Filter by tagIf you want to view only those notes that have been tagged with a specific word, add that word into the tag field and hig OK. The page will reload to show only those notes that have the particular word entered assigned to them as a tag.

Public filterSome notes can be viewed by anyone, whereas others can only be viewed by particular users. If you want to show notes that anybody can read, ensure the public checkbox is selected and hit OK. The page will reload, showing both public and private notes that you are entitled to view. If the checkbox is not selected, the public notes will be hidden.

Filtering is not exclusive, so you can apply any or all of these filters simultaneously.

Adding notes to a site

A new noteYou need to be logged in to add noted to a site. If you are, you'll notice that the contro bar has an add option as a link. Click on this link to add a new note to the site.

New notes will initially be viewable and editable only by yourself. To allow other people to view the note, you'll have to change it's settings. See the section below on sharing notes with others for an explanation of how to do this.

Clicking inside a note will allow you to type text directly into it. This is saved automatically as you go along. Any note will therefore return in the same state you left it the next time you visit the site.

Controlling notes

Notes have various features, many of which can be controlled.

You can move a note around by clicking on the bar along the top, and keeping the mouse button held down, drag the note to a new position.

You can change the size of a note by clicking on curled up corner at the bottom left, and keeping the mouse button held down, drag the note until it is the correct size.

Note menuClicking on the round button in the top right hand corner of a note will open up the note menu. This allows you to change other settings for the note. The options are Share, Tags, Colour and Delete. Each of these will be described in the forthcoming sections.

The size, position and other settings are saved automatically as you change them, and will be kept for the next time you visit the site using Nodiad.

Sharing notes with other people

When you first create a note, only you are allowed to view or edit it. However, it is possible to extend this to allow other people to either view it, or view and edit it, using the Share option of a notes menu.

Share dialogueClicking on the Share option will open a dialogue box with various fields.

The upper portion of the dialogue allows you to change who is entitled to view the note.

If you wish everyone to be able to view the note, even if they don't have a nodiad account, then ensure that the Public checkbox is selected.

If you only want specific people to be able to view the note, enter each of their email addresses into the writable text entry box. You cannot remove yourself from this list.

Since for each note you are able to find out who else is able to view it, note that anyone able to view a note that you have created will also be able to see your email address.

The lower portion of the dialogue allows you to change who is entitled to edit the note.

If you want anyone to be able to change the note, ensure that the Public checkbox is selected.

If you only want specific people to be able to edit the note, enter each of their email addresses into the writable text entry box. You cannot remove yourself from this list.

Note that anyone else who is able to edit the note also has the power to change its settings, including deleting it, or removing you from the list of users able to edit the note.

Tagging notes

Tagging notes using relevant words can be a helpful way to categorise or group notes. Having tagged some notes, you will subsequently be able to apply filters that display only those notes with a particular tag.

Tags dialogueTo add a tag to a note, simply choose the Tags option from the note menu. This will cause a dialogue box to be displayed, into which you can type tags for the note.

Multiple tags can be added to a single note by seperating them with spaces. In this way, a single note can belong to multiple groups.

Changing the note colour

Colour dialogueEach note has a colour, which can be changed by choosing the Colour option from the note menu. This will cause a dialogue box to be displayed, from which the new colour of the note can be chosen.

Click on one of the eight coloured squares to change the colour of the note. The chosen colour is displayed in the rectangle beneath these squares.

Deleting a note

Deleting a noteYou can remove a note from a site by selecting the Delete option from the note menu. This will immediately and entirely remove the note. This action cannot be undone, so should be used with care.

When you delete a note, it is immediately removed from the site, and will disappear.

Fin

I hope you find Nodiad useful. If you have any comments or questions about it, please feel free to drop me an email. My email address and other details can be found on my personal website.

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