The Virtual Corkboard. Could This Be The Best Personal Organizer App?

For years, I've been seeking the perfect organiser app for my PC.  My current favourite is probably TreePad, which is basically a tree-structured version of Windows Notepad.

But if you were to organise your thoughts on your real desk, rather than a virtual one, think for a moment about how you'd do it.  Chances are, you'd write things on small pieces of paper, and move them about.  So how come there are so few PC applications that allow you to do such things?

I wrote about one such, called listhings, a couple of months ago. It's not actually a Windows application, but is a free web-based service.  You can access it at and it's still free to use.

Since I wrote about the service, a number of similar systems have come to light, which work in a very similar manner.  These include, pictured below, as well as the excellent Then there's and  Finally,, which looks promising but is also threatening to charge a fee for most non-trivial actions, which in my opinion means that it's unlikely to succeed in the long term.

So, two questions remain.  Firstly, could the virtual corkboard be the ideal way to organise things?  And secondly, how come I can't find a decent corkboard app for Windows, and instead have to store my notes online?  There's a good iPad program, called corkulous, but nothing for Windows.  But hopefully one will come along soon. in action


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by Jaizu (not verified) on 21. October 2012 - 1:14  (101124)

Thank you and keep it free. I work on a client computer in a network so I keep moving around changing computer everyday.

This web based cordboard certainly help me work without installing anything.

by AllanM (not verified) on 22. April 2011 - 23:50  (70722)

Interesting find. There are also at least two good freeware "stickies" programs, one appropriately enough called 'Stickies' the other being PNotes. I prefer PNotes, and have the portable version from portableapps dot com. They allow you to change stickies colors, roll up so only the title is visible, set alarms including recurring alarms at defined intervals (daily, weekly, monthly etc.) and more.

I would much rather use an app that allows me to leave little stickies all over the desktop than a single window that must be opened to see all the virtual post-it notes.

by MidnightCowboy on 23. April 2011 - 8:37  (70757)

Moving further up the scale a bit, there is also SideSlide, especially for those who like the look of a separate Linux type desktop panel. Multiple notes, detachable, highly configurable and it's also a launcher for folder, file and program shortcuts.

"SideSlide is an advanced, portable, unobtrusive, dockable, skinnable, instantly accessible, highly configurable Desktop Extension on Steroids!"

by tOM Trottier (not verified) on 21. April 2011 - 20:22  (70674)

For free personal organisers, there's always the Palm Desktop - free for the download, no Palm device necessary.

You can prioritise tasks, sort them, check them off.

You can have single and repeating appointments, colour coded. See them by day, week, month or year. Have alarms ahead of time - 1 min to 99 days ahead.

Store your contacts. Sort them by company or last name. Get alerts for their birthday. Dial them from your computer.

And 32K memos, categorised, great for pastes.

Languages? Your choice of
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Computers? Mac or PC.



Even if the palm devices are obsolete now, the Palm Desktop lives on!

Then again, there's Chandler.....


by Luis F. (not verified) on 20. April 2011 - 13:20  (70597)

How about One Note from MS Office ???

by Marcelo Bursztein (not verified) on 20. April 2011 - 12:39  (70594)

Hi there,

Thought I should add to the list.

You can not only post for yourself but you can also collaborate with others, share your postings and discover what others are posting.

Check it out!


by xtomx (not verified) on 20. April 2011 - 4:49  (70578)

I use a program which looks similar to corkboard:
Its name is: "Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)" and it is open source.
You can find it here:

by Edge (not verified) on 20. April 2011 - 2:58  (70572)

Cork & orc is a similar app but for Android

by syntax_error on 20. April 2011 - 0:08  (70569)

A bit off topic, but if you are using TreePad lite, some of the features in the next (paid) version up, are available in the free version of LinkedNotes.

by PhilR (not verified) on 19. April 2011 - 19:55  (70557)

There's a perfectly satisfactory free Windows corkboard program :-

by robert.schifreen on 19. April 2011 - 22:20  (70562)

Thanks, but I don't really want to use a program which contains adverts, or the FAQ for which contains a section entitled "Show me how to play pranks".

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