Along with the free apps there’s a wide variety of more capable tools for taking and managing notes, creating outlines, and dipping into the task, subtask, and projects arena without need for a second mortgage or night classes.
Here’s a look at the most powerful Mac notebook app I could find and the part about the name I don’t like.
Every day we come across pieces of information, including meeting notes, snippets, photos, web clippings, stickies, and more. Then there’s emails, spreadsheets, todo lists, and minor and not-so-minor projects and tasks to track.
That’s what Notebook does. Alright, so what’s wrong with a descriptive name like NoteBook for an app that’s, well, you know, a digital notebook? The company that publishes Notebook is called Circus Ponies and that evokes a feeling that is less than businesslike or professional. Nothing could be further from the truth. NoteBook is all business.
Think of what a real spiral bound notebook would be like if it could store anything but the kitchen sink. If ever there was a Mac app ripe for ‘a picture is worth a thousand words‘ it’s NoteBook. See what you get?
Choose from a few dozen different notebook looks– from yellow legal pad to spiral bound and many in-between. You can keep multiple notebooks on your Mac in NoteBook. And it stores, holds, remembers, and organizes almost anything you can think of– digitally of course.
Setup tabs (I think of them as mini notebooks) to navigate easily between sections. Create an outline. Take voice-annotated notes in class or meetings. Diagram or sketch while you take notes. Drop a PDF document into NoteBook and annotate until the cows come home.
NoteBook does math and tables (think mini spreadsheet). And, anything you’ve saved in your NoteBook notebook is easily found with the Multidex text page which is like search made easy. OS X is big on sharing and so is NoteBook with options to export pages, sections, or entire notebooks. You can even export as a ready-to-view website. Table of contents? A click.
If NoteBook has so much going for it, then the learning curve must be massive, right? Well, yes and no. Setting up a notebook with sections and getting started is drop dead easy. After that, it’s merely a matter of using NoteBook for more of what you once used two, three, or four apps to accomplish.
Here’s the killer feature. There’s an iPad version that plays nice-nice and syncs up with the Mac version. I’ve been using NoteBook for two weeks and I cannot express how useful it has become in a short period of time. I’m just now moving some notebooks onto the iPad version (we Mac users have to admit that both iPhone and iPad are taking over some of the workload formerly reserved for the Mac). It comes with a 30-day free trial so it’s worth a look.