Just enter anything you needed to remember in any old free form fashion and the database would remember it and make it easy to retrieve. Such clever tools disappeared because nobody wanted to manage a database, yet much the same functionality shows up today in notes taking apps such as the clever Growly Notes.
And, no, it doesn’t growl (but that would be cool).
Growly Notes does one thing. It takes notes. And not just plain old vanilla text notes. Drop in photos, rich text, images, audio clips, movie clips, PDF files, and almost anything the Mac can display and Growly Notes saves it.
Use it to create multiple notebooks that can hold almost any kind of data. Click on a page and start type. There’s a built-in mini-word processor if you’re into fonts and formatting. Embed links, make outlines, setup row and column tables, even record audio while you’re taking notes (that alone is worth the nominal price tag).
Growly Notes even looks like a notebook.
There’s even built-in drawing tools for highlight and annotating notes or documents or PDFs. Audio recording syncs up with typed notes. It comes with five distinct notebook templates and dozes of additional templates for meetings to ideas, but you can create your own template and use it however you need.
Important notes sections can be password protected, pages can be locked, and notes can be exported to RT and HTML pages. Fills the screen with a single notebook or view all the notebooks using the sidebar.
If there’s any negative to Growly Notes it’s the lack of an iPhone or iPad version, but it does sync notes with other Macs. Oh, and it’s a bit Fisher Price-like in design, but that only gives it character and flavor and makes it friendly and inviting. Just like Fisher Price toys. Yet, oddly enough, Growly Notes costs less than many Mac notes apps or mini-word processors, yet does much more.