Remember how it was way back when, back when a new Mac app or new version of OS X surprised you by exceeding expectations? Giddy. Excitable. I was that way the first time I used a Mac. Giddy came again when I was introduced to Photoshop. In recent years there are fewer and fewer instances of giddy.
Here’s an interesting and useful Mac app that comes close to inducing the giddy factor™. It’s called Ghostnote and the name is appropriate because the app itself kinda sorta mostly shadows– like a ghost– apps, documents, files, folders, even websites. With, well, notes.
That means you can add a note to almost anything and, instead of the note being stored in a folder somewhere, it’s attached to where you stored it.
Think of Ghostnote as a Stickie or Post-it Note which sticks, for lack of a better term, to whatever file, folder, or application you, well, stick it to. That means the notes you make about a file stay with the file, not in a notes folder somewhere.
Whatever application you’re in at the time is the best place to create a note, and Ghostnote sticks the note with the app (or, file from an app, or even a folder. It’s like having a contextual notes machine in your Mac.
You can still view all your notes from a single location within Ghostnote.
For example, a note attached to a document in Microsoft Word, stays with that document. Ditto for Numbers, Keynote, Pages, Safari (for bookmarks), Excel, a bunch of Adobe apps, and even geeky Mac apps from Textmate to Github to Terminal.
The developer wisely made a try-before-you-buy option so you can check it out before heading over to the Mac App Store to buy. Ghostnote is useful and different than any notes app you’ve ever used, an improvement over Stickies, of course, but it takes a bit of getting used to using notes that can attach to apps instead of just the screen.