Notes. It’s what gets things done. I’m a notes freak. I have notes on everything. From to-do items to code snippets to tasks and projects to article ideas, my Mac is overloaded with notes.
There are few Mac notes apps I haven’t tried, and few that I really like. My latest notes love auto syncs with my iPhone and multiple Macs. That’s a must have feature. Here’s an understated, unloved, deceptively powerful notes app worthy of some Mac love.
More Than Mere Mortal Notes
Notes is notes, right? Not quite. All of us use notes in different ways. For some, Stickies are notes and work just fine. Others need more options, more capability, but with personalized customization capability.
For some note takers, encryption is important. For others, organization.
Because apps change, this week I’m checking out the latest version of TopXNotes.
It’s a Mac note taking app that goes beyond mere notes.
It’s not pretty, it’s not even polished (as newer Mac apps tend to be), but it’s loaded with user features that set it apart from other note taking apps. And, importantly, in this day of ultra mobility, it syncs with other Apple iDevices.
Notes My Way Or The Highway
At first glance, TopXNotes looks familiar. It even looks like a mini word processor (what you need to create custom notes). You’ll find it familiar from the first double-click.
The customizable toolbar across the top gives you a starting point for everything you need. Add and delete notes. Print notes. Encrypt notes. Even sync with the iPhone.
TopXNotes Top 10 Features include a handy MultiView. Multiple notes across the screen. Access QuickNotes from a floating palette or the Dock menu. The NoteOrganizer is totally customizable by category and groups.
Text can be dragged and dropped from other apps right into NoteOrganizer.
Drag a browser link into TopXNotes and it’s automatically clickable within the note.
Notes can be styled like a word processor. Notes can be navigated and searched.
TopXNotes comes with a bunch of special template samples so you won’t have to re-invent the wheel of notes design and layout. And, notes can be encrypted for ultra security.
In other words, if you take notes, organize notes, grab links or text snippets, TopXNotes does that, and syncs up with the iPhone version of TopXNotes touch via Wi-Fi. That’s called Cloud-Free NoteSync.
Other than the basic interface, that’s my only other gripe about TopXNotes. Cloud sync needs to be an option, whether through MobileMe or DropBox or another online service.
TopXNotes is deceptively powerful and flexible, probably because the interface is immediately familiar. It’s one of many, many Mac notes taking apps, but worthy of a look.