When it comes to keeping notes I am decidedly old school. Life is too complicated and busy to learn an app with 200 features.
I want simple and I want it now. That means I’m a Stickies fan. Stickies? Yeah, those little digital Post-It Notes you can stick on your Mac’s screen. The only problem with Stickies is that it needs some real man features.
Man Up, Stickies!
Using Stickies on your Mac is drop dead simple because you already know how to use all the features. Click a sticky. Start typing something.
You can change the Stickies size and fonts and move it around the screen.
But that’s about it. Stickies isn’t going to challenge your learning adoption rate. So, if Stickies works for you, check SpiralBound and SpiralBound Pro. Think of them as the big brother and bigger brother of Stickies.
SpiralBound uses the spiral flip notebook metaphor instead of the Post-It Notes look. One look at it and you can see what others see. Possibilities. More pages, better organized.
Flip through the pages and reorder as you need. That’s even better than a paper spiral notebook. SpiralBound also lets you lock any page and make it accessible only through a password.
Pages can be searched, resized, changed in color, yet remain easy to use—just a little more secure and useful.
Big Brother Sticky
SpiralBound Pro is more of a professional level Stickies manager with those kinds of capabilities you wish Stickies had but doesn’t.
Instead of a single notepad, the Pro version has as many as you want to clutter up your screen.
Not only do you get more styles and colors in the Bigger Brother version, you get the ability to tear out the spiral flip pages and then return them or reorder as needed.
Drag and drop photos or other items into a notebook. Even use it to create to-do lists.
It still has the password security features, and is completely searchable, but a few other handy items make it a worthy successor to Stickies.
They can actually stick to your Mac’s screen.
As in it floats on top of everything else. The contents of notebook pages can be emailed using Mail, Eudora, or Entourage (sorry, Thunderbird and Outlook users).
There’s really nothing to learn with either SpiralBound or the Pro model. The spiral notebook metaphor is instantly usable and all you have to do is figure out how to organize your notes pages.
There’s not much to not like. The Pro version costs double the plain vanilla version, or the price of fast food lunch for two. If you use Stickies but would like just a little more, cough up the change and get some real features.