What’s in an app icon? Some kind of graphic that represents the app’s name or what it does. One of the more interesting (as in Thinks Different) Mac note-taking apps to come along in years is called Growly Notes.
What’s the app’s icon? Nothing growling. Growly Notes is from Growly Bird. Is there a bird on Growly Notes? Nope. What you get is inexpensive free-form note-taking. Free.
What’s In A Name?
Maybe the name of the bird on the app developer’s web site is Growly. Whatever. Free-form note-taking takes on an entirely different look and feel with Growly Notes.
Mac users have a few dozen note-taking apps from which to choose.
Some, like Circus Ponies’ Notebook is complex, has a steep learning curve, and a healthy price tag.
Others, like Evernote, work on Mac, iPhone, Android, Windows PC, and your notes are stored online. Not so with Growly Notes. Like Notebook, it stores almost everything. Like Evernote, it’s easy to use.
The Toolbar is uncluttered. Simply create categories of notes, then create notes for each category.
The beauty of Growly Notes is that you can store almost anything on a note page.
Pages can contain almost anything: formatted text, images, movies, audio clips, PDF files, tables, lists, web and file links, and drawings you create in Notes. There are no rules for where things have to go: put an image beside text, or under it. Draw shapes on top of other notes. Put two snippets of text right next to each other. Click anywhere and start typing.
That makes it work like the more expensive (and capable) Notebook. It will hold almost anything you want—from text to photos to movies—whatever.
Click to start typing in a note. Or, copy and paste an object inside (or, drag and drop). Plenty of options let you change the look and feel of Growly Notes so it fits your personal note-taking style.
Use the boring gray tabs or click to make colorful tabs.
As a notebook, Growly Notes is more like a scrapbook. Create notebooks as sections. Each section can have as many pages as you need. Each page stores almost everything you’d want.
It handles rich text and rich data, including tabular data.
Notebooks can be shared with others, saved on MobileMe or elsewhere, for backup.
It even lets you scribble drawing notes, add links, or use Mac OS X’s built-in Services menu to drop in data from other apps while Growly Notes is running in the background.
There’s plenty to like. The feature list is extensive. The price tag is zero. But, there’s no iPhone version, and no way to synchronize notes between two Macs. This is definitely an app of a different color, but since it’s priced free, it’s definitely try before you buy (without the buy).