I think, therefore, I scribble notes. And put them in places that I can’t remember where. Thank God for Spotlight.
Through the years I’ve used about every Mac note taking app there is, from free and easy, to expensive and complex. I’m still looking for that perfect way to take notes, scribble little reminders, and collect snippets of text, ideas, thoughts, etc. Is there a solution that works?
Our next door neighbor on the back side of our house is an old Chinese man, cut from the cloth of Keye Luke as Kung Fu’s Master Po. He doesn’t call me Grasshopper, but I can see the disdain for my lack of discipline in his eyes.
He’s not blind and not a Mac user but his words of wisdom sometimes help me find the right app for the job.
Or, as the case may be, not use the wrong app for the job.
Scribblet is a simple Mac app that does notes, snippets of text, reminders and is great for quickly capturing ideas or anything that requires a quick input, but without digging into a specialized Mac app.
I found six basic functions in Scribblet that make it worth using and nearly worth the price tag.
1 – Always Available: Duh. If an app is in the Dock, it’s a click away. If it’s in the Menubar, as Scribblet is, it’s still a click away. But that’s a good thing. Click to open and what you get is a way to create a note, search for notes, find notes, read notes.
Preferences are simple enough and give you options for placement and shortcuts.
2 – Shortcuts: Did I mention shortcuts? No note taking app is worth the bits it’s made of without having shortcuts to open and use. Power users rejoice.
3 – Favorites: Since you can set up what kind of notes you create, and where they get stored, keyboard shortcuts exist for your favorite categories, too.
4 – Search: Duh. What good is it to save notes and snippets and reminders if all they do is clog up a menu after a few months of usage. Scribblets does search. Enter keywords, get a list.
5 – Ease of Use: This should be a given, but in many apps it’s not. In Scribblet it is. Click to open and it’s ready to take your note, and place it wherever you organize.
6 – Customizable: There’s not much customizing you can do, but there’s enough, especially with the shortcut keyboard combos (what else do you need?).
There’s no color schemes or themes to set up. It’s just basic note-taking functionality. No frills, bells, whistles, iCal integration, or reminder alerts, either. You’ll have to be disciplined to use it and check it regularly.
Scribblet comes with a 30-day trial, try-before-you-buy, and you can eventually buy it on the Mac App Store, so future updates are automatic. So, what’s not to like? Relative to the feature list, it’s a pricey app, considering you’ll need even more discipline to get the full value.