This must have been my week for trying out Mac note-taking apps. I’ve gone from simple to complex. Cheap to expensive. Convoluted to elegant.
All I really need is simple, elegant, fast, and cheap. And, maybe a little eye candy thrown in to make me feel like my Mac is helping out with the work load. Oh, and even better if it doesn’t even require a click to use.
Wave Your Hand To Open
Open Sesame has real meaning for Mac users. We think of our Apple devices a little bit magical (we’ve been well trained by Steve Jobs through the years).
Clicking to make things happen is so 1999. I like to flick my wrist. Alright, bear with me. This will get a little convoluted, but in the end you’ll thank me.
A top favorite Mac app for me is the magical PTH Pasteboard. It’s a multi-clipboard tool that remembers what you copied so you can paste it again without having to find it and copy it again.
It’s a little pop out shelf, hidden just off the Mac’s screen. Flick the wrist (as in, move the mouse pointer) to the side of the screen, and all your previously copied items slide out, ready to be pasted with a click. Still with me?
Note-Taking Magic, No Clicking
SideWriter is an elegant little note-taking app that works in a similar manner. Forget clicking. Anyone can do that. But simple gesturing with your hand (on mouse or trackpad) is almost magical.
Flick the mouse pointer to the side of the screen and you get something like this to capture your notes:
Simple enough, right? Type the title, type the note. Move your pointer off SideWriter and it disappears back into the side of your Mac.
Preferences are simple, too, and give you options to move SideWriter to the left or right of your screen, or, use a hot key, and an option to change where you store your notes.
This is an elegant, inexpensive, quick and easy way to create notes, reminders, and keep snippets of information without a lot of fuss and bother. It’s out of sight when you don’t need it, and available with a flick when you do.
It automatically saves your notes, gives you a hierarchical view of all your notes, lets you drag and drop to import and export notes.
Plus, the text is rich text, so bold and italics apply.
What’s not to like? Not much. It’s dirt cheap throw away money for a useful app that’s totally self explanatory. And the developer gives you an option to try-before-you-buy, as well as purchase on the Mac App Store.
As if SideWriter wasn’t cool enough, the companion app SideFolders works in a similar way. It pops out from the screen with a flick of the wrist (not that there’s anything wrong with that), and lets you navigate the folders on your Mac without using the Finder.
Well done. Useful, valuable, inexpensive.