Some are feature heavy, expensive, and difficult to master. Others are light and simple to use.
What amazes me after merely a week of looking is the wide variety of Mac notes apps. There’s a whole cottage industry of capable, useful, apps for notes. The only way to find the perfect app is to set up basic criteria.
What Do You Want It To Do?
That used to be the first question asked whenever someone asked what kind of computer to buy. You have to know what you want.
The problem is more difficult than a simple list of what I think might be needed in a note app.
Sometimes we don’t know what we want until we see it. Sometimes we know what we don’t want when we use it.
MacNote3 fits in the middle. It has some feature I know now that I want. It has some that have no value to me. I didn’t know about some of each until I tried MacNote3.
One thing I like but find it difficult to adapt to is MacNote3’s lack of a file structure. There’s no way to save. Everything is saved. Instead of a structure, you simply organize your notes. MacNote3 handles where everything goes.
I found that I require some kind of typical word processor interface that does tabs, bold, italics, lists, and embeds links to URLs. Lists are important for to-do items.
Search is a must, too. No sidebar interface makes it easy to find everything without a lot of clicking and drilling. So, search must be instant. Tags help, too. No tags in MacNote3, but the recently searched list helps.
I don’t want a list of presences a mile long.
MacNote3 keeps it simple, but the auto save function is set to minute intervals. I prefer save to be automatic and continuous.
One strange feature that I found in MacNote3 is Export to iPod. iPod? Really?
In the age of Dropbox and Evernote and iPhone and iPad what benefit is there in exporting notes to iPod? That’s so 2006. Things change.
MacNote3 is capable but archaic, or, at best, as if it was developed on a deserted island without knowledge of the Cloud or other recent advances.
If I’m to pay money for an app that will be at the center of my daily life, it also needs to grab and hold snippets of information (URLs, photos, images, movie clips, and so on). MacNote3 may be advanced beyond MacNote2 and the original, but it’s a long way from basic note-taking requirements of the 21st century.