Let’s talk note taking apps, shall we? Dear Mac users, they’re everywhere, and priced from nothing and worth less, to a price that may cause irreparable harm to your monthly food budget, or cause your children to walk to school through hip deep snow without boots or socks.
Somewhere in between is the Bargain Note Taking App of the Century. Compare such chic coolness to what’s available and free on the Mac.
We’re Not Talking Evernote Here
For the sake of argument, let’s not talk Evernote, though it should be the multi-platform note taking app for Mac, PC, Android, iPhone, and iPad.
Unfortunately, Evernote just isn’t cool. It’s the Toyota of notes apps.
Mac users have more than a few note taking apps from which to choose. Take Quick Note. Please. Put me out of my misery. It’s a Mac app which looks like a yellow legal pad on the screen.
Type on it. Click to add pages. Click to search through your notes. Bah humbug. It’s just oh so traditional, typical, uninspiring. But it’s free.
It’s not that Quick Note is all that bad. The legal pad interface is more friendly than Evernote (also free), but there’s no Dropbox support for storing notes and keeping then synced between Macs.
And, of course, it doesn’t work on the iPad or iPhone. It’s Mac only, folks. So, how does it compare to the coolest iPad note taking app ever?
Enter Penultimate, it’s the iPad app that lets you take notes the way God intended. With your finger. Just look at how cool this is. You make notes with your finger (or, a stylus) on the screen.
How cool is that?
The interface is totally self explanatory (pretty much like a yellow legal pad). Click the pen to write. Click the Eraser to erase. Click the X to delete the page.
The iPad’s screen becomes a note pad. Touch to add a page. Touch to add a whole notebook. Drop in photos and resize and delete as needed. Change ink colors and widths with a touch.
Email the notebooks or individual pages. All the note books can be stored on Dropbox. Share notes with other iPad users.
Write notes, sketch images and drawings, even add different kinds of background papers (graph, wide line, photo album, checklists, and more).
This may be the easiest to use, most elegant note taking app since, well, since the yellow legal pad.
What’s not to like? No keyboard support for power users. And, there’s nothing quite like it for the iPhone or the Mac.
I’d pay money for a way to keep Penultimate notebooks synced between iPhone and iPad, but a Mac app? It sounds cool but the mouse isn’t as good at simple notes as the keyboard or your fingers.
To be fair, this isn’t Evernote and there are a few similar drawing and sketching apps for the Mac. What makes Penultimate different is that you actually want to use it. Not bad for 99-cents, huh?