Most notes apps for the Mac are free or cost only a few dollars. Matilde is free and could easily be the notes app you’re looking for. Why? It does much more than notes.
Notes, Ideas, Markdown, Oh My!
Think about what you’d really like in a notes app. Quick entry of notes and ideas. Add images and photos to a notes entry. Add tags to notes for easy searches. What else?
Most of us want notes that can also be exported into other apps (either to a full on word processor, or just in case the developer quits developing the free notes app).
Oh, and rich text is nice. Links, italics, bold fonts, different fonts. Those are nice features to have in any notes app. Even Stickies does rich text.
One more thing. Markdown. That’s a text-to-HTML conversion tool for writers who publish on the web (perfect for bloggers).
Add all these pieces together, drop in a fullscreen mode, and Matilde quickly becomes more than the sum of the parts.
Not only does Matilde act as a very accomplished notes editor, notes can be sent to Tumblr (Matilde makes a good blogger tool, but could use exports to WordPress).
Matilde also makes a good daily journal app, complete with a built calendar capability to make it easy to store and find entries.
The app interface is quickly mastered, but overall Matilde suffers from lack of a few basics.
For example, notes need to be saved automatically in OS X. There’s no support for Dropbox and Matilde is not a Mac App Store app so it doesn’t use iCloud.
I like the Markdown capability, and the option to use Matilde as a daily journal (very good for bloggers). Being able to drop in photos or graphic images is a big plus, too.
My only real gripe is based upon the price. Using an app for notes or a daily journal is usually a long term endeavor. My notes, ideas, journal entries are valuable. If Matilde is free, how long will the app continue to be supported and developed?