That explains the few dozen minimalist word processors on the market. Quick Note is a little different. It seems like a simple notes taker until you look closely. It’s more of a word processor that takes notes.
Less Expensive Feature Creep
The Mac has long been a favorite of writers, regardless of the level, so it’s no surprise that we have dozens of writing tools from which to choose.
OS X comes with TextEdit, a bare bones word processor, good for notes, plain text, and little else. But it’s free.
At the other end of the third party scale is Quick Note. The name is deceptive. If you’re thinking of an easy way to create and manage notes, Quick Note does that.
It’s also a fully functional word processor that’s easy on the eyes, not heavy with Word-like feature creep, but more traditional than Apple’s Pages.
The Toolbar is customizable, easy to understand and use (mostly self explanatory), and always sits above your document.
Quick Note uses the common Inspector palette with tools to control fonts and formatting. Open multiple documents at one time and easily copy and paste or drag and drop between windows.
Import, embed, and edit images right inside the document. Quick Notes mimics a modest page layout app, including text wrap around images (with nice handles to resize elements).
Tables? Yep, Quick Note does those, too, with the built-in table creator. Columns are easily edited, as are lists (bulleted or numbered).
Files can be exported as .DOC, .RTF, .TXT, even PDF and .ODT. There’s no HTML or Markdown option, though, but spell checking and grammar checking are built in.
True to the heritage of a modern word processor, it has autosave, fullscreen mode, zoom, margins, rulers, and find and replace. Quick Note is somewhat reminiscent of a favorite, Bean, which has similar features but is free (and, alas, no longer in development).
Quick Note is decent for a version 1.0, and it’s priced with pride, but don’t think of it as much a note taker as a mini-word processor.