What’s the one analog desktop utility that nearly everyone already knows how to use? Post-it Notes.
Those are the little pads of paper which stick to anything and are perfect for writing quick notes to remember this or that. Every office cubicle farm worker knows about Post-it Notes, and Mac users know about Stickies, the digital replacement. Here’s a free replacement for Stickies.
Stickies, Only Different
When it comes to product marketing, differentiation is often a key element for success. A product that does the exact same thing the leading product does needs something different.
Either the new product needs to do more at the same price, or it needs to do the same at a lower price.
Stickies on the Mac is free and comes packaged with OS X. Yellow is the Stickies-like app that looks like Stickies, but does a few things different and useful, and it’s free.
What we like about Stickies is simple. It’s really just a digital Post-it Note for your Mac’s screen, but it doesn’t do much more than hold text and move out of the way as needed.
Yellow, on the other hand, can hide the notes after a period of time, and they can be made transparent (to stay out of the way, visually), and the icon in the Menubar tells you how many notes are open.
Yellow gives you different colored notes, text fonts and sizes can be changed, and you control the keyboard shortcuts to open a new note or display all notes.
What Yellow doesn’t do is enough, even though the price is free. Bold, italics, and strike-through would be nice features to have. And, though each note scales to four different sizes, having a full scalable note would be better.
Still, you get what you pay for.