I’m not saying God uses a Mac, but I wouldn’t be surprised. He’s the discriminating type, you know. What I’m saying is this; ‘If God did use a Mac I’m certain he would use this notebook app because it’s just that good.’ Yes, that’s a big ‘if’ but imaginations allow for that, right?
The NoteBook From Heaven
Notebook apps for the Mac come in every shape, size, and price range; anything that works for you is OK by me, but as digital notebooks go, this one is heavenly.
I got turned on to Circus Ponies’ NoteBook app a few years ago when the iPad version came out. If there’s another notebook app quite like NoteBook, I haven’t seen it.
Think of a digital version of a spiral bound notebook with tabs that can store almost anything you can think of or need.
The visual metaphor in NoteBook is that of a notebook; or, rather, many different types of notebooks, so there’s bound to be one that fits your visual expectations.
So, on the surface you see what looks like digital paper, with lines, tabs, and a toolbar across the top for one-click access to basic tools. NoteBook can take notes, create an outline, record audio synced to the notes, store documents and attachment to the note.
You can draw on each digital page as you would in a paper-filled notebook, yet move shapes and lines around as needed. Drop in photos, audio clips, graphic designs, even video clips onto a NoteBook page and they work as expected.
Grab content from other Mac apps and drop them onto a NoteBook page. Use the built-in search to find anything you’ve saved or recorded. Annotate anything on any page. Add checkboxes. Create due dates.
And, importantly, you can have more than one notebook in NoteBook.
And What About The Obvious?
The Mac is a relic of the post-PC era, so I think of NoteBook for Mac as, well, the Old Testament. It works wonderfully if you’re Mac centric. But in the mobile device era we carry iPads almost as often as a notebook.
Yes, there’s an iPad version of NoteBook, priced quite a bit less, too, and yet it syncs up nicely with NoteBook for Mac.
Caveats? Yes, a few.
First, NoteBook, for Mac or iPad, is complex; a professional level product with every bell and whistle you can think of and some you haven’t, and that makes the learning curve probably more steep than understanding the Bible; both testaments.
Second, while you can get up and running quickly and create notebooks and use them for almost any purpose, there is a lot going on in this app, with capabilities far beyond the needs of mere mortal man (hence the allusion to what God would use). Furthermore, the iPad version is not as robust or easy to use as the Mac version (I still have a problem being productive with the iPad’s keyboard).
Alright, with all that said, the Mac version of NoteBook comes with a trial version and you’ll need to devote a little time to getting it up and running. Once you do I’m sure you’ll agree with me that there’s nothing quite like it. If you find NoteBook daunting, then you’ll understand why I think God would use it.