Notebook apps range from free to nearly $100, and come in all flavors, sizes, loaded with features, and mostly spartan. Here’s the story of yet another notebook duo (OS X and iOS) that dares to Think Different™. Except for the name.
A Rose By Any Other Name
I don’t know much about trademark law but the use of the word notebook in all the notebook apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad seems to be increasing.
Among the premium notebook apps is Notebooks. What a clever name. How does one Think Different™ when the name of an app describes exactly what the app does?
Notebook apps are everywhere. Apple provides Notes in OS X and iOS and keeps them synchronized nicely with iCloud.
Other notebook apps use iCloud or Dropbox; some are stuffed with features, others downright sterile (often called minimalist or distraction free). That’s not Notebooks.
Instead, Notebooks takes a different approach and lets you format notes as you would in a mini word processor. And, from within the same window you can see your entire notes library, and organize notes and files however you want.
Notebooks is something of a Finder-like file browser, too.
Files are stored as files in the Finder so they’re easy to find and open in other Mac apps– plain text, RTF, PDF, webpages, even photos, videos, songs, and Office documents can be viewed within Notebooks.
As a notebook app Notebooks does more than most, but is also elegant and simple to use. A big plus for me is the option to use Notebooks on the iPhone and iPad and keep files synced up between devices using Dropbox.
As notes apps go, this one is pretty good, better than average, syncs well between devices, and has a flexible organization structure.