Apple’s own TextEdit is a decent notes app, but you have to manage your own file organization. The Notes app is also built-in to OS X and syncs up nicely with Notes on iPhone and iPad. With so many notes apps available for next to nothing why would anyone make a notes app inspired by Microsoft?
Familiarity Breeds Contempt
By choice I’m no longer a Windows user, though I’ve never played one on TV, and don’t take much inspiration from anything associated with Microsoft (and for all the obvious reasons; usability, security, complexity, etc.).
So that made it odd to run into a Mac notes app– and it’s free no less– that takes inspiration from Microsoft’s Notepad text editor. It’s called TipTyper, and despite the Microsoft heritage, it’s quite good.
TipTyper uses familiar keyboard shortcut for basic functions, features lines, word and character counter, an option to view invisible characters, and a customizable toolbar.
Name a free Mac text editor that does all that.
TipTyper also has built-in support for the Mac’s dictation and speech, as well as grammar and spell checking, and it’s buzzword compliant thanks to a distraction free fullscreen mode. What you won’t get is an easy way to manage notes.
As a text editor TipTyper won’t compete with the likes of TextWrangler, the most fully featured text editor I know, or with Simplenote, which runs on Mac, iPhone, and iPad and syncs files between them.
What you will get is a Mac app that looks and feels much like Microsoft’s Notepad app (for what that’s worth). So, if you’ve switched to the Mac from Windows TipTyper might feel familiar enough to use instead of TextEdit.