Here’s the tale of two pretty good Mac notes apps, both somewhat unique, one free, the other not, but either one is more useful than Apple’s built-in TextEdit on the Mac. One even has an option to record audio notes.
Equil Meet Mach
I find it interesting that Mac users don’t have too many choices for full featured word processors, but there must be over 100 different notes apps, distraction free writing, apps, and text editors.
The two I found for my Friday Freebie are Mach Note, which isn’t free, but isn’t expensive, either, and it comes with a built-in audio recorder, and an option to draw notes.
And, there’s Equil Note which also lets you draw on the screen, and both have iPhone and iPad versions.
First up is Mach Note; a simple way to write notes, or draw notes on the Mac’s screen. Notes can be saved and synchronized between iPhone and iPad versions using iCloud Drive. Mach Note uses both the PDF format and the RTF (rich text) format. Audio recordings are saved in the Mac’s standard M4A audio format.
There’s much to like about the Mach Note apps, and the iOS versions are free.
The business model for Equil Note is different. The apps are free to download from the Mac App Store and iTunes App Store respectively, but there are in app purchase options for handwriting which makes free not so free.
Equil Note thinks different about note-taking, too. Not only can you create typewritten notes, you can draw notes, and use the apps with Equil Smarten and Equil Smartmarker, which turns your Mac, iPhone, or iPad into digital whiteboards.
There’s also a useful option call Note Stream which allows an Equil Note user to stream whiteboard-like notes to colleagues or co-workers for online collaboration. Notes between devices can be synchronized using iCloud or Dropbox.
One has to appreciate what is happening in the note taking segment of applications; both for Mac and iOS devices. The prices are low and the features are being piled on. Neither of these notes apps are anything as burdening as Microsoft Word, but both have unique features which make them attractive to use.
Plus, I love apps that work on all devices and sync files all the time.