As it turns out, variety is the spice of life. Necessity is the mother of invention. There are dozens and dozens of apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, because notes– a form of writing– is an individual exercise and everyone does it just a bit different. Here’s another one that is, well, different.
iNote Because iCan
Writing apps range from the very basic TextEdit that comes with each Mac all the way up to Microsoft Word and a handful of writing apps which can handle lengthy research papers and come with every feature known to humankind.
Notea falls into the middle group of Mac mini-word processor-like notes apps. Does that make sense? It’s a simple note-taking utility billed as ‘the best notes app you will ever use.’ That may or may not be the case depending upon your note-taking requirements, but let’s look at the extensive feature list before passing a judgement.
If simple is better and less is more then you will like Notea because it is elegant and simple to setup and use, but has a handful of useful and uncommon features.
As with the Mac’s built-in Notes app, Notea makes the first line of the note as the title. Begin typing and the left sidebar pane disappears until you need it, giving you more of a distraction-free experience.
There’s a light and dark mode, undo, export, and save as PDF. It even comes with four very readable fonts not available on your Mac. The fullscreen mode makes it completely distraction free, and the Share button in OS X makes it easy to share notes via email.
For Mac notebook users Notea has swipes; left to right, right to left– to hide and show the left sidebar pane which displays all your notes.
Notea also uses iCloud to sync files between devices. Devices? Yep. There’s an iPhone and iPad version that works much the same way as the Mac version of Notea so it’s a complete note-taking system you can take with you.
That brings me back to my original question: ‘Why all the notes apps?’ After all, even the Notes app in OS X and iOS is a mini-word processor and conveniently syncs to each device via iCloud.
Different strokes for different folks. Microsoft Word has umpteen eleven features, most of which most of us never ever use. Pages has the basics of word processing but in a typical Apple app which is long on simplicity and short on functionality.
All those notes apps you can find on each of Apple’s App Stores are indicative of a market that has a broad spectrum of use and expectation. Notea is nominally priced as a Mac app, but less than half the price for iPhone and iPad. What it does as a newcomer app it does very well.