We live in an age where selfishness and greed are on the rise. Sometimes we just don’t recognize those who do good in the world. Here’s an example. Some Mac app developers work hard to improve the lives of those of us with perpetual disorganization syndrome (I made up that name, but you understand, right?). How else do you explain the many dozens of Mac todo list, task lists, reminders, and projects apps?
A number of Mac developers are working diligently to improve my life with apps that help me remember, organize, and simply do what I do better. I’m a believer in the ‘small is beautiful‘ and ‘less is more‘ methodology. Think Stickies.
Stickies With A Twist
To be honest about it, Stickies works very well as a quick and dirty reminder system because it’s easy and there’s just not much system to it, whether it’s just notes you need, or a simple todo or task list. That’s what makes Antnotes a better sticky than Stickies. It’s still Stickies, but with just a few useful twists to make using notes, todos, and tasks more, well, usable.
What sets Antnotes apart from the average Stickies-like, Post-it-like note is customizability. Customize the font, text color and background color, yes. But also customize the size, translucency, and pin the notes you want to the front of the Mac’s screen. That alone is worth the price of admission (less than a dollar). Antnotes also creates new notes by simply dragging text, images, photos, or files to the app’s Menubar icon. Photos and audio clip reminders can be dropped into a note.
Check out the details.
- customizable background, font and text color
- pin note to desktop to make it stay atop of other windows
- translucent notes
- make new notes by dragging text, images and files to the menu bar icon
- drag images and sounds to note contents
- automatically hide notes when inactive
- quick access via menu bar icon
- configurable global shortcuts to create new note or show/hide all notes
- integration with services: create new note from any text in any application
- snap to screen bounds and other notes
- archive with all closed notes – do not lose your information by accidentally closing a note
- smart position choosing for different display configurations
Here’s another twist in the Antnotes saga. Unlike Stickies, Antnotes lets you manage your notes from a control panel which displays active notes, closed notes, and lets you delete or reopen a note.
There’s also an option to set up a keyboard combo to view or hide the notes (use the Mac Menubar icon, too), or to make a new note. Notes are also docked together on the Mac’s screen so they don’t get lost and create more screen clutter.
If you use Stickies on your Mac, I don’t see how you can go wrong with a $3 expenditure to improve upon the original. The only caveat here is that Antnotes does not have an iPhone or iPad app to sync between devices.