Notes apps for macOS and iOS come and go, but mostly they seem to show up with such frequency they could be mistaken for the farts and flashlight app era from a few years ago. Yes, there are that many notes apps.
Absolutely, positively, the prettiest of all the notes apps is Notelife. Yes, it comes with all the trendy components so popular these days. File and folder management. Easy navigation of notes. And notes that are just plain pretty. Notelife has adopted another disturbing trend, though.
There is a change taking place in the tech gadget world that brings me growing discomfort. It’s the adoption of subscription pricing. Adobe does it with Creative Cloud and Photoshop. Pay by the month. Forever. Microsoft has it, too, with Office 365. Office apps everywhere, cloud sync, and 1TB of storage. Pay by the month. Forever.
Apple has a similar subscription model going on, too. You see it with Apple Music. 40-million songs on your iPhone. Pay by the month. Forever. Ditto for iPhone Upgrade Program. Get a new iPhone every year or two, complete with Apple Care, and pay by the month. Forever.
Notelife follows that trend with an annual subscription plan for the prettiest of all Mac and iPhone notes apps. I said pretty, right?
What you get is more mini-word processor than a typical text only notes app like you find in the free TextEdit on the Mac but somewhat different than the very capable Notes app for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Notelife syncs notes via iCloud and the notes themselves are secured using AES 256-bit encryption. The whole Notelife notes database and that includes notes with photos, financial information, credit card details, or anything incriminating. Each note can be geotagged so you know the exact– or, nearly exact– location when the note was taken.
Notelife for Mac lives in the Menubar, too, so you can search, find, use, create notes within any other Mac app. You can attach PDFs to a note, drop in a photo or movie, or attach relevant files to the note. Text can be formatted just as you would in a lesser word processor.
Honestly, there is much to like here and Notelife lets you try it out for free. What you get is a good looking, theme-based, easy to use notes app with plenty of useful features. The subscription plan unlocks iCloud sync, unlimited folders, unlimited attachments, and more.
I call Notelife the prettiest of the subscription notes apps for macOS and iOS. I just worry that this subscription model is showing up everywhere and I don’t think my monthly budget is ready to adopt to the trend.
Unless Apple comes up with a Mac Upgrade Program to match the iPhone model.