Note taking apps on the Mac are very close to a dime a dozen, perhaps a little less. Some of us even use Apple’s built-in TextEdit app for notes. Others, including yours truly, use the free Evernote app to capture notes.
Is it possible that a Mac developer can come up with a notes app that truly is a Think Different™ app, works better than TextEdit, and is the unique app among a growing sea of many? Here’s a note taking app that comes fully loaded with features to the point of being a mini word processor.
Notes That Don’t Really Growl
If you want a Mac notes app that’s more or less feature complete, takes notes, handles audio recordings, and syncs between Macs, try Growly Notes. At first glance you might think of Growly Notes as an app from Fisher Price. It has color and more than a touch of obvious skeumorphism.
Yet, for all the colors and the bevy of obvious features, Growly Notes is compelling and a good blend of what most note taking app users probably want. For example, notes can be opened in tabs and saved by category. Growly Notes comes with five notebook templates and 60 page templates so there’s something to work with every note taking opportunity.
In true Mac fashion you can create notes in any font and format, organize notes however you want, password protect notes, lock pages from changes, even export to RT and HTML.
The toolbar is non-intimidating and easily learned. The sidebar tools match whatever is selected within a note. And, you can drop in photos, change borders, add audio recording to a note, even drop in a video clip (with links from video to notes).
Growly Notes handles graphics elements and drawing tools so it’s great for flow charts and organizational charts as well as notes.
There’s a lot going on in Growly Notes yet the learning curve for the basics is rather modest and often intuitive. It even calculates, uses the Mac’s built-in iSight camera for photos or videos, is great at making lists, and syncs all your notes to a backup.
What’s missing? Not much, really. Growly Notes gets very good reviews from Mac users, and is priced about right– but it’s missing an iPhone or iPad version (promised by the developer years ago but still MIA). Growly Notes would make an excellent iPad app.