Humanity seems to be enveloped by an ever growing flood of app trends which take us hither and yon across the technology landscape. Social media apps? Been there. Done that. Photo enhancement apps. Got 23 of ’em. Wait. There’s more.
How many ways can you text, talk, or view your friends? Messages, SMS text, FaceTime and Skype, plus, did you know the iPhone has a built-in cellphone, too? We have more than 1-million apps from which to choose and more arrive each day. Another notable trend toward app collecting is notes apps. Here’s another one.
Notes & Dates
Your Mac, iPhone, and iPad have a notes app called Notes. The Mac has another one. It’s TextEdit. There’s also Pages on everything. Why so many ways to write down what we’re thinking? Maybe we’re a forgetful species and need the crutch of notes. Maybe we like to collect apps. If you want a way to capture notes, ideas, thoughts, reminders, or anything else that could be stored in your brain but isn’t, check out the Mac app Agenda. It’s like Notes meets Calendar. But better. And free. Almost.
Surely this looks familiar, right?
Agenda is not just about notes, but it does what most notes apps do. Agenda takes notes on anything, sets up notes as tasks or reminders, but becomes very useful when planning and documenting projects.
If you value organization, you’ll see the value in Agenda right away because notes are agenda items which are tied to a timeline. They’re easy to find in Agenda’s lefthand sidebar and each note can be descriptive or task oriented with options to share with others (that’s where the free part of Agenda ends; professional level features have a price tag).
That means Agenda’s notes are date-focused which helps to keep you and your projects organized. Think of Agenda this way. Notes are tasks and assignments. Tasks are what make up projects. Projects need a timeline.
See? Different, but highly logical and useful, though with a single caveat I’ll bring out down below.
Agenda does notes quite well. It’s much like a mini-word processor with lists, styled and formatted text, and what you write can be converted to Markdown and HTML if you need to get your geek on. There are checklists, too, and Agenda moves easily between formatted rich text and plain text.
Agenda lets you create a project timeline where notes appear, but even the projects can be grouped into categories organized as you need. And, yes, the whole shebang can be drag and drop. Notes can even collapse to save precious screen real estate. Search and keywords make it easy to find what you need even when dealing with hundreds of notes in a complex timeline. Of course, notes can be shared; projects, too.
Agenda is a Mac App Store app but there’s a download from the app developer’s website. Agenda is free but has some features with a price tag (which makes the try-before-you-buy a good deal).
Caveat? No iOS version for iPhone or iPad. Yet. Agenda is nicely done and a different take on where note taking can take you where tasks meet up with projects.