Color me a bit paranoid but I take notes. Lots of notes. Notes for everything. Why? Maybe it was too many soccer balls to the head in high school. I forget recent events easily so I compensate with notes.
This week I was asked to find a good scratchpad for a teach in the school where I work. So, I searched for scratchpad and came up with SwiftText. It’s a cute and affordable little notes app that lives in the Mac’s already overcrowded Menubar. Then I remembered Simplenote.
Scratchpad Or Notepad?
Once I thought about it I couldn’t figure out much of a difference between scratchpad and notepad. SwiftText is very good for what it does– an easily accessible scratchpad to jot down notes. Simplenote is a free notes app that works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. And Windows, and Android, and Linux. It also stores notes online they go where you go.
Does this look familiar to you?
Think of Simplenote as Notes Lite. Notes? Yeah, Apple gives every Mac, iPhone, and iPad customer a notes application called Notes. It’s more of a mini-word processor and packed with features, but it also works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and it’s also free.
So, why Simplenote?
In this case I made the recommendation to use Simplenote as a scratchpad. Yes, Notes can be that useful, too, but I like to segregate functions. And I needed a scratchpad, too– a quick and easy to find and easier to use notes app to jot down items I may need to check on later. But not items that need to be in Notes which, again, is more of a mini-word processor.
Simplenote is straightforward, somewhat Notes-like but without all the formatting and organizational overhead. Simplenote is just notes. Categorize notes in the lefthand sidebar. Select the note you want to edit in the middle section, and edit or write notes in the right main window. The latest version handles Markdown and live preview of formatting (bold, italic, headings, and so on).
Yeah. One big one.
Simplenote is elegant, works very well, and is priced perfectly– but I wouldn’t mind paying a dollar or two to have an iCloud or Dropbox option to store notes. How hard can that be?