Our basic app review policy is based upon what we would use ourselves, what we would recommend to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers– knowing there is an implied support component in any recommendation. For the most part, we don’t bother with apps from Apple, Microsoft, or Adobe because every other websites review those apps ad nauseam. But here’s an Apple utility I dearly love.
Post-It To Stickies
Seemingly unchanged for as long as I can remember is the Mac’s venerable Stickies app. Think Post-it Notes™ for the Mac’s screen. There just isn’t much to Stickies. This is not Notes Lite. Stickies are what you think they are. Little reminder notes that stick to the Mac’s screen.
Stickies can be displayed in multiple colors– all pastel to emulate analog Post-it Notes. You can copy and paste formatted text into Stickies. Command-N gets a new note. A single Stickies note can be set to stay in front of all other app windows which makes it the ultimate on-screen reminder.
That’s where the Stickies workflow begins. I use Stickies as little reminders than need to be visible for only a short time. Stickies can hold images, too, so if I’ve copied an image but then need to find a place to paste it, the little app the could is a good place to put it. Like a shelf.
Not only can a Stickies note stay on top of other notes, it can be translucent, too, so you can see what is on the Mac’s screen behind the note. A specific note can be collapsed, too. Just check the Mac Menubar selection for other options. Stickies can be arranged onscreen, toggled to expand or contract to a title bar, and text can be copied, imported, or exported. I used Stickies as reminders but as a place to store text or photos or other files for a moment while I’m working on a project.
As noted, Stickies hasn’t changed much through the years but it could be improved. I would like a way to drop in voice messages to a Stickies note, or record a video note that would stay in a note. And, of course, you won’t find Stickies on iPhone or iPad, but it would be as useful there, too. Stickies does not save stickies from Mac to Mac, either.
Regardless, this is one of the most unheralded Mac apps ever– considering how often I use it, and how often I see other Mac users with Stickies notes populating their screens.