There once was a time when word processors ruled personal computers. Then along came spreadsheets. Then photo enhancement applications. Now we’re inundated with dozens of notes apps posing as writing tools. Here’s one you’ll love to use.
Among the many new and different notes taking apps available on Mac App Store and iOS App Store is one called SnipNotes. What’s special here is its ability to be friendly, therefore, usable, and it’s one of few notes apps that works everywhere Apple.
Notes With Legs
These days, when I try out new applications, high on the list of priorities is the ability for the app to work on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Sure, not every app meets that requirement and not every app needs to, but most of us no longer use a single device, hence the need to have apps with legs that can work here, there, everywhere.
SnipNotes does that. The Mac version uses the standard three column visual approach. A list of notes and categories in the left sidebar, options in the middle column, all the details in the right main window.
The name SnipNotes does not do the app full justice. This isn’t just a mini-word processor like the Notes on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Yes, it syncs up between devices using iCloud– would love to have a Dropbox option– but gives you many types of notes– text, images, and more– and it automatically determines the type from what you, well, type into the note. SnipNotes lives in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s always a click away, regardless of which app you’re using at the moment.
For example, if you create an app with a person’s name and phone number, SnipNotes arranges the note so you can call it. An address gives you the option of opening the location in Maps. Notes are easily saved and organized. New notes show up in the inbox and each note can be placed into a category you choose.
Notes without a category stay in the inbox until you’re ready to move them into a category or create a new one. It even lets you create Calendar events within notes, write email messages, open and view websites, plus– very handy– view and track airline flight numbers.
SnipNotes is not Notes but it works with Handoff to other Apple devices and even uses the contextual Touch Bar in new MacBook Pro models. The iPad version has a similar interface. The iPhone version works much the same way but without the same screen real estate.
Yes, there is a Watch version which lets you take notes which are then synchronized to Mac and iPhone or iPad via iCloud.
The key point of differentiation with SnipNotes when compared to other notes apps is the focus on intelligent note-taking– it knows what you’re trying to do and gives you appropriate options– and the organizational tools. There are no ads. It’s not an in-app subscription service, either. SnipNotes works well on all three devices, and is useful even on Watch. The only initial negative is no try-before-you-buy option.