Notes applications are a dime a dozen these days and Mac users have plenty from which to choose. Apple gives us two notes apps in macOS High Sierra and one of them syncs up notes with other Notes apps on iPhone and iPad. What’s not to like?
If notes apps are everywhere and priced as low as dirt, then why so many? The key to product marketing is differentiation. Not all notes apps, text editors, mini-word processors, and writer or coding tools are created equally. FSNotes is different.
Notes apps have been around as long as computers have been around. Humans take notes in many forms. Notational Velocity was a precursor to many such notes apps today, and was quite popular on Mac OS X back in the day.
Notational Velocity is a computer program for Mac OS X used for notetaking. It allows users to create notes using solely a computer keyboard and search them using incremental find. Other features include database encryption, basic text formatting, tags and spellcheck.
FSNotes carries on the Notational Velocity and nvALT tradition. It respects open formats, including plain text, RTF, and Markdown. Files can be viewed, edited, and copied into most popular editors.
FSNotes is not a mini-word processor. It is nothing like TextEdit or Notes on the Mac. Instead, this is a utility for Mac geeks or wannabe geeks who love the keyboard for notes, hence the extensive use of keyboard shortcuts, but everything works in an app instead of Terminal.
- FSNotes is keyboard centric
- Global shortcuts (clipboard save / search)
- Markdown and RTF markup (files stored on disk as plain/text and rich text)
- Markdown preview mode
- Elastic two pane view (vertical and horizontal layout)
- Fast and lightweight (working fine with 10k+ files)
- Open files in finder / works with external editors (changes seamless live sync with UI)
- Pin and Unpin important notes in top
- Syncrhonize over iCloud Drive / Dropbox / CloudKit (for MAS version)
- Multi-folder storage
- Fast copy markdown code to clipboard
- Live markdown highligting with code blocks (over 170 languages)
- Themes for code highlighting
- Markdown images preview in editor
- Images drag and drop
FSNotes lets you manage files from the lefthand sidebar. It features themes and highlights code and may be the most user-friendly Markdown app I’ve seen in awhile.
Directory storage preferences are easily changed so you can use Dropbox or iCloud Drive which makes the files available for other Mac text editors. And, yes, FSNotes is available on GitHub for free as an open source project, but also user friendly on the Mac App Store for a few bucks to help support development. Think of it as inexpensive but geeky power notes app for Mac users.