Notes apps for the Mac are a dime a dozen. Sometimes even less. Even TextEdit makes a decent notes app, though you’re forced to organize your notes the old fashioned way. Apple’s Notes app is decent for keeping notes synchronized between devices, but not much else.
If taking and organizing notes is an issue for you– home, school, business or research– check out Growly Notes. It’s an odd name for a Mac app (there’s no growling involved) that doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever used, but is remarkably straightforward and how more than enough bells and whistles to justify the ridiculously low price tag.
Growly Notes’ interface is instantly familiar, but in a 1999 sort of way. The liberal use of tabs to store specific notes as categories is odd, visually, but just works. There’s the required skeumorphism with notebook ruled paper to store notes, but not just notes– drop photos, audio, and video into a note, too– or, record audio and video to match the notes.
Growly Notes comes with drawing tools which can be used to highlight notes, add simply annotations, or to doodle. Imported PDFs can be used, too. Photos dropped into Notes can be moved and scaled, and, of course, there’s all the built-in mini-word processor-like tools for fonts and text styles.
Links to websites in a note will open Safari and the site with a click. You can even add tables with rows and columns of data.
More esoteric options abound. Pages of notes can be locked to prevent changes, and you can password protect a note. Text in a note can be aligned with the background rules. Instead of the standard legal pad lined background, notes can have any color or background images.
Growly Notes looks like a mashup of a Fisher-Price attempt to create an app in 1999, but it bristles with useful functions and gets rave reviews from Mac users. It’s odd, but highly recommended if you take lots of notes and want audio and video clips, with annotation, and photo drop ins.
Unfortunately, this app screams iPad and iCloud sync, but doesn’t have either. Yet.