Not many Mac mashup apps take best of breed honors. Mashup? A Mac app with features borrowed from other apps, but all mashed together so that none of the major features works as well as a standalone app. Think Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Apple could combine them all into a single, mashed up app, but why?
Enter Good Notes, a Mac mashup app that lets you take notes, sketch out a drawing, create and check off a todo list, and even write and edit a document with the built-in word processor.
Wait! There’s more!
This particular mashup app can record audio, convert PDFs, even edit blog posts with the built-in Markdown composer, manage multiple clipboard items, and organize files.
Good Notes looks like a digital version of a spiral bound notebook which lets you draw shapes and sketch and take notes and format a document, grab audio notes to match your type written or hand written notes, even drop in a video clip.
Sounds promising, right?
Good Notes is especially attractive to Mac users who don’t want six or seven apps to do what one app does, and this one does plenty, until you consider two basic issues.
The first is price. You can buy six or seven standalone apps which perform the functions you need and still spend less than you’d spend on Good Notes. The second is reliability. Good Notes is a version 1.0 app which suffers from stability; some functions just don’t work (for me), while others don’t work well. I like the tabs on the spiral notebook, the Stickies-like notes, and drawing mode, but the more features you use, the more performance becomes wonky.
The idea is a good one, but the sporadic implementation and price tag are barriers to entry.