Based upon the number of notes apps, word processor apps, writing utility apps, and writers apps on the Mac App Store, you’d think the whole world was addicted to writing. I’ve never found the perfect notes taking app, but I’ve tried many, and use a few. One item on the criteria list separates the men from the boys, the winners from the also-rans. A Mac, iPhone, and iPad version.
That’s Mach Note, a very new app suite that does just enough of what most of us want that it could replace whatever notes app you’re using now.
Mach Note combines basic word processing in RTF format, with audio recording in MP4 format (M4A), with Freehand Notes using the PDF format. All within a single and remarkably affordable app that syncs files between Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud Drive.
The Mac version looks much like a basic word processor with a writer’s toolbar. It’s easy to drop in images from iPhoto, change fonts and styles, even highlight text or enter text using OS X’s built-in speech to dictation feature.
For a first effort, Mach Notes is beyond decent, but has a few quirks. Features are common between iPad and Mac, but missing a few in the iPhone version (inserting images is Mac and iPad only, for example).
You’ll also get a promo to save an audio document before recording it (it should simply auto record and save), but that’s a minor nit to pick. Some features, like swiping on a PDF to turn pages, are iPhone and iPad only. Meanwhile, inserting shapes into a drawing is OS X only. Go figure.
There’s even an option to create and save a signature which can be dropped into documents as needed. All things considered, Mac Notes is well done, and should improve as new versions are released. Feature parity between devices would be a big plus. Oh, and it’s priced right, too.