Way, way back in the day, Apple turned the word processing industry inside out with MacWrite. Sure, WordPerfect dominated back then, but the handwriting was on the wall beginning with Apple’s quirky little WYSIWYG word processor. Not long afterwords the first perfect word processor debuted on the Mac. It was called WriteNow; fast and elegant with just the right blend of useful features, it was loved by many.
Things change. Microsoft Word took over the writing world for Mac and Windows PCs, Apple fell upon hard times and nearly died, and WriteNow shutdown. Years later a similar word processor arrived. It was called Bean; free, fast, elegant, just the right features. It, too, faded from prominence. Since Bean I’ve done what many writers do– continue the never-ending search for the Mac’s perfect word processor.
Note-C tries to join the parade of memorable writing tools. It’s priced right, comes with useful organization features, handles standard text formats (except Word), and it’s fast and friendly.
Considering that Note-C is more of a notes app than word processor, it comes with a useful array of features. Multiple notebooks make it easy to organize writing projects. There’s fullscreen mode, auto list creation, keyboard shortcuts, a special Tab-Action-Manager which lets you insert pre-written text using pre-assigned keystrokes.
Note-C can handle text as well. That’s text as in Markdown, MultiMarkdown, BBCode, HTML, Smark, and Textile. Notes can also be exported as an ePub-eBook file for eBook readers.
All those features make Note-C very good for notes, text snippets, and writing projects, but, as noted, it’s really more notes-oriented than word processing-oriented. While it’s fast and elegant, there’s no word processing formatting toolbar, ala Bean or WriteNow, but if you’re interested in a different take on writing or notes-taking, Note-C is attractive.
The price is modest and the developer wisely makes a try-before-you-buy option available.