When it comes to creating and managing notes I find it difficult to beat Evernote. Think of it as a free mini-word processor that organizes and synchronizes notes between Mac and Windows PCs, iPhone and iPad.
If you’d rather keep your notes away from the cloud and saved onto your Mac, one of the best notes app is arguably MiniNote Pro. For what amounts to the price of a Starbucks visit, MiniNote Pro brings easy note taking and organization to the Mac’s Menubar. And note taking is a big deal these days. Just wait until you see what Apple has planned for the built-in notes app in OS X El Capitan.
Click on the Mac’s Menubar icon and here’s what you get. A pop down list of recent notes. One click and you can create another note and because MiniNote is in the Menubar it doesn’t matter which app you’re using. It’s always there. Click and ye shall receive.
MiniNote looks rich and inviting and attests to a user interface that is friendly and usable. MiniNote windows can be detached (click and drag) from the pop down menu and float on the Mac’s screen, or anchor to the top of the screen for easy viewing. Notes are easily shared with a click, and can be exported as TXT or RTF files. Keyboard shortcuts are available for Mac powerusers.
The MiniNote Pro’s window looks like a mini-word processor, without the bells and whistles in Pages or Word, of course, but it does text styling including underline, bold, and italics with a variety of fonts. Fullscreen editing mode lets you write without distractions.
MiniNote Pro timestamps each note, and allows for a backup that isn’t in the cloud. And, speaking of cloud, it also syncs to the iPhone and iPad version.
It’s not Evernote, but it’s elegant, easy to setup and use, and has just the right balance of features to handle note taking, and keep it all in sync with other devices. Kudos to the developer for creating, updating, supporting, and maintaining a number of quality apps.