Right up front let me state that Note-C for the Mac is all three, and seems to be even more– a writing and editing tool with a broad spectrum of functionality. As a notes app Note-C is one of the best because each note is saved as a separate file, and you choose where the files are located (which, thanks to iCloud or Dropbox or other cloud storage services, makes Note-C’s files available on multiple Macs).
There are times when a Mac application is more than the sum of the parts. That’s Note-C, even though the parts are substantial. Yes, it’s easy to create and organize notes, but Note-C is also a mini-word processor with document management tools built in. Change font, size, color, even background color to match your tastes and work flow. Or, use any one of a number of Markdown styles from Textile, BBCode, HTML, Wikitext, and others (with an option to create custom CSS files). This is not your father’s notes app.
Behold the basics. Notebooks and files in the left sidebar. Click on a note or document and view it in the main window.
Even Note-C’s fullscreen mode thinks different. It doesn’t just take over the Mac’s screen and leave your text and writing to swim in an ocean of white pixels. Instead, Note-C gives you controls to adjust the text field’s width and height as you prefer. There’s even an option to drop in a background image to fill in the empty white space.
Note-C has another option which helps writers and coders to speed up their work. It’s called Tab-Actions. These are pre-defined text blocks which can be assigned a keyword so they can be dropped into your document as you type.
The file organization system is top notch. Create specific notebooks which act as document categories, then create as many notes or documents in each one as you want, and you can have as many different notebooks as you need.
Note-C lets you add an attachment to each note, which is stored where the notes are located on your Mac and they can be viewed from within the app itself. Since notes are either text documents or Textbundle files they can be exported in a variety of file formats from .txt to RTF and RTFD, Word (but oddly, in text only), ODT, HTML, and, of course, PDF. One more option includes the ability toe sport a note to an ePub eBook which can be read by most eBook reader apps.
The standard formatting and file organization capabilities are worth the nominal price tag, but the other options make Note-C more than the sum of the parts. It’s a mashup app, yes, but it has a good blend of features that will be appreciated by notes takers, casual coders, and writers.