Note­Book 4 for Mac

Is this the up­date that brings Note­Book into the mod­ern era?

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

$50 sin­gle user ($20 up­grade, £40 on Mac Ap­ple Store) De­vel­oper Cir­cus Ponies Soft­ware, Inc, circusponies.com

OS OS X 10.6.8 or later Re­quires 64-bit pro­ces­sor

The last ma­jor up­date to Note­Book for Mac was in 2009, over a year be­fore the iPad app made the dream of a truly mo­bile dig­i­tal note­book a re­al­ity. This Mac app faith­fully recre­ates the ex­pe­ri­ence of us­ing tra­di­tional ruled note­book pa­per in elec­tronic form, but goes far be­yond what phys­i­cal pen and pulp alone are ca­pa­ble of. Although Note­Book of­fers plenty of con­ve­nient for­mat­ting short­cuts, the ven­er­a­ble Mac ap­pli­ca­tion re­mains flex­i­ble enough to han­dle any­thing you can throw at it – in­clud­ing to-do lists, image or au­dio files, bits clipped from web­sites and much more.

Hand­writ­ing recog­ni­tion has been added, and the app has caught up with the iOS phe­nom­e­non by adding the abil­ity to sync note­books to mo­bile de­vices through Drop­box. Note­Book 4 fi­nally adds 64-bit pro­ces­sor and Retina dis­play sup­port. It also fea­tures a stream­lined user in­ter­face (most no­tably the tool­bar), with­out los­ing the skeuo­mor­phic metaphor in the process. The Clip and An­no­tate panel has fi­nally re­turned to the Ser­vices menu, a neat ad­di­tion that al­lows users to make tweaks and even strip for­mat­ting from copied text prior to past­ing it into an ex­ist­ing note­book.

There’s lit­tle to com­plain about, although the ever-grow­ing num­ber of fea­tures might over­whelm novice users. And there’s still no iCloud sup­port, a lim­i­ta­tion we hope might be lifted once iCloud Drive ar­rives with OS X Yosemite. JR Bookwalter

Note­Book 4 gets lean with a pol­ished-up user in­ter­face and Retina dis­play sup­port.

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