NoteBook 4 for Mac
Is this the update that brings NoteBook into the modern era?
$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.