Make notes on anything and keep them discreetly tucked away
£3.99 Developer Thomas Peterson, ghostnoteapp.com
Requires OS X 10.9 or higher
Ghostnote is a Post-itstyle app with a difference. Instead of littering your Desktop with notes, it’s made them contextaware. You can apply them to a document, folder or dozens of supported apps.
When Ghostnote is running its icon sits in your Mac’s menu bar. Click on it while in an app or with a folder or document selected and an empty note drops down, ready to be filled in. Text in notes can be formatted, including making it an ordered list or bullet points. And you can add tasks with tick boxes next to them. Note colours can be customised and detached from the menu bar so they float on the desktop. In some apps, you can add notes to individual documents and, in Safari, to specific websites.
It’s not always the most intuitive app, however. By default the feature that allows you to add notes to documents and folders isn’t active. If you click on a file or folder in the Finder, you’ll only be able to add a note to the Finder as a whole. To add support, you must click on the Ghostnote menu bar item, click the gear wheel and choose Install Document Support. You’re then asked to open a folder, though which folder isn’t specified and no feedback is given when installation is successful. It’s rough edges like this that detract from Ghostnote’s appeal.
On the plus side, the use of icons at the bottom of notes means your never in any doubt about what each note is attached to. Kenny Hemphill
An excellent tool that anyone who constantly writes things on scraps of paper will find useful.
Add notes without cluttering
Notes are customisable
Can export notes
Counter-intuitive in places
Ghostnote notes can be attached to applications, folders or documents.