Al­ter­note

A stripped-down al­ter­na­tive client for Ever­note, but it’ll cost you

Mac Format - - RATED -

£4.99 De­vel­oper MABee Arts, al­ter­noteapp.com

Re­quires OS X 10.9 or higher

As the name im­plies, this is an al­ter­na­tive to Ever­note’s ‘ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing the kitchen sink’ app ap­proach – an al­ter­na­tive which re­quires pay­ment.

Is it worth the money? For the most part, yes. We linked our ac­count and within min­utes synced nearly 600 en­tries di­rectly from Ever­note’s servers (your stuff is never ac­ces­si­ble by Al­ter­note’s creators). The ap­pli­ca­tion is quite re­spon­sive; users with more than 2,000 notes are rec­om­mended to se­lec­tively sync note­books. The in­ter­face is fa­mil­iar enough for Ever­note vet­er­ans, with an op­tional side­bar dis­play­ing cat­e­gories for All Notes, Starred, Note­books, and Tags.

You can change the back­ground colour of the side­bar, and there’s a night mode, along with the op­tion to view the note cur­rently be­ing edited in dis­trac­tion-free mode. As you write, the shar­ing, set­tings, and tag op­tions dis­ap­pear. Text styling is rich with for­mat­ting op­tions; dou­ble‑click­ing pops up a handy tool­bar for us­ing them. There are also plenty of key­board short­cuts.

Al­ter­note can’t dis­play PDF files saved within notes, kick­ing them out to Pre­view for view­ing (im­age files are dis­played in­line, how­ever). There’s also no im­port op­tion, although com­pat­i­ble files can be dragged and dropped into a note. Other fea­tures like short­cuts, shared notes, and busi­ness note­books are cur­rently miss­ing, but promised with fu­ture up­dates. J.R. Book­wal­ter

Com­pose with­out dis­trac­tions

Pop-up text styling menu

Can’t dis­play PDF files in­line

No com­pan­ion iOS app

A dis­trac­tion-free en­vi­ron­ment for com­mit­ting notes and ideas to vir­tual pa­per, but a bit light on fea­tures.

Dou­ble-click­ing text in Al­ter­note calls up a slick for­mat­ting pop-up con­tain­ing the most-used styling op­tions.

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