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