Version: 2.2.1 || Release Date: 2007-10-16 || License: Shareware ($29) Developer: codepoetry | App Owner: ahknight

Notae is a full-featured and lightweight notebook with instant full-text searching of notes and complete import and export functionality. It can even read your notes out to iTunes, and thus your iPod. It includes a Mac OS X Service to grab any text or file selection and keep it as a note. Its open document format (XML or SQLite) allows for other creative uses. Really, it's TextEdit on performance-enhancing code.

You can also drag in PDF or WebArchive files and Notae will keep those, too. In fact, you can import URLs and create Web notes to keep pages around as they were, not as they are. Drag in URL clippings or URLs on the clipboard and Notae will make a Web note.

Drag in a folder of text, PDF, Web Archive, HTML, Word, text, and/or text/URL clipping files and Notae will do the right thing with each one.

Notae both imports and exports to plain text, MS Word, Word ML, XHTML, RTF, and RTFD.

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8 Opinions

This programme totally gets out of your way and is very responsive even with huge texts and tons of data in the database.

While I do like Yojimbo, I have to say Notae is just quicker and smoother for people who use LaunchBar and tend not to like "mousing" around much.

The decision of Journler, Yojimbo, or Notae (or even xPad & Mori) simply comes down to features. What do you expect to do with your notes? Do you expect them to be text or graphical, and what kind of graphical? Do you want a scrapbook (Journler, Yojimbo) or a notebook (Notae, xPad, Mori)?

When you've made that decision, then you look at what each one does...

arundel, if you're considering Yojimbo, you might want to look at Journler ( It's a donation-ware alternative that has many, many more features. I bought Yojimbo and then a month later found Journler. I wish it were the other way around. I could've saved myself $40. :-(

arundel, would you rather have too many good choices or too few? :)

Arg, another reason to delay buying Yojimbo. Why is there so much choice?!? :)
Douglas Adams is right... program features should ALL be module, then we can pick the best features from everything and roll our own.

Notae is the first notebook-type program that I've used that has an interface that is pleasant to use and pleasant to look at. xPad is visually unappealing to me, and Mori seems convoluted if I actually try to use it. Even though I got Mori for free, I decided to pay for Notae because it's the only notebook program so far that I can actually see myself using.

It's a replacement for TextEdit and Stickies, but without the clutter and interference of other solutions. Sometimes you just want something centered around keeping text clippings together and don't need the extraneous stuff that comes with something like SOHO.

And, frankly, Sidenote just annoys me on so many levels.

Really, it's more a competitor to xPad and Mori and similar than to the "clip and stash" style of "note" program.

Not sure what this brings on top of Soho Notes or Sidenote. It sort of falls in between the two and, well, falls between two stools basically. Might make sense as a replacement for TextEdit????