CNET Editors' review
Circus Ponies Software's NoteBook is a versatile organizational application that can help you create electronic "notebooks" to track, manage, and work on almost any kind of project. This program uses the metaphor of a traditional paper notebook to reduce computer clutter and keep you organized. The power of NoteBook comes from its ability to pull together information from multiple sources--e-mails, PDFs, spreadsheets, Web pages, and the like. For example, you can automatically "clip" content from any Safari or Mail window into a NoteBook page, while NoteBook remembers where the information came from, so you can always jump back to the original source. NoteBook then keeps that information organized into pages, with dividers, auto-outlining tools, and customizable annotations, including voice annotation, "stickies," and "flags." NoteBook also integrates with iCal, so you can sync up your action items.
This can be an especially potent combination as it keeps your information in context (for example, by tying a to-do item to a relevant e-mail and particular contact info), and NoteBook's good search capabilities and self-generating "Multidex" index only multiply this effect. You can also export data as a PDF or Web site for sharing, including to MobileMe, and NoteBook integrates with a companion Notebook for iPad app--so you can open the same documents from either device. NoteBook makes it easy to get organized, whether you're creating to-do lists, keeping notes for a class, managing a project for work, or even writing the great American novel.
From Circus Ponies Software:
With NoteBook's electronic notebooks, you'll streamline the way you collect, store, and retrieve your information so that you always stay organized:
1. Keep all your notes and documents organized and in one place with NoteBook's easy-to-use electronic notebooks
An intuitive way to stay organized, NoteBook's electronic notebooks look and work just like the paper notebooks you've used all your life. Add dividers to create sections and subsections, then fill the pages with your notes, web research, spreadsheets, or anything else. Even add PDFs directly to your Notebooks so that their pages mix in with your other note pages.
2. Turbo-charge your note taking, whatever your note-taking style
NoteBook combines free-form note taking, outlining, sketching, diagramming, PDF mark-up, spreadsheet-like tables, and more to create the ultimate note-taking environment. It even includes a voice annotation system that can record the person speaking as you type your notes, so you never miss an important comment, assignment, or action item.
3. Find any note or document instantly with NoteBook's auto-generated dictionary of your content, called the Multidex
The Multidex shows you the contents of a Notebook in all the different ways you might think to search for a note. So if you're looking for a note that contains someone's name, you can find it on the Capitalized Words page. Or if you remember you added a particular note last Thursday, you can find it on the Creation Dates page. No matter what little you remember about a note, the Multidex's 14 different pages will help you find it with just a few clicks.
THE MISSING LINK IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL WORKFLOW
If you've tried "to do" lists and apps to get organized, you've probably noticed you're not much better off than when you started. That's because to do lists only track your tasks - they don't actually help you complete them. NoteBook is the missing piece in your workflow, organizing all the notes, documents, and other important info you need to get things done.
THE EXTRA BOOST YOU NEED IN YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER
With the competition for jobs, colleges, and grad schools so tough, you need superior grades to even stand a chance after graduation. Problem is, if your study habits and exam prep are the same as everyone else's, it follows that you're going to get the same kinds of grades as everyone else. NoteBook gives you the advantage that will help propel you ahead of your classmates in your performance at school.
What's new in this version:
- Fixed a crasher under Mavericks.
- Fixed a problem entering due dates under Mavericks.
- Fixed a bug where folders added to a Notebook appeared with a generic file icon.
- Fixed a crasher related to the Stickies toolbar item.
- Fixed a bug where divider pages stopped showing physical page numbers when printed.
- Fixed the reemergence of a problem with the Keywords combo box where keywords would sometimes autocomplete into the text of outline items.See all new features
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"Potential. True digital notebook experience. Quirky."
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.1.8
Really like a notebook
Other apps don't let you:
-draw on your notes
-import and annotate pdfs
-create to do lists
-use post its and flags
-tag lines in your notes
-have active searches for todo across your notes
No iPhone version
Quirky and not intuitive at times.
This app has a lot of potential as it offers the true experience of an electronic notebook that no one else has. Not evernote or others. See my pros. The problem is that it is quirky. You have to dedicate some time and patience to learning it before you love it.
Still no iPhone app, which makes me question if the company has the funding to create it. Just doesn't make any sense to not have an iPhone app.
This is the reason I gave it a 3. It would higher with an iPhone app.
"Too little, too late"
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.1.8
It looks pretty. I wish other applications looked this good or used things like sticky flags and notes and so on.
Simply no longer relevant, as so many have in so many words indicated. Too many promised features never delivered and never consistent or stable enough to use as a tool for real work.
This once had promise and seemed "inspired" but now it feels like an idea that has seen its day and is trying to be relevant. Something has to do more than look pretty. It has to actually work consistently and be improved regularly. I paid for this a few years back and was so disappointed when more than once I lost time and work. I spent more time organizing than working in the best of times. In the worst of times, long hours cutting and pasting as I rescued what remained into an application that actually worked.
To be perfectly honest, I was secretly hoping the company would be bought by a group that could actually deliver stability behind a once inspiring front-end. This never happened and when I saw this "update" come through today, and while I had long moved on, I took a look. It was uncomfortable to see this wounded animal stuck in the mud flailing about, still living.
Someone please shoot it and put it out of its misery.
"So great in so many ways... and yet fatally flawed."
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.1.3
Very powerful way to collect, organize, find bits of any kind of media.
Great for note-taking and outlining.
Auto-glossary is really cool. Easy to find stuff hidden in fat notebooks.
A big one: formatting of text is a nightmare. This is, bar none, the worst interface for setting styles and the like. This should be easy and intuitive but after years hoping it would be improved, it never has.
Also, I've had to pay for upgrades that seemed to be nothing more than compatibility upgrades with minimal new features.
Clean up the app and make formatting easy and it will be worth the money (I shouldn't have to search around multiple windows and menus to do a couple of quick things.)
Showed promise... but never really kept up or improved. Disappointed former user.
"Annoying nags to upgrade, not way to shut off."
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.1.1
Nice comprehensive note-taking application.
Every time I launch the program it asks me to buy a new upgrade (I already paid for the one I have) and gives me no way to shut off the annoying nag messages. I will NEVER pay this company for another product.
Not worth the continual pestering to send them more money. Now I'm very sorry I ever paid them anything in the first place.Forgot to mention that the search function is hit and miss (mostly miss). Searching on a single page often erroneously misses the term you are searching for. A global search usually finds only results in the index and not the actual page the term should be found on.
Updated on Nov 27, 2011
"Awesome, but unreliable (nor updated regularly)"
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.1
Amazing feature set. Multidex is awesome. Generally speaking, what they offer is incredible.
Doesn't work reliably. Sometimes the year "1111" is indexed as "1." There are times when notebook becomes completely unresponsive. Other times, locks ability of mouse to click on background objects if you're editing a cell. But the biggest problem...
... they released 3.0 in DECEMBER 2008! They are now on 3.1!!! 3 years and they've managed an incremental upgrade. Either rested on their (buggy) laurels, or no longer actively supporting it. Not worth the cost to buy into software that may not be in development anymore. No thanks.
"Good format but costly for what it delivers"
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.0.11
Nice format, notebooks are great.
Sharp learning curve and almost useless to me without ipad integration. Costly upgrades. Will be looking for another program
Was very excited when I got this application, but it ha NOT lived up to its hype!
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.0.10
This software is not new; I have been using it for several years. It can ouput to several formats. Great for students, teachers and other professionals that need to collect information and organize it in one place.
Few. I am highly challenged to find flaws in this software.
Great program; once you try it, you will use it in many incredible ways
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.0.6
Ambitious undertaking which I would like if it behaved according to the manual, or even if it just behaved consistently. I appreciated the clear uninstall instructions.
The basic notebook structure is limiting. It has a good clipping service, but you have to have a page prepared and empty enough to receive the clipped item. The pages have a layer structure which acts inconsistently (as far as I could tell).
I dumped it after a frustrating 10-12 hours. I switched to Yojimbo, and I was up and running in 1 hour.
"Very useful application with many uses"
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.0.6
Notebook is a very powerful and useful application that will appear to many users and for many different reasons. For taking notes it's a very useful application that allows you to include a multitude of inserts.
The greatest con at this time is the cost of the companion iPad/iPhone application. If the price of the iPad app could be lowered to a reasonable price then Notebook would be a very great app to own for both.
Circus Ponies has done a great job creating an application that works great for students who are taking notes or writing letters or making todo list. While there are more powerful word processors Notebook will be your number one note taking application, on your computer, in the classroom.
"Great product if you want buggy, unstable software"
Version: Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.0.4 (v460)
Would be an awesome product - if it worked...
Too many to mention but the headllines are: Buggy, Unstable, Waste of Your Time and Money.
I was attracted to the Notebook format and I read several rave reviews. I've been testing the software now for several weeks and I have to say that I am completely disappointed. The problem is that the software is buggy and unstable - it's like bad beta software - it frequently crashes / closes itself, losing unsaved work and generally interrupting my workflow - which kind of defeats the purpose, don't you think?! In my opinion, Notebook is not fit for general release and certainly should not be a commercial product. I simply don't understand how it receives those rave reviews (although many relate to an older version), nor do I understand how it could be 'award winning' and I'm also mystified at how Apple can endorse (ie advertise and sell) this shoddy product. I do not work for any competitor - I am simply a busy, self-employed consultant working on multiple projects and with a busy family life - I'm just looking for some reliable software that can help me tame the flood of info, tasks etc. I've been looking at a number of other products - none of which offer the great package and UI that Notebook promises. Unfortunately, it simply does not deliver on those promises. Save yourself a bunch of stress and disappointment and find another product.