NoteTaker for Mac

NoteTaker for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 84 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.0.7
File Size:
17.92MB
Date Added:
December 16, 2012
Price:
Update; $69.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
3,186
Downloads Last Week:
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  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 84 votes

    • 5 star: 43
    • 4 star: 24
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5 stars

    "Extraordinary (really) customer service"

    January 22, 2011   |   By Fred5697

    Version: NoteTaker 2.5.7

    Pros

    Comprehensive, well-thought-out app; best-of-kind if you like the notebook metaphor

    Cons

    Not terribly intuitive

    Summary

    Compared to the stylistically similar Circus Ponies Notebook, NoteTaker is rock-solid (lacks some of the fun-to-use features of Notebook, but also the hiccups, inexplicable malfunctions, etc). And imagine writing customer support at 1:30 pm on a Saturday, having them respond within 15 minutes, and maintaining a dialogue for hours as they try to work thru a problem. Simply: best customer service I've ever had.

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  • 1 stars

    "Terrible. Pretentious and Needlessly Complicated"

    September 05, 2010   |   By cinthiamac

    Version: NoteTaker 2.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I bought NoteTaker a few years ago and hated it. I was looking for a notebook application and thought I'd try again. Mistake. It's not logical enough to appeal to PC users and not intuitive enough to appeal to Mac users. It is clumsy and obnoxious to use. I wasted a few hours I wish I could get back.

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  • 5 stars

    "First Class App, First Class Customer Service"

    August 03, 2010   |   By thepearsons

    Version: NoteTaker 2.4

    Pros

    Ease of Use, Functionality, Appearance and its ability to fit in unobtrusively with the way I work.

    Cons

    I would like to be able to drag multiple emails into my workbooks as they arrive, rather than currently having to cut and paste, but I understand that functionality is in the mix for a future version.

    Summary

    OK, bear with me, I'm not a techie, and not a geek. I've no axe to grind, and currently I'm looking for things that can help me with my workflow.
    I've owned macs since OS 7, and I've just hit my sixties agewise so I need software that's intuitive, with no steep learning curve (I simply don't have the time), I currently run all my macs on OS 4.11 and I'm happy with that.
    I have embarked on a major work project and because of the sheer amount of information involved, I have begun to evaluate every piece of note taking and to do software I can get my hands on, and I've been at it for over a fortnight.
    I've done Yojimbo, Journler, Voodoopad, CircusPonies Notebook (nice, but no cigar) plus many many others, and yesterday, by sheer chance, found this app.
    It's currently in version 2.4 (Snow Leopard) which meant that I couldn't evaluate it. One email to the developers gave me a 4.11 version within 3 hours of emailing them from the U.K.
    I've now been working with it for about 8 hours and I'm beginning to be blown away. It's easy to learn, it's feature rich, and it is already changing the way I work.
    Believe me, the research Widgets that come with this app are worth the shareware fee alone. You will see that I don't post many items of feedback, but on this occasion I have to go on record and say how really effective this software is for me as a writer and researcher.
    Circus Ponies Notebook and Notetaker appear to be the same piece of kit, but having tried both of them, I was up and running effectively within an hour with Notetaker, but still puzzled with Notebooks way of working.
    If I, at my age, can become comfortable with this app in a day, a real macwizard could make it fly.

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  • 2 stars

    "This would be a great program if"

    March 29, 2006   |   By Brass Hammer

    Version: NoteTaker 1.9.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This would be a great program if a couple of things were changed.

    (1) It needs to be multiuser. We use it in a law office for client management, but the fact that it is not multiuser limits us considerably.

    (2) The user interface is non-standard and we spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to do things. Apple has a great standard interface, why not use it?

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  • 5 stars

    "A student's best notebook"

    January 28, 2006   |   By accounts2

    Version: NoteTaker 1.9.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    As a student in professional school juggling full days of class and long nights of study, any way to save time is appreciated. After reviewing / running the competitor's demo I found favor in notetaker's simplicity. Some semesters, my files have been 1gb+, with many types of docments and performance remained the same as when the notebook was small. It simplified my use of two computers and allowed me to share notebooks with classmates via the web.

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  • 4 stars

    "Quite Useful But Slow"

    June 16, 2005   |   By SteveRB511

    Version: NoteTaker 1.9.6

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Currently I use NoteTaker mostly for web research and also find it useful for project and training notes. For the work that I do I find that its ability to create clipping services for copying and pasting selections into various notebooks (and pages within those notebooks) to be the most useful. Other features that I frequently use are its notebook indices, notebook libraries, and highlighting. On occasion I've created some web research notebooks and been able to pass them on to colleagues along with the NoteTaker Reader which has been really nice.

    However ....

    1) This is one of those applications with such wide-ranging capabilities and possible uses that it demands some sort of user forum. I think Aquaminds is remiss is doing so since smaller companies (at least ones that seem to be smaller) are able to do so.

    2) When notebooks become very large NoteTaker becomes abysmally slow. I've tried it on both a dual G5/2GHz and a G4/400MHz. A 53.7MB notebook is very slow when clipping to it on my G5 and a clipping to it on my G4 can be measured in minutes -- if the notebook can be opened at all. A 25MB notebook is sluggish on my G5 and more sluggish on my G4 but still generally workable if I'm patient. My workaround for the speed issue is to make a small clippings notebooks and then transfer them to larger notebooks. (I'm also considering upgrading my copy of StickyBrain as an alternative.) However, this takes away from the convenience of having clippings go directly to where I want them. I could break my notebooks down into smaller ones but then this gives me quite a few more files to search through and reduces the value of indexing to me.

    So, my rating of 4 is based on -1.5 for speed and -0.5 for the lack of a user forum which I think this product really needs to help users get the most out of it. I then added 1 back since 3 seemed unfair due to all to the features it has that I have not made use of ... yet.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great (and free!) update!"

    May 11, 2005   |   By dontspammeplease

    Version: NoteTaker 1.9.6

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Adding Spotlight access to NoteTaker is AWESOME. Notetaker files search quickly, and numerous keywords are automatically generated to further speed search results.

    The automator actions are a bit limited but work well. It makes it much easier to get information out of NoteTaker.

    Performance seems to be the best of the 1.9.x releases but still lags behind 1.8 in some areas.

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  • 5 stars

    "I like it"

    March 17, 2005   |   By rbryce2006

    Version: NoteTaker 1.9.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Although I'm still searching for the perfect PIM, NoteTaker is the best I've found. I'm a journalist and I clip lots of information. NT's clipping service is just wonderful.
    My overall compliments: The program is easy to use. It is powerful. The support from NT's developers has been fast and courteous. My questions are usually answered within 24 hours. The program is flexible: I use it for outlining, clipping, organizing, etc.
    The negatives: it's sometimes painfully slow. That's disconcerting because I have the fastest Mac I can afford: a G4 PB 1.25Ghz, with 1 gig of RAM. NT won't handle pdf files. There's no user group for NT.
    As for that last comment, I'm hoping that richramos and some other NT users will agree to start one.

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  • 4 stars

    "Non-anonymous Review"

    February 26, 2005   |   By richramos

    Version: NoteTaker 1.9.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Well, I just happen to sign up for everything using my name "richramos" since it's short and easy to remember AND since there doesn't seem to be too many of me out there I almost always get it ;) So my sign-in is my name, you can verify at richramos (dot) com (web or email).

    However, I also have been around the "net" for a long time and know that people's pseudonyms have a tendancy to really become their name after a while (way back to the days of your login on the school's computer systems being your initials and it just kinda sticks :) So I don't really believe that people are being "cowardly". However, I also don't see the harm in just throwing your real name at the end of a review if you've actually taken the time to write one.


    So on to my review... Over all great application. I put my money down for it.

    I too would recommend that you try both NoteTaker and NoteBook, I just spent about 2 weeks evaluating both and getting a lot of feedback from people and places. There's definitely pluses and minuses to each program and it's NOT a one size fits all thing. (By the way, I'm a converting OmniOutliner person. I used OO for several years and it's great for what it does, but I just need more now). I would actually recommend either one highly, what's best for you depends on your needs.

    If you want to know more about it please drop me a line, but basically:

    * While both apps definitely qualify as freeform databases, NoteBook tries really hard to stick with the traditional notebook metaphor, where as NoteTaker is really an extensible database "platform" that just happens to take the form of a notebook (I read similar statements to this in several places before I tried the evals and didn't fully understand the statements until I tried the apps myself, so please check them both out for yourself).

    * The User Interface of NoteBook is really great. I'd say it's much more elegant and well thought out than NoteTaker. I think NoteBook sacrifices style for function. Not to say that NoteTaker is an ugly interface or anything like that, it's just that NoteBook is better.

    * However, the biggest thing that tilted me toward NoteTaker is the "data interface" (ie. getting data into the application) and application control. Notetaker can be AppleScript'ed plus it recently got a Java Plug-in architecture (NoteBook has neither and AFAICT nothing is coming in the near future). The combination of AppleScripts and Java plug-ins definitely creates a very extensible architecture for the application that allows far greater ways of getting data into the application as well as control of the application (a lot of possibilities here for 3rd parties).

    * The other thing that tilted me toward NoteTaker was an import of a large OO outline (a daily log of approximately 2,100 lines). When I imported that into NoteBook it just couldn't handle it. Subsequent searching into the subject lead me to find out that after a couple hundred entries (or "cells" as they are called in NoteBook) in a single outline (ie. on a single page), NoteBook just becomes un-usable. NoteTaker handled my outline like a champ. So for me personally, this calls into question the underlying scalability of the architecture of the NoteBook app (just a personal opinion, please don't flame)

    It's really hard to do either application justice here in a few words, you really just gotta experience them. You can get 30 day evals of both apps.

    By the way, on the "automatic indexing" thread below, I just tried this... IN GENERAL NOTETAKER'S INDICES ARE UPDATED AUTOMATICALLY. However, that being said, I just tried the specific test case the "Steven P. Jobs" stated below and he is correct FOR THAT SPECIFIC TEST (although he must have meant "category" instead of "keyword"). If all you do is change a category of an entry and then go straight to the "Categories" index page, it won't be there. It seems that you must update the text in some way (add or deleted some text, press return, something like that), once you have done that the index WILL UPDATE AUTOMATICALLY. However, this is at best a quirk of that one index and is not a general statement about all of them.

    Also, I think this points out the fact that we really need and email dist list/forum for the great application. This is where stuff like this can be discussed rather than on VT. Alright enough rambling ;)

    -Rich Ramos

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  • 5 stars

    "This is a very nice piece of software"

    February 24, 2005   |   By levinedr

    Version: NoteTaker 1.9.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have found NoteTaker to be useful in exactly the ways suggested in the company's product description. For example, when planning a trip, I can search the web and download text, pictures, maps, audiofiles etc. into an indexed and organized document that prints nicely and can be easily distributed either electronically or in hard copy. It saved me hours simply by its ease of use and intuitive interface. I researched an upcoming trip to Tuscany, Italy and printed it for my family. They all appreciated it and found it very helpful. I think I would even use it more if I were a student.

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