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ScratchPad for Mac

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Very good
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out of 4 votes out of 0 votes

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    Jun. 16, 2016
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Editors' Review


ScratchPad is a free, simple text editor inspired by the old Mac default application Note Pad. You'll find much of the functionality of Text Edit here--including support for styles and a ruler, and the ability to use rich text, color, and images--but with a few clever additions.

ScratchPad automatically saves as you type, over multiple pages, letting you quickly flip forward and back through however many separate pages you want to create in the app. One big advantage of this multipage approach over Text Edit is that you won't have so many tiny .txt files littered all over your desktop or hard drive--in fact, there are no files to save at all.

One disadvantage, however, is that it can become difficult to find what you're looking for if you end up adding a lot of pages to ScratchPad. ScratchPad has some other deficiencies (for example, there is no quick way to convert a page to plain text), but other interesting features (such as its ability to float above other windows, transparently) make this free, fast-loading app worth checking out. We probably won't see many (if any) more updates to ScratchPad, since its developer is now working on a more full-featured app called ScratchBook.

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User Reviews

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5 stars

"Just perfect"

September 07, 2011  |  By LadyLeaf

2011-09-07 20:09:48  |  By LadyLeaf

 |  Version: ScratchPad 1.3


Always available, clean, uncomplicated.


I can't find any cons.


ScratchPad is exactly what I've always wanted: A clean, uncomplicated, roomy place where I can save anything I want, how I want. I'm a compulsive note taker, clip-and-saver who by nature is unorganized. I file and find intuitively so ScratchPad is perfect for me. Will have a permanent home in my Dock. Thank You!

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4 stars

"so far ScratchPad is proving very useful"

February 12, 2010  |  By joyousjam1

2010-02-12 17:43:52  |  By joyousjam1

 |  Version: ScratchPad 1.3


very easy to use


needs a way to do a search across all notes - if it has this facility I can't find it

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5 stars

"Terrific replacement for "Notepad""

November 17, 2009  |  By bruceberman

2009-11-17 07:03:39  |  By bruceberman

 |  Version: ScratchPad 1.3


Opens quickly. Great for copying text from e-mails or web pages without dealing with bells or whistles.


What's not to like?

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5 stars

"Great product."

October 27, 2009  |  By donbin

2009-10-27 14:41:38  |  By donbin

 |  Version: ScratchPad 1.3


Handy for note taking, automatically saves.


Haven't found any yet.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.4.1
  • [Updated] Updated back & forward buttons to use OS X's native buttons.
  • [Updated] Added Retina-compatible icons.
Publisher Alex Seifert
Publisher web site
Release Date June 16, 2016
Date Added June 16, 2016
Version 1.4.1
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Text Editing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.81MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 2,319
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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