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Editors' Review

Notepad for Mac is a note-taking app for Mac OS X. A trial version is available from several download sites, while the full licensed version of Notepad for Mac will cost you $20. Notepad for Mac installs easily.

The concept behind Notepad for Mac is that any text can be saved and pasted into any app. You can drag and drop text from one app to another, or you can cut and paste to the Notepad for Mac. As text is moved through Notepad for Mac, it builds up a history list, which lets you recall any content and reuse it quickly. Notepad for Mac supports passwords, so you can protect your sensitive notes from others. There's a flexible search capability that can scan through all the notes you've made and pull up matches. The search allows wildcards, so you can look for text based on expression patterns. There's a full set of text tools available, so you can format your notes on the notepad any way you want. You can print directly from Notepad for Mac, too.

We used Notepad for Mac for almost a month to see if it added to our productivity. It's a mixed bag. While the ability to drag and drop any text is handy, this is not something that's new to Mac OS anyway. Storing and managing notes is fine, but there are apps for free that do the same job. In the end, we're not convinced that spending $20 has really given us anything we couldn't get elsewhere with no cost.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Mac Notepad for Mac

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Full Specifications

What's new in version

  • Many user interface improvements.
  • New mail note feature.
  • New categories source list.
  • Multiple selection of notes.
  • Drag and drop to export notes. Dragging notes to a folder will export the selected notes into the folder.
  • Drag and drop to import notes. Dropping a folder onto the source notes list will import all files contained in the folder.
  • New import and export formats. Supported formats now are: Plain text, Styled Text (Simple Text), RTF, HTML, Open Office .odt, Word .docx, Word XML .xml, Word (97- 2004) .doc


Publisher Apimac
Publisher web site
Release Date January 20, 2010
Date Added January 20, 2010


Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Text Editing Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC/Server, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC/Server, Mac OS X 10.6/Intel
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 19.75MB
File Name notepad.dmg


Total Downloads 104,058
Downloads Last Week 56


License Model Free to try
Limitations Mac Notepad is shareware and so, until registered, a reminder window appears and forces you to wait for some seconds every time you open the application. The feature for printing is disabled and no more than some notes can be added.
Price $39.99
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