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Simple Notes for Mac

Editors' Review

by   / October 15, 2013

Simple Notes for Mac is a desktop notepad that lets you create and customize the look and feel of your notes but doesn't let you organize them. The app comes with a poorly-designed, small and cluttered interface, and in terms of features, it doesn't have much to offer, either.

Simple Notes for Mac features a tiny main window of only approximately an inch and a half wide and just as high, making it hard to see and harder to use. What's worse, the interface sports ancient graphics; Socrates himself would frown at them. Typing and copying/pasting text into the window is fairly easy, but there is no obvious way to change or organize notes. At least there's a minuscule button in the upper left that lets you change the font, but the options are limited. There are also options to change the font color as well as the color of the main window; but other than that, there is not much else useful for customizing your notes here. However, the app pleasantly surprises with a text-to-speech feature that can read your notes aloud. Not only is this feature accurate, but it also sounds good.

Simple Notes for Mac isn't likely to become your favorite note-taking app for Mac anytime soon. The dated, poorly-organized interface, the lack of features, and the overall clumsiness of the app make it a poor choice for any writer. The text-to-speech feature stands out, but is not enough to redeem this app.

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Editors' Review

by   / October 15, 2013

Simple Notes for Mac is a desktop notepad that lets you create and customize the look and feel of your notes but doesn't let you organize them. The app comes with a poorly-designed, small and cluttered interface, and in terms of features, it doesn't have much to offer, either.

Simple Notes for Mac features a tiny main window of only approximately an inch and a half wide and just as high, making it hard to see and harder to use. What's worse, the interface sports ancient graphics; Socrates himself would frown at them. Typing and copying/pasting text into the window is fairly easy, but there is no obvious way to change or organize notes. At least there's a minuscule button in the upper left that lets you change the font, but the options are limited. There are also options to change the font color as well as the color of the main window; but other than that, there is not much else useful for customizing your notes here. However, the app pleasantly surprises with a text-to-speech feature that can read your notes aloud. Not only is this feature accurate, but it also sounds good.

Simple Notes for Mac isn't likely to become your favorite note-taking app for Mac anytime soon. The dated, poorly-organized interface, the lack of features, and the overall clumsiness of the app make it a poor choice for any writer. The text-to-speech feature stands out, but is not enough to redeem this app.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.1.1M

Changes in Version 6.1.1M
1.) New About screen button added
2.) Back button improved
3.) Catzware Update button improved
4.) Quit button improved
5.) New Donate button added
6.) New Facebook "Like" button added
7.) Tooltip text updated
8.) Link to Catzware website removed from logo
9.) Copyright message readded to About screen
10.) Other minor changes
11.) Transparency settings increased from 2 to 5

Changes in Version 6.1 (which was not released for Mac)
1.) Topbar icons redesigned
2.) "Simple Notes" text removed from Topbar
3.) Text size icons redesigned
4.) Text size dialog added (allows you to use any text size you want)
5.) Interface slightly modified
6.) Code cleaned up
7.) Various bugs fixed
8.) Performance improved
9.) High resolution icon added
10.) Other minor changes

General

Publisher Catzware
Publisher web site http://www.catzware.com
Release Date November 13, 2013
Date Added November 13, 2013
Version 6.1.1M

Category

Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Text Editing Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4/Intel, Mac OS X 10.5/Intel, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 1.9MB
File Name simplenotes.dmg

Popularity

Total Downloads 327
Downloads Last Week 1

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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