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ScratchPadd for Mac

By Ravenware Software Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 22, 2013

With full search capabilities, ScratchPadd for Mac enables you to document ideas or anything else you'll need to refer to later, just like the Notes app that comes with OS X. While it works fine, it doesn't add anything new to the mix, giving you little reason to download it.

ScratchPadd for Mac feels like having a fully searchable Post-It notepad on your Mac. After we installed it, we perused the Help file, which seemed to describe software far more complicated than what we'd downloaded. We began typing up test notes -- called Padds in this app -- using the three short fields at the top of each Padd for titles or headings, and then the larger field for the body of the text we wanted to type in. The app allows for searching within a Padd or across multiple Padds, and both options function well. We were able to quickly and easily find the notes we had written. Notes can be flagged, as well, according to priority or interest level, which is a nice feature. They can also be locked and private, which requires the user to enter a password to open them. The app also comes bundled with some other redundant tools, which allow you to search for files by type and for words within a file, a task made nearly impossible to understand through its implementation and incomprehensible Help guide.

ScratchPadd for Mac packs some interesting features in a light and rather easy-to-use app. However, all the main options and functionality duplicate things that Mac OS X can do on its own, and with a better interface.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0.6

  • Padd moves to the correct page on open. I've fixed this bug in 1993, 1997, 2003, 2007, and now 2014.
  • Changed the "locked" and "private" checkboxes to pushbuttons. Don't ask.
  • Privacy screen had many issues on Mavericks, spent too much time chasing them with no resolution. No screen, just the words "private" now, sorry.


Release February 26, 2014
Date Added February 26, 2014
Version 4.0.6

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

ScratchPadd is an idea organizer and note-keeper. Under continuous development since 1991.

ScratchPadd organizes your thoughts in Padds full of Pages, easily and quickly searchable.

ScratchPadd is also where I try new things and add interesting utilities that I need, so keep track of it for new things! This version, for example, adds "Where are there...." a feature to find directories holding file types you're interested in.
But it's fundamentally an info organizer.
This is a complete re-write, so ScratchPadd is starting with fundementals again, many of the things ScratchPadd did in System 7 don't make any sense in Mac OS X. But check back often, since I tend to revise ScratchPadd a lot.
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