So, why would you pay good money for yet another notebook app that does the obvious, including retain the name Notebook? What cold possibly make a notebook app entitled Notebook worthy of your hard earned coin?
As it turns out, it’s all in the paradigm. Starting with the Mac, the latest app to don the notebook name is Notebooks. As in plural. As in more of a notes and notebook management app.
Write. Store. Structure. Sync. Share. Use Notebooks for ideas, notes, drafts, stories, diaries, task lists, projects, files, a journal, meeting notes or anything else that requires you to write something down and keep track of it afterwards.
Notebooks manages notebooks and notes and does it with a very small learning curve. It’s that obvious how to use it.
Store plain vanilla notes in Notebooks, or create a fully formatted document with fonts, styles, even embedded photos. Notebooks can also store and display PDFs, web pages, Office documents, photos, videos, music and more.
Create as many task lists, todo lists, projects as you need and organize them how you see fit in the sidebar organizer. That simple navigation system makes it easy to find notebooks, search for details in a library of notebooks, but not get lost at the same time.
Notes creation feels much like a mini-word processor without the distractions of the libraries in the sidebar.
Notebooks works a bit like another favorite, Together, but is missing Together’s very clever grabbing shelf.
But Notebooks has one thing that Together does not. iPhone and iPad siblings which do much the same thing, but are more mobile, and, yes, files can be synchronized between devices so your Notebooks are everywhere.
OK, back to the Mac.
What’s really good about Notebooks on the Mac is that it stores all the files you create and attach to a note as native Mac files; that means the files have legs and by syncing up with Dropbox all your notes can travel wherever you go. The Mac version is new and a bit quirky but I love the less expensive iPad version.