Recently I came across a modestly priced Mac app which bills itself as a text editor, of which I have a growing collection. Unfortunately, my view of reality clashed with Leafnote, which is more of a mini-word processor, or a notes collector, than it is what it calls itself– a text editor. From my perspective, a text editor is what programmers and developers use to write code, which must be in plain text, but with specific syntax highlighting and tools good for various and sundry programming languages.
Apple provides the barest of text editors in OS X’s TextEdit app, which is anything but a mini-word processor, not a true-blue text editor, and cumbersome as hell for notes or novel writing. Leafnote is buzzword compliant, though.
Minimal, easy-to-rearrange tree, write a whole novel, keep notes and scraps of ideas together, keep lists of recipes, prepare marketing text, rearrange sections, group scenes and drafts side-by-side.
Other than a full allocation of buzzwords, Leafnote’s claim to fame is the tree– the lefthand Sidebar which lets you view documents (or notes) in a hierarchy which can be organized or re-arranged however you prefer.
That’s a plus. A big plus.
That means Leafnote can be used as a simple snippets collector, or used to write a novel– chapter by chapter. Or, use it to write almost anything in between (except the aforementioned code; the domain of true text editors).
Use of the buzzword “minimal” simply means there are not many additional word processor-like features. No word count. No formatting to worry about. No iPhone or iPad version to sync. It’s Mac only. It’s text only.
Leafnote is easy to use, easy to organize, and doesn’t cost much. If that’s what you’re after, go for it. There’s even a free try-before-you-buy option.