On the other side of the coin, some of Apple’s built-in Mac apps are lame. Notes is high on that list. Notes is simple to use and free– and that’s the saving grace. Otherwise, there are better alternatives including NotesTab Pro. It’s the notes app Apple would make for Mac users if it really cared to create the best.
NotesTab Pro costs a few dollars but does much more than Apple’s Notes app. Yes, it synchronizes between Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps, comes with extra fonts, text styling, multiple user themes, and all the keyboard shortcuts you’ll ever need.
Plus, NotesTab Pro is beautiful to view, and easier to use than Notes. Click on the Menubar icon to view, edit, or add a note.
The Mac version has a fullscreen mode, and the drop down menu from the Menubar is detachable so you can move it wherever you choose on the Mac’s screen.
Each note is timestamped and easy to find using the search window. Notes can be backed up wherever you choose (I use Dropbox), and saved as either Rich Text Format or plain text. The notes window can float over other windows on the Mac which makes it very handy for transcribing or capturing snippets of text.
The iPhone and iPad version works similarly, though the user interface is a bit different.
For Mac users, there’s a Lite version which is free to try but might annoy you with the advertisements (the Pro version removes ads but costs only a few dollars anyway).
Once you see NotesTab Pro in action on your Mac you’ll see that Apple could have designed their own Notes app with a little more care.