Others are minimalistic, bare bones notes apps with so few features you wonder how there can be a price tag. In between are all sorts of notes taking applications. When friends, family, or co-workers ask for a recommendation on which of the many notes apps to use, I narrow the list rather quickly. A notes app must be able to work seamlessly on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Yes, Apple’s own Notes app for iOS and OS X works, but it’s minimalist at best. Far better and more capable for serious notes takers is CocoaNotes (nice play on words; not coconuts, but Cocoa (Apple’s native object-oriented API for OS X) nuts.
What you get for a few bucks in a robust notes app which easily manages many folders and hundreds or thousands of notes– and keeps them stored and synchronized between devices by using iCloud Drive. One look at the friendly but obvious interface and you can see plenty of built-in flexibility and capability.
CocoaNotes uses the standard RTFD (Rich Text) file format which gives you text formatting options, but also views images and PDFs. The claim to fame here is the folder hierarchy management option. CocoaNotes uses a standard and easily accessible tree-like hierarchy so files and folders are easily organized and opened.
The best part is the option to use iCloud to keep notes in sync with other Macs or iPhone and iPad. Edit or create a note on your Mac, and it’s available moments later on other Macs or iPhone and iPad. That’s also the only negative issues with CocoaNotes.
The iOS version of CocoaNotes remains a work in progress and does not have feature parity with the Mac version on OS X. Notes can be viewed between devices, but formatting options on iOS are limited for now (and both devices may not have the same fonts). Otherwise, there’s much to like, sync works well, and each version is priced right. Hopefully feature parity between OS X and iOS versions will be reached soon.