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jotting in mac: NoteAway, Curiota, nvALT or Unclutter

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Posted by Dellu
May 6, 2017 at 01:21 PM


These my favorite fast jotting applications. I have used each at different times.

Curiota:RTF(RTDF): transparent file saving (can be indexed in Devonthink); editing is wonderful. One of the best jotting apps I have found. The only complain I have with it on windows management. It is a kind of quirky if you want to snap it to a certain corner of your screen. Totally free.

NoteAway: does everying Curiota does: plus a couple of nuggets if you pay for the pro version. The tagging capability is one of my favorite. The windows are also much better managed here. 

Unclutter:  Writing notes is one of the many things that unclutter can do—saves files too. the problem with this is, it does support neither rtf nor markdown. So, formatting is not supported.

NvALT doesn’t need explanation.

Do you use any of these? what is your favorite?


Posted by Hugh
May 7, 2017 at 08:45 AM


I have tried many. My current choice, which I am just starting to explore, is the note-taking feature of the Sorter of DevonThink Pro Office, with the Notes database sync’d to DevonThink To Go.


Posted by Hugh
May 7, 2017 at 01:46 PM


I do quite like Curiota (although, thanks to other commitments, I’ve held back from exploring the latest version of Curio and so my usage of Curiota has been limited). I tried Unclutter - I didn’t find it uniquely useful enough to persist. I don’t know NoteAway. NvAlt is simple and OK.

One point about the DT Sorter: one can also use Apple Notes and/or Evernote as “front ends” to import notes into DT (and I imagine, though I don’t know, that there must be a way of fairly easily importing nvAlt notes into DT too).


Posted by MadaboutDana
May 8, 2017 at 11:09 AM


Quite agree about Curiota - I use it for saving web pages (as PDFs), plus all sorts of little jottings.

I also use Unclutter for taking quick notes and as a clipboard extender (does that very nicely). I do use Markdown in the notes, although Unclutter itself doesn’t support it, because I then view the notes in various Markdown editors / sync them with mobile devices with Markdown editors (via Dropbox).

NoteAway I’ve tried several times, but find it a bit too fussy for quick jottings, although it’s undoubtedly powerful. I generally use Apple Notes for slightly more detailed stuff.



Posted by Dellu
May 8, 2017 at 02:04 PM


One feature of NoteAway I specifically find it helpful is the Sticky (stay on top)  feature.

I personally find Apple’s stickies app more useful than their Notes app. I agree, the native apps are also getting better.


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