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Simplenote: Basic note-taker for Mac beats OS X's Notes

Roman Loyola | Jan. 28, 2014
When we reviewed Simplenote for iOS nearly four years ago, we found it to be a standout note-taking app. But while the company soon added Android and Kindle versions, for the longest time it didn't provide an OS X counterpart--Mac users who wanted to access and edit their notes on their Macs had to turn to Simplenote's Web app. So last fall's release of the free Mac version of Simplenote (Mac App Store link) was welcome.

Simplenote doesn't have any formatting features or other organizing tools, so it won't replace a full-featured "notes and everything else" app such as Evernote. But if you don't like OS X's Notes app, you don't mind relying on Simplenote's sync service (and its encryption policy), Simplenote is a good alternative. I prefer Simplenote's interface and features over those of Notes, though I still use Evernote for most of my complex note taking.


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