No note-taking app can do the actual work for you, but it can certainly make your task of jotting down notes easier. When the purpose is to take quick notes, simplicity is key. But so are functionality and flexibility, which we have tried to offer with our own Mac OS Note taking app.
The ideal note taking app should be one that is intuitive, flexible, easy to export from, simple to open and fast in its operation. Whether you want to jot down a line, an outline, a snippet of code or a quotation as inspiration hits you, what you need is an app that makes it easy to keep track of your notes. In other words, you’re looking for an app that can let you stack your records in one place like a deck of cards, with some equivalent of dog-ears or colored labels to help you pull out relevant “cards” when you need them.
Word Processors and Built-in Apps Don’t Cut It
Word processors are great to write down your thoughts and ideas. But it isn’t easy to manage them or keep track of all the notes you’ve collected for a particular project. You have to hunt for individual files in the relevant folder, in the depths of your MacBook’s storage. God forbid if you’ve not been alert about the file locations.
One alternative for Mac users is Apple’s very own Notes. If you’re a Mac OS user, then you’ve probably already tried out the Notes app that comes bundled with Mac. It is a nifty fuss-free app that gives you your choice of fonts and sizes. But if you decide to write in font size 24 for one document, you’ll be frustrated to find you cannot change the font size in the middle of writing. You can indent paragraphs and use bold and italics, but often, this is not enough. These are the little limitations that make Notes less than perfect.
Functional and Flexible Mac OS Note Taking
Often, you will want something more than a scratch pad, and Notes can feel like one most of the time. When you’re brainstorming and need to collect research, copy and paste from the web or PDF files, consult images that you’ve saved, you’ll need an app that lets you do all this and more. Unlike many Mac OS note taking apps that are either good for research or good for writing, Cylix tries to strike a balance between the two functions.
Cylix can be a good scratch pad. Have an idea you want to jot down before it slips your mind? Pull up a new text note and take it down. You can even write a note outside Cylix and when you have the time later, just import it and set up a password for protection.
The Web Editor makes Cylix ideal for writing in any form. Whether you’re blogging, writing a report complete with tables and citations, or drawing up the first draft of your novel, the Web Editor has you covered. It is not only writers that use Mac OS note taking apps. Developers and people in business do as well. Cylix makes sure anyone can write their notes down in a minimalistic and intuitive workspace.
The capability to import PDF and images in various formats on Cylix can help with research. Want to refer to a PDF file when you’re drawing up a report for your business? Just import it into the project folder and use the search feature to look for the parts of the document you want to read. Copy and paste from PDF, which is not an action that many other apps will allow. The system of organization is also like stackable cards – with file names to distinguish the various notes. Searching through all your notes, whether PDF, plain text, web content or code, is simply a matter of typing in the word or phrase you’re looking for in the search bar.
Overall, Cylix has tried to make Mac OS note taking as simple, intuitive and convenient as possible. Do let us know how successful the endeavor has been.