Growly Notes is an effective productivity tool for Mac that lets you capture just about anything all in one place. It's a great tool for organizing research projects, trips, to-do lists, or journals. In addition, its equally competent at creating scrapbooks of random images, web links and video clips. If you need a slick productivity app without a big outlay, then Growly Notes is a very good choice. The great strength of Growly Notes is that it can contain almost anything, including formatted text, images, movies, audio clips, PDF files, tables, lists, web and file links, and drawings you create in Notes. You can place things anywhere so you don't have to worry about inflexible templates or rigid rules.
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Growly Notes lets you capture everything you're interested in, all in one place. Organize research projects, trips, to-do lists, or journals. Scrapbook your images, Web links, and video clips. Your imagination is the only limitation. Pages can contain almost anything: formatted text, images, movies, audio clips, PDF files, tables, lists, Web and file links, and drawings you create in Notes.
There are no rules for where things have to go: put an image beside text, or under it. Draw shapes on top of other notes. Put two snippets of text right next to each other. Click anywhere and start typing. It's really that simple. Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware.
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Overview Growly Notes lets you capture everything you're interested in, all in one place. Version 4. Join over , subscribers. How would you rate Growly Notes app? Post review. Panthera 09 January Most helpful. This application is incredible and the price free is nothing less than stunning. It most closely resembles Curio. It is far simpler to operate though.
Try the export function. You can easily get very high quality notes back out of this app and into other programs. I haven't seen free software of this caliber in years. Moxiesozo 13 June Sjha 01 December M-Rick 25 June The software itself is good, but if you are writing texts in another language than English, the spelling features are not working since Growly Notes only know English … It's a pity because it seems to use the system's spelling so it should be able to support all the ones supported by the system.
I've used a variety of note apps over the years - Growly Notes comes top of my list by a long way. Simple to use and extremely versatile. As a sedate old codger I'm not that keen on the GUI shown in the image on this page, but the developer has even taken my biases into account and provided a more mundane alternative!
Electriclewis 18 March I've used this for years, upgrading to the paid-for version when it was released. This is the best, most solid and easy to use free-form notes application I've used. Great product. Growly Notes ver 1 was the best note-taking app I had found, and I tried many of them. Growly Notes ver 2 is no longer free but is actually much better. The developer clearly put a lot of thought into every aspect of this.
For me there was a learning curve to understand all the capabilities that can be accessed via the tabbed sidebar. The ways of handling formats e. Mostly this meant reading several sections of the extremely well-written docs as opposed to either scanning or ignoring them which is what I usually am able to do. If there were a freeware app that came close to doing all this app does, I would not have upgraded. But, I have looked hard in the past and I really like this app.
I consider it well worth the price. Incidentally, though this is my primary notes app, I DO use other note-taking apps as well for special purposes. I use Evernote because it can automatically sync with File-This-Fetch for managing financial records.
I use Sidenote for hot short-term items it is opened by mousing over to the side of the screen , and TextWrangler for coding. But I find Growly Notes the most capable for general purpose notes because it is easy to apply formats and one can drag and drop both text and objects with ease.
Appledogx 12 January Unfortunately, no longer free, but really worth the price asked. I find it still to be the best Notes app for Mac. The new interface is nice, though I would have much preferred a floating palette to the fixed area like in Pages 5 to make better use of limited screen real estate.
It gives the user much control over everything, though I can't find a way to change the grid size for positioning. If the author does come out with the iPad app as hinted at, it will be totally fabulous. I just hope there will be way to sync locally instead of using iCloud.
I clicked on 4, but cannot change my rating to 4. Zx81 12 January Subroutines 03 August My main issue with this app, like a previous reviewer has said, is the textbox. Growly Notes textbox is weak compared Ponies' and Curios'.
For a notetaking app, the textbox should be bread and butter feature, where it expands regardless of the length of the first line. Appledogx 01 December Great place to keep information you need to get at quickly and keep well organized. The way it moves text boxes is a bit quirky, but all in all, I use this app weekly! I love it.
There's one thing I'd like to add: for those who don't like the appearance of the app, it can be customised: in the Preferences, just switch from "fun" to "serious" window layout, and it looks much more like your common mac app. If you don't like the app's icon, just replace it with a clipart of your choice. The app itself is very good UI design, rock stable, fast… Seems there is was lots of talent at Microsoft — the developer worked 10 years for MS — it says quite a lot about MS management, if they are not able to keep such good developers and those devs go afterwards mac only development :- Why isn't Growly Write here on MacUpdate?
Seems to be a nice app too… One last thing: I like it that the developer included an "Uninstall" command in the menu. Very user friendly, so you don't have to hunt down files in hidden folders, as with so many other mac apps, if you want to get rid of the app; that said, Growly Notes isn't an "invasive" app at all. And yes, actually I don't know if the uninstall command even works, because, umm: why should I want to delete an app like that….
Sliwkaj 05 August Excellent application! Just stared using it, so I couldn't discover all the functionalities yet. Mayersj1 05 August The link here on MacUpdate points to the 1. Going to the developer website, the proper 1.
This is a fantastic free piece of software - for something that so many people need, there always needs to be a freeware version for the little guy. This is feature rich, and functions great. Would like to customise the interface a little more, but that is being really picky. Gniman 02 May DanoDano 27 April Bluloo 16 April Panthera 16 April Minor Notes update 1. This is the only change in this version. As most of the other reviewers have said, this is a great application.
Organize your information. Organize class notes, research projects, trips, to-do lists, or journals. Scrapbook your images, web links, and video clips. Your imagination is the only limitation. Pages can contain almost anything: formatted text, images, movies, audio clips, PDF files, tables, lists, links, web pages, and drawings you create in Notes. There are no rules for where things have to go: put an image beside text or under it.
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Through August , Boston University has moved to remote teaching and learning, canceled on-campus activities, and minimized lab research activities. It allows you to make your own fully-searchable library, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device. Notability is a powerful note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures and more. It is the one place to create, share, and manage your academic notes. It combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs. Your notes are always available thanks to iCloud support.
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Growly Notes for Mac has many features that are useful for note-taking, but it ultimately fails to set itself apart from similar programs. Upon startup, Growly Notes for Mac immediately brings up a note containing a tutorial, which was very helpful since there were a number of options and features. A top menu contains buttons for the main options, from creating a new notebook to changing colors. The interface could have benefited from larger text or more appropriate graphics for the buttons, to assist new users. During testing, creating a new note was easy. The program allows users to add almost anything to a new note, including pictures, PDF images, and text. While notebooks can be saved and exported, there is no direct link to things like smartphones, which is a feature present on most competing applications.