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Justnotes is a simple, beautiful and powerful notes app. The nice user interface lets you focus on the important things - taking notes.

You are a Simplenote user? Just enter your account and your notes get synced instantly. Besides Simplenote, Justnotes lets you also sync your notes with any local folders (e.g. your Dropbox folder).

You are an Evernote user? Import your Evernote notes (.enex) in just a minute.


  • Minimalistic user interface lets you focus on taking notes
  • Synchronization with Simplenote and any local folder (e.g. Dropbox)
  • Tags to organize more...

What's New

Version 1.3.3:

Note: The Demo version is currently at 1.3.1; the version available for purchase is 1.3.3.
  • Improved performance for searching tags and text in notes.
  • Allow editing existing Simplenote account by double clicking on the row in preferences.
  • Fixed bug where scroll position is reseted after sync.


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Blloyd Member IconReview+216

The 1.3 update is HUGELY better. It uses the updated Simplenote APIs and sync time for me (with 1300 notes) has gone from minutes, to seconds. It is way, way, WAY better.

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Version 1.3
PRjohnson Member IconReview+35

I have been keeping my fingers crossed with the new developers' trajectory for the future of JustNotes. I want oh so, so bad for the new (post-v1.0) JustNotes to, at minimum, work as well as it did before being freshly developed (pre-v1.0) and appearing in the App Store. To be honest, I miss the days when JustNotes v0.8 just worked, but unfortunately the older version is no longer stable in newer versions of OS X. And even though it is now a much prettier and visually stunning app, there have been a handful of relatively simple yet highly relevant usability issues. Most recently, and which prompted my review, is a new "mid-sync freeze" bug, which locks up JustNotes until it finishes syncing the current note you are editing. The sync interval cannot be changed, so the user is left stuck for 10-15 seconds EVERY 10-15 seconds or so. Other usability issues, while seemingly minor are indeed much more of a problem than they seem, include: a) the inability to effectively stylize text in any manner at all which would makes sense to a human who has ever edited text before (e.g., if you highlight some text and make it bold, the entire note becomes bold); b) what happened to Markdown?; c) ineffective management of deleted notes (I have literally thousands of notes stuck in my JustNotes "Archive" that have been long deleted in SimpleNote--it would be awesome for there to be a toggle option to turn "Archive Note" off and replace it with "Delete Note" instead; d) searching notes has been rendered useless for anyone with several dozen notes or more and/or with longer notes so that when searching for a word it may appear multiple times throughout your notes--the easy solution is to simply use the shortcut CMD-G "Find next," which for for one reason or another does not work in JustNotes yet is such a universal OS X interface shortcut enabled in any app capable of searching; e) I give up--while switching between writing this review and JustNotes it crashed out of nowhere, thus marking a good place to wrap-up this review. If apps could crash themselves out of shame, well, looks like we have a winner. But, having said all of the above, I have faith in JustNotes and its developers for paying more attention to the user and overall usability. Simply listening to user feedback and suggestions is not enough--it would be a good idea to go several rounds user studies if this has not been done yet. Many of the issues found in JustNotes would become apparent early on and thus fixed more quickly.

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Version 1.2.1
S120107 Member IconReview+2

I used to like this application but recently the syncing with SimpleNote has stopped working. I have not had any replies to
my support requests

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Version 1.2

Really like the program, had come to rely on it, then, while archiving a couple notes, it just crashed. Re-start also crashed, as did a new install from MAS. I took your tip, deleted the /Containers/ file, and everything works again. Thanks for the help.

Dolphinboy2u Member IconReview+68

I locked in on Justnotes when it was v0.x and loved it. After trying to use Notational Velocity, NV Alt, and others, Justnotes became my only desktop app for connecting to SimpleNotes, which I depend on every day.

When it went to v1.x it was initially pretty buggy, and I was bummed. However, the developer has now fixed those problems (including two I had reported to him; I just wish he'd been quicker about it). Now Justnotes works like a charm. The new v1.x features, like syncing multiple folders, have been great. I'm very happy with it, well worth the price.

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Version 1.2
Dolphinboy2u Member IconComment+68

Re: Robthecomputerguy's complaint about having to pay full price for a Mac App Store copy after having paid for a copy from the developer: this is widespread, and it's because the App Store does not provide developers a way to give upgrade discounts. Everyone has this same problem, no matter what the software title.
I think it's unfair of you to slur the developer as dishonest for this. After all, he did provide a three-month pause before launching it on the App Store.
I have no connection to the dev. or the software, I just think it's not right to blame the guy for an Apple policy that's beyond his control.

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Version 1.2
Robthecomputerguy Member IconReview+5

Be careful. First off, this app says $5.99 here and $9.99 at the app store. I bought this app from the developer and he is one shady fellow - he took down the app about 3 months ago so nobody could download it anymore and now has posted it at the App Store so everyone can pay for it all over again.

And yeah, the app has problems, and it sounds like they've gotten worse with the new version.

However, my issue with this app is the dishonesty of the developer - this was a long planned and calculated dropping of existing customers and keeping their money - he hasn't responded to several emails or tweets about the upgrade or making licenses available to existing paid users.

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Version 1.0.1

Price here is (now) the same. The update between this and the previous pre-app store version is very significant, and could well have cost an upgrade fee... and ten bucks isn't so much. It's not perfect but it's a very good way of accessing simplenote on the Mac.

Negritude Member IconComment+1082

Seen on the developer's twitter feed:

"Justnotes for OS X Lion - drop me a mail to become a tester now justnotes @ selfcoded . com"

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Version 0.8
Dejmac Member IconReview+62

Simply - matchless!

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Version 0.8
Bdikkat Member IconReview+205

JustNotes appears great, but is actually useless, since it insists on resurrecting deleted notes - even if they're deleted from Simplenote on the Simplenote website. The only way to get rid of them is to use special software to uninstall the app thoroughly. Pity.

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Version 0.8
Bigboysdad Member IconReview+492

This app is deliberately more simple than similar products out there, such as Nottingham for example. I've used this for quite a while now not just because it syncs with Simplenote/iphone/android immediately (as it should), but because I think its the only app of its kind that lets me access my notes from just the Menubar, not taking up Dock space. I'm always going to stick with it whilst that's the case, it just makes it more convenient than the rest IMO.

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Version 0.8
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Version 1.3.1
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Version 1.3
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Version 1.3
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Version 1.0
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Version 0.8
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Downloads 13,794
Version Downloads 3,080
License Demo
Date 28 Sep 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $9.99
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