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Scrawl is the world's simplest and easiest-to-use note taking application. It is always sitting in the menu bar for easy access whenever you need it.

The Interface:

The interface is important for any app, and Scrawl takes it to the next level. Not only is it easy to access and use, but it also looks extremely slick and clean - something many note taking apps lack. Scrawl can handle an unlimited amount of notes as well.


  • Can auto save notes not only in OS X 10.7 Lion, but in OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and OS X 10.5 Leopard as well.
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What's New

Version 2.1.1:
  • Bug fixes


OS X 10.6.8 or later

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rinopo Member IconComment+15

The app looks nice and I have a couple of questions on how it works before purchasing:

1. How is the list sorted? Can I change the order manually?

2. Can I change the window size manually, or is it automatically resized fitting to its content, or is it just fixed?


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Version 1.1.2
Bdikkat Member IconComment+211

"A few extra features sneaked in behind Apple's back" ???

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Version 1.1.2
Allen Dunahoo (Developer)

Apple didn't like the way we implemented the HUD look using BWToolKit, so we took the files, and then took them out of the .framework bunds, and put them as loose files in Resources (within the app). Then it was approved.

This version number is wrong. It should be 1.1.1, btw.

accountclosed Member IconReview+111

Just got back a curt response from the developer after making a reasonable feature request: "I will not be adding this to Scrawl.
Thank You, The PAD Software Team." No explanation, nothing human. Further, both the "Stop Following" and "View this Feedback" links in the auto-generated email were dead. For these reasons and in response to some of the developer's unsympathetic and poorly reasoned responses in this forum, it's back to Scribblet for me.

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Version 1.1.1
Allen Dunahoo (Developer)

It's a bug with the UserRules system we use; I have the same problem ;-)

Users can vote up or down feature requests: yours was voted down very quickly. That is why it will not be added to Scrawl.


Which feature request? I had submitted two. Seems as though you may need a better "UserRules" system—one that provides more thorough tracking information, at the least. Your response also doesn't explain the curtness of the reply. At what point are "votes" considered decisive? Developers also should have a say, Allen, in whether a requested feature makes sense even if it isn't popular among some arbitrary number of 'voters."The other feature, BTW, for any interested readers here, had to do with iCloud being an option. Switched off, it would disable the built in "nag screen" that the app brings up regularly, e.g., after launch, to let you know (again) that it can't make the iCloud connection. Not all users are on board with iCloud, nor should the app's developers assume that they will be. They should have the option. A final note: Three weeks after the release of 1.1.1., the update to this app STILL is not available in the App Store! All in all, an off-putting experience. A thoughtful developer would take that to heart and offer more than defensiveness, IMO.

Allen Dunahoo (Developer)

I'm am working on adding a disable iCloud button, and a disable automatic sync button in the Preferences. You can expect it in Scrawl 1.3.


Thanks for the update, Allen. Looking forward to seeing that obviously important feature added in 1.3. Good luck with the project.

Allen Dunahoo (Developer)

You should be able to disable it in the iCloud preference pane i System Preferences, in 2.0 (coming out when Mountain Lion is released).

Iscreen Member IconComment+48

no "try, no "buy", bye bye...

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Version 1.1

An understandable position. This app was updated well around the time screen left his alliterative comment, and the App Store has yet to release the update. If Apple means to monopolize developers, the least its "geniuses" can do is move their rear ends and stop sitting on updates. This becomes one more reason to encourage developers to make their apps available outside the App Store.


@ accountclosed

Yes. Along with your comment there is a question for both developers and customers : will there be an Apple life outside the Stores (App & iTunes) in a near future ? How long the Mac (and its OS) will remain different from a big iPad ?

Allen Dunahoo (Developer)

Why Scrawl isn't Available outside the Mac App Store:
Scrawl has been designed to use Apple's iCloud service to sync notes across all devices with the same iCloudID and Scrawl. Apple has created code in the Mac OS X Lion operating system that makes apps with iCloud, not sold via the Mac App Store, not function.


@ Allen Dunahoo

"not sold via the Mac App Store, not function"

So, you know the way Tim cooks you. OK.
Then, for users, as SJ had the habit to hammer during the keynotes : "Amazing, you can buy!". Great.

One more thing, there are other voices, don't know if they'll be able to sing freely for a long time, but they try :
e.g. "Full software, not an App!"

Allen Dunahoo (Developer)

Well good for him. I believe that iCloud is a very nice feature to have, and I do not plan to get rid of it.

I may do a lite version in the future, and treat it as a limited trial. That could be listed outside of the Mac App Store for free. However, I do not plan to do that at this point.


With all due respect for the developer's explanation here of why his app is available only through the App Store (and those of us who purchased it are STILL waiting for Apple to approve the latest update, two weeks after the fact of its release), the explanation begs the question. Apple may tie a developer's hands with proprietary technology, e.g., iCloud, but this strategy can work only if developers are willing to be taken hostage. Why couldn't Scrawl offer iCloud functionality as an OPTION? Many developers make their apps available in the App Store AND through their web site. When Apple begins to try to control how developers code their apps to strong-arm them into compliance with Apple's marketing aims, at the same time that they sit on updates for weeks, there's an implicit message that any savvy developer will recognize to get creative in making end-runs around Apple's attempts to control how users purchase and use apps. Invoking Apple standards (e.g., iCloud) as the reason for making apps available exclusively through the App Store does not answer the question; it evades it.

Allen Dunahoo (Developer)

I'm working on adding it to Scrawl :)

Ca Member IconComment+60

How can I give Scrawl a try if I don't want to use the App Store? How do I get in touch with the developer?

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Version 1.0

Please contact me at "paul [at] allendunahoo.com". You can buy it via PayPal for $1.99 and send it to the email address above, but if you have 10.6 or 10.7 please use the Mac App Store.

Allen Dunahoo (Developer)

I do not have a trial that you can use.

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Darren Scharf
Version 1.1.2
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 1,336
Version Downloads 354
License Commercial
Date 26 Apr 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $0.99