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NotesTab is an indispensable app and is the easiest piece of software you will ever use. Try it for a day and you'll be hooked for life! This nifty app sits on your Mac's menu bar and is available at the click of a button. It is perfect for jotting down a few lines as well as drafting that essay you've been pushing aside :)

How can such an awesome app be free?
Good question! Whilst developing NotesTab, we found ourselves using it a lot more than we even expected. Soon after, we were convinced that this would be an app that literally everyone would find useful - so we thought, why charge for something more...

What's New

Version 4.0:
  • Optimizations for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Mcjf Member IconReview+57

Why is this app trying to phone home every hour or so when the free version has no online/cloud features????

And when I don't let it phone home it keeps dumping its garbage failure messages into my logs every hour.

There are other menu bar note apps out there without these crappy side effects.

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Version 3.3

If its ad-supported, that’s part of the price of admission.
The “Pro” version is affordable enough to get.

bbw7 Member IconComment+313

Why do developers upgrade their applications to higher OS's as well as make them only available through the MAS, thereby making it impossible for users with older OS's to use the older versions?


You have a nice app and you still have the versions that work on older OS's why not make these versions available via your website or some cloud filesharing site? The latter wouldn't cost you a penny. In addition, these people would then likely get your newest version of the app when they upgrade to a newer OS. Just provide a caveat of no support for the older version anymore.

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Version 3.2

Perhaps part of the agreement he had to sign with Apple stated that those versions had to be shelved?

Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699

Great Little App. Amazing that it is Free!

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Version 2.0
bbw7 Member IconReview+313

I like it for what it is and for its cost. It's an easy to use and easy access notepad for taking quick notes while doing other things.

I use a more comprehensive app, Growly Notes, for extended, organized note taking, but just for jotting things down on the fly, this works great. I only give it a "3" for features because it doesn't have a lot, but I don't expect a lot either for this type of note-taking app.

Don't understand the complaints about cut & paste not working; both work for me. I am commenting on ver. 1.5

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Version 2.0
rcd Member IconReview+5

I've wanted a menu bar note app for a long time!
I like your app for what it does, but it needs to do
the following couple of things before I can drop
what I'm currently using:

1. accept copy/paste
2. accept dropping an image to a note

(Also, what is the Anchor Tab for?)

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Version 2.0
Dejmac Member IconReview+62

It doesn't even open (Mac 10.6.8)!? That is the reason for overall 1/2 star. Only the "Value" = Free, gets 5 stars, but it makes no sense if it is free and one cannot use it at all! Maybe the Developer will fix it during this day so we could use it?!

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Version 1.3

It opens for me in OS 10.6.8 on a MPB. You do realize that you access it from its menubar icon? It also is open upon login/boot-up -- at least that is the default setting.

I find it is handy as a little quick 'n easy access note taker

Trance Member IconReview+152

Not bad, but not that user friendly as is.
requires that you keep going back to the note list manually after closing and opening again from the menubar, otherwise stays on the same page you left it, including the settings tab.
Changing the font on one word changes the font on the entire database.
Also a bit sluggish when changing page/tabs.
Starting a new search requires highlighting and deleting of the previous word, there is no X button.
Just some minor things.

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Version 1.0
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Version 1.4
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Version 1.3
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Version 1.3
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Current Version (4.x)


Downloads 17,721
Version Downloads 484
License Free
Date 10 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free