Notational Velocity
Notational Velocity
2.0 β5
4.7
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Notational Velocity free download for Mac

Notational Velocity for Mac2.0 β5

01 April 2011

Store and retrieve notes.

What is Notational Velocity for Mac

Notational Velocity is an application that stores and retrieves notes.

In Notational Velocity, the same area is used both for creating notes and searching. I.e., in the process of entering the title for a new note, related notes appear below, letting users file information there if they choose. Likewise, if a search reveals nothing, one need simply press return to create a note with the appropriate title.

Its unique advantages are as follows:
  • Modeless Operation - Searching for notes is not a separate action; rather, it is the primary interface. -
  • Incremental Search - Searching encompasses all notes' content and occurs instantly with each key pressed. -
  • Transparent Encryption - All information is compressed and encrypted (enabled optionally) before it is recorded to disk. -
  • Mouseless Interaction - Notational Velocity's window was designed for keyboard input above all else, and thus has no buttons. -
  • Data Instead of Documents - There is no manual "saving" in Notational Velocity; all modifications take effect immediately.
  • Complete External Access - Synchronize natively with Simplenote, or via files in Dropbox with PlainText, Elements, iA Writer, and other iOS apps.

What's new in Notational Velocity

Version 2.0 β5:
  • "Edit With..." menu for editing in WriteRoom, TextMate, etc., for all DB storage options
  • Indentation is preserved for lists created in TextEdit and Pages (Thanks to tewe)
  • No longer crashes when reading note-files containing illegal Unicode characters
  • No longer crashes when syncing to Simplenote on OS X 10.7 Lion Preview
  • Japanese font-substituted characters now display properly as tags
  • Searching by title could fail on some system localizations
  • Simplified single-line list display in horizontal layout
  • Control-J/K and Control-P/N shortcuts for switching between notes (Thanks to Christopher Sexton)
  • NV should use less memory when dealing with many tagged notes
  • Restores automatic updating via Sparkle
  • "NV: New Note With Selection" Services menu item is properly localized
  • Italian localization courtesy of Paolo Tramannoni
  • Chinese Simplified localization courtesy of Tunghsiao Liu
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Zx81
Zx81
Sep 16 2015
2.0 β5
0.0
Sep 16 2015
0.0
Version: 2.0 β5
Be careful : I synchronized my notes with simpleton and it works great, but it just deleted all my tags ; there was a warning about this on GitHub (https://github.com/scrod/nv/wiki/FAQ%3A-Synchronization) Same problem with NvAlt.
Philosopherdog
Philosopherdog
Dec 15 2013
2.0 β5
0.0
Dec 15 2013
0.0
Version: 2.0 β5
nvALT, which is a fork of NV is probably more up to date and has some extra cool features.
J-w-
J-w-
Jul 9 2013
2.0 β5
4.0
Jul 9 2013
4.0
Version: 2.0 β5
Great app, but development seems to have stopped. You may be better off looking at a fork.
Vinkri
Vinkri
Nov 3 2012
2.0 β5
5.0
Nov 3 2012
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
I often have ideas when I'm not supposed to: when I'm writing an email, using skype or working on my website... the idea pops up in my head and I have to write it down quickly, before I forget it. And guess what? NO application allowed me to do that fast enough. Whatever I was using, I had to launch it or click on its icon somewhere. Then wait 2 seconds for it to open, then jot down my idea and save it. Then I could go back to whatever I was doing before. Until now, I was using Dovonthink's drawer... Mouse driven. And slow. In other words, a pain in the ass... Then I discovered Notational Velocity. When it"s launched (in a fraction of a second), just write your idea, then close it. Created a trigger hot key (with keyboard maestro) to launch it wherever I am on my Mac. When I want to note something, all the process takes less that 4 seconds. I take notes all the time, now. A brilliant app.
Thomas-Svendsen
Thomas-Svendsen
Oct 24 2012
2.0 β5
5.0
Oct 24 2012
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
Love it!! Great feature set!!! Fast and easy to use.
Snappir
Snappir
Apr 22 2012
2.0 β5
5.0
Apr 22 2012
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
Brilliant application!!! I love the fact that it works only with plain text, keeps it lightweight with unlimited number of notes, articles...etc...etc. and the fact that all words are magically linked - fantastic! Thank you!
Himalayan
Himalayan
Aug 18 2011
2.0 β5
5.0
Aug 18 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
I love NV. Have been using it for more than a year now, and it has become my go-to place to write everything down. Quick notes, important financial info, whatever. I also love the fact that the notes database is encrypted. My only wish is that I could find an iOS app that will sync with NV in some way *other* than via the cloud. All the solutions I've found sync via Dropbox, Simplenote, or Evernote. But since I have some very private information in my NV notes, I don't want to have them sitting unencrypted on some third-party server. What I'm looking for is an app that syncs with NV locally (via iTunes, Bonjour, or LAN WiFi). Any suggestions???
M-Wilke
M-Wilke
Jul 26 2011
2.0 β5
5.0
Jul 26 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
It just occurred to me to check for an update. Guess it's been a while since I last did that. Just to prove how great this app is, I've been using the 2003 version 1.1.1 for all these years, flawlessly. Glad to see NV is alive and well. I'll get the iPhone app next.
EndoLab
EndoLab
Jun 8 2011
2.0 β5
5.0
Jun 8 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
Great app. Love it !
Cv186
Cv186
May 9 2011
2.0 β5
5.0
May 9 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
This is simply the finest note-pad available for Mac. Just brilliant.
Joni-Meeserman
Joni-Meeserman
Apr 24 2011
2.0 β5
4.5
Apr 24 2011
4.5
Version: 2.0 β5
Aarrrggghhh!! I have a mixed feeling with this upgrade. On one hand, I love that it adds vi style navigation with control key. I have setup my capslock to control so it's really easy to navigate in NV now (rather than use cmd+h/j/k/l). On the other hand I now can't use some of the emacs keybinding (which supported system wide in Mac OS). One of the most important and sorely missed is control+k to delete to the end of line. I've used NV to manage my to do list, and usually just put the cursor at the beginning of the line and delete/kill it. Overall though, great work by developer. And NV is still the best notetaking app out there.
appleHQ
appleHQ
Apr 6 2011
2.0 β5
5.0
Apr 6 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
I *need* tags, please?! Can I haz?
Max-Roach
Max-Roach
Apr 6 2011
2.0 β5
5.0
Apr 6 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
Light, fast, clever, simple, useful…
Poikkeus
Poikkeus
Apr 3 2011
2.0 β5
4.5
Apr 3 2011
4.5
Version: 2.0 β5
I really liked the concise layout of Memoblock - but it takes a long time to boot, and its promising sync capabilities are useless for an iPod Touch. It's no longer usable. In comparison, Notational Velocity has enviable velocity, and its vertical orientation cuts down on on-screen real estate. But I was floored by its seamless import of PDFs. Presently, I use two types of notepad applications: textual (Notational Velocity), and graphic (Notebook, VooDooPad), and both types are essential.
Stormchild
Stormchild
Apr 2 2011
2.0 β5
0.0
Apr 2 2011
0.0
Version: 2.0 β5
The built-in updater currently doesn't work. Keeps giving "update is improperly signed" error. Looks like it has to be downloaded manually this time.
Drking
Drking
Apr 1 2011
2.0 β5
5.0
Apr 1 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
I love the Horizontal layout view! Also, love the way it does tags and searches for them and text. And Bookmarks, too. Very handy app in many ways! drking
xXAkumuXx
xXAkumuXx
Mar 19 2011
2.0 β4
5.0
Mar 19 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β4
This is so cool! =D
Snappir
Snappir
Feb 5 2011
2.0 β4
5.0
Feb 5 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β4
The Very Best of the Best!
mwschmeer-2
mwschmeer-2
Jan 31 2011
2.0 β4
5.0
Jan 31 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β4
I just want to say thanks for keeping PPC Tiger support in this new release. I use NV at home on an old G4 Tower and have an iMac running Leopard at work, syncing data via DropBox, and this works flawlessly for me. I really like the new horizontal window view--it makes this much more useable for me. Now, is there anyway to officially incorporate Markdown or MultiMarkdown and a preview pane, as some Steven Franks did in his fork?
ecdltf
ecdltf
Jan 29 2011
2.0 β4
5.0
Jan 29 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0 β4
An essential application for every mac, since many many years. Gets even 'more perfect' with the recent updates. Use it in junction with a Simplenote account, the Simplenote app on the iPhone and ResophNotes on Windows.
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Dec 19 2010
2.0 β3
0.0
Dec 19 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0 β3
A code fork called "Notational Velocity Alt": http://brettterpstra.com/code/notational-velocity-alt/
Macinspore
Macinspore
Sep 17 2010
2.0 β3
0.0
Sep 17 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0 β3
Thanks for the effort - love this app
cstephen87
cstephen87
Apr 8 2010
2.0 β3
5.0
Apr 8 2010
5.0
Version: 2.0 β3
Out of all the note-taking applications that are available for OS X & the iPhone, I have to say that this one has come the nearest to meeting my fast-paced environment. All-in-all, this is a very lightweight and functional little app that does all it was meant to do: take notes... But there are a few things that should emphasized about this particular application. If you are ever in a hurry and you're reading an email, you'll sometimes realize that you missed something of great importance or you skimmed through a section that contained the point of the monstrosity that is a weekly report... It's always nice to be able to extract little tidbits for later use, and that's where this app conquers all others in functionality. Needless to say, the iPhone synchronization makes this app killer for on-the-go extractions from the computer for later use, or vice-versa. This is not a to-do app, but it can serve the purpose quite nicely, as long as you don't plan a project within it. (That's not the function of this application, nor was it intended so.) For notes, it's far superior to any "premium" or "full-featured" application due to it's condensed size and huge functionality within the field of "note-taking", but it may not fit everyone's needs. Since it's free, why not give it a try? If you don't like it, toss it. It's that simple! A+ for the functionality and lightweight environment! This is perfect for the fast-paced lifestyle such as mine!
Burak
Burak
Mar 14 2010
2.0 β3
0.0
Mar 14 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0 β3
Most useful and simple, but it would be still better to have an option to show rulers or at least make lists.
appleHQ
appleHQ
Feb 22 2010
2.0 β3
5.0
Feb 22 2010
5.0
Version: 2.0 β3
This is a MUST HAVE application! I use it for any kind of notes I have to type in quickly. And I have the notes stored in a folder that gets synced via dropbox.com So no more .txt files on the desktop, no more lost notes because of computer crashes etc. They are always instantly saved and backed up. and now I use the SimpleNote integration to be able to access all notes via Web and via iPhone. I finally cancelled my expensive Evernote subscription for this lovely app in conjunction with SimpleNote. Try it - it´s great!
Sgmoye
Sgmoye
Feb 9 2010
2.0 β3
0.0
Feb 9 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0 β3
This is a really wonderful application. I have come to loathe Stickies. NV imported the StickiesDatabase (in ~/Library/) in a flash and perfectly. Goodbye, Stickies! My only suggestion would be to be able to use color for text. It may be possible, but I can't see how to do it...
appleHQ
appleHQ
Feb 9 2010
2.0 β3
5.0
Feb 9 2010
5.0
Version: 2.0 β3
BEWARE. Beta 3 is buggy, it will copy a changed note over and over again. I love this product - but stay at Beta 2 for now!
Guest
Guest
Jan 31 2010
2.0 β2
5.0
Jan 31 2010
5.0
Version: 2.0 β2
Marvelous I love it! I am proud of such a great development! I too needed a replacement for Stickies because its spelling check was not saved (still after 2 years of sending bug reports), the view cluttered and collapsed Stickies had too small title font. I had used myNotes before, but that took far too long to load up. This app has the biggest advantage in stability and safety of the notes as you can select the storage and export format of Plaintext/RTF/HTML. The unbelievably handy global shortcut setting makes it as indispensable as the chat-client Adium for the Apple Macintosh. The quick notes entry needs some getting used to, but is a neat feature. For people who need to store large amounts of text and are rather fond of sideway views, just use the bookmarks window (which operates notes on shortcuts as well!!!). I just love the new icon. Contra: - scrollbar position is not saved - bookmarks panel open state not saved Feature Request (optional): - FTP upload - side windows to view multiple important entries
NeostarNeko
NeostarNeko
Jan 31 2010
2.0 β2
0.0
Jan 31 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0 β2
This is great for taking notes, it's quick and easy. I hope the developer adds the option to run it in the apple menu bar, this would be awesome as I can then take notes as and when without having to open the application every time.
Ash435
Ash435
Oct 3 2009
2.0b
0.0
Oct 3 2009
0.0
Version: 2.0b
This is a really cool app that will definitely appeal to some people. I'm using it to replace a bunch of stickies that used to clutter my desktop. Maybe I'm missing something but I keep wishing there was an OS X 'clear' cross at the right hand side of the search/title text entry box. Is there a quick way to return to the whole list? At the moment I have to select the text in the box and press delete which seems a bit clumsy. Thanks though, I still like it a lot.
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.
Sep 12 2009
2.0b
0.0
Sep 12 2009
0.0
Version: 2.0b
Great to see an update. Excellent, welcome back!
Bongoman1
Bongoman1
Sep 12 2009
2.0b
0.0
Sep 12 2009
0.0
Version: 2.0b
Welcome back! What a pleasant surprise to see this has been updated. Well done.
Cvk-b
Cvk-b
Jun 19 2007
1.1.1
0.0
Jun 19 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.1
Please… Universal Binary. Please.
Billwest
Billwest
Mar 9 2007
1.1.1
5.0
Mar 9 2007
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Notational Velocity ----Used every day --I love this free note pad. Text notes only. As reviewed --"Interface so simple you could cry." Two pane plus dual entry line for 1) it's great 'auto-complete' Search/Find and 2) creating new Title line for new note. Heart of this big and simple note keeper is the dual Compose/Search/Find. Search really can be outstanding --Comm-G will hop down thru all string occurrences --on all notes . My Not Vel has 600 notes. Everything retained and found as fast as I can type each letter key. Import will open text and RTF files. Comm-E exports a text file with our Open/Save nav dialog. Operates with brilliant vi/Unix key commands. All Word Services enabled --including the pearCalc launch, Insert, and Mail/Send Selection. Has own Services selections --search describe with selection and make new note with selection. Here is an example of Simple being incredibly adequate. :) Of the 46 note pads I demo--Reviewed --I list Notational Velocity as having one of the 20 Outstanding Search/Find features. DataBase location ---/Users/billwest/Library/Preferences/NotationalDatabase.blor Unreadable so not a simple text edit back up copy. The Notational Velocity app opens with dbl-click on this note database file. Not built with organizing notes and folders --no independent files on our HD --everything depends on it's Search/Find --and it is very good. With my 600 very large and very short notes --the Search/Find has got to be instant fast and good. myNotes and Notational Velocity are the only two note pads that appear on our nav dialog menu Open With. Every hard drive plain text or rtf file can be Opened With Notational Velocity. So Notational Velocity also serves very well as a regular text editor. OSX Menubar --and Help --filled with Mac and Unix enabled key commands.
Andy-Morikawa
Andy-Morikawa
Feb 2 2007
1.1.1
0.0
Feb 2 2007
0.0
Version: 1.1.1
This is a wonderful little program, one that I've been looking for for a long time. Just didn't know how to describe it until I discovered Notational Velocity. It's quick, simple, instant and works like I think. It's become my all purpose database for information, ideas, references, notes on where I filed articles about this or that topic. All I have to do it seems is type the first word or thought that comes to mind and Notational Velocity takes me where I want to go. A great program at an unbelievable price.
Guest
Guest
Nov 25 2005
1.1.1
5.0
Nov 25 2005
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Best note app for the mac, been using it forever.
Jchryss
Jchryss
Feb 11 2005
1.1.1
5.0
Feb 11 2005
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Great program. I love it. I reccommend it.
Guest
Guest
Nov 11 2004
1.1.1
0.0
Nov 11 2004
0.0
Version: 1.1.1
First things first: WOW! Thank you!!! Second thought: Would it be possible to hide it from the application list (-)? Cheers! George
Guest
Guest
Oct 10 2003
1.1.1
5.0
Oct 10 2003
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Nifty little snippet keeper! I still prefer Alepin for organizing long-term text snippets, but NV is great for coding and quick stuff.
Guest
Guest
Oct 10 2003
1.1.1
5.0
Oct 10 2003
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Pretty neat and seems to work well. It doesn't do a lot but what it does, it does well. You can't ask much more than that. I would like to see it implemented as a service so it could integrate with other apps on an ad hoc basis. Very usable as it stands, though.
Guest
Guest
Jun 24 2003
1.1
5.0
Jun 24 2003
5.0
Version: 1.1
briliant. After pfaffing around with the like of stickbrain and stickies, an little app that does everything you need an no more. Particularly like the fact that search and desc. are same entry.
Guest
Guest
May 3 2003
1.1
5.0
May 3 2003
5.0
Version: 1.1
Very nice indeed! I've been using it for about a week saving Perl & MySQL code snippets. Great application/utility.
Guest
Guest
Apr 14 2003
1.1
5.0
Apr 14 2003
5.0
Version: 1.1
You really should try this! Simple, intuitive, and getting better with age. The concept is great. Start typing a note's description. If it exists, the search engine will find it. If it doesn't exist, keep typing. Create the note you had in mind, and the next time you look for it you'll find it. Brilliant! And every note is automatically saved AND encrypted, so all you do is type. Couldn't be easier. Plus, it's free, rock-stable and uses a miniscule amount of system resources.
Guest
Guest
Mar 5 2003
1.0.3
5.0
Mar 5 2003
5.0
Version: 1.0.3
Don't let the poor name & logo trick you - this is a very slim and efficient way to store and retrieve notes. Fast, free, easy & stable!
Guest
Guest
Feb 6 2003
1.0.3
0.0
Feb 6 2003
0.0
Version: 1.0.3
Am I the first to discover this thing? It's great! It's free! What are you waiting for? I have always liked the old Jot-a-Lot Classic software, and am thrilled to have found this to replace it with. While NV doesn't offer multiple note collections or styles (yet), it does what the name advertises extremely well.
Free
4.7
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later
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