Notational Velocity

2.0 β5 01 Apr 2011

Store and retrieve notes.


Developer website: Zachary Schneirov

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

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


Mac OS X 10.4 or later


Current Version (2.x)


Version Downloads
Business / Personal Info Managers
01 Apr 2011
Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64