Notational Velocity
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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
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
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 more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Notational Velocit... User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Philosopherdog commented on 15 Dec 2013
nvALT, which is a fork of NV is probably more up to date and has some extra cool features.
[Version 2.0 β5]


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J.w. reviewed on 09 Jul 2013
Great app, but development seems to have stopped. You may be better off looking at a fork.
[Version 2.0 β5]

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normb replied on 28 Oct 2013
better off for what ? it works fine in ML and shortly I expect to be using it within Mavericks. One can encrypt the file if desired, use multiple files for differing purposes. It does what it does exceedingly well. I have an idea that there are indeed forks, but this does for me just fine for all sorts of uses. Its genius is its simplicity and ease of use. Get with the flow . . . ! It ain't broke
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Vinkri reviewed on 03 Nov 2012
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.
[Version 2.0 β5]


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+13

Thomas-Svendsen reviewed on 24 Oct 2012
Love it!! Great feature set!!! Fast and easy to use.
[Version 2.0 β5]


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Snappir reviewed on 22 Apr 2012
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!
[Version 2.0 β5]


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Himalayan reviewed on 18 Aug 2011
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???
[Version 2.0 β5]

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Zx81 replied on 13 Oct 2011
Simplenote?
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Zx81 replied on 13 Oct 2011
Oups, wrong suggestion, I suppose...I wish we could edit our comments.
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El-Duderino replied on 18 Dec 2011
Something you said here intrigued me.

What's the issue with having ones Dropbox contents be encrypted? Are encrypted volumes unsafe via Dropbox, because such sparse bundles are quite possible on there. I think.
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Himalayan replied on 26 Dec 2011
El-Duderino: According to the NV instructions, synching with Dropbox only works as plaintext: https://github.com/scrod/nv/wiki/synchronizing-with-dropbox
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M_Wilke reviewed on 26 Jul 2011
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.
[Version 2.0 β5]


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+49

EndoLab reviewed on 08 Jun 2011
Great app. Love it !
[Version 2.0 β5]


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+17

Cv186 reviewed on 09 May 2011
This is simply the finest note-pad available for Mac. Just brilliant.
[Version 2.0 β5]


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+1

Joni Meeserman reviewed on 24 Apr 2011
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.
[Version 2.0 β5]


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+80
appleHQ had trouble on 06 Apr 2011
I *need* tags, please?!

Can I haz?
[Version 2.0 β5]



ron___b rated on 30 Nov 2012

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Pinbacker rated on 17 May 2012

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s.peter rated on 20 Mar 2012

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Fwph rated on 03 Sep 2011

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Ckueny rated on 18 Aug 2011

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Moogan rated on 05 Jul 2011

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Myka rated on 28 Apr 2011

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PaperCutPro rated on 06 Apr 2011

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Badli rated on 06 Apr 2011

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oAjLuASqwHhgKFZ9EfTjZSATHV4IBzv rated on 01 Apr 2011

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Version Downloads:8,198
Type:Business : Personal Info Managers
License:Free
Date:01 Apr 2011
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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.


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