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Notational Velocity for Mac

Store and retrieve notes.

Free
In English
Version 2.0 β5
4.6
Based on 39 user rates

Notational Velocity overview

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 version 2.0 β5

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

Notational Velocity for Mac

Free
In English
Version 2.0 β5
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4.6

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Zx81
Zx81
Sep 16 2015
2.0 β5
5.0
Sep 16 2015
5.0
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.
Zx81
Zx81
May 19 2023
2.0 β5
5.0
May 19 2023
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
zlazkow
zlazkow
Jun 4 2022
2.0 β5
5.0
Jun 4 2022
5.0
Version: 2.0 β5
Cyzor
Cyzor
Jun 21 2014
5.0
Jun 21 2014
5.0
Version: null
J-w-
J-w-
Jul 9 2013
4.0
Jul 9 2013
4.0
Version: null
ron-b
ron-b
Nov 30 2012
5.0
Nov 30 2012
5.0
Version: null
Vinkri
Vinkri
Nov 3 2012
5.0
Nov 3 2012
5.0
Version: null
Thomas-Svendsen
Thomas-Svendsen
Oct 24 2012
5.0
Oct 24 2012
5.0
Version: null
Pinbacker
Pinbacker
May 17 2012
5.0
May 17 2012
5.0
Version: null
Snappir
Snappir
Apr 22 2012
5.0
Apr 22 2012
5.0
Version: null
s-peter
s-peter
Mar 20 2012
4.0
Mar 20 2012
4.0
Version: null
Fwph
Fwph
Sep 3 2011
3.5
Sep 3 2011
3.5
Version: null
Ckueny
Ckueny
Aug 18 2011
3.5
Aug 18 2011
3.5
Version: null
Himalayan
Himalayan
Aug 18 2011
5.0
Aug 18 2011
5.0
Version: null
M-Wilke
M-Wilke
Jul 26 2011
5.0
Jul 26 2011
5.0
Version: null
Moogan
Moogan
Jul 5 2011
4.5
Jul 5 2011
4.5
Version: null
EndoLab
EndoLab
Jun 8 2011
5.0
Jun 8 2011
5.0
Version: null
Cv186
Cv186
May 9 2011
5.0
May 9 2011
5.0
Version: null
Myka
Myka
Apr 28 2011
5.0
Apr 28 2011
5.0
Version: null
Joni-Meeserman
Joni-Meeserman
Apr 24 2011
4.5
Apr 24 2011
4.5
Version: null
gluhring
gluhring
Apr 6 2011
3.0
Apr 6 2011
3.0
Version: null
Badli
Badli
Apr 6 2011
5.0
Apr 6 2011
5.0
Version: null
Max-Roach
Max-Roach
Apr 6 2011
5.0
Apr 6 2011
5.0
Version: null
Poikkeus
Poikkeus
Apr 3 2011
4.5
Apr 3 2011
4.5
Version: null
oAjLuASqwHhgKFZ9EfTjZSATHV4IBzv
Apr 1 2011
5.0
Version: null
Drking
Drking
Apr 1 2011
5.0
Apr 1 2011
5.0
Version: null
Pmdf
Pmdf
Mar 23 2011
4.5
Mar 23 2011
4.5
Version: null
xXAkumuXx
xXAkumuXx
Mar 19 2011
5.0
Mar 19 2011
5.0
Version: null
anonymous-meerkat-2818
Feb 16 2011
4.5
Version: null
pcp
pcp
Feb 8 2011
4.5
Feb 8 2011
4.5
Version: null
mwschmeer-2
mwschmeer-2
Jan 31 2011
5.0
Jan 31 2011
5.0
Version: null
ecdltf
ecdltf
Jan 29 2011
5.0
Jan 29 2011
5.0
Version: null
cstephen87
cstephen87
Apr 8 2010
5.0
Apr 8 2010
5.0
Version: null
appleHQ
appleHQ
Feb 22 2010
5.0
Feb 22 2010
5.0
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Jan 31 2010
5.0
Jan 31 2010
5.0
Version: null
Billwest
Billwest
Mar 9 2007
5.0
Mar 9 2007
5.0
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Nov 25 2005
5.0
Nov 25 2005
5.0
Version: null
Jchryss
Jchryss
Feb 11 2005
5.0
Feb 11 2005
5.0
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Nov 11 2004
5.0
Nov 11 2004
5.0
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Feb 6 2003
4.8
Feb 6 2003
4.8
Version: null