Notational Velocity
Notational Velocity
2.0 β5

4.7

Notational Velocity free download for Mac

Notational Velocity

2.0 β5
01 April 2011

Store and retrieve notes.

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 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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12 September 2009

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Great to see an update. Excellent, welcome back!
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Version 2.0b
Zx81
16 September 2015
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.
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Version 2.0 β5
1 answer(s)
Zx81
Zx81
16 September 2015
Obviously, not "simpleton", but Simplenote...
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Philosopherdog
15 December 2013
nvALT, which is a fork of NV is probably more up to date and has some extra cool features.
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Version 2.0 β5
J-w-
09 July 2013
Great app, but development seems to have stopped. You may be better off looking at a fork.
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Version 2.0 β5
1 answer(s)
normb
normb
28 October 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
03 November 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.
Like (2)
Version 2.0 β5
Thomas-Svendsen
24 October 2012
Love it!! Great feature set!!! Fast and easy to use.
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Version 2.0 β5
Snappir
22 April 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!
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Version 2.0 β5
Himalayan
18 August 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???
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Version 2.0 β5
4 answer(s)
Zx81
Zx81
13 October 2011
Simplenote?
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Zx81
Zx81
13 October 2011
Oups, wrong suggestion, I suppose...I wish we could edit our comments.
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El-Duderino
El-Duderino
18 December 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
Himalayan
26 December 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
26 July 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.
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Version 2.0 β5
EndoLab
08 June 2011
Great app. Love it !
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Version 2.0 β5
Cv186
09 May 2011
This is simply the finest note-pad available for Mac. Just brilliant.
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Version 2.0 β5
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later
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