NoteTaker
NoteTaker
4.0.5

4.3

NoteTaker free download for Mac

NoteTaker

4.0.5
22 October 2019

Organize and share all your information in one place.

Overview

NoteTaker lets you organize and Share All Your Information In One Place

  • NoteTaker™ for macOS is an innovative, next-generation application for capturing, organizing and retrieving any kind of information in an intuitive electronic notebook. As a personal productivity tool, NoteTaker enables a powerful yet easy to use environment for working with your information.
  • Use NoteTaker daily in every part of your life- at home, at work, for a project, or just for fun. NoteTaker takes an intuitive, outliner approach to your task, no matter what the complexity, and you can customize it to fit your work style and information needs.
  • NoteTaker is fully compatible with notebooks created by the original NoteTaker and NoteShare apps
Information At Your Fingertips
  • Even if you’re using NoteTaker for the first time, you’ll already know how to use a NoteTaker notebook. An intuitive multi-page notebook with section tabs makes it easy to page through content just like in a regular paper-based notebook. In addition, you can tag, index, prioritize, and summarize information of any kind, performing intelligent searches without the complexity of a database system. If it’s in NoteTaker, you can find it any time from anywhere.
Notebooks for Everything

With NoteTaker, it’s easy and convenient to:

  • Gather a variety of information throughout the day and organize it in free text, lists, outlines, or tables
  • Use notebooks as central hubs for major projects, organizing schedules, contacts, document attachments, clippings from other applications, voice memos, Web links, and even live Web pages
  • Keep an address book and To Do list, generating mailing lists, prioritizing tasks, and checking them off when they’re completed
  • Outline, generate, and index a document-be it a professional paper, school report, or book of favorite recipes
  • Record lectures while taking notes that are synced to the audio and vice versa
  • View live web pages and podcasts in an embedded Web browser
  • Assemble scrapbooks or briefs of Internet clippings, photos, diagrams, and movies
  • Organize and summarize research notes, keep track of school assignments, and manage other school projects
  • Share notebooks between multiple computers using iCloud
  • Retrieve earlier versions using macOS's native document versioning
  • Set a password to keep your notebook data secure with 128-bit AES encryption
Creating and Publishing Notebook Content
  • Generate PDF "notebooks" anyone can view.
  • Publish a Web Notebook™, making your content available over a private network or on the Internet.
  • NoteTaker applications are nearly unlimited when it comes to organizing notes, ideas, projects, and other information. As we like to say, "Use it every day for everything that’s on your mind."
Who is using NoteTaker?
  • Individuals organizing and keeping personal notebook journals, to do lists and scrapbooks
  • Artists, musicians and writers creating new projects, brainstorming and reflecting
  • Students taking course notes, researching topics and reviewing for exams
  • Professors, teachers and tutors creating course materials, web notebooks and lectures
  • Attorneys outlining case work, recording meeting notes and preparing presentations
  • Researchers and scientists organizing research projects and lab notebooks
  • Project managers and scrum masters organizing agile projects, writing user stories and keeping notes
  • Exec teams organizing presentations, agendas and reports
  • Consultants managing client projects, research and meeting notes
  • Knowledge workers and team leaders enhancing and organizing their daily work
  • Family members planning events and trips, tracking to do lists and keeping notes
  • Engineers and software developers organizing work projects, keeping notes and clipping information from web sources

What's new in NoteTaker

Version 4.0.5:
  • Optimizes some indexing tasks.
  • Optimizes iCloud synchronization.
  • Fixes a hang when importing some OPML files.
  • Fixes some drawing issues related to bottom tabs position.
  • Fixes issue preventing opening iCloud notebooks from the Drawer.
  • Fixes some other minor issues.

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Sampler
11 June 2009

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I've used Notetaker for over five years, and every year I try out the latest edition of Circus Ponies NB. The functionality is nearly identical, as they share a common origin. I've never found a reason to switch to NB. I use NT to manage large scientific projects, and link folders, programs, output logs, contact information, web sites, and Fetch droplets which link to remote Unix workstations. So, linking is important to me, and NT's linking capabilities are far superior to those of NB. For example, in NT one can link files by copying (ctrl-c) in the Finder and pasting (ctrl-v) onto a page. This is measurably faster than dragging and dropping, which is NB's only way. In NT one can insert multiple links on the same line and mix them with text; one can drag an attachment to any spot on a page. NB did not have these capabilities the last time I looked at it. NB now has the ability to tear off one page so that one can write in two portions of the notebook at one time; NT cannot do this--I wish it did (one can keep a copy open). Thus I give it four stars. Over the years I've had a number of questions and suggestions for NT support; they've always answered promptly and helpfully. I would guess that one reason that AquaMinds chose not to have a forum is that their audience is very wide --ranging from school children who used shared notebooks (via the NoteShare product) to single-users like me. Also, I've seen small companies overwhelmed by trying to maintain their forums. I'd rather they spent time on improving their products.
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Version 2.2.4
Sampler
08 October 2019
. In the last four or five years before the recent update, I searched far and wide for a replacement. OmniOutliner was simply too rigid-one couldn't mix pictures into the outline scheme. Growly Notes looked promising, but had no outline feature and the linking functions were unrefined. Version 4 is solid. With version 4, I've expanded my use; I create template pages for project worksheets that incorporate the table function that's part of the OS. This used to be flaky, but now works smoothly. I also use NT for personal use-to keep notes and links to music. In 2009 I dinged NT one star because I couldn't work on two pages at once. But I rarely do that: I just want to work on one page while looking at a second. Now, I just copy the second page to a blank TexEdit page or even to a Sticky. And I found that the the Voice Memo function is ideal for recording conference calls while I write notes about the calls. For those interested in NT's design, see Ted Goranson's overview as NT stood in 2004. http://www.atpm.com/10.05/atpo.shtml Highly recommended
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Version 4.0.4
Nuthinnew
06 October 2019
NoteTaker is more powerful than all other outline programs I've used. I'm thrilled to have the recent update! Its primary strength is its ability to combine multiple outlines in one notebook, in one file. Multiple related but distinct projects can thus be combined, between which notes and attachments can be moved or copied. With its over 20 (!) commands for navigating about each page—not just from entry to entry but from section to section—one can quickly get a sense of the various layers of the project(s) one is outlining. For myself, being a researcher, this is exceptionally valuable. Other inestimable features are automatic date/time stamping and being able to see, and organize, by such time/date stamps, and the means to mark an entry as an "action" or "priority" item, by which one can again sort entries. And being able to highlight entries and group those that have been highlighted. And the index of all terms used. And the word count not just for the whole document but for any section, page, or selection. And the ability to delimit what is printed or converted to PDF. And, and, and. Is there any other program out there that can do all this, for this price, without the threat of invasive data-mining or an on-going fee? If so, I haven't found it. The developers are working to refine it but the program is, for my purposes and money, the best on the market. I'm very glad 4.0 is here!
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Version 4.0.4
OhEssex
03 October 2019
I'm delighted to see a viable alternative to the sadly abandoned Circus Ponies Notebook - the developer of that software closed shop after Microsoft OneNote was made available for free (where "free" means you can only store your notebooks in Microsoft's cloud where they data mine everything for profit). I have indeed purchased NoteTaker, but this software is very much in second place to what Circus Ponies Notebook was. It has all the same basics I guess, but the fit and finish of everything is quite lacking in comparison. You can't have more than 1 level of hierarchy on the contents page, you can't resize images (e.g. screenshots) you've copied in, you can't colorize or scroll tabs, tab names truncate even though there is ample room to display everything, far fewer page background choices, copy and paste of images isn't intuitive, rearranging toolbar items is horribly implemented etc. There's just a lot of work remaining in the cleaning things up department, but it certainly is a good start. My main concern is that there's about a years work to get this software to the point where it's as beautiful and functional as Circus Ponies Notebook was, and then the developer will be at the same place that developer was when he decided to close up shop because he couldn't compete and make a living in the face of "free" alternatives. Additionally, this developer had already aggravated his user base by previously abandoning them for several years without updates until NoteTaker resurfaced again just now. I'm optimistic at this point, but cautiously so.
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Version 4.0.4
Fariborz
13 September 2019
This is not a new software and I dare to say it was an excellent one. However, for years on end it was abandoned with many users left to their own devices. Who will guarantee it won’t happen with the new version as well? Once bitten twice shy!!
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Version 4.0.0
Sampler
12 September 2019
MU admins: NoteTaker 4 is now on the app store!
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Version 3.2.1
Sampler
13 January 2019
Notetaker 4 has been in beta since June of a last year, with a release candidate expected next month. For details, go to aquaminds.com and check out the blog. In the meantime, I'm using 3.21 with High Sierra on my projects. It occasionally closes without warning, but I've never lost any data. Sometimes there is some graphic weirdness, if I copy a large note entry over a smaller one, but closing and opening resolves the problem. In the mean time, I've tried easily a half dozen Notes apps but found nothing as good. I especially like the linking functionality of NT: I link code, datasets, and results, just by copying and pasting in to the NB , with annotations added. At the end of a project, one can bring all the linked objects *into* the Notebook, thus protecting against dependence on folder organization. I've tried easily a half-dozen replacements for NT, but nothing does the trick.
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Version 3.2.1
Nuthinnew
12 January 2017
I'm afraid that at last I have to admit there may not be a new version arriving in the near future. OmniOutliner, with version 5, is becoming a more workable alternative, though still not as powerful yet as NoteTaker is. I have a heavy heart in making this admission.
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Version 3.2.1
Nuthinnew
27 January 2016
No, it has not been abandoned. Now that Circus Ponies is out of business, if you want a truly powerful note-taking program, with a great indexing feature, and, in fact, more preferences than NoteBook offered, this is it. It hasn't been updated in a while (since Dec. 2013), but its programmers are still at it, working on a number of things, this included. They are quick to respond to e-mail. OmniOutliner costs more and does less. Omnigroup has a slick website but its OmniOutliner program can't compete, not yet.
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Version 3.2.1
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OhEssex
OhEssex
20 May 2016
I'm still reeling from the loss of Circus Ponies Notebook and, in a hunt for alternatives, came across this. My very first thought when I looked at the MacUpdate details was that this software has been truly abandoned because, well, it hasn't been updated in a whopping 2.5 years. In fact, it's been 4 months since you posted that the developers haven't abandoned it and there's still nothing new. Seeing is believing, and I'm not seeing anything...
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Nuthinnew
Nuthinnew
23 May 2016
Hi, Mmueck. I wrote to the developer, Scott Love, yesterday, and have as yet received no response. I'm afraid that any development may be slow in coming, if he is still really developing it. It still works on my MacBook Air with El Capitan, although with some small glitches (partially my fault, since I'm cutting and pasting from other documents, which is not the correct way to import text). The bigger issue is: what else is out there? The market for such very useful and powerful note-taking programs must be relatively small or we wouldn't be facing this problem. I've not found anything that comes close to matching the power of NoteTaker. If you do, I'll be curious about it. But I've really done my research and can find nothing. (OmniOutliner doesn't even come close, for me.)
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OhEssex
OhEssex
23 May 2016
So I presume you're using NoteTaker (last updated Dec 2013) over CPN (last updated Sep 2015) because you prefer it's capabilities over NoteTaker - or was it a purchase price decision?

I agree about OmniOutliner - not even close. I actually did ask Omni if they could just buy Notebook and either continue on with it or merge it into their software. They responded to say one other person also suggested the same thing, but Omni had no interest in doing that.
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Nuthinnew
Nuthinnew
23 May 2016
That idea of having another company develop a defunct program is a good one. Too bad Omni refused. As to your question, I purchased NoteTaker because NoteBook was $20 and wouldn't be developed any longer but furthermore, NoteTaker had many more features (just compare their menus) that I found very useful and didn't have the glitches that Notebook had (like unstable highlighting). Useful functions for me include: hopping through the document with ease, more ways to move text around in the document, better search capabilities, summary pages, index searches, the ability to select what part of the page one wants to print or display in PDF. See the App Store reviews for more details.
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Nuthinnew
Nuthinnew
24 May 2016
I have just today, May 24th, received a note from the developer stating that, yes, they are still selling the program and supporting users. To be fair to him, how much has Microsoft Office improved over the years it has been sold? Or Pages? Not that significantly, from what I've seen. And they have an army of software designers. If it works, why not try it? It works for me. You can always try it for free and decide not to buy it, if it doesn't work.
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OhEssex
OhEssex
25 May 2016
Selling a program and supporting users apparently does not mean fixing bugs or further improving the program. I'm looking for a replacement to Notebook that isn't just something on minimum life support. We can chat all day about this - the fact is I'm not going to put my money down for this program until I detect a heart beat.
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Nuthinnew
Nuthinnew
21 September 2016
I'm afraid that the Aquaminds website may have been infected by malware. My Sophos anti-virus program has blocked me from accessing it. This is, sadly, not a good sign, for I presume it means that the website hasn't been checked on regularly enough. I don't know what to do besides start to look for another program, none of which are as powerful as NoteTaker.
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Nuthinnew
Nuthinnew
21 September 2016
Correction: According to the developer, the site is NOT infected. The problem is with the anti-virus software misrecognizing the problem. Sorry.
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Zx81
21 January 2016
Maybe this should be noted as abandoned?
No update since 2013.
NoteTaker, NoteBook, they're all leaving ship...
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Version 3.2.1
Meitnik
04 September 2013
For many years I have been testing how robust your opml is. I am trying to move on from Notebook, but Notetaker locks up or crashs on import of the opml file. I would think you want to make sure importing of opml files works correctly. Yes, I have sent in bug reports and emails. I am using lastest trial version from your website. Testing more soon and feedback. Btw, your verisign stuff is outdated, revoked, or screwed up; which gives pause to visit your support pages. Yep, even import of rtfd file locks up. FAIL
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Version 3.1.0
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Meitnik
Meitnik
04 September 2013
OK, it appears you crippled this app perhaps, nothing imports. Please be honest about what will not work with the trial version.
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