Circus Ponies NoteBook
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Circus Ponies NoteBook is an ideal solution for users who are sick and tired of spending their time trying to stay organized.

From simple tasks to massive projects, Circus Ponies NoteBook handles it all, so you can stop spending hours doing what should take just minutes.

Here are four ways NoteBook will save you time every day:

Keep Everything Organized in One Place:
  • With NoteBook, you create electronic notebooks with pages, sections, and tabs, to hold your information, perhaps one per class, task, or project.
What's New
Version 3.1.9:

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed a crasher under Mavericks.
  • Fixed a problem entering due dates under Mavericks.
  • Fixed a bug where folders added to a Notebook appeared with a generic file icon.
  • Fixed a crasher related to the Stickies toolbar item.
  • Fixed a bug where divider pages stopped showing physical page numbers when printed.
  • Fixed the reemergence of a problem with the Keywords combo box where keywords would sometimes autocomplete into the text of outline items.
  • Fixed a problem with voice recording from certain audio devices, caused by NoteBook attempting to write a value to a read-only parameter.
Version 3.1.9:

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed a crasher under Mavericks.
  • Fixed a problem entering due dates under Mavericks.
  • Fixed a bug where folders added to a Notebook appeared with a generic file icon.
  • Fixed a crasher related to the Stickies toolbar item.
  • Fixed a bug where divider pages stopped showing physical page numbers when more...
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Amergin reviewed on 07 Jan 2014
Funny how people are complaining about the lack of features added in the recent updates - this app does everything it can and more already! Every now and then an update to OSX breaks a few things and they fix them, surely this shows how mature and stable the product is? We don't need more bells and whistles, this app already does all I need. I find it stable, fast and still use it every day after years...
[Version 3.1.9]


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claus-in-iceland reviewed on 06 Jan 2014
Stopped using it a long time ago because almost only BUG fixes were released (like today). And it seems to be a buggy SW still. I got this impression while reading the list of changes of this and many past older updates.
[Version 3.1.9]

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Sbchavel replied on 06 Jan 2014
Busy focusing on iPad versions and the like.
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Dannymontani commented on 06 Oct 2013
Question here being a paranoid person. I am about to dump a ton of notes, etc. that I have been pilling up for the year into Notebook. These are photos as well as screenshot of my various endeavors. Is it possible to collect and open the file from Notebook in Textedit or another application at some late date if God forbid Notebook falls down? I appreciate the answers guys. Thanks
[Version 3.1.8]

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Ashes2Ashes replied on 17 Oct 2013
You can export as a text file, rich text file, Word document, or even website format... so if you're paranoid you can export to one of these formats every once in a while as a backup.
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 29 Aug 2013
no updates in ages.
out of business???
[Version 3.1.8]


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kenmitch7 reviewed on 26 Apr 2013
This is a good app as far as it goes. Limiting it to one Mac and without a reasonably priced IOS app to go with it. The iPad app at $31.99 (Australian) seems a bit steep especially with nothing for iPhones.
[Version 3.1.8]


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Cowicide reviewed on 16 Feb 2013
I just wish I could turn everything off and have it just be a version TextEdit that supports anchor links (for an index with links that I can make myself) and lets me resize pictures inline like this does. That's all I want, but no one seems to make it. I just don't need all the extra stuff.

I don't want to have everything in one place. I like to place my text files in folders where they are relevant and that's all I need. I like a table of contents, but not with all the Mutlidex stuff and all my other files showing up, I'd rather that stuff be accessible from the menu bar. I'm sure that's handy for some people, but it's just too much clutter for me.

Also, it's very quirky with carriage returns not acting as expected. The other problem with it's "all in one" approach to filing is I just now while testing it erased a seprate note that I had on my desktop by accident by saving the other file thing that comes up. Just a mess.

Don't get me wrong, this app is great if you've got a lot of time to mess with it, but it's just too clunky for me. For example, I really wish I could move pictures anywhere I want instead of being forced to have it left-aligned. etc. - Just wish I could plop the pictures anywhere and text would flow around it (as an option).

On the positive side, it launches quickly, either as fast or almost as fast as TextEdit does, so that's very impressive.

I'm going to work with this over time and see how much I can strip down from the
[Version 3.1.3]


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lemon-kun commented on 12 Oct 2012
I was interested in trying this app – however when I launched the demo, I was prompted to insert a demo license key. To get that, I had to go to the developers website – where they asked for my name, e-mail address and my profession. There was no checkbox to ensure that I won't get any spam ("newsletter") from the company in the future. No link to the company's privacy policy. Well, I've found their privacy policy later on the website. After reading it, I don't feel like wanting to try the app anymore.
[Version 3.1.3]


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Balanchine reviewed on 30 Jun 2012
I use CircusPonies for passwords and general note taking. When I bought it in 2005, it was regarded as the best app of its type. I don't think that's true any more. The user interface, which should have been polished and refined over the years, now feels outdated and quirky, with a cluttered, confusing "inspector" panel for most of the formatting options.

My main complaint, though, concerns the licensing agreement, which only allows you to run the app on one Mac at a time. If you have it running on your desktop computer, it won't work on your laptop until you shut down the desktop copy - or pay the developer another $50. In 2012, when most people own and sync between multiple devices, that seems unreasonably restrictive.
[Version 3.1.3]


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Amergin reviewed on 28 Jun 2012
Just thought I'd say I use this all the time. I keep all my programming notes in it and it has never lost anything. It is 100% reliable and does what I need it for. I occasionally use it for other projects like my daughters wedding and it is interesting to see it adapt to an entirely new set of requirements. But it definitely earns its keep as one of my bread and butter apps.
[Version 3.1.3]


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gbdoc reviewed on 28 Jun 2012
I see that there are a lot of good reviews, and I respect their opinions, but ...

I bought this years ago, it seemed like it'd be perfect for me. Actually, I still think it'd be perfect, if I could only learn to use it effectively. But, for me, at least, it's not at all intuitive, nor can I seem to digest the instructions effectively. But I've been using Apples and Macs for almost 30 years, and I can usually get the hang of most apps pretty quickly. Even those which seem quirky at first make sense after a while. Not so with CPN. I just can't seem to wrap my mind around it, and simply use it, with thoughts about how to do this or that fading into the background. With every new update (which, curiously, almost never show up when I "Check for new versions" within the app) I hope that now something will be changed, and I'll finally have something I like to use. No luck.

What I'd like to use it for is, I believe, usually pretty simple. At the moment, for instance, I'd like to take a pre-written text, copy it into a Notebook, and comment on it, revise it, occasionally including a note of outside sources, copied from some net site. Each of these - text, commentary, revision, outside info - should be clearly differentiated, so I can clearly track and re-construct my thinking. After innumerable attempts, I can't do it. I can do it with some other apps, so far, FileMaker has worked best, but I can do it with Word and Excel (or even Pages, or Numbers, but I use them less often). Maybe it's a problem unique to me, but I'm always on the verge of ditching CPN forever.
[Version 3.1.3]


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xXAkumuXx had trouble on 25 Mar 2011
The update feature hasn't seemed to work in... well ever. I have no problem manually downloading software, I'm pretty used to that sort of thing, but I'm wondering if this is an issue for everyone or if my NoteBook just hates me. =P
[Version 3.0.9]


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Audionx had trouble on 17 Dec 2010
v 447 fixed all the v445 bugs... 5 stars for the responsive, quick and polite company. well done
[Version 3.0 (v447)]


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Gakesmith had trouble on 15 Dec 2010
There seems to be two bad bugs in 3.0 (v445), one with the license manager and the other with encrypted notebooks. Wait for a fix before downloading!
[Version 3.0 (v445)]


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ehd had trouble on 03 Nov 2009
Still unable to upload large notebooks to MobileMe or save large notebooks as html/website. Anyone else successfully using this app to update and upload large notebooks? Perhaps AquaMind NoteTaker is better for this....
[Version 3.0 (v366)]



katlinquinn rated on 28 Aug 2013

[Version 3.1.8]



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Masterminter rated on 26 Apr 2013

[Version 3.1.8]



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Cpoetter rated on 10 Nov 2012

[Version 3.1.3]



otsu rated on 29 Sep 2012

[Version 3.1.3]



Physhbourne rated on 13 Sep 2012

[Version 3.1.3]



Heydenreich rated on 31 Jul 2012

[Version 3.1.3]



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Macdamien1 rated on 28 May 2012

[Version 3.1.2]



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Mistertoad17 rated on 06 May 2012

[Version 3.1.2]



James Zammikiel rated on 21 Apr 2012

[Version 3.1.2]



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Zeno_4f8c1275 rated on 02 Apr 2012

[Version 3.1.2]


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Type:Business : Personal Info Managers
License:Demo
Date:06 Jan 2014
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Circus Ponies NoteBook is an ideal solution for users who are sick and tired of spending their time trying to stay organized.

From simple tasks to massive projects, Circus Ponies NoteBook handles it all, so you can stop spending hours doing what should take just minutes.

Here are four ways NoteBook will save you time every day:

Keep Everything Organized in One Place:
  • With NoteBook, you create electronic notebooks with pages, sections, and tabs, to hold your information, perhaps one per class, task, or project. Notebooks are a familiar and natural way to keep things organized, and saves time just like a paper notebook saves time over notes and documents piled on your desk or stuffed in a drawer.
Clip Things You Find and Deal With Them Later:
  • Whether research on the Web or to-dos in e-mail, just select and clip it to a page in your Notebooks. Clipping happens in the background so you aren't thrown into another app and forced to spend time regaining your train of thought. And when doing Web research NoteBook saves the page's URL with each clipping, so you don't waste time later trying to get back to that page.
No More Struggling to Organize Projects in the Finder:
  • The Finder was designed to work with documents, so it's difficult to add a simple note to a project folder. And if you've ever tried to organize documents in the Finder you've probably resorted to elaborate naming schemes to force them to appear in a particular order. Even after all of this effort, it's still just a long list of stuff.
  • With NoteBook, pages can contain not only text, but also attachments, so you can keep your project's documents right with your notes, stored directly within the Notebook. Double-click an attachment to open and edit it in the app that created it.
Find Anything Instantly, not Eventually:
  • NoteBook's Multidex™ helps you quickly find things based on what little you remember about them. So if you're looking for a note that mentions someone's name you might see it on the Capitalized Words page. Or if you remember you entered it last Thursday the Creation Dates page shows you everything you added to your Notebook last Thursday. And so on. No more time wasted sifting through hundreds of results from a simple text search.
  • The minutes NoteBook saves you each day add up to extra hours each week.
Additionally, users can...
  • Take notes using the full-featured outliner, with multi-font text and attachments. Build diagrams from shapes and lines. Create sketches with the mouse.
  • Never miss a detail from a meeting or lecture with voice-annotated notes. NoteBook records the person speaking as you type your notes, and can start playback from any note you typed. Review the recording at a later date and fill in anything you missed, or listen to it again on your iPod or iPhone.
  • Annotate class notes and other PDFs. Insert PDFs as separate pages in your Notebook, then apply shapes, sketches and text notes to mark-up them up. A great way to take notes in class!
  • Share your Notebooks as PDFs, or as websites published on the Web or via your .Mac account.
  • Access your Notebooks on the go, or on your desk. Work with your Notebooks on your Mac, then pick up where you left off on your iPad using the iPad version of NoteBook.


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