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Growly Notes
Growly Notes
4.5
Growly Notes free download for Mac

Growly Notes

Version 4.1.5

Free-form note-taking application.

Growly Notes overview

Growly Notes lets you capture everything you're interested in, all in one place. Organize research projects, trips, to-do lists, or journals. Scrapbook your images, Web links, and video clips. Your imagination is the only limitation.

Pages can contain almost anything: formatted text, images, movies, audio clips, PDF files, tables, lists, Web and file links, and drawings you create in Notes. There are no rules for where things have to go: put an image beside text, or under it. Draw shapes on top of other notes. Put two snippets of text right next to each other. Click anywhere and start typing. It's really that simple.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What’s new in version 4.1.5

Updated on Sep 19 2020

Version 4.1.5:
  • There was an old bug in Notes that caused problems during save when you have a link to a notebook (as opposed to something within a notebook).

Information

License

Free

Size

10.6 MB

Downloads

40260

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
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What customer like

Performance
Regular updates
Price

What needs improvements

Social media integration

Growly Notes qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0
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jeffswritingworld
jeffswritingworld
Feb 22 2022
4.1.5
0.0
Feb 22 2022
0.0
Version: 4.1.5
I'm long time Growly Write user, and have to admit I have taken the software for granted as it is free. That said, looking for an alternative to Pagico, I downloaded this app three days ago and I am at a loss to understand how the developer could offer such a perfect note taking solution for no money whatsoever. It suits me perfectly, and it's so intuitive, I sent the Developer a donation via the GrowlyBird website. Very impressed.
Moxiesozo
Moxiesozo
Jun 13 2019
3.1.3
0.0
Jun 13 2019
0.0
Version: 3.1.3
I attempted to pull up the Mac App Store link and get this: ITEM NOT AVAILABLE "The item you've requested is not currently available in the U.S. store." Anyone know what's going on?
Sjha
Sjha
Dec 1 2015
2.1.5
0.0
Dec 1 2015
0.0
Version: 2.1.5
Excellent!
M-Rick
M-Rick
Jun 25 2014
2.0.4
3.0
Jun 25 2014
3.0
Version: 2.0.4
The software itself is good, but if you are writing texts in another language than English, the spelling features are not working since Growly Notes only know English … It's a pity because it seems to use the system's spelling so it should be able to support all the ones supported by the system.
rayj
rayj
Jun 25 2014
2.0.4
5.0
Jun 25 2014
5.0
Version: 2.0.4
I've used a variety of note apps over the years - Growly Notes comes top of my list by a long way. Simple to use and extremely versatile. As a sedate old codger I'm not that keen on the GUI shown in the image on this page, but the developer has even taken my biases into account and provided a more mundane alternative!
Electriclewis
Electriclewis
Mar 18 2014
2.0.3
5.0
Mar 18 2014
5.0
Version: 2.0.3
I've used this for years, upgrading to the paid-for version when it was released. This is the best, most solid and easy to use free-form notes application I've used. I used to use OneNote when it was the best thing Microsoft had ever written but I think Growly Notes surpasses it (even more so now OneNote for the Mac is so limited). Great product
matrixbud
matrixbud
Jan 14 2014
2.0
5.0
Jan 14 2014
5.0
Version: 2.0
Growly Notes ver 1 was the best note-taking app I had found, and I tried many of them. Growly Notes ver 2 is no longer free but is actually much better. The developer clearly put a lot of thought into every aspect of this. For me there was a learning curve to understand all the capabilities that can be accessed via the tabbed sidebar. The ways of handling formats (e.g., bullet lists, fonts, highlights, special symbols, indentation, ruler, styles) has changed from ver 1. Mostly this meant reading several sections of the extremely well-written docs as opposed to either scanning or ignoring them which is what I usually am able to do. If there were a freeware app that came close to doing all this app does, I would not have upgraded. But, I have looked hard in the past and I really like this app. I consider it well worth the price. Incidentally, though this is my primary notes app, I DO use other note-taking apps as well for special purposes. I use Evernote because it can automatically sync with File-This-Fetch for managing financial records. I use Sidenote for hot short-term items (it is opened by mousing over to the side of the screen), and TextWrangler for coding. But I find Growly Notes the most capable for general purpose notes because it is easy to apply formats and one can drag and drop both text and objects with ease.
Appledogx
Appledogx
Jan 12 2014
2.0
4.5
Jan 12 2014
4.5
Version: 2.0
Unfortunately, no longer free, but really worth the price asked. I find it still to be the best Notes app for Mac. The new interface is nice, though I would have much preferred a floating palette to the fixed area like in Pages 5 to make better use of limited screen real estate. It gives the user much control over everything, though I can't find a way to change the grid size for positioning. If the author does come out with the iPad app as hinted at, it will be totally fabulous. I just hope there will be way to sync locally instead of using iCloud. I clicked on 4, but cannot change my rating to 4.5, which I think this app deserves.
Zx81
Zx81
Jan 12 2014
2.0
0.0
Jan 12 2014
0.0
Version: 2.0
A greta pity it is now MAS only.
Subroutines
Subroutines
Aug 3 2013
1.2.14
4.0
Aug 3 2013
4.0
Version: 1.2.14
compared to Circus Ponies and Curio, this is definitely a worth competitor and a decent OneNote replacement. My main issue with this app, like a previous reviewer has said, is the textbox. Growly Notes textbox is weak compared Ponies' and Curios'. For a notetaking app, the textbox should be bread and butter feature, where it expands regardless of the length of the first line.
Appledogx
Appledogx
Dec 1 2012
1.2.11
4.5
Dec 1 2012
4.5
Version: 1.2.11
Great place to keep information you need to get at quickly and keep well organized. The way it moves text boxes is a bit quirky, but all in all, I use this app weekly! I love it.
lemon-kun
lemon-kun
Oct 13 2012
1.2.10
5.0
Oct 13 2012
5.0
Version: 1.2.10
OK, reading the other comments/reviews, this isn't news: Growly Notes is a great app. There's one thing I'd like to add: for those who don't like the appearance of the app, it can be customised: in the Preferences, just switch from "fun" to "serious" window layout, and it looks much more like your common mac app. If you don't like the app's icon, just replace it with a clipart of your choice. The app itself is very good UI design, rock stable, fast… Seems there is (was) lots of talent at Microsoft – the developer worked 10 years for MS – it says quite a lot about MS management, if they are not able to keep such good developers (and those devs go afterwards mac only development :-) Why isn't Growly Write here on MacUpdate? Seems to be a nice app too… One last thing: I like it that the developer included an "Uninstall" command in the menu. Very user friendly, so you don't have to hunt down files in hidden folders, as with so many other mac apps, if you want to get rid of the app; that said, Growly Notes isn't an "invasive" app at all. And yes, actually I don't know if the uninstall command even works, because, umm: why should I want to delete an app like that…
Sliwkaj
Sliwkaj
Aug 5 2012
1.2.10
4.5
Aug 5 2012
4.5
Version: 1.2.10
Excellent application! Just stared using it, so I couldn't discover all the functionalities yet. It's a perfect way to store all kinds of notes/memories/todos.
Mayersj1
Mayersj1
Aug 5 2012
1.2.10
0.0
Aug 5 2012
0.0
Version: 1.2.10
The link here on MacUpdate points to the 1.2.9 version. Going to the developer website, the proper 1.2.10 version can be downloaded.
mugsuk
mugsuk
May 17 2012
1.2.9
4.5
May 17 2012
4.5
Version: 1.2.9
This is a fantastic free piece of software - for something that so many people need, there always needs to be a freeware version for the little guy. This is feature rich, and functions great. Would like to customise the interface a little more, but that is being really picky. Keep up the good work, and THANK YOU.
Gniman
Gniman
May 2 2012
1.2.8
4.5
May 2 2012
4.5
Version: 1.2.8
it's cool. it's free. and it's saved me $100+ walking away from curio, tinderbox etc. so... i am sure i am breaking some law about saying the greedy, meany thing i am going to say about growly notes: *when is syncing and iPad versions coming?* :)
DanoDano
DanoDano
Apr 27 2012
1.2.8
5.0
Apr 27 2012
5.0
Version: 1.2.8
Very nice tiny software. Thanks!
Bluloo
Bluloo
Apr 16 2012
1.2.7
4.5
Apr 16 2012
4.5
Version: 1.2.7
Great little app!
Panthera
Panthera
Apr 16 2012
1.2.7
5.0
Apr 16 2012
5.0
Version: 1.2.7
Minor Notes update (1.2.7) So many people are using web servers to backup their notebooks, and not zipping them as we recommend, that we enhanced Notes to recover when the server doesn’t copy all the notebooks’ components. This is the only change in this version.
bbw7
bbw7
Apr 7 2012
1.2.5
5.0
Apr 7 2012
5.0
Version: 1.2.5
As most of the other reviewers have said, this is a great application. Has a very straightforward and easy to use interface, and the program lends itself to having a VERY functional/useful help/documentation component. Also has many very useful features that one would hope such a program would have. And, of course, the price just can't be beat. For the record, the current version is 1.2.7, and the MU download link is not working. Just go to the developer's site (for which the link is working) and download the current version from there.
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