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Notefile is a project I’ve had kicking around for a long time. It all started with Dashboard and Apple’s default Stickies widget. The biggest annoyance I’ve had with Stickies is that it doesn’t support undo. Accidentally delete something, and it’s gone.
Eventually Apple added notes to Mail. I thought I’d switch to that, and my frustrations would be gone. But the problem with Mail is that it’s a distraction. Open it up and emails pour in, and I’m reminded of other things I need to do. When I’m working I need to be able to make quick notes without getting distracted. Mail just doesn’t work for this.
Then the iPhone came along, and the iPad, and now I want something that can sync with these devices, so my notes are always with me. There are a huge number of options for this, aside from the built-in Notes.
There’s an app out there that solves each problem, but I never found one app that solved them all. I just wanted a simple, refined notes widget for Dashboard that would also work with all my iOS devices. Easy to get to from anywhere, and always in sync. Undo support in Dashboard, a simple font, an attractive design, and not a lot else.
So I made it.
There are a lot of other options for taking and syncing notes, and Notefile has less features than many of them. It’s not the ultimate app for note taking, but it is my ultimate app for note taking. Maybe it’ll be yours too. (But if not, that’s totally cool.)
Syncing works just like Delivery Status. You can use the same account if you have one already. There’s a new site at junecloud.com/sync where you can edit your note and deliveries online. (You can also restore deleted notes there if you ever need to.)
So, want to try it out? You can download a release candidate of the Mac widget now. Notefile will also be a universal app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch—we’ll get it in the App Store as soon as we’re done testing it.
New in release candidate 3:
- The scroll bar now hides when it’s not in use.
- Scrolling is slower and smoother.
New in release candidate 4:
- The last line in the list now uses the correct font size when “use larger text” is selected.
- Improved error detection when saving notes.
- We also made various improvements to our sync server on May 11th.
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