Note taking software for a Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by wanyuenmei, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. wanyuenmei macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2013
    Hey all,

    I'll be entering college in the fall and I was wondering what note taking software would be best for business and engineering?
  2. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I have Office 2008 on my MBP, and there's a layout in Word for notes. It's works great for my history classes. Not sure if 2011 does the same thing, but it's likely.

    I'm not an engineering major, but my understanding is that the best note taking for those classes is old fashioned pen and paper. Formulas and things like that are a challenge to type out quickly. For business you'll probably be fine typing for the most part.
  3. wanyuenmei thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2013
    Is there anything apart from Microsoft Office that's user friendly? Something like OneNote maybe? Because I know that OneNote isn't available on Mac, which is unfortunate really.
  4. MLinneer macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2013
    Sherman, TX
    I use Evernote... it's cloud based and syncs very well between Mac, Windows, and iOS. It allows formatted text (bold, italics, bullets, ext.) and will work offline, then syncs when I get a WiFi spot. And it's FREE!
  5. Hildegerd macrumors regular


    May 12, 2013
  6. wanyuenmei thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2013
    I've managed to get a copy of OmniOutliner Pro and Circus Ponies Notebook. Any opinions on these two?
  7. onekerato macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2011
    You may find this blog interesting:

    The latest post just so happens to discuss both Circus Ponies Notebook and OmniOutliner!
  8. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2012
    I'd recommend trying Evernote on the App Store which is free, at least until you need a lot of data storage. I've yet to exceed that so haven't ever needed to pay anything. It's a wonderful, versatile way to keep notes and organize them as well as search through them. It offers basic text formatting and recently they've added some nice features like reminders to it. You might find it is enough.

    When I moved to Mac, Evernote replaced OneNote in Windows for me so maybe it can for you as well. Again, it costs you zero and a small download to find out for yourself.
  9. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
  10. coachingguy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2003
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    Learning curve for Circus Ponies Notebook is too steep. I've used it, off and on, for about 10 years. I've had OmniOutliner and while I like the idea of it... For me, both of them don't fit in how I think...

    I live on Evernoe. It's amazing and getting better every update.

    If you want the top of the heap... Look at DEVONthink Pro...

  11. DarkoDonnie, Jun 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2013

    DarkoDonnie macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2013
    personally - I use I use it because I believe in using apples default software - can't delete it so might as well make the best of it.

    Evernote is better though, especially for images and textography/formatting. It's probably your best bet.

    Though, I always recommend giving an honest gentlemans try though. I'm a power user and I've developed a way of using inline hash tags and markdown to organize everything..
  12. JMountainDew macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2012
    +1 for Evernote. Have it on all three of my devices.

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