Growly Notes is an incredibly versatile note-taking app. Collect any kind of data—rich text, images, PDFs, movies, audio clips—and arrange it on the page any way you like.

Notebooks are organized into sections containing free-form pages, like a scrapbook. On each page, notes can lie next to each other, or you can layer the notes so they overlap.

• New file format supports multi-gigabyte files, fast access, continuous autosave.
• Easily edit PDFs using Preview instead of having to merge text and drawings.
• Password-protect entire notebooks, not just sections.
• Tags inside text notes, not just on an entire note.
• Close the left-side navigator to maximize screen space.
• Jump to a page using thumbnail images in the page picker.
• New, optional blue ruler is easier to use.
• Hundreds of other improvements.

• Click anywhere on a page and just start typing.
• Rich text: multiple fonts and all standard text styles.
• Pictures embedded in the text can be scaled.
• Links to websites, files, or places within your notebooks.
• Lists for making outlines or to-do lists. Numbers, bullets, or checkboxes.
• Tables organize your data into rows and columns.
• Take notes in Growly Notes while you're working in another app.

• Easily annotate PDFs stored in your notebook, using Preview (which comes free with your Mac).
• Pull each PDF page out into a separate note, or keep them all together.

• Record audio and video directly into your notebook.
• Remembers all the text notes created during the recording, and jumps back to them during playback.
• Create a link to any time in A/V notes and jump to it instantly.
• Take snapshot images with your camera.

• Search results jump to the note containing the text and highlight all instances.
• Advanced find and replace within a page.
• Tag entire notes, or places within text. Search for all tagged notes with one mouse click. Custom tags.

• Work on multiple Macs, or collaborate on a notebook with friends or colleagues.
• Sync notebooks on demand from any Mac to the master copy on a file server, a shared folder, or the cloud.

• Format brush copies text formatting and paints it onto other text.
• Styles for text, paragraphs, lists, and tables apply your favorite formats with a single click.
• Format panel shows all formatting options, from words all the way up to the notebook, grouped into sections to make them easy to understand—or hide them if you never use them.

• Five notebook templates and 60 page templates for everything from meeting notes to tranquil musings.
• Create your own templates for layouts you use frequently, and easily share them with other people.

•  Navigate with an outline of the notebook, or use colorful tabs. Hide the navigator to maximize work space.
• Choose from standard section colors in five color schemes, or pick your own colors.
• Keep all notebooks in one window for efficiency, or put each in its own window.
• Set defaults for new pages, including the template, zoom, and background color.

• Page picker jumps to a page using thumbnail images.
• Simple drawing tools for highlighting and annotating.
• Password-protect sensitive sections or entire notebooks.
• Lock pages and notes to prevent accidental changes.
• Export to many other formats, including RTF and HTML, for archival, sharing, or final edits in another app.
• High-quality printing.
• Spell checking.
• Sorting.
• Note borders.
• Background images or colors on pages.
• Align text with page rule lines.
• Menu bar widget for common tasks.
• Perform calculations right in your notebook.
• Automatic backups for extra security.
• Print directly to Growly Notes from any app with a free tool downloaded from our website.

• Mac OS 10.8 and later.
• Text in most languages, but not right-to-left or vertical scripts.
• Does not support iCloud.

What's New

Version 3.1.2

• Bug fixes.
• Click the More button (above) to see what’s new in version 3.

Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Amazing customer service


I can’t compare it to Evernote because I haven’t used it. All I can say is I started using this to organize notes on hundreds of papers and books I’m reading for the general exams for my PhD. It’s amazing because I can drop an entire scrollable PDF onto a page, then drop a second note right by it on the same page including an outline and my notes, and it’s all searchable.

But now I’m using it for everything. I’ve got fun colorful pages for scrapbook/journal type stuff in which I paste in all sorts of images and stuff I find around Pinterest and what not. I put the audio files from my music lessons in another notebook, along with notes and I can even create “bookmarks” on the audio file to find important stuff. I even made a bird field guide to keep photos and info on the birds that come to my bird feeder!

The customer service is amazing. Twice now I’ve emailed with a questions and gotten an answer within the hour. Today it was Sunday morning, and I had an answer in under 10 minutes. Spend the $5. It’s easily worth a LOT more than that.

My must-have program


Like others who have reviewed, my only regret leaving WindowsWorld was One Note. The Mac version of it is very limited compared to the Windows version, and I needed something more. GrowlyNotes was the solution. I use Growlynotes for organizing research materials and my life in general. It’s flexible, easy to use, and does everything I need — keeping pieces of websites, linking to other files, etc., etc. I have found it to be very reliable and the author continues to makes improvements — and is very responsive. For the price, this is a steal. However, if you need access to your files from your phone or ipad, you’re out of luck. And sharing between computers (desktop and laptop, say) is a little cumbersome. That said, for me, this is an essential piece of software, and I haven’t found any other note-taking application that compares.

My favoirte notekeeping app


I’ve tried many note-taking apps on the mac and ipad. Growly notes is my favorite. It has been very stable with few/no bugs. I prefer to store my files locally on the MAC, and do local backups. The notebooks and sections underneath work almost like a 2D corkboard. I can have 10 notebooks X 20 sections for 200 working pages that are very easy to navigate (for me). Maybe not for everyone but it works well for me.


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