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By Dennis Van Roeyen

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Access your notes instantly with SideWriter. By hiding itself on the left or right side of your screen it's there when you need it without losing focus of the application you were working with.

Notes are automatically saved so you don't need to worry about saving or losing notes.

Notes are organized hierarchically.

- Instant access to your notes.
- Automatic saving.
- Hierarchically organized.
- Drag and Drop to import, export and organize notes.

What's New in Version 1.2.0

- Compatible with OS X Maverick
- Bugfix: Docking position in rare cases not saved


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Customer Reviews

Without any reservation, 5 stars. Essential to workflow.

This app is so essential to my workflow that I’d be lost without it. It works flawlessly, is invisible (one not hotkey) to the way I work, and the ability to have multiple pages is terrific. My only quibble, which I voiced to the very responsive developer, is that the pages are not rued or boxed, especially because I’m a slob and one entry runs into the next, I would also benefit from a search function, which I understand might be in the words.

At $4.99 this app is a steal, considering some apps out there that cost $20 bucks—I’ll avoid mentioning names—that offer no functionality in the name of minimalism.

I strongly recommend anyone—power user or occasional user—get this app. It’s so useful that it ought to be integral to the OS.

Essential for how I work

I love the low barrier to taking daily notes. Sidenote was my most used app before it became unsupported.

A couple of minor nits:

1. some seq of actions can make it no longer auto hide. clicking on the settings gear usually resets.
2. typing a new title in note window tries to autocomplete but then loses track of my typing and I can't title a new note unless i go into the file viewer.

Other than that, if you like quick mouse access to a note window, this is your app!

awesome, but could be better

Found this when Sidenote didn’t work for Lion, and have used it ever since. It’s wonderful, but could use a little polishing: the chrome eats a lot of space on a small screen, and you have to hit a fairly small button and open an additional drawer to switch notes. Sidenote, by comparison, has minimal chrome, and a small drop-down menu for switching notes. It’s still the best note-taking app out there for Lion or later—always right there at the edge of the screen, no need for hotbuttons or switching apps to get to it.

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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.0
  • Size: 2.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor

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