I may be at a disadvantage here because I discovered Aquaminds NoteTaker (review posted in
the July 2005 issue of macCompanion) before tripping over Circus Ponies NoteBook. Actually,
Derek Meier turned me on to it, but Tim Verpoorten reviewed Notebook 2.0 about halfway
through Episode 3 of his Mac ReviewCast listed above. Ted Goranson also did an excellent job
with his comparison review of both NoteTaker and NoteBook over at ATPM in the May 2004
issue also listed above. (Read the comments to that article. Very enlightening!)
Jayson Adams (Code Poet) and Elizabeth Statmore were kind enough to send us a copy of
NoteBook 2.0 for review too. It is a combination outliner and free form database. It allows us to
clip, organize, and share any kind of unstructured information from any source on Mac OS X.
Did Apple take some of the same code to create Spotlight? (That is an open ended question.)
Jayson Adams worked with NeXTSTEP along with Scott Love some 10 years ago or so and they
co founded Millennium Software Labs. When that company dissolved, they went their separate
ways with both retaining rights to the code. Since Jason wrote the original code for Millennium,
it makes sense that he would continue the concept and that is why both are Spiral Notebooks
but go different directions.
Version 227 of NoteBook 2.0 was released to be compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. There is
a very healthy and active NoteBook Community online at
NoteBook has a few things going for it. Outline of outlines and taking a graphic and making it
part of the outline instead of using just text. It also allows for tab hovering to go deeper into the
outline. And cells can be collapsed or folded to one line. When touching that line, the cell
automagically expands for viewing.
There are one or two things it doesn't do and hopefully those can be addressed in the future such
as dragging to a tab and dropping into that tab (copy and paste instead).
Like NoteTaker, NoteBook handles multimedia nicely. It uses media frames to accomplish that.
And it also does voice annotation and accepts web pages and can publish to web pages using the
NBML or NoteBook Markup Language.
Oh, and then there is database manipulation (superfinding metadata) and adding stickers to
keywords in cells and generating indexes.
And there is support for camera linkages and a contextual menu for clipping and annotating.
Is NoteBook really the digital hub $50 valet for iLife and spongeworthy ? Well, it sure beats
writing in everything by hand! Import all kinds of things, like images, movies, photos, scans and
sound files. Add some formatting like shadows, rotation, scaling and playback. Is it just
eyecandy or does it really help get organized? With Spotlight is organization even needed? Well,
in a word; Yes!
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8