Notation, Quicker: Notefile For Mac

I’ve dedicated a few thousand words now to the virtues of Evernote for notation. And while I’m not saying Evernote isn’t wonderful — because it is — there’s one thing it doesn’t really do that I wish it would: Keep notes in a minimalist interface for retrieval that’s just as fast as entry.

Fortunately, for all those notes that are only sort-of important-but-not-quite-important-enough-to-categorize, there’s another tiny little app that does the trick quite nicely: Notefile from Junecloud.

While Evernote allows you to create a virtual filing system, Notefile keeps things as simple as a chronological list and as ready to hand as your menubar.

Usage is super simple. After installing and launching Notefile, you’ll have this icon in your menubar:

Notefile Menubar Icon

Just click to open the Notefile window; Once you’ve already created a note (which you can do by clicking the + symbol in the lower right corner, you’ll have a Content window. Here’s a sample note from my list so you can see what that looks like:

Notefile Window Contents

When you’re done, simply swipe from left to right (One finger if by mouse, two if by trackpad) and you’ll be taken to the list of your notes, arranged from top to bottom in chronological order — most recent at the top, oldest at the bottom. Here’s what my list looks like:

Notefile Window Anchored

When you want to delete a note, simply hover the cursor over it and an X will appear at the right-hand edge. Click the X, and the note title will “slide” to the right to expose a delete button in red. Like so:

Notefile Note Deletion

It’s as easy as that to create, manage and delete notes.

While I still rely on Evernote for gathering and cataloguing deeper information structures, Notefile is my go-to app for quickly noting and retreiving the kind of information I’m not ready to file away or that I refer to constantly throughout the day.

You can get Notefile for Mac on the Mac App Store, and for iOS on the iOS App Store.Thanks for reading, and until next time, please remember to support this blog; do good work, and be good to yourselves and each other.

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