Developer: GrowlyBird Software
Current Version: 2.1.9
Last Updated: 5 months ago
Download Size: 8.4 MB - Download
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.
• 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.
• Two sync styles: replace the old with the new, or merge differences with conflict handling.
• 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. Markers can be numbers, bullets, or a checkbox for ticking off completed tasks.
• Tables organize your data into rows and columns. They can contain any of the elements listed above.
• Take notes in Growly Notes while you're working in another app using floating note windows.
• Record audio and video directly into your notebook.
• Optionally remembers all the text notes created during the recording, and jumps back to them during playback.
• Create a link to any point in the recording or playback so you can jump to it instantly.
• Use your camera to take a snapshot image.
DRAWING & PDFs
• Simple drawing tools for highlighting and annotating.
• Drawings and text can be merged into PDF notes so they stick to the PDF pages.
• Highlight text in PDFs.
• Pull each PDF page out into a separate note, or keep them all together.
• Click on a search result to jump to the note containing the text and highlight all instances.
• Limit the search, or search all open notebooks.
• Advanced find and replace within a page.
• Tag notes for categorizing or future action. Search for all tagged notes with one mouse click. Create your own tags.
• The 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 mouse click.
• The 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.
• 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.
OTHER GREAT FEATURES
• Password-protect sensitive sections.
• 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.
• 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.
• 10.7.3 and later.
• Text in most languages, but not right-to-left or vertical scripts.
• Does not support iCloud.
Most Helpful Reviews
Best notebook app I’ve found so far, finally available on App Store - I’ve happily used this app for a few years now and told all my friends about it - hardly any of them listened, though. I’m so happy it’s now on the App Store and more people can find this great product. When I stumbled across this program several years ago, it was the cure to my OneNote separation anxiety. OneNote was the only program that kept me on Windows longer than I wanted. When I finally switched to Mac six years ago, I sorely missed OneNote and searched desperately for a replacement. For several years, I tried all sorts of programs, even the “notebook” layout in Word for Mac, but nothing fit well. Somehow I stumbled across Growly Notes and it was everything I’d been looking for. I rely on this daily. It just works! It always opens quickly, never quits unexpectedly, autosaves, and I have never lost any data (knock on wood) - everything a Mac program should be :) Even though I’ve got gobs of clipped articles, pictures, URLs, etc, I can find whatever I need through the search bar. My only complaint about the search feature is I wish it was a live search, but it works just fine. I also wish the text formatting and highlighting options were quicker and easier to access. The developer updates regularly and communicates well. If you’ve been searching for a OneNote alternative, this just might be your answer! It was for me.
Great, if you don’t need dependability - I got this because I was tired of using OneNote for Mac and wanted something that I could draw in (the promised iPad app was a big selling point). I’ve had nothing but issues with it. If you have any sort of hefty noteload (med school) you’ll have to create a different notebook for each week (sometimes even day) to prevent the app from lagging while you are typing notes in lecture. This means it will take a lot of extra loading time to switch between weeks and notebooks. Don’t bother trying to fit anatomy pics and notes in one notebook either. The app is supposed to save/backup on its own but it doesn’t. I’ve lost a few pages here and there, and a few classmates have complained that it doesn’t save what they typed in lecture all the time but I just kind of took that with the good. However, today I lost a week’s worth of notes because it apparently isn’t autosaving regularly. The only solution support offers is that you should have the most current version (I do/did). All in all, I like that you can use arrows and drawing tool but it’s brought me to tears (real, frustrated, tears) more than once which makes the app not worth $5.