Capturing and recording my inspirations and observations has long been a struggle for me. Its more than sticky notes, to-do lists, post-its and scraps of paper, its a quest to keep organized and productive. Three years ago I found a great product to help with this, and its recently been upgraded to make it even better.
TopXNotes bills itself as the premier personal note organizer for the Mac . . . I met this product’s creator (James Lee) at the 2007 Macworld Expo, and first learned about this excellent tool. His passion for this product clearly shows in its performance:
- Responsive versatility: With over 100 templates and samples makes getting started with TopXNotes a breeze for organizing financial information, shopping lists, software serial numbers, and much more plus samples such as student notes, top ten lists, and many others.
- Thought capturing: Create a new note by pressing Command-N, selecting "New Note" from the "Notes" menu, or by clicking the plus icon in the NoteOrganizer provides complete control over how your notes look, including modification of fonts, style, or color to make those notes stand out.
- Text transfers: Drag-and-drop text from just about anywhere into a new note, or drag text to the desktop for a Rich Text Format (RTF) export, which can be read by most text editors and word processors such as TextEdit, Microsoft Word, or Pages (drag or copy a URL into TopXNotes and it will automatically turn it into a clickable link).
- Automatic storage: With a powerful auto-save feature, information is protected automatically on every page turn, or at specific time intervals, whatever you decide.
In addition to the very strong initial product, there have been many improvements to the package. The graphic below summarizes many of these.
The NoteOrganizer, Multiview and QuickNotes stand out as especially nice upgraded features, plus the ability to sync its notes to the iPod (not Touch). Try it out yourself with the free trial, the video guided tour, and the examples at www.tropic4.com. Then, if you like it, you can buy the serial number for the dowloaded version for $40 (CD-ROM for $45). You can also get Kitchen Timer (simple count up or down) for free, AND their iPhone/iPod Touch version of TopXNotes is in beta testing.
If you are looking for a terrific tool to translate your dreams, inspirations, observations, considerations and proclamations into editable recorded treasures that can be shared with others and converted into actions, then TopXNotes should become a part of your everyday experience on the Mac. This is a gift to yourself that keeps on giving!