Alternote Mac App Review:

The most convenient and natural way to make notes.

Alternote Mac App Review 3One of my favorite all-time apps is Evernote. It works so well across platforms and when you are trying to take notes, you really just want something that works. What started as a simple, easy-to-use note-taking app, has exploded into a massive digital workspace that let’s you add information where your work takes shape. You can write, collect, share, discuss and even present all from one family of apps. Evernote has a Mac client as well as mobile versions of the app that all sync together, but it has evolved into something so much more than just a note-taking app and sometimes, less is more. Recently, I was introduced to Alternote, an alternative Evernote client for Mac and it is just that.

Alternote Mac App Review 6Alternote is a beautiful OS X note-taking app backed by Evernote. It is designed to be the most convenient and natural way to take notes and collect information in a secure, organized way. The app integrates with Evernote and syncs with it so that all your notes are available in one place. Plus, there are no Alternote servers on the back-end. It’s just your Mac and Evernote’s servers. Some of the key features include:

  • A distraction-free interface
  • Night mode
  • Appearance settings
  • Retina screen ready
  • WYSIWIG viewing
  • Attachment support
  • Colored tags
  • Print to PDF
  • To-do Lists
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When I first started using Alternote, I wasn’t really sure if it was necessary. I already have an Evernote app on my Mac, so why did I need this? Well, as stated above, Evernote, while a fantastic service, has become so much more than a simple note-taking app. And, that was what I wanted. Alternote was a great option for me. I do pull information from a lot of different sources throughout the day and pulling it into Alternote as I work, is an awesome way for me to keep up with my work flow. Alternote makes this possible. I really like the interface and it’s simplicity. There is a sidebar, a list of notes and your workspace. That’s it. Even though you have options like changing fonts and colors, it’s hidden and not cluttering the main interface.

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When I first opened the app, I had to log into my Evernote account. Had I not had one, I would have had to set a new account up. There is no doubt about it. This app runs in conjunction with Evernote. After I logged in, I was surprised by how quickly all my notes loaded into the new app. I really love that there is a ‘nighttime’ mode because there are so many times that I am working in bed before going to sleep and it’s an excellent option to using a work light. Alternote takes full advantage of the Mac OS programming options and has a full screen viewing option, which is great for tuning out background distractions and focusing on the task at hand.

If you work in a position that requires you to take a lot of notes, or you just like to jot thoughts down at a moment’s notice, I can recommend Alternote. It’s a gorgeous app that keeps the focus on note-taking and no where else.

It’s available for download for $4.99 as an introductory price. For more information, visit

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