I’ve been a OneNote fan for many years now. I use it at home, on the go and at work. The problem with OneNote, however, is that Microsoft has to release it for Mac OSX. That’s quite a shame, really, since OneNote is, simply, the best note taking and organizing piece of software yet released. It is versatile and really easy to use. It is, without a doubt, THE best part of Office and the best piece of software the Microsoft has ever released.
Until recently, I thought the only thing that could come close to OneNote on the Mac was EverNote. They, however, jumped the shark with the rewrite of the platform a few years back. It lacks the versatility that it once had .
Well, I am happy to report that I found a worthy replacement: Growly Notes.
Growly Notes resembles OneNote in many ways, especially in the Note taking feature-the most important part of the software. It uses the same tabbed metaphor as OneNote, though the tabs are along the side of the page instead of the top.
Just about everything is there, save for the diagramming and line graphics in OneNote. I don’t use them all that much, so I would not miss them here. You can embed objects, import images from a scanner or camera and perform screen clips, just like OneNote.
One major difference I have found, however, may prevent many from using Growly Notes: lack of a sync feature. There is no cloud service and I have found no way to sync notebooks across devices. As the software is Mac only, there is no conduit to sync to anything on a non-Mac device.
I am still in the midst of testing the software and, aside from the data sync, it is looking really nice and a worthy replacement for OneNote.