As I've been reintegrating the Mac into my work, I've naturally had a lot of curiosity about the range of writing tools available for the platform these days. While I plan to do a comparative review of the 3 or 4 tools I've found to be most useful to someone who writes everyday like I do, there's one I wanted to point out right away since a new version has just been released and there's a sweet deal available for a very limited time. Notae from codepoetry is a very nicely conceived lightweight authoring tool that has a number of strong points that make it worthy of consideration:
- It provides a lot of functionality in a very small footprint – the app itself is less than 1.5 MB in size and it uses very few systems resources and a small amount of memory.
- The features set is surprisingly robust for such a light application. Version 2.0 extends the application's ability to ingest content from a variety of sources including web pages and PDF files with a couple of keystrokes or mouse clicks.
- Notae is a keyboard-oriented user's dream – there's literally nothing you can't do in the application using the keyboard.
- It has an absolutely brilliant icon (a pair of Moleskine journals and a fountain pen).
OK, so the last point isn't really critical in the grand scheme of things. I still like it a lot.
Notae 2 was just released yesterday and, through tomorrow (January 31, 2007), the developer is offering a special promotion. Enter the code LAUNCHSPECIAL and you get a license for $14.50 which is 50% off the regular $29 price. If you prefer to be more deliberate about trying software out before plunking down money for a license, a 28-day evaluation is offered.
UPDATE: A 2.0.1 update has already been released that fixes an issue with file saving and improves the performance of web page HTML capture.