Tot is an elegant, simple way to collect & edit text across your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It’s your tiny text companion!

⁕ Less Is More
Tot’s single window design and simple formatting controls mean no more hunting for that chunk of text. Seven color-coded dots let you organize your notes while keeping them from getting out of hand.

⁕ Dark / Light Mode
Designed to look stunning both day and night, Tot takes full advantage of iOS and macOS themes.

⁕ Small Footprint
Stays out of the way on the desktop with minimal chrome and can even be controlled via the Menu bar. On mobile, each dot is just a swipe away.

⁕ iCloud Sync
Seamlessly syncs your text across iOS and macOS using iCloud so you can capture thoughts wherever you are.

⁕ Markdown Support
Full support for rich or plain text and even automatically translates text to Markdown for handy use on the web. Have an RTF file you need marked up? No problem!

⁕ Killer Keyboard
Tot puts common text operations on the keyboard and keeps track of word and character counts as you type.

⁕ Accessible
Tot takes accessibility seriously with affordances for color blindness and full support for VoiceOver.

Available for iOS and macOS.

What’s New

Version 1.2.4

• Local backups of iCloud data are now done automatically:
- View latest backups with File > Show Automatic Backups
- Backups are JSON files encoded in UTF-8
- Restore a backup with File > Restore Backup…
- Backups are updated as needed every hour
• Increased contrast of unused dots in dark mode [Yay Mark!]
• Keyboard shortcuts like ⌘G now work correctly while Find panel is displayed [Yay Ben!]
• Improved compatibility with Bartender [Yay Michal!]

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
203 Ratings

203 Ratings

Drlcm ,

The app you need (but don't know you need)

I rarely leave reviews, but this little app deserves praise. I ran into this by mistake, downloaded it and forgot about it. I opened it the other day just to see what it was about and haven't closed it since. I had no idea I even needed this, but it is unbelievably handy!
I am a researcher and writer, and I have numerous writing apps for organizing and writing. I didn't know what I really needed was a quick note-taking app for snippets and passages that can function as both a holding pen for stuff that needs permanent filing and a quick-file for stuff I need at my fingertips.
Aside from the infinite uses for this app, the aesthetics and functionality are on point. I appreciate the time the developer put into this app. It works flawlessly and is carefully designed to be customizable but not overly so.
This is one of those apps you can't work without once you have it. It really should be a part of the mac ios.
Thank you for a great app!

npydyuan ,

elegantly crafted gadget

I love apps like this because they don't promise anything they can't do, and they do everything they promise. They don't add stress to your relationship with your computer; they make it more delightful. Apps like this, it's like a tiny little brain massage, a healthy microdose of dopamine, every time you open them up.

I have one 'tot' per day of the week. When some random passing thought occurs, I grab it and stick it in the day's tot, so that I don't have to obsess about where it goes or what it means or what i'm eventually going to do with it, if anything. It's just an instantaneous word-satisfaction device. Then every now and then, as I'm skimming through the days in a free moment, I find a fragment and it now makes sense where it should go or what I should do with it. So then I do that thing, and can delete it out of Tot. It's like a little hatchery for useful idea-trout.

Would buy again! :)

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your kind words and support. It means a lot to a small developer like us. Please enjoy and thanks again!

snorkjuice ,

Near-perfect tool for a linchpin job

I've been using this app for about 3 days and I feel like my digital life has been transformed. Gone are the myriad anonymous TextEdit windows that used to litter my screen. When I need to write something down or take quick notes, I know where to go, and when I need those notes, I know where to find them; and I don't lose my place in whatever I was working on in the meantime. It's beautiful to look at and the UI is well thought out. I love this app.

I bought the $20 iPhone version immediately and suggest you do too if you can afford it, because this free app is worth some bucks.

Anything not perfect? Maybe. I'd like to see a LITTLE more Markdown support (not too much!), and I'd like to be able to make the windows a LITTLE bigger (not too much!). But these are quibbles and new features are still appearing, so who knows what the next few weeks will bring.

App Privacy

The developer, The Iconfactory, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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