Metanota is a beautiful OSX client and editor for creating and managing notes using well known cloud based services like SimpleNote and Evernote or simply local notes on your Mac.
Other note-taking cloud providers will be added constantly.
This version is free but supported by advertising, an In-App Purchase should be used to hide the ads forever.
• All functions are easy to see and access
The user interface is carefully streamlined, no unnecessary elements are left floating around.
Metanota’s goal is to avoid interfering between you and your work.
• Intelligent auto-formatting
The note editor automatically formats the first line of a note as header and shows lists as, well, lists.
Or, if you like plain and simple text, you can selectively turn off each feature.
• 100% in sync with your SImplenote/Evernote accounts
All notes and tags, even deleted notes, are kept perfectly synchronized
But you can work offline as long as you want.
• Fully manage Simplenote tags
Tags are presented as folders, making easy to neatly organize your content.
Local folders can be created, renamed or deleted, every change being promptly replicated to your SimpleNote account.
And, last but not least, Metanota is maybe the only option we have to actually rename a Simplenote tag.
A network connection is required to sync with Simplenote or Evernote accounts.
Just try it, it’s free !
- Multiple note selection (including drag and drop of multiple notes between sync providers)
- Evernote sync improvements
- Evernote’s default folder is now highlighted and can be changed from Metanota
- Evernote’s „API limit reached“ error is showing in the UI
- Bug fixing
Ratings and Reviews
If this had powerful search operators It would be better than Evernote
Evernote still reigns as the king of note takers. I've been using it since 1.x. However, Evernote still doesn't have powerful search operators for Mac. This is a crying shame. Metanota is pretty nice. I really like that it has separate search/find functions for notes, and words within notes. However, it still fails where Evernote fails. If I had a nickle for everytime I've heard people asking for powerful search functionality - reall powerful search functionality - I would be worth a lot of money. So, Metanota team, here's your mission: add powerful search functionality! Not just and/or, but serious search potential, and you will have created an app I would gladly pay money for. I still won't pay for Evernote because their earch function is rediculously weak for an app that's been in production for years. You're on the right track Metanota…keep it up.
Stores data in proprietary database
With the effective demise of most OS X Simplenote clients (NV, nvAlt, Justnotes, Nottingham, etc) I decided to try the "ad supported" version of Metanota (so far I haven't seen any ads).
It seems useable, but unfortunately it fails my critical test -- the synchronized files are stored in a proprietary database. I want to have them accessible to the files system, as managed by nvAlt and NV. That way, when Simplenote dies (it seems halfway there) I can move them to Dropbox easily.
It also is not better than Simplenote or altNV at managing Simplenote tags. I can't sort alphabetically for example.
It also synchronizes less frequently than altNV -- every 20 seconds instead of every character or so.
Overall I think this is a four star app, and I have deep appreciation for anyone trying to create a Mac app these days -- especially given the state of Simplenote. Unfortunately, it's not right for me.
What does Metanota offer?
Metanota is a lot like Notational Velocity and its fork, nvalt. Metanota's interface is weaker, it costs 9.99 (Notational Velocity is free) to run it without adds, and is, if anything, much less featurefull. Why on earth would I use it?
I can think of at least one good reason: this integrates with Evernote as well as Simplenote. I prefer to keep my notes in a dropbox folder myself, but there are advantages to using syncing services, and even to using multiple syncing services (work/home separation, etc.). If I decided to keep my work notes on evernote, but my home notes in dropbox, Metanota might be a useful tool. This is a niche, but it's a valid niche. I'd recommend most people to use either Evernote or Simplenote, or better yet, dropbox - but there are reasons to do something more complicated, and Metanota has you covered if that's what you need.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.