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.

Available for iOS and macOS.

What’s New

Version 1.0.2

• AutoList™: lines with leading tabs or a symbol and a space are automatically replicated to make maintaining lists easier. [Yay Ben!]
• Cmd-S no longer beeps when saving text, immediately syncs instead. [Yay Nick!]
• New “Extra Extra Large” font size setting. [Yay Justin!]
• Added check for plain text mode to prevent issues with style attributes in fonts like Fira Code. [Yay Jed!]
• Added a new Window > Column Layout option to set column width (wide, narrow or full) for wider windows [Yay Ben!]
• Spelling, grammar, and substitution settings are now synced for each dot. Use Edit or the contextual menu within a dot to turn on spell check or turn off substitutions. [Yay Andre!]

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

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.

Kcc622159 ,

Useful little utility that you didn't know you needed

I use this app as an expanded TODO list for my ongoing projects. It works really well at that: I use one tab for each of my ongoing projects to jot down quick notes about their progress (so seven is aplenty), who to follow-up on, etc. The best thing is, I can set a single shortcut to open the window (I chose F8) and get to my projects immediately! This became even better in the latest update when the window actually appeared as a popover from the menu bar. Very nice touch.

The app is useful, but it became way better after I changed the keyboard shortcut for switching tabs to be Control-Tab and Control-Shift-Tab, same as that in Safari to help with my muscle memory. I'd say it's an essential change to truly make this app a productivity enhancer!

Dolan Anthony ,

It's almost perfect for my needs!

There's a different app I used for a long time that would pin different note windows to the side of my screen, but after awhile, I'd lose track of which pin related to which note and it ended up being somewhat of a hassle to try and search for the notes I was specifically looking for.

I'm really in love with the tabs on this — it makes it so I only have to open one window and cycle through the tabs that I have to find what I need instead of opening and closing a bunch of minimised ones.

One thing I'm really missing, though, is the ability to "pin" the tot window to my screen while I switch between OS spaces/desktops without needing to re-open it from the toolbar in order to read/access it. As someone who over-utilizes spaces and switches between them with quick gestures on the trackpad, it can be a pain to navigate to the top of the screen to reopen my notes every time.

Because it's not PERFECT for what I need, I probably would've given this review 4 stars, but the fact that they recognize and celebrate the individual work of their developers in each of the updates warms my cold, dead heart.

Thanks for your hard work!


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macOS 10.14 or later, 64-bit processor



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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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