I'm an OS X user with an annoying problem. Whenever I need to quickly jot something down, I reflexively tab into
TextEdit, hit option-N and start typing. This is great for almost instantly being able to make a note, but it's really terrible for finding it again later, because I just end up with a huge stack of windows with titles like "Untitled 83", and no way to search for the one I want. It also makes it extremely inconvenient to reboot my machine.
So I'm looking for a (preferably free) note-taking app that enables me to :
- Quickly make a new note and start typing with a single key-press.
- Easily find notes later, by giving me a list of all notes.
- Sort by date and/or filter by typing into a search box.
- It should save everything automatically, so that all the notes come back with no fuss after a reboot.
My notes are often confidential, so a web-based or cloud storage solution would not work for me.
I don't need any fancy features (hence I'd prefer a free app)
- Plain text notes are fine
- Again, the requirement that I can create a new note with a single keypress is vitally important.
I've tried Notational Velocity, which is almost perfect but it requires me to give a new note a title before I can start typing. Because of this, if I'm in a meeting and need to make a note right now, I still end up reaching for TextEdit instead.
Is there a simple free app that gives me what I want?
If not, there is one (and only one) extra feature that I would pay for :
- The ability to enter equations into notes using MathJax (which should be possible in any app with Markdown support). Since I'm a scientist that would be a killer feature for me.