I am looking for a lightweight Mac application to create and lookup short texts like e.g. commands on the fly. Maybe a menu bar application. Extensive keyboard support would be great. I used nvALT, but a regular window needs to be opened. Applications like Evernote are overkill. Dash has a cheat sheet feature, but it needs some effort to implement individual entries.

Any ideas?

  • Have you tried Google Keep? Could that be an alternative for you? – holroy Aug 12 '15 at 11:09
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    This Question needs more specifics. For example, how does the bundled Notes.app not suffice? – Basil Bourque Feb 9 '16 at 0:30

I suggest that you look into a combination of Quicksilver (or Alfred) and Notational Velocity (or Simplenote). Very simple, and very efficient. Probably nvAlt itself can cooperate with one of these two launchbars (Quicksilver / Alfred), in which case you won't even have to change your note taking software).

  • I can search nvAlt using LaunchBar, but this does not help much. – lejonet Mar 15 '15 at 16:57
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    Can you explain a bit more so we can help? What aspect of the current interface is not satisfying? For instance if LaunchBar could preview the doc, would that be of any help (so you won't have to open any window)? – retrography Mar 15 '15 at 18:58

Low-octane solution:

Spotlight shows quick view of the file found, so for each word you could create some text file, named (some_prefix)_(word).txt, for example zz_stack.txt. Then just call spotlight from the keyboard, type zz_stack and see your result.


Apple Notes

The Apple Notes app comes bundled with your Mac, free of charge.

You can create one note or many. Quick to launch. Automatically syncs across Macs and iOS devices. Easily searchable within the app or across your Mac via Spotlight.

  • Dear Down-Voter, please leave a criticism along with your vote. – Basil Bourque Feb 22 '17 at 17:10

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