Store and retrieve notes

runs on Mac
screenshot of Notational Velocity

How many different ideas do you suppose you come up with in a day? Sure, many of them are not so deep—one lump or two?—and don't merit being remembered, but other stuff probably wants to be jotted down. By the end of the day (or week or month) you've got a pile of notes, but no way to really do anything with them. It might be handy to be able to do something with all this accumulated wisdom.

Notational Velocity is a tool that lets you keep track of your thoughts, musings, and insights. When you have a thought, just enter it into the application. As you enter it, the tool is also searching for related ideas you've previously entered, since the data entry and search functions share the same input field. That means that as you type, related notes will come up, and you can decide whether to add today's insight to yesterday's brilliant idea, or to go off in a different direction. And if you get no hits on your latest idea, all you need to do is to hit Return and, like with a wiki, you'll create a new entry.

Notational Velocity is a Mac application. It runs under OS X 10.4 and later, and is distributed as a Universal Binary, so it's equally at home on a PowerPC or an Intel powered machine.

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One Response to “Store and retrieve notes”

  1. Elan says:

    I have been using Notational Velocity for approx. 1 year with great success. I have other programs that interface to the simple-notes web site running on my Droid, iPhone, and Windows machine. As a result all my machines are always in sink with whatever I choose to add to Notational Velocity. Notational Velocity has proven to be a great time saver over and over again. It’s the first place I go to save notes, and the first place I look to retrieve them. Great Program!