NoteBook 4 – Review

On July 10, 2014, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

NoteBook 4
Developer: Circus Ponies
Price: $49.95 directly from Circus Ponies. $59.95 from the Mac App Store.
NoteBook 4

Circus Ponies NoteBook predates the Cloud. One of the many reasons I like this app is because my data resides on my Mac, not in a cloud somewhere.


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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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NoteBook for iPad – Review

On March 4, 2013, in Features, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

NoteBook for iPad
Company: Circus Ponies
Version: 3.1.6
Requires: iOS 4.2 or later
Price: $29.99


Notebook and note taking apps are a dime a dozen in the iTunes App Store. I’ve downloaded a bunch, and deleted most. I have always heard wonderful things about Circus Ponies Notebook for Mac; in fact, there are a few podcasters who rave about the software. When I had the opportunity to review NoteBook for iPad I was expecting great things. Did NoteBook for iPad meet my expectations?

NoteBook was exclusively a Mac app, until late 2010 when Circus Ponies released a version for the iPad. Both versions sync wirelessly through Dropbox, keeping all notebooks current, but I’ll be focusing on NoteBook for iPad.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Nuance Paperport Notes
Company: Nuance Communications
Version: 2.0.1
Compatible with: iPad (2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, 4th Generation) and iPad mini
Requires: iOS 4.2 or later
Price: Free

There are many applications that do word processing but this one from Nuance goes further than most. It actually lets you take advantage of dictation on your iPad. Considering Nuance brought us Dragon dictation, it is not surprising dictation transcription is part of the application but it is integrated very well.

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About Peter Bird

Peter is a writer/reviewer for He has been using Apple products since 2007, he regularly uses Apple equipment such as the Macbook Pro, iPhone, iPad and iPad mini. He enjoys reading books, listening to music, watching films, cold weather, podcasts, Astronomy, writing, taking photos, and making videos.

Scrawl Mac

On March 20, 2012, in Apps, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Review, by Mark Greentree

App Developer: Allen Dunahoo
Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
License: US$1.99 – Mac OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

Productivity apps, especially note taking apps, are the new craze sweeping the Mac universe.

Scrawl is one of the competitors for you time and money. How does this very simple, elegant, and iCloud compatible app stand out in the crowded marketplace?

The first thing you will notice about Scrawl is how minuscule it makes itself on your Mac. The only way you know it is currently activated is by looking for the pencil icon located in your Menu Bar.

There is no limit to the number of saved notes you can have or their length. As new notes are created they will automatically save and sync with iCloud. This is a perfect solution for anyone with more than a single Mac.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

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