Monday, April 11, 2011

nvALT - quick and effortless notes and snippet manager

If you collect a lot of notes, snippets and website links over the day managing all those can be a real pain.

Notational Velocity is a way to take notes quickly and effortlessly using just your keyboard. You press a shortcut to bring up the window and just start typing. It will begin searching existing notes, filtering them as you type. You can use ⌘-J and ⌘-K to move through the list. Enter selects and begins editing. If you’re creating a new note, you just type a unique title and press enter to move the cursor into a blank edit area. 

nvALT 2 is a fork of the original Notational Velocity with some additional features and interface modifications, including MultiMarkdown functionality.
NOTATIONAL VELOCITY FEATURES
  • Option for horizontal layout with multi-line previews in notes list
  • Words between [[double-brackets]] will become links to other notes
  • Tags are synced to Dropbox and searched by Spotlight, via OpenMeta
  • Tags are auto-completed while typing in the tag-entry field
  • TaskPaper-compatible strikethrough formatting using the “@done” tag
  • Fully plain-text-based automatic list-bullet formatting
  • Note-titles inside double-brackets are (optionally) auto-completed
  • “Show in Finder” command for revealing selected note-files on disk
  • Highlighting of search terms can be disabled
  • Dragging the divider to the top or left of the window will hide search field
  • Open in external text editor

NVALT ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Textile and (Multi)Markdown support with Preview window (hold down Control to view temporarily)
  • HTML source code tab in the Preview window for fast copy/paste to blogs, etc.
  • Unique interface design changes
  • Customizable HTML and CSS files for the Preview window
  • Social note sharing via Peggd
  • Convert imported URLs to Markdown, and optionally strip excess content with Readability
  • Multi-note tagging with autocompletion
  • Full-screen mode (requires OS X 10.5 or higher)
  • Optional menubar and menubar-only modes
  • Color schemes
  • Black/White
  • Low-contrast
  • User customizable
  • Collapse/Expand notes list and search field
  • Improved readability with optional width limit and margins
  • Really cool scrollbars
  • Word Count (hold down Option to view temporarily)
  • Working localizations (French, German, Portuguese)

Both versions are free to use use and open-source under the GPL.

Download NOTATIONAL VELOCITY

Download NVALT 2.0

57 comments:

Grinds my Gears said...

Good post, my room is pretty much filled with post its for all kinds of stuff, I should start using the STick Notes for Windows more.

notforeverybody said...

i'll have to try that...

Stare Dad said...

hmm looks pretty much usefull

Body1 said...

Interesting post man!!!

I wait on my blog $upporting!!!

Piets said...

i still enjoy my microsoft :P

The Angry Lurker said...

It's a useful item alright.

Tom Byron said...

Very good

CandleintheDark said...

This is a great idea. I'd use it

Jay said...

cool!

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

Looks good, but I think I'll stick to post-its :P

Muscovy said...

This was really helpful!

duffboi said...

Never thought to try something like this. This sounds ingenious!

Mo said...

really nice!
thanks for sharing

Kingmush said...

Seems like it could be useful...

phthalo said...

Looks very useful. My computer is surrounded by bits of paper with websites and email addresses on. And that's not even counting all my .txt documents full of links.

Devon Davidson said...

Sounds useful but also a pain to set up.

I'll stick with my clunky and inefficient methods.

metaphysicalfarms said...

This is such a great idea! thanks for sharing!

ed said...

i do, but i never have time to look at them

Necroticism said...

downloading...

BeefyWellington said...

I have this app for my Android called Note Everything and I think it's bad-ass. you don't have to save progress, just exit and it stays. For me, that's a FREAKING REVOLUTION!!

Also, you are by far my favorite blogger. Just sayan.

Ivan Montiel said...

That looks a great app/program!

Grafted said...

Looks useful

SirJohnBear said...

I absolutely love how user friendly this tool is.

Ray Rousell said...

cool idea!!

Michael said...

Coo, the neat thing it's free.

Colin B said...

i have so many pointless text documents sitting around :(

Tweeks Coffee said...

great ideea

SOMS said...

looks convenient

Trelin said...

Reminds me of evernote and onenote.

Tibble said...

Really useful man,

Malkavian said...

Cool and convenient but i like to see my note in a stick it no matter how inconvenient it may be.

MAX POWER said...

nice app! it's cool they're freeware as well

Toto said...

thanks for sharing!

Meghan Moran said...

This would be incredibly useful. I could use this instead of constantly making new files to write random notes.

John said...

I usually just save links i find in a text file.

Matt Neumann said...

i hate paper work

Megan Hansen said...

That is really nifty for keeping track of important stuff

Salman A said...

This seems very unique and cool. Thanks for sharing!

Rockinrule said...

Hmm. good for school?

Joe said...

Seems pretty useful thanks.

Leestander said...

heading away to my old dads MAC and installing

Rabidmoose said...

Looks useful.

G said...

looks cool....and a little useful

Major.Mack said...

looks like a handy tool

Moob said...

looks very useful

Robert Fünf said...

I've never seen the point of a snipit tool, but that's just me.

thenitefalls said...

This makes life so much easier :D

Copyboy said...

Much better note system than I have.

schultzz said...

nice tool.

Jason said...

very useful thank you for this

Aaron M. Gipson said...

This is a little like MS One Note

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

looks pretty useful, thanks

Derrick O said...

usefull thanks :D

M.D. Flodström said...

I need something that's compatible with my iphone

=dgrphx= said...

cool

-DO- said...

very usefull thx

JaksonHunt said...

Defiantly gonna give this a go!