iOS Notes comes to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Take a note on your Mac at home, update it on your iPad at a meeting, read it on your iPhone on the go. Built in.

A proper, iOS-style Notes app is one of the 100 features included in today's announcement of OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion developer preview. That means iOS users who also use the Mac finally have a good way to sync notes between all your devices with ease. Previously, iOS Notes would sync with Mac Mail, which was an odd if Outlook-style choice. Apple has continued to make the Mac more like iOS, however, and dedicated, single task apps is a big part of that.

Think it up. Jot it down. Make it even more noteworthy with photos, images, and attachments. You can add, delete, and flip through your notes or do a quick search. Use the Share button to send your notes to friends or colleagues with Mail or Messages. Pin important notes to your desktop so they’re easy to get to. And take them with you everywhere.

Notes for OS X Mountain Lion will allow you to quickly and easily take your notes on your Mac and have them sync via iCloud, and have access to them on your iPad at the coffee shop or meeting, or your iPhone while on the go.

In addition to syncing to your mobile device, you are also able to pin important notes to your desktop, and they have made sharing your notes extremely easy by allowing you to share via messages or mail right from your Mac.

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Jared DiPane

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iOS Notes comes to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion


Excellent. Need more information on the new attachment feature, please. And is it too late to add a bullet point or numbering format option? It would make Notes much more useful.

As long as i can change the font to helvetica like i can on iOS i have no problems with it, i just HATE the scribbly handwriting-esque font.

It would be nice to be able to add "books" or tags to notes. That's primarily what I use evernote for. I know I can use the search but I just haven't adjusted to that yet.

Finally. Notes jammed into the OSX Mail app just felt completely unnatural and wrong. Square peg in a round hole. Glad to see Notes become a separate app.

Too little too late. Hope you can sort the notes on the Mac because you can't on the iPhone or iPad. Just switched to Evernote!

I really want to like Evernote, but I can't seem to find a real use for it that I strictly adhere to. I guess I just prefer simple over "try to do everything". I'd rather have several apps that do one thing really well, than one app that tries to everything.

I want to find out where can I download all the games for my macbook pro?
I mean like how when you jailbreak the iphone/ipad and then download apps and game for free, is the something like that for macbook? I know the macbook doesn't need to be jailbroken.

Evernote is still a better way to go given its ability to create notebooks to organize your data and not just have one long list of note entries. While Apple's Notes will sync across all their devices Evernote is truly platform agnostic.

I wonder if the 'sync' will be more granular than whole-note level. If you ever end up with a note that gets edited in more than one place before the sync happens, you lose data. If they could have some way to resolve that or sync at a part-of-a-note level, it might solve that. (This is especially important if your device, or one of your devices isn't always on-line).

The number ad bullet formatting works really well in Notes. Just type "1. " and Notes automatically indents and formats it. The same is true for "* " and "- "