Notebooks is the only notebook you ever need. It allows you to create as many books as you need to write, store and structure your details of life, and it will quickly become the one and only repository for all journals, ideas, notes, drafts and diaries but also for your projects, task lists, documents, files and everything else you want to keep close at hand.

Notebooks for Mac

Use Notebooks to create carefully formatted documents with styles and embedded photos, or to quickly write plain text notes. Convert between these formats any time, and if you want to use Markdown, Notebooks knows how to handle that as well. It is a perfect, distraction free writing environment.

Notebooks stores and displays almost any type of document: plain text and formatted text, PDF, web pages, MS Office documents, photos, videos, music and much more. Everything you want to keep organized can go directly into Notebooks.

Notebooks also keeps your task lists and allows you to tick off your to-dos as you complete them. Divide your projects into nested sub projects, which makes them easier to handle, and cross-reference into your reference library, which, of course, is in Notebooks, too.

Notebooks for Mac can share its files with the mobile versions of Notebooks on the iPad and iPhone, which allows you to conveniently work on your documents from your desktop, but also on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch when you are on your way. The synchronization between the devices currently supports Dropbox and many WebDAV servers (with Dropbox currently being the most convenient option).

Notebooks stores all your documents as regular files on your computer’s hard drive, so you can always access them through Finder to open and edit with other applications, too.
So whether you need to write something down or look something up, you need to have Notebooks on your Mac.

Get Notebooks for Mac

Notebooks 1.2.1 (OS X 10.7 – 10.10)

Notebooks 1.2.1 (OS X 10.6.8)

If you do not yet have a valid license file, these versions will expire after 30 days.
To continue using Notebooks after that trial period, please purchase a license file or
buy Notebooks from the Mac App Store.

Should you buy from the Mac App Store or download directly from this site? – Purchasing from the Mac App Store (MAS) is very convenient; you usually don’t need to enter your payment info, and you don’t need to care about updates. On the downside, however, Apple imposes restrictions on apps sold through the MAS by forcing them into a sandbox, which has a few negative effects: Notebooks is unable to resolve hard links, and it is unable to use Acrobat Reader as plugin to display PDF documents. So if you rely on hard links or Acrobat Reader, or if you just don’t like the idea of an app being restricted by Mac OS, you should download and purchase Notebooks from this site.

New in Version 1.2.1

This minor update fixes an issue related to creating new documents.

New in Version 1.2


  • Notebooks no longer creates a temporary “New Note” when adding a new document.
  • “Create PDF” saves the current editable document as new PDF document (10.7-10.10 only).
  • Option to highlight currently edited line in plain text.
  • Option to keep currently edited line vertically centered on screen in plain text.
  • Option to disable typographic quotes during Markdown conversion (SmartyPants).
  • Option to treat lines starting with “//” as comments. These lines are excluded from word- and character count and are ignored during Markdown conversion (plain text only).
  • Notebooks now shows the current document’s modification date in the footer.
  • Show size in document’s info.
  • Improved search interface: add or modify the search term from the window of search results.
  • Drag & drop URLs onto list of documents to add bookmarks (10.7-10.10 only).
  • Option to open webarchives with Notebooks’ own routine (addresses incompatibility between Mac OS 10.9 and 10.10 webarchives).
  • Option to save webarchives as HTML (10.7-10.10 only).
  • When switching between formatted and plain text view in a Markdown document, Notebooks now tries to keep the current section of the document visible (10.7-10.10 only).
  • The Notebooks server displays more connection options (host name, IP address).
  • “Apply Current Style” and “Reset Document Format” work as expected.
  • “Remove Format from Selection” appears at top level of context menu in formatted documents.
  • Fixed handling of background patterns to establish compatibility with Notebooks for iOS.
  • Updated document themes.
  • Misc interface improvements.

New Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut Function
cmd-alt-P Creates a PDF from the current (editable) document (10.7-10.10 only)
cmd-alt-V pastes a copied URL as Markdown link (10.7-10.10 only)
cmd-L toggle list style in formatted documents (10.7-10.10 only)
cmd-[ / ] outdent/indent the current line in a list. * (10.7-10.10 only)
cmd-+ / – increase / decrease font size (10.7-10.10 only)
cmd-shift-D Show list of due tasks
cmd-shift-F Open global search window

* This works independent of the current location of the cursor, and it also works for a selection of multiple paragraphs.

Advanced topics

The following additions bring Notebooks for Mac/PC in line with Notebooks 8 for iOS:

URL Schemes

The schemes for grab (import) and addnote can now optionally add content to a specific book



Absolute Links to NBResources

You can now reference your own resources in NBResources. This allows you to store scripts (like MathJax or syntax highlighters) in NBResources and use links like src="/NBResources/..." to include them in documents or document styles (the leading slash is important).

In other words: references starting with / are now considered absolute paths starting at Notebooks’ root.

Absolute Links to Images anywhere in Notebooks

Similar to the resources above , it is now possible to reference images by using absolute paths, starting at Notebooks’ root. A path like src="/Project/Images/title.jpg" will always point to the same image, no matter where the document itself is located. Again, the leading slash makes the difference.

Notebooks’ Document Styles

The styles have been tweaked and improved to provide a few new options for Markdown documents:

  • Pandoc style headers Notebooks now uses <h1 class="title">, <h2 class="author"> and <h3 class="date"> to format these headers. The classes are defined in all of Notebooks’ default styles, and you can easily adjust them in your own styles.
  • Table of Contents: decide where it should appear in the document simply by adding <TOC> (surrounded by empty lines) at the desired position

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