Notebooks for Mac – Your Desktop Companion

On your Mac, 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 (Version 1.1)

Download for
Mac OS X 10.7 – 10.9*


Download for
Mac OS X 10.6.8*

If you do not have a valid license file, the versions downloaded from this site will expire after 30 days. To continue using Notebooks after that period, please register (and redeem your coupon code, if you have one) or buy it from the Mac App Store.

Should I 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.


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Getting Started

Tips and hints are available in our Getting Started Section, which is work in progress.

New in Version 1.1

Additions / Improvements

  • Notebooks Server – A built in WebDAV server to share books and documents locally (start and stop in Preferences)
  • Quick Search for list of documents – acts like search for title in current book -“Create Link” in a formatted document accepts anchors within current document (#name).
  • Accept anchors in URLs and Notebooks links
  • Formatted documents: “Copy Link to Current Selection” copies the link to the selected phrase; this makes it possible to link to a specific section of a document.
  • Use system setting for smart quotes
  • Spring loaded folders in tree view open after 1 second (during drag & drop)
  • Rearranged Preferences dialog
  • Improved organization and display of recent items
  • New setting “Extract Contexts Automatically” to improve compatibility with the iOS versions of Notebooks. This is work in progress (contexts are not yet supported in Notebooks for Mac).
  • Cmd-T adds time only, but no date anymore (use cmd-D Cmd-T for date/timestamp)
  • A document’s file type can now be changed by editing its title in list view


  • Treat ‘:’ like a list item as well; this ensures that multiple lines of text for definition lists is correctly aligned
  • Improved Markdown formatting and layout for headers (in plain text view) (Mac OS 10.7 and above)
  • New setting: Show Markdown documents as plain text by default
  • Setting to select which emphasis character (_ or *) should be used for cmd-B and cmd-I
  • When “Convert to Combined Markdown” is selected, “New Markdown” creates a combined Markdown as well.

Fixes / Corrections

  • When changing font, background or style of formatted documents, the changes are now reliably applied.
  • When dropping images into documents, uppercase filename extensions are no longer ignored
  • Correctly handle umlauts in internal links
  • Mac: correctly handle file:// links
  • Improved auto-naming of documents in case of conflicts
  • Allow unlimited tabs in plain text (10.7 and above)
  • Win alt+O opens Format menu
  • Optimized handling of Due Tasks (should be less CPU intensive)
  • Text is now saved automatically 3 seconds after last key press
  • More reliable renaming of “bundle files” like iWork, RTFD or OmniFocus
  • When move to trash is not possible, reliably delete document after confirmation
  • Improved plain text printing (window width fits page) (10.7 and above)

Notebooks for Mac OS 10.6.8 only

  • Show “Copy HTML Code” for formatted preview
  • Correctly handle notebooks:// links in Markdown documents

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