Notebooks for Mac 2 – Public Beta

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Notebooks for Mac 2

A major update of Notebooks for Mac will be available soon, so we invite you to participate in the current public beta program. Download and use Notebooks 2 until the final version will be released.
All the details are available on the announcement page.

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.

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.

Getting Started




Notebooks for Mac 1.4 – soon to be discontinued

Notebooks 1.4 will soon be replaced with a paid update Notebooks 2, so you might consider participating in the public beta program now and purchase Notebooks 2 when it is released.

Notebooks 1.4.5
macOS 10.7 and above


Notebooks 1.4.2
macOS 10.6.8

If you do not yet have a valid license file, the Notebooks 1.4 will expire after 30 days.
To continue using Notebooks 1.4 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 macOS, you should download and purchase Notebooks from this site.

New in Notebooks 1.4.4

This update addresses a few issues on macOS Mojave and contains general stability improvements.

  • Links in a table of contents (Markdown or formatted documents) and other #anchors work as expected again.
  • Pasting websites or copied HTML into a formatted document reliably extracts and saves contained images.
  • Performance improvements for document list with preview enabled.

This is a minor update while we are working on Notebooks 2.0.