- I love iA Writer for the minimal interface. I can open a new document and just start typing. The left and right panels collapse for even more space. There are no ribbons, icons, and unnecessary UI elements to distract you from your goal of writing.
I searched high and low for a replacement to the Mac OS default Notes app, which is incredibly limited in functionality and insufficient for my needs. I had one twist - I needed to find a note taking app for Mac that did not sync or store notes in the cloud. Bear does just that and it happens to be great. I really enjoy the hashtag categorization system and ability to have multiple tags on a note. It's a twist on Evernote style tags, but with a lighter-weight style of notebook organization and management.
Overall I love Bear. It is beautifully designed. I love the simple interface and the ability to tag notes is amazing. It makes searching for old notes so much easier. This is better than Apple Notes and I love it so much more than Evernote.
- This may come as a surprise, but this little text editor is not just a favorite for Developers, but also it's pretty good as a minimal note taking app. The best part is that you can just write stuff in it, in a new tab and close and when you open it again, everything will be as you left it.
Simplenote is one of those finest note-taking apps you can ask for. Coming from Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, it enables seamless ability to publish the notes online. Great app, to sum it up!
Simplenote truly was the most beautiful app of its day. It completely transformed what productivity was for me. There aren't many apps you expect to still be using ten years later.