Alternote is a beautiful new note-taking app for Mac that’s powered by Evernote. Currently in Public Beta, Alternote sports a host of features that make it an absolutely handy app to have on your Mac for note-taking, jotting down ideas, free-form writing or pretty much any kind of writing.
Alternote uses Evernote as its backend, so you need an Evernote account before you start using it. Not only do the new notes your create in Alternote sync to Evernote, all your existing notes and notebooks are available for you too. The interface is a simple three-pane window with your notebooks, notes, tags and trash in the leftmost pane, your list of notes in the center pane and the note content in the last pane. Alternote has a distraction-free mode, so you can toggle a single-pane view and type without any clutter. You can customize the view by toggling between Day & Night mode, choosing between seven fonts and adjust font-size and line-height settings. For some reason, you can also change the background of the leftmost pane, but I found the default color to be the best.
Alternote offers support for colored tags, live word count, starred notes and even To-do lists. There’s an inline WYSIWYG editor that lets you format your text on the go as well as universal search, that lets you search any keyword inside your notes.
Alternote looks beautiful, even on Retina Macs. Even though it’s technically in “beta”, it has been working flawlessly for me over the last few days. The app is slated for release in Winter and in the meantime, you can download a Public Beta from the website directly.