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Notes is yet another iOS application that has made its way to Mountain Lion. However, unlike the mobile version of Notes, and Apple's long in the tooth Stickies application, this version of Notes is reasonably versatile. Let's take a look. I'll launch it from Spotlight and here's Notes. If you've used notes on an iOS device, this looks familiar to you. Along the left side is the list of your Notes, and select a note, and its contents appears to the right. However, you can also expand it to include any accounts that have notes attached to them.
So on this computer, I have an iCloud account set up as well as a Gmail account and both of them support notes. Basically, these are the IMAP email accounts that you set up in Mail, Contacts & Calendars. Unlike other Mountain Lion applications, Notes uses IMAP to transfer notes from device to device, rather than iCloud syncing. Within this list, you can select an account. So for example, I'll select my iCloud account, and you can see what notes that account contains.
You can additionally create folders. So from the File menu, choose New Folder, and then you can file your notes within that folder, and there it is. But you notice that it's not in Important Notes or in Notes. However, if I choose all iCloud, I can see all my notes regardless of where they're filed within that account. I can go to my Gmail account and look at its notes, and here's a different note. If I choose All Notes, I can see all my notes. If you like, you can move notes between accounts.
So here's my Gmail account, I'll grab this note, and I can move it into iCloud. So I'll put that into My Favorite Notes for iCloud. It disappears from Gmail. However, it is now in iCloud. Composing a note is pretty much what you'd expect. All we have to do is click on the plus button, and I have a new note off to the side. The date and the time appear in the top right corner. Then you just type something. The first few words that you add to the note will appear as the title of the note, and then just add to your note.
But there's more than just text that you can add. For instance, I'll launch Safari. I'll go to website. I can take that website's icon and drag it into my note. When I do that, that becomes a clickable link. Also, I can drag files into my note if I like. So I'll go to My Documents folder. I have a PDF file here. Let's find a place for it.
I'll drag that in, and here's the PDF file. If I double click on it, it will launch and it will open up in Preview. And when this note syncs to any of my other Macs, all those elements will appear in the note. However, when these notes are synced to an iOS device, those attachments don't work. So for instance, this PDF file, what you'll see on an iOS device instead is a little paperclip icon, which is simply an illustration. You can click on it until doomsday and nothing will happen.
Notes, like some other Mountain Lion applications, includes a Share button, and here it is. So we click on Share, and it tells me that I can share this note via email, or I can use the Message application, which I talk about in another movie. Finally, if you'd like a note to appear in a single window, simply double-click on it, and it appears in its own little window, which you can leave on your desktop and add to later if you care to. However, unlike with a Sticky, you can't pin it to your desktop. So if I were to quit Notes, which I'll do now, the note disappears.
And that's Notes in a nutshell.
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