Notational Velocity

Here’s one for the GTD’ers out there. It’s sort of an ‘Oldie but Goodie’. Notational Velocity is a couple years old, and has received no attention seemingly since it was released on the world. Yet it’s a strong application that I have yet to have crash on me, nor do I see need for updates on this powerful yet simple program.

Notational Velocity is little more than a note-taking program. There’s a text entry field, a pane that shows the current notes you’ve got, and a space for the body of the note. The text entry field plays two parts, where it will search for notes already in Notational Velocity, or if there’s no match it records it as the title for a new note. Once the note has a title you enter the body of the note and go on your merry.

The interface is simple and concise. It’s as responsive as it can get. The best part? It stores your notes within a database so it’s not a bunch of files all over your hard drive. you just open up Notational Velocity and it’s all there. Don’t like the closed storage schema? No problem – it’ll allow you to export your notes, all separately, based on their titles, into txt files.

Last thing that makes this tool so great – There’s a Quicksilver plugin* that allows you to add and search notes right from within Quicksilver. Doesn’t get much better than that. If you’re looking around for a nice note-capturing tool, I highly recommend Notational Velocity.

*EDIT: So Grant asked where the plugin is available. I misspoke, so thanks for making me check it again Grant. The plugin you’ll need within Quicksilver is the Services plugin. Notational Velocity puts a couple of Services in the general OS X list. The Services plugin for Quicksilver makes this available to whatever text you’re working with.