Elk for Mac

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A user-friendly and highly intuitive Mac OS X notebook application that helps you write down ideas and organize them into notes

editor's review





Elk is a lightweight Mac OS X note-taking utility that comes with support for syncing with Dropbox. The app features a TextEdit-like user interface, multiple formatting settings and several note management options.

When opening Elk for the first time, you will notice a blank window that is 90 % similar to OS X’s native TextEdit app. The upper toolbar hosts the font and formatting options you are familiar with, such as typeface, font size and family, paragraph options, bullets, line spacing and more.

Furthermore, the most important feature in Elk is the ability to create notes and organize them into categories. The categories can be accessed via a popup sidebar that becomes visible when you click on its yellow edge.

In the category pane, you can create, delete and edit notebooks. Moreover, each notebook can include any number of notes that are listed chronologically after clicking on a notebook. The following options are available: open, rename, delete and move notes or copy (its link into another note).

As mentioned before, you can use the top toolbar to give a custom look to the piece of writing. Another advantage is the fact that Elk uses OS X’s default contextual menu options where options such as grammar checking, substitutions and speaking are available.

Other handy options include the ability to search within notes by text, using keyboard shortcuts for faster navigation and linking your notes with Dropbox. This enables you to backup and restore your notes via your Dropbox account.

On the whole, the Elk utility does not quite revolutionize the field of note editing software for the Mac OS X platform, but it is surely a handy tool. Besides allowing you to casually write and organize notes, it provides support for Dropbox syncing.

Elk was reviewed by Octav Fedor
Last updated on November 20th, 2014
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