Software: Notational Velocity (Note taking)

by Max Rohde,

National Velocity proposes to “to loosen the mental blockages to recording information and to scrape away the tartar of convention that handicaps its retrieval” (, 9/4/2010).

It tries to integrate the workflow of searching for notes and creating notes. When the user types in the name for a new node, automatically existing notes are searched for the words used.

Key features:

  • Integrated process for creating and searching notes
  • Everything can be done using keyboard shortcuts
  • Small footprint
  • Free and open source (and “nonconformist” (, 9/4/2010))
  • Integrates with iPhone notes applications


Useful for small and simple chunks of information, which must be accessed quickly.




Application Overview:

ApplicationNotational Velocity
CategoryNote taking
Version2.0 β3 (6)
Tested on:9/4/2010, Mac OS X 10.6.3
Technical Details:Open Source, For Mac OS X, Universal Binary 
Categories: contemplations