Digital Toolbox

Mountain Lion – Notes and Reminders

There are many things to like about Mountain Lion – the latest version of Mac’s OSX operation system – but often it’s the little things that users quickly learn to love. For me, it’s Notes and Reminders. These two simple apps have quickly become indispensable tools to keep my life organized.

Reminders is a shopping list, errands list, chores list and more. As you see here, you can set up as many reminder categories as you need. I can set due dates for tasks or chores and Mountain Lion’s notification system will remind me they are due. Reminders can be set to automatically sync with iCloud so I can view and add reminders from any of my devices. And, once iOS 6 is released, reminders can be set to notify me based on location too. That means that when I go to Target, a notification will pop up on my phone reminding me what I came here to get. The Reminders app is integrated with Siri on the iPhone which means all those great ideas I get while driving can be now captured – hands free! Is this heaven?

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The Notes app is a digital notebook that’s always with you and always up-to-date. It syncs via iCloud to your iOS devices so you can add, update and review your notes from just about anywhere. On the Mac version, you can even “rip out” a note (by double-clicking on it) and pin it to your desktop so it’s always in your face. Notes supports Mountain Lion’s dictate functionality so you can add to your notes by talking to it. On the Mac, tap the function key (fn) twice to turn dictation on and start talking. On your iThings onscreen keyboard, you’ll notice a microphone button just to the left of the spacebar.

You can style your notes with fonts, lists and other rich text features. Notes also supports adding links, photos and file attachments and you can share a note with others via email or the Messages app.

I am just beginning to work with Notes, but I’m already delighted with its capabilities. While it takes almost no learning effort to get started, you’ll be surprised to discover lots of ways this app can keep up with your daily workflow.

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